Waiting

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Waiting ~ the time between finding out something could be wrong and getting answers. The long, drawn out time that can drain your spirit.

We all go through times where we have to wait. We can let it crush our spirit and let worry and doubt overwhelm us or we can look to the One that is in control ~ our loving Heavenly Father.

Lately, I have watched loved ones wait and then get the news that they prayed not to get. I have watched them take on cancer and health problems. They have endured the kind of news that could make someone angry and bitter, but they have done the opposite.

They have a strong relationship with our Father, they know who is in control, and they let His light shine through them.

Now I am waiting. Waiting for more x-rays and answers. Worrying about the possibilities has been creeping in, but I am fighting back with God’s Word. I know that no matter what comes along in this life, I can get through it. My faith is strong and my Hope is in Him.

So no matter what comes your way ~ either in the waiting or in the answers ~ take a deep breath, relax, and give it all to Him. He loves us and will never leave us.

Blessings to You!
Melissa

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Start a Fire in my Soul!

It is January 7th and I am fired up for today and for this year! Heard this song on my drive to work this morning and it really got me going!

Start a fire in my soul
Fan the flame and make it grow
So there’s no doubt or denying
Let it burn so brightly
That everyone around can see
That it’s You, that it’s You that we need
Start a fire in me

I am so glad I kept my blog. I really considered just deleting it. The writing just didn’t come last year. I felt like a failure and figured no one read my posts anyway.

I now know that this blog isn’t for anyone else but me. It is a place for me to put down my thoughts and praise my Lord. I was actually shocked when I got a comment from my friend, Jennifer, last night after I posted my one word for the year. It was such a sweet comment and has encouraged me today.

This is the year where I am just me – the me God created me to be!

original-839395-1This has always been one of my favorite verses, but finally it means so much more to me – I actually BELIEVE it!! And what a difference that makes!

I also realized this morning that I want to go to Uganda – I need to go to Uganda! After becoming an advocate for Sole Hope last year, I thought about how amazing it would be to visit. Now I know that this is one of my God-sized dreams. I will leave the timing and details up to Him, but I know in my heart that I will get there.

Until then, I will continue to share about Sole Hope and encourage others to have shoe cutting parties or donate to the organization. Dru and Asher are doing amazing things in Uganda and it is such a blessing to have a small part in helping.

So today, I will hold on tight to my Hope and pray that God will use me in some way each and every day. My fire has been lit!

My One Word for 2015 ~ HOPE

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HOPE ~ this is a word we hear all the time. We hope for lots of things to happen, but do we HAVE hope?

For the past few years, I have chosen one word to focus on for the year. I would take my time, read scripture, and pray for the right word. This year was very different ~ my word was all in my face!

It started at our Christmas Eve service. Our pastor talked about hope.

Hope is a strong and confident expectation.

Not quite the definition I have used in the past. How about you?

Our pastor reminded us that our hope came down to earth as a baby and then gave his life for us. He gave his life for ME! Jesus gave his life so that I could have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. I have an eternity in Heaven waiting for me.

After that service, I could not get the word Hope out of my head and then it was everywhere – on blogs posts I read, in pictures, in passages I read in my Bible.

The verse at the top of my blog is my verse for 2015.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Hebrews 6:19

One post I read gave me a better picture of this verse. The author talked about how we are solidly connected to God in Heaven. Jesus carried our anchor to the throne room. So no matter what storms come our way, we are anchored and cannot be moved.

How do I stay hopeful? By reading God’s Word each day and talking to my Father. He made us to have a relationship with Him. It can be so easy to let the distractions of the day keep me from building my relationship with Him, but my day always goes better when I put Him first.

After a very rough year last year, I am excited about 2015! I am stronger in my faith and I have a strong and confident expectation that God will do great things this year. I am sure we will still have hard times, but I cannot be moved because I have an anchor for my soul.

I am pushing back the fear that keeps me from being completely obedient and I am ready for Him to use me for His glory.

This Hope will keep me going through the hard times, it will give me courage to dream, and it will make me strong and courageous!

How about you? Do you have Hope? Do you have a word for 2015?

Blessing to You!
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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After {Five Minute Friday 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…

AFTER…

Have you ever gone through a hard time, wondering what in the world God had planned? Have you gotten to the after and realized it was all worth it?

The past few years have been tough for me and my family. I am one of those that likes to be in control and plan everything for my family. Well God took care of that and put me in my place.

Let me tell you…I had it all planned out!

I left one of my favorite jobs to go teach at my son’s school. It was great because my second child would be starting Kindergarten there too. I could just see all of us going to school together for many years. I could see the day that my daughter would start Kindergarten and we would all be together. It was going to be perfect…well not quite!

My 6 year old boy had a horrible year, actually he didn’t make it through the whole year. We withdrew him a few months before school ended. I couldn’t believe how we were treated. It broke my heart and I saw all of my plans falling apart. Me and my other son stayed for two more years. It was hard but I felt I had to in order to bring in the income we needed.

I struggled with who I was and who I wanted to be. My marriage suffered and I wasn’t even sure if we would make it. I wasn’t the parent that I wanted/needed to be. I hit rock bottom.

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Well rock bottom is exactly where God wanted me to be. It wasn’t until then that I gave him everything…me, my marriage, my children, my plans, my career, my future.

I can tell you the after is Amazing! I feel like I am right where he wants me to be. I am growing and learning. I am also excited about the dreams he has placed in my heart.

Life is so different for all of us because he is in control now. He is who we live for.

What comes to mind when you hear the word After? Check out some stories from some of my other blogging friends. I know they would love to hear from you too!

Blessings to You,
Melissa
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