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Fight

Posted by Tami Wallace on March 19, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
II Timothy 4:7

There are situations in my life that I can't control, fix, or manipulate in any way whatsoever.  How I wish I could!  It would make life easier.  (Wow, haven't I said those exact words more than once in recent memory!) 

However, in anything I'm facing today, and in those moments yet to come, according to what Paul wrote to Timothy, there are three things I can do:

1.  Fight the Good Fight - I'm not going to give up the fight.  I've watched people give up the fight too soon... They give up on their dreams.  They give up on their spouse.  They give up on their kids.  They even give up on themselves.  They give up because nobody told them that there's a fight in life.  Well, we are all in a fight.  I am in a fight.  But I am not in my fight alone.  "What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?"  Romans 8:31. 

2.  Finish the Race - It's not just about starting and staying in the fight.  It's about finishing.  I've counted the cost and the race is worth it and I'm staying in until I finish!  My marriage is worth it.  My kids are worth it.  My assignment in life is worth it.  "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."  Philippians 1:6.

3.  Keep the Faith - The amazing thing is I am not on my own.  God is with me and gives me what I need.  "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."   Joshua 1:9.

I'm not going to give up.  I'm not going to quit.  I'll fight, and finish, and keep the faith in my race ... And God will be with me every step of the way!

Comparison

Posted by Tami Wallace on February 24, 2016 @ 10:53 AM

I had a conversation with my daughter the other day, talking about the different worlds we each grew up in.  In my younger years years I compared myself with a relatively small group ... my peers at school and church; and the 3 channels our family TV received (in black and white, no less).  In contrast, she has grown up comparing herself to a world stage … a constant barrage of social media and reality TV streaming from a thousand TV channels.  An impossible world in which to measure yourself.

Sadly, I think we compare ourselves even as grown women.  I compare my wardrobe to other women’s #OOTD (outfit of the day); my home to "Fixer Upper" remodels; my dinner and events to those I see on Pinterest.  And, of course, I never measure up.  My husband always says comparison kills contentment.  So why do we do that to ourselves?  Perhaps there is a healthy part of us that wants to be better, go farther, live beyond where we are right now.  And that, framed from a Godly perspective, is a good thing.  But until those things arrive and even if some of them never do ... I'm striving to be content.  Right where I am.  Today.  Even if my #OOTD would never make it on social media. 

Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content."

 

Seasons

Posted by Tami Wallace on November 23, 2015 @ 8:37 AM

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

I’ve been getting my house ready for my kids to come home for Thanksgiving.
How is it that even my youngest is away at college?
It seems like yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital as a newborn.
I loved that season in life … when all my children were very young, living at home.
I’m not sure I like this season.

 

Why is it that we always want to be in a different season than the one we are in?
When it’s summer we long for the cool, colorful days of fall.
Yet in the middle of fall we can hardly wait for winter to come and go
so spring can arrive.
When our children are babies we want them to be preschoolers.
Whey they are preschoolers we want them to grow up.

 

Maybe its because we think the next season will somehow be better.
Easier.   More fulfilling.

 

I’m trying to not rush thru the seasons of life.
To embrace every season.
Because every season has something of value to add to my life.

 

I want to be like David in Psalm 31:15
“My times are in your hands”
and trust God that He has something amazing…
IN EVERY SEASON.

 

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