Women Living Well ~ Join Me! ~ Giveaway

Are you a woman living well? I try, but I know I have a lot to work on. You too? Well let me introduce you to Courtney Joseph’s new book Women Living Well: Finding Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home. Isn’t that a great title?

A few weeks ago, I was blessed to find out that I was selected for the launch team for this book. I got an advanced copy and started to read as soon as I got it. I thought it would be one of those books that you can read through quickly and take away a few things to apply in your own life. I was so wrong!

This book makes you look at all parts of your life and want to do better…for yourself, your husband, and your children. Courtney is so encouraging, while being so honest and transparent.

She reminds us that being a woman, a wife and a mom is hard, but we can find joy through all of it with Christ.

The book covers four main areas:

  • Your walk with the King
  • Your marriage
  • Your parenting
  • Your homemaking

I have to be honest and tell you that I spent a lot of time in the section on marriage. She includes a two-week marriage challenge that I will be starting next week.

Reading this book has also encouraged me to step out and start my own book study. I want to share this book with some local friends and have some girl time to discuss these topics so that we can help and encourage each other.

You can get your copy of this fabulous book on October 1st, but if you go ahead and pre-order you also get 10 FREE ebooks. This includes the companion study guide for this book too! This offer ends on September 30, so get yours ordered today!

Want a chance to get a copy of Women Living Well for FREE? Just enter below…winner will be announced Friday, October 4!

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So, are you ready to join me and start living well?

Blessings to You!
Melissa

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Marriage & Mommyhood ~ Priorities

Today is the kickoff of my new (in)courager group. I joined up with my friend, Laura Pratt, in the Marriage and Mommyhood: Finding grace in the balance group.

Not sure I could have found a more perfect group for me. I am looking forward to learning, sharing, and growing with these other moms. Sometimes we just need others to listen, those that have been there and done that. A place we can go for grace and encouragement.

Do you struggle with all the responsibilities of being a wife and a mom, while also becoming who God created you to be?

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I know I feel like I am drowning at times. I have so many things I need and want to do, but not enough hours in the day. It is during these times that I have to stop and re-focus…time to look at my priorities.

Finding time to spend with my heavenly Father has to come first. I need His love, strength, and guidance to get through each day. I find that if I don’t have my quiet time I start doubting myself and I let the negative thoughts start creeping in. You know…the ones that tell you that you aren’t good enough and you can’t do what God is calling you to do. The only way to fight these thoughts is through His Word and asking Him for help.

My husband and children come next. My family should be my most important ministry. Sometimes it is easier or you get more appreciation by helping others outside of your home, but God blessed me with them and they should get my best. Annette Soldini calls this the Family Ministry Golden Rule…”goes a step beyond the regular golden rule: treat your family members as you would like them to treat you and see them as your most important ministry.”

After that, my life gets messy. I have got to start doing a better job organizing everything…cleaning, blogging, reading, crafting, exercising, and following my dreams.

As I look over my calendar for the next month, I will HAVE to be organized to get it all done! It seems a little crazy with everything else I have to do but I have decided to take the 31 Day Challenge. This is a challenge to write for 31 day straight in October about a particular subject. After lots of prayer, I decided to do it and came up with my subject…31 Days of Living with Purpose. Each day I will look at a different part of my life and how I can improve. I am looking forward to seeing the changes in my life at the end of the month. Want to know more about the challenge? Hop on over to the Nesting Place.

As a mom, I don’t think I will ever find true balance in my life. I just need to focus on God and His plan for my life, my family, and then prioritize the rest.

How about you…How do you manage all of your responsibilities? I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by and I pray you have a Blessed week!
Melissa

 

Step Out~Trust God~Go Deeper

Don’t you just love it when our Father sends us messages? He reminds us that He is there and that He loves us so very much!

The past few weeks have just been hard for me. I felt like I had lost my direction and was so frustrated about things in my life. If you read my last post, you will know that part of the problem was not spending enough time with God so that I could feel Him near and hear Him speak to me.

Well my sweet Father has been speaking to me loud and clear over the past few days. I have to admit it makes me feel so special and loved when He does it. 🙂

One thing I have realized is that I am trying to do way too many things. All good things, but too many for me to handle. I just end up feeling overwhlemed and can’t do anything well. I have to slow down and focus on what God wants me to do right now.

Isn’t it funny that Jeff Goins issued The Slow Down Challenge just when I needed it? This challenge helps us

  • Live with greater intentionality
  • Have better focus
  • And develop deeper relationships.

I also felt like our pastor was speaking directly to me Sunday. He taught from Matthew 14:22-33…when Peter steps out of the boat. Here are some of my notes…

  • The disciples didn’t recognize Jesus at first ~ When Jesus doesn’t move like we think He will, we panic. We try to take control or just settle and go back to where we started.
  • Jesus tells Peter to “Come” ~ Jesus wants us to step out on faith, He wants us to take the next step.
  • As you take the next step, here are some things to remember…
  • Focus determines direction – what are you focused on?
  • Distractions and other voices are everywhere – who are you listening to?
  • Jesus has the power to rescue you – do you trust Him?
  • We grow through our stuggles
  • Do we TRUST that God is really in control?
  • Keep following and trusting Him because He is faithful.

Step Out ~ Trust God ~ Go Deeper!

And if all of that wasn’t enough, the title to the blog for our study yesterday was “Hearing God’s Voice“. Lysa gave us five questions to ask ourselves when we are trying to discern God’s voice…

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This week I am taking time to slow down and listen for my Father’s voice. I need help figuring out what I need to be doing for Him and what I need to give up. I want to follow His plan for my life. I want to step out of the boat with unwaivering faith and say “Yes” to whatever He asks me to do. I may struggle or be scared but I have to remember that He is faithful and will never leave me.

How about you? Are you hearing His voice? Are there changes that you need to make in your life so that you can follow the dreams He has put in your heart? I’d love to hear from you so that I can pray for you.

Blessings to You,
Melissa

Just One of Those Days

Friends, have you ever felt just…well…I can’t even think of one word to describe it. Have you ever felt tired, overwhelmed, unorganized, uninspired, not sure what to do next all in one day? That’s where I am at today.

I am usually a positive person…the one smiling and encouraging everyone else. I usually have a good attitude and am just thankful for all God has blessed me with. Now don’t get me wrong, I am still very thankful but I just feel off.

These feelings probably come from school starting this week, lots going on at work, getting grades in for my night class, trying to keep up with chores, and getting over a kidney stone. I just don’t like feeling this way.

I know what I need more than anything…time with my Father. With everything going on I haven’t spent enough time with Him. I even apologized to my partner in a Bible/Book study today because I haven’t had a chance to post. I haven’t posted because I haven’t taken the time to journal and process what I have read.

I need to get my priorities back in order…get my focus back on what really matters.

One thing I am going to do is take The UnWired Mom Challenge. I have caught myself too many times just wasting time on my computer or phone. You too? Why don’t you join us? Check out Sarah Mae’s blog to find out more.

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I am also going to make time each day to read, journal, and pray. With a husband and three kids, finding the time can be hard some days but I know I will be a better wife and mom if I do.

The Bible/Book study I am doing right now is through Proverbs 31 Ministries. We are reading What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst.

I want to say “Yes” to God. I want to be used by Him. I realize though that in order for that to happen I need to put Him first, let some things go, and get some rest. He certainly can’t use me if I am too busy doing other things or just too tired.

Thank you for spending some time with me and letting me vent! I am already feeling better. How about you? What steps are you going to take to make some changes in your life? We are in this together so let me know if I can pray for you or help in some way.

Blessings to You!
Melissa

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Getting and Staying Healthy

Being busy can wreak havoc on your goals for nutrition and exercise! Have you been there too?

I love routine and that is very hard for me because my life is anything but routine. Our three kids keep us going. Don’t get me wrong. I love that they are active but it just makes it hard for me to eat right and exercise.

If you read some of my early posts, you know that I lost 37 pounds last year. The best part though was that I lost 5 inches in my waist and 5 inches in my hips. That changed my life! I looked better, but most importantly I felt better and was healthier. I am very proud that I was able to run my first 5K this year!

I have to be honest and tell  you that lately I have been eating a lot more things I shouldn’t…I haven’t exercised much…and I haven’t been taking my products like I should. My busy life has gotten the best of me.

I have noticed over the past few weeks that I am a little thicker in the middle and I don’t feel as good. I do still drink my Spark every morning…couldn’t function without it…but I now realize what a big difference the other products made too.

I have decided to get back on track and not let all of my work go to waste. Here is what I plan to do…
I am going to start with a cleanse next week.
I am going to start taking my products every day.
I am going to start planning our meals again.
I am going to exercise at least three times a week. (The Can You 24? DVD makes that a little easier.)

How about you? What steps can you take to get healthier?

Want to know more about AdvoCare? I can tell you that it is safe and effective. You can learn more about the company and the challenge at my two websites…
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Blessings to You,
Melissa

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