Day 17 ~ More Like Mary…slowing down to spend time with Jesus

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“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10 : 41-42

Are you more of a Mary or Martha? 

As women, we have lots of responsibilities. It is so easy to be like Martha…too busy to sit at the feet of Jesus.

I am so guilty of this. I spent so many years getting up and getting my day started, checking off things on my to do list, and then heading to bed. Day after day without spending time with my Savior. I went to church on Sunday, but then left my Bible in my bag all week.

I was saved, but didn’t have a personal relationship with the One who saved me.

I am so thankful for people like Renee Swope, Holley Gerth, Lysa TerKeurst, and Courtney Joseph. Reading their blogs and their books have changed the way I live life.

I used to think…I really need to sit down and read my Bible. Now I can’t wait to spend my quiet time reading my Bible and listening and talking to Jesus. My favorite time is early in the morning, sitting in my chair by the window, and drinking my Spark.

Do you struggle with slowing down…taking time to listen to His voice?

Check out Courtney’s 7 ways to get in the Word. Be creative. Find what works best for you.

One thing that not only helped me read each day but also taught me how to reflect on what I read is the Good Morning Girls online study. You can register for free and even join a group. I am in a Facebook group and we share with each other what we learned from the passage each day. We also share and pray for each other.

Living with Purpose…Let’s all try to be more like Mary each day…slow down and spend time with Jesus.

Blessing to You!
Melissa

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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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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

Palms Up

Palms Up…a phrase that we have been using this week in our Proverbs 31 Study. I am having to learn to put my palms up when all I want to do is put my head down and go hide.

It has been one of THOSE weeks. You know the kind…busy, disappointing, lots of daily stuff going wrong. I struggled to just get through the week.

As I sit here in the quiet on Saturday morning, I finally get to spend some time reading, reflecting, and writing in my journal. I can now see that my enemy had some fun with me this week. Instead of focusing on God and spending time with Him, I let myself get caught up in the craziness of the first week of school, some disappointing news, and worry about our finances.

I want to say “Yes” to God…I want to live a life that is poured out for Him. He has put dreams in my heart and has a plan just for me. Why can’t I just do it?

Why? Because I still get scared and insecure. Yes, it is time to be honest. I am afraid I can’t do it. I am afraid I am not good enough. I am hoping this study will help me change that.

There are days when I feel like nothing can bring me down, that I can do anything that God asks me to do…then I let all those other thoughts start creeping in. I turn to verses that I know but the problem is do I really believe them. That is something I have been struggling with this week.

I “know” God loves me and will provide for me, but do I truly “believe” that?

I am holding on to this verse and I am going to work on truly believing…

This God–his way is perfect;the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30

I am going to focus on being thankful and keeping my Palms Up.

I love what Lysa wrote in Chapter 1…

Being a woman who says yes to God means making the choice to trust Him even when you can’t understand why He requires some of the things He does. It also means that once you’ve said yes to God, you refuse to turn back, even when things get hard.

I am publicly saying “YES”. I refuse to let the enemy have his way in my life. I refuse to quit. I will fight through the fear and insecurities and follow His plan for my life.

What about you? Are there things in your life keeping you from following His plan for you? Are you having a hard time keeping your Palms Up? I’d love to hear from you. We can pray for each other.

Blessings to You,
Melissa

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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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