A Reminder ~ Psalm 37

I love how you can read a passage in the Bible many times over the years but then when you read it again…it jumps off the page.

Psalm 37 was that way for me today. Have your read this passage lately?

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Our Lord reminds us that He is here for us. Life may be hard and it may not seem fair, but He will take care of us. He is our refuge.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good

4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord: trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;

23 If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm;

24 though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

These verses remind me of how I am to live. I am to trust my Father and follow His plan for my life. I can only do that if I spend time with Him and stay close to Him.

Sometimes fear keeps me from stepping out and doing what He wants me to do. I have to remember that as long as I am following Him, He will hold me up with His hand and help me.

My Father loves me and He loves you too! What desires has He put in your heart? Are you following His plan for your life?

Just some things to think about on this beautiful Sunday morning.

Blessings to You!
Melissa

Summer…Time for Family, Fun, and Faith

Whew! The past month has been a busy one…end of school, working, writing, teaching at night, kids’ activities…all while trying to lead our Bible study and find the time I need for rest. How about you? Have you been busy too?

This month I am planning some time for fun! I am still working and teaching two nights a week but I am making time to study God’s Word and making memories with my family.

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I didn’t always make the time for those two things. I focused on my career and tried to make everyone else happy. I wasn’t happy with myself so I felt I had to work harder and do more so people would like me. I thought that would make me feel better. I was so very wrong!

I now know what brings me joy and happiness…
It is having a close, personal relationship with our Creator.
It is focusing on my most important ministry – my family.
It is knowing that God has a plan for me and it is better than I could ever imagine!

I am teaching a night class back at the college I worked at four years ago. It was so hard leaving that place. I love the people there and it is still the best job I ever had. It has felt like going home.

I left because God had other plans for me, but now I feel like He is leading me back. They don’t have a full-time position right now but I can see myself there within the next year. It would be a perfect fit with my non-profit too.

I want to help women follow their God-sized dreams. If their dream is to go to college, then I could help them get in and be right there to encourage them all the way through.

There is a peace looking back and seeing how God has used people and experiences to get you ready for the next journey. I see so much in my past that makes me the perfect one to pursue my dream. It hasn’t always been easy but it will all be worth it.

Do you have a God-sized dream? Have you been struggling to find your path? Spend time praying and reading His Word and He will make your path clear. Just leave me a comment and I will be praying for you too.

Do you plan to slow down this summer and focus on making memories? Please feel free to share your ideas and activities with the rest of us. I’ll be sharing some of our fun here on the blog. Check out some of the cool things I found on Pinterest too…http://pinterest.com/mjwallace3/summer-time/.

Blessings to You!
Melissa

Are you looking for something to read this summer? Two books I highly recommend…
Holley Gerth’s You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream and it is 50% off this week at LifeWay.
Jennie Allen’s Anything…reading this right now for our Good Morning Girls study. I had planned to do a different study this summer, but God had a different plan. 🙂

 

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.
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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

Being a Mom…

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Being a Mom is hard but it is also the most amazing and rewarding job God could have given me!

I had no idea what to expect when they laid that sweet, baby boy in my arms 13 years ago. He was so small and fragile. I thought my heart would bust with all the love I felt for him. I became a Mom that day.

As I look back over the years, I mostly focus on the good stuff. His first birthday…starting school…playing baseball…all the hugs and kisses. I try to forget things like that one year in pre-school he lost all of his ice cream scoops almost every day – not a good thing.

When I look at this teenager now, I see a boy growing and changing and on his way to becoming a man. I just want to stop time. I know that in 5 short years my baby boy will be going off to college. Since I can’t stop time I will do what I can…enjoy all the moments I have with him and pray a lot!

God has also blessed me with two more children, another boy and a girl. My daughter tells me that God knew I needed a little girl and she is right. She adds so much personality to our family and lots of pink! She brightens my day and I cherish our “girl time”.

My middle child has been the hardest to figure out. He is very different from the other two. He is quiet…a thinker…strong-willed. The good thing is that God has used him to teach me patience. I also realized that there wasn’t just one way to raise a child. What I did for my first child did not work for my second.

Parenting is a lot of trial and error and a whole lot of praying. Each child is a new creation with their own look, personality, and gifts. I am still amazed at how different they are even though they came from the same two parents. Only God could be so creative.

God has also used these three blessings to work on me, change me, and make me dependent on Him. I have had to learn to give God control over every part of my life. Believe me I have tried to do things on my own and it just doesn’t work.

Moms have such a big responsibility raising their children. There are days when I am stressed out and just don’t think I can do anything right, but I can find comfort in knowing that my Father and my children still love me and give me grace. I cling to the days that are great. Those are the ones I will remember when I am older.

So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? Ecclesiastes 3:22

Yes, being a Mom is hard but the benefits are priceless!

Blessings to You,
Melissa

 

“Have to” or “Get to”

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Do you have a To Do List…a calendar that is full of activities, responsibilities, and events? Me too! I don’t know about you but I get overwhelmed at times with all the thing that I “have to” do.

Did you catch that…”have to”?

I have to…
wash clothes,
feed my family,
clean the house,
go to baseball/soccer/karate,
go to work,
pay bills.
The list could go on for days!

I have decided to change my attitude by changing my words…I “get to”.

I get to do all of these things because I am blessed! Yes, I know that is hard to remember sometimes when you feel overwhelmed and just don’t think you can keep going.

Think about it though, I get to wash clothes because we have them and I have a washer and dryer (at least I don’t have to use a clothes line like I grew up with).

I get to go to lots of games and activities because God blessed us with three amazing children.

I get to go to work because I am blessed with a job and a way to pay the bills.

See, what a difference! I get to do so many things!

How about you? What do you get to do?

This weekend is Mother’s Day and I get to spend it with my family. I will also get to go to church and spend time with my Mom. I am so blessed to have her!

Blessings to You and enjoy all the things you get to do,
Melissa

Comfort {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…

COMFORT…

What brings you comfort?

I think back over the past year. I have friends that have lost loved ones. My family has lost loved ones. I am watching my mother in law fight breast cancer. My husband and I went through a rough part of our marriage. I left a 17 year teaching career.

There are so many things in life that leave us asking “Why” and bringing us to our knees.

I have found that when I am on my knees I am the most vulnerable. I am more open to what He has planned for me. I am willing to give up myself and my plans.

I believe we go through these tough times so that He can speak to us and use us and help us grow.

When I think of comfort, I think of resting in His big, strong arms. I don’t have to worry about anything. I know He has me and will take care of me. I can get through anything with Him.psalm91_4

Blessing to You!
Melissa

Check out what the other ladies think about comfort…
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Making Memories

Are some weekends just great for you…for making lots of memories? This past weekend was one of those for my family.

Friday started off with a Mom’s breakfast at my daughter’s school. I got to take her to school and spend some quality time with her. (My mom usually takes her since I have to be at work by 8:00.) We ate, we hugged, we kissed, we laughed. What a wonderful way to start my day!

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Saturday was a day of torn emotions…my oldest became a teenager! I can’t believe my baby boy is 13, but on the other hand I am so proud of him and the young man he has become. I love that he is not too big to still hug and kiss me. He was disappointed that his baseball game got rained out. The boy LOVES playing baseball! He ended up having a good day though. His best friend came over to spend the night and they got to go bowling. He also got to eat at Waffle House…one of his favorite places.

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Sunday we celebrated with my daughter at her baptism. All three of my babies are now saved and baptized. What joy that brings to this mom! I can’t wait to see what God has planned for each one of them. We were so blessed to have all of our parents there to celebrate with us. My Mother-in-law is battling breast cancer right now so we were so very happy that she felt like coming.

It is now Monday…time to go back to work and start another busy week. I will hold on to this past weekend though…so many beautiful memories!

What did you do this past weekend? Did you make some beautiful memories too? I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings to You,
Melissa

Friend {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…

FRIEND

I still remember the first day of 9th grade. I was in a new town and starting high school. I had left all the friends I had grown up with since kindergarten. So scared and so self-conscious.

I was in my English class and I still remember it like it was yesterday. The girl in front of me turned around and introduced herself – Gina. She was new to the school too. I remember she had the sweetest smile and was so much fun to talk to. We were instant friends.

From that first day, we talked (a lot) and spent time together whenever we could. She became my best friend!

Four years of classes, dances, boyfriends, football and basketball games, proms, and finally graduation. We ended up going to different schools but still stayed close.

Then she got married…I was so happy for her but I felt like I was losing her. Then she had her first baby…a beautiful, baby girl. I wasn’t sure where I fit in so our friendship started to slip away.

We lost each other for a while. I look back and I wish I had talked to her more and been honest about how I felt. We missed so many years.

I am so blessed to have her back in my life now! She is so sweet and encouraging and we can still talk for hours when we get the chance. With our busy lives we don’t get to see each other as much as we would like but we know the other is there if needed.

I am so glad she had the courage to turn around that first day of school. She changed my life forever!

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Check out some other posts on friendship over at Lisa-Jo’s…
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A Beautiful Start

Welcome! I am late writing this week’s post but now I see why I just couldn’t write earlier this week.

Holley reminds us that the most important part of any God-sized dream is the Giver of it. She asked us to set aside a particular time this past week to be with Him–to pray, journal, take a walk or simply sit quietly and listen.

I have be wrestling with what to do next. I can already look back over the past few months and see how He has changed me. I am stronger and more confident. He has shown me that it is okay to admit and share my flaws. He has shown me that I am worthy and beautiful because He created me.

I have started stepping out of my comfy spot as a follower and I am becoming a leader, an encourager.

Through this journey I have found different parts of my dream but they all lead back to encouraging others.

I have felt a calling to start a non-profit organization as part of my God-sized dream but I have felt God slowing me down and pushing that back for now. Earlier this week I just wasn’t sure what He wanted me to do besides write on my blog and encourage others through my daily life.

Well on Tuesday I asked and I got an answer.

I have had ideas swirling around in my mind about having a conference here in Georgia. I thought that I should wait to have it after I got my non-profit going. That’s what I get for thinking. 🙂 I now feel that he wants me to start with the conference.

I love how he puts people in our lives and uses them to help lead us. I met my friend Jill when I asked to be added to a Good Morning Girls Bible study. I have never met her face to face, but she has become a good friend of mine.

On Tuesday, she posted the Dove Real Beauty Sketches video in the Bible study we are co-leading. I made a comment that helping others see themselves like God sees them has been a passion of mine and I would love to have a conference. Within a few minutes, she had offered to help me with her event planning and photography skills. Then she said, “Doing something is the first step!”

That’s all I needed. Just a friend telling me to get started. That got me excited and I posted on my FB page that I wanted to have a conference and that led other friends offering to help.

After the excitement wore off I could hear that chihuahua barking at me and nipping at my heels. (Check out my post on my Chihuahua.) I started doubting whether I could really do this. How would I take care of all the details?

Well I sent that chihuahua home and I started to make a list. A list things to do and who could help me do it. I am excited again and I know that I can do this with God’s help and direction.

I want this to be a day that reminds each one of us that we are beautiful. Our Creator made us and even knows the number of hairs on our head. He loves us and He has great plans for us.

Would you like to help? Let me know. I’d love to have you as a part of our team. I would truly appreciate prayer too!

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Want to see what the other dreamers found out when they took time to spend with our Giver? Just click on the button below.

Here {Friday Five Minute Post}

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…

HERE

The first thing I think of is the saying…Here today, gone tomorrow. Then James 4:14 comes to my mind…

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Why am I Here?

I am here because God made me and I am to praise and worship him.

I am here to learn and grow and share God’s love.

I am here to love and support my husband.

I am here to love, teach, and guide the three children God blessed us with.

I am here to help and encourage others.

I am here to do all these things until God calls me home.

My prayer is that when I am not here anymore that I will be remembered for these things.

Why are you Here? What do you want to be remembered for?

Is there something you need to change in your life or someone you need to talk to? We are not promised tomorow so do what you need to do while you are still here.

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