Life Interrupted…Worry or Worship?

Another crazy week for the Wallace’s! I am so thankful we read Chapters 5 & 6 in Lysa’s book this week. God knew I would need to read those words. He knew I would have a choice to worry or worship.

This week started off with taking Patrick to an orthopedic doctor for his elbow. He was in a lot of pain during his baseball tournament last weekend. The doctor told him no throwing, hitting, or lifting for a couple of weeks. If you know my Patrick, you know that this will be very hard for him. Patrick also has to go to physical therapy for a few weeks. They hope to help him strengthen his arm so that he doesn’t have this problem again later. I am thankful that it is not too serious and that he has people working with him to make him stronger, but the worries about money started creeping in. (How much will all of this cost? How are we going to pay for it all when we just get by now? More bills on top of the one I just got for my CT scan.)

Was I going to worry or worship? I remembered a part that I had just read in Lysa’s book…

“…I do know that Satan hates the radically obedient soul. He hates it when a person jumps off the fence of complacency and into the center of God’s will. There is a spiritual battle raging around us and, because of that, life can be hard.”

Life can be hard, very hard at times, but we have to remember that God is in control. Satan sees the changes in my life. He knows that I am done with sitting on the fence. I am a woman saying “Yes” to God and I am ready for what He has planned for me. I can get through anything as long as I focus on my Heavenly Father. I also have to remember that He works on us through the hard times. He changes us and molds us into who He created us to be. I am reminded of this in Romans 8:28…We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Lysa also talks about this in her book…

“God has a purpose, and His plans to accomplish that purpose are perfect. Trusting God’s good purpose, and seeing to understand that He takes all the events from our life and orchestrates good from them, leads to a changed perspective.”

I got through the day at work and was feeling better about things on my way home but then I ended up in an accident. Can you believe it? I haven’t been in an accident in almost 20 years! It was my fault. There was a lot of traffic and someone up in front slammed on their brakes. Well I slammed on mine, but wasn’t able to stop in time. There was minor damage to both our vehicles but I was thankful that no one was hurt.

My first reaction was…Really? Did this really just happen? Wow, Satan must really want to distract me and stop me from following God’s will. God must have great plans for me!

Not the typical reaction to having an accident, but the time waiting after the accident wasn’t typical either. I met a sweet girl that was on campus for an interview. We talked about our families and plans. We even ended up hugging each other before we left. Am I happy that I had the accident? No, but it could have been so much worse and I see now that I am truly under attack and have to be ready for the fight.

Yes, this week was a tough one for me and my family, but I know we can get through anything with God on our side. Things are going to happen, our lives will be interrupted, but I choose to worship. How about you?

Just remember Romans 5:3…We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Blessings to You,
Melissa

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Fall {Five-Minute Friday}

It’s Five Minute Friday! I am linking up again with our awesome host, Lisa-Jo. She gives us one word each week and asks us just to write for five minutes. Our word for this week…

FALL

My mind was already churning this morning about self-worth. This word makes me think about how many times we fall into Satan’s trap.

I think about the times I felt good or bad about myself just from the number of likes on a Facebook post or a post on my blog. I have caught myself thinking “Well he/she didn’t like my post so they must not like me anymore.” When I come to my senses, I realize that negative thoughts like that are just Satan’s way of keeping me from what God has in store for me.

Comparison, self-doubt, and jealousy keep us from our God-sized dreams. They keep us from stepping out and doing what God has created only for us to do. We have to remember that each of us was created unique and for a different purpose.

So when the negative thoughts start creeping in, remember this verse…
Pay careful attention to your own work,

Blessings to You,
Melissa

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Back on Track

Welcome! It feels so good to be writing again. The past few weeks have been so hard…a very busy time of year with my family…feeling overwhelmed…losing my direction.

One problem is that I let the negative thoughts take over. You know, the thoughts like “What am I thinking, I can’t do all of this” and “Who are you to think God has called you to do this?”

The biggest problem though was that I wasn’t spending enough time with God and in His Word. I let my busy life take over and I lost my direction. If we want to follow our God-sized dreams then we have to spend time with our Father. I went back to one of my highlighted parts in Holley’s book

“It’s about a relationship. God is not all that interested in your getting things done. If he made the world in seven days, there’s nothing he can’t check off his to-do list without your help. What he wants on this journey to your dream is intimacy with you. Success is simply this: obedience.”

Obedience…intimacy…He just wants to spend time with us and help us follow the dreams He put in our hearts.

I do feel back on track now. I plan on having our Beautiful You conference in October. I am working on finding a place and I am working with a friend on getting t-shirts made. I want to go ahead and start selling t-shirts to help with the upfront costs of the conference.

One thing that I have been thinking about this week is the focus of the conference. It is definitely seeing ourselves as Christ sees us…we are Beautiful…but I was searching for something more. This morning He showed me what I was looking for. Ephesians 2:1-10…Come Alive is the focus of the conference. We have been saved by grace, we are God’s workmanship, and we have good works to do.
Ephesians-2-10

I am praying that this conference will encourage women to truly see their beauty and their worth, to grow closer to their Father, and to dream God-sized dreams.

Can I do what it takes to plan and have this conference all by myself? No way! I need God’s strength, His direction, and His grace. I also need friends that will help with different pieces (I have already had a few offer to help) and lots of prayers. Will you pray for me that I will continue following His plan and that my focus will be on how He can use this conference for His glory?

Would you like to help with this conference? I’d love to have you join us!

(Wouldn’t you know that as soon as I sat down to write this morning, I heard my daughter get up. My first thought was “Oh no, I really wanted some time by myself this morning to write”, but now I can tell you I sure did enjoy the time cuddling and talking with her this morning. Isn’t that what is important…our relationships? My daughter will be grown before I know it so I will cherish all the moments we have now. The writing, the cleaning, and all the other stuff will get done eventually. Our relationships with our family and with others should come first.)

Blessings to You!
Melissa