Broken {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…

BROKEN

The perfect word for me this week. I felt broken yesterday. I found out that I didn’t get the job I had interviewed for…actually had two interviews for.

A local private school contacted me about a technology position for this coming school year. It sounded like a good fit for me and I thought it would be a great school for my kids. I really thought I would be offered the job after the second interview. You can imagine how it felt when they contacted me yesterday and said that even though I was very qualified they had chosen another candidate. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.

I have to admit that I did cry a little bit yesterday and had myself a pity party, but today is another day. God has blessed me with a good job. It doesn’t pay as well as I would like but you know what…my God always provides.

I didn’t realize until last night that this was the first time in 18 years that I had not been offered a job that I interviewed for. Wow! That made me stop and really think.

There is a reason I didn’t get that job…He must have better plans for me. So today I don’t feel broken…I feel blessed!

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How about you? Have you gone through times where things didn’t work out as you had planned? Can you look back now and see why?

Blessings to You,
Melissa

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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. 🙂

 

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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