“It’s a never ending pattern, played out over and over again by a progressive culture filled with craven wimps, always compensating for their moral failings by tearing down false Satans, too afraid to do battle with the real one.” – Matt Walsh
Well, hello there, strangers! I’ve been away for awhile and SO very much has happened!!! We will have to catch up in my next post! For now, there’s something super exciting that I’d love to share with you!
LifeWay & Priscilla Shirer will be launching her new bible study “Armor of God” .
From LifeWay’s site:
All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.
The Enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer’s inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.
Keep posted and I will be sharing more with you as the launch date approaches!
WE ARE HAVING A BABY! oh, wait…. you knew that ;-)
I’ll keep it short and sweet for now :)
…… WE ARE MOVING!!!!!!!!
The Wallaces are packing up and moving to OHIO!
God has blessed us beyond measure with an opportunity for Tom to serve as Pastor at New Lexington Baptist Church, in New Lexington, OH. We could not possibly be more excited to start serving alongside our new church family. We will miss our Freedom Worship family, but know without a doubt that this is God’s will for us. We are already quite smitten with our new family & with Ohio. Our boys are so very excited for all of the new friends, just like their parents ;-) .
Please keep our family in your prayers as we are making this transition & as we are searching for a new home over the next couple of weeks; Tom will be traveling to Ohio to, Lord willing, find our home sometime over the next couple of weeks. We will be moving before baby Samuel arrives in May, Lord willing :) .
And to our NC & VA family – if you wanna see us before we move, come on over :) We will let you help pack up a box or two – or we can just visit – we will likely not be making a trip to VA before the move, since we are busy packing and getting things ready for Nic & Jenny’s wedding [Tom’s sister].
I am humbled to even have the opportunity to share this with you, yes – YOU. I had the opportunity to contribute to the first ever collaborative Pursuit Community Devotional, and what an honor it is to share pages with these women of God.
Be still before the Lord & wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7
Last night our family received some exciting news, I can’t share it with you yet – but God used this devotion this morning to remind me how rewarding it is to just wait on His timing.
God never ceases to amaze me. I just knew after writing this, and submitting it, and then seeing it for the first time in print – that my message in sharing it with you would still be about the waiting period we are in. Sweet sister, or brother, in Christ – let me tell you – His timing is perfect.
I know now that our time of rest is coming to an end, God is about to send us spiraling into a full blown busy season – all in His own timing. Letting Him lead us is the best feeling in the world – granted, it isn’t always easy. It is hard to relinquish control and to not know where you’re headed next or what you’re supposed to be doing. I want to encourage you to take time to rest in Him. Spend time in God’s word – seek after a heart like His.
I pray that as you’re ending this 21 days of fasting and praying that you feel rejuvenated. You still may not have the answers you are looking for, but please take comfort in knowing that God will reveal them to you in His perfect timing.
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[ #pursuitcommunity #seekdevotional ] We will be going through this devotional again during the month of September – you can order a hard copy (or paperback) here. I am already looking forward to going through it again!
Word to the wise (you think I would’ve learned by now….) if you want help on your bible study, simply leave it open on the couch with the pen nearby & have to step out of the room for something ….. your 2 yr old will be sure to assist! :-) thankful for colored ink … i just switched pens for this session. (At least my bible was closed while i was out of the room, and he only marked a little on the cover)
Can I be honest? There was a time when I would have been LIVID. I mean, like I wouldve fussed at Nate, yelled at him, attempted to put him in time-out, maybe even popped his behind – I am so thankful that God is constantly working on my heart – to be more like His. Yeah, there will be moments when I’m sure I will lose my cool; I am only human. But today, I am thankful He let me see it as He does – my child simply saw an open book and a pen and wanted to draw mommy a picture.
One thing I am finding in this season of life that I keep catching myself get excited about is the 1st and 15th of each month!
I did this challenge a few years ago & have since used life as an excuse to not continue, so lame, I know. I am so thankful that God pressed on my heart to take part in Beth Moore’s Siesta Scripture Memory Team this year. I am finding my heart being blessed beyond measure, in Him. Beth does some of the posts herself, and she also has guest bloggers, like this week.
I won’t keep you here long – and I will do my best to share my verses with you each week. The goal is to end the year having 24 scriptures memorized – writing His Word on my heart. In doing this, I am not only gaining biblical knowledge and insight but I am getting to know my God – to know His heart. When spending much more time in the Word I am a better person, a better wife, a much better mother – not in that I am doing anything spectacular – not that at all. When I am spending time in God’s Word and growing in my relationship with Him – He is simultaneously making my heart more like His. You see, He is changing my attitude and my desire to do certain tasks (He can even make me enjoy doing laundry or dishes – because I am able to see it as taking care of my family, taking care of the precious gifts He has so graciously given me).
Without delay – my verse for week 4:
here are my previous weeks’ verses (since this is the first I am blogging on them):
By God’s Grace,
A couple years ago I stumbled across Pursuit Community – a group for women in creative industries – founded by Karen Stott of Intentional Home. Since becoming a part of this community of women on Facebook, I have made some amazing social networking connections. There are several small groups within the large community of women – safe places to come to fellowship with other women of God. I have also made a few wonderful friendships – women I know that I can call on at any hour to just stop what they are doing and cover my family in prayer. Granted, majority of these ladies I am speaking of I have never even met in person, insane, right?! (Although, I must say, I have met one friend whom I will cherish forever through Pursuit, she photographed Nate’s birth & has photographed our family since – I seriously thank God for putting her in my life – I consider her one of my closest and dearest friends. – all thanks to this amazing group!) Up until last night, I had not had the opportunity to meet any more of these amazing women in person! Long story made short – we finally had a “local” small group, I think most of us traveled around an hour to meet, give or take. I had been sick all day – pregnancy sick & randomly at 25 weeks….. really?! But, anywho, I was so nauseous and tired and almost did not go to our small group’s very first meet up. Well, Satan, yeah, I am calling you out, You lost. I am so thankful that God kept pressing on my heart that I needed to go to this meet up. Now let me tell you, on the hour ride there Satan really tired to convince me to just turn around and go home – or get there and drop off my goodies I was bringing for our outreach and leave “I needed rest.” “Will these women really stay your friends?” “Will you really even connect?” “Your job is to be mommy, you need to be at home” “how selfish of you to go and have 4+ hours to yourself, while leaving Tom at home with the boys!”…. and they kept coming. Well, I denied Satan’s pressing these thoughts into my mind & cranked up the worship music [well, not too loud, bc I had to hear the gps]. God blessed my heart and used the second half of my drive to prepare my heart for meeting these women – what a waste it was arguing with Satan the first half – you’d think we’d learn to give it to God right away and soak in what He has for us to hear, but alas, I’m only human – a mere sinner, just like you. I am SO very glad that I was able to go & meet my new friends! What I didn’t expect, was that I got that “rest” I needed. My soul needed this fellowship with other women who give Him the glory. My heart was aching for these women to be in my life, and I was completely unaware. My children and husband survived just fine without me – the boys were even asleep in their beds when I got home – they’d been fed and bathed and loved for and on and played with – they truly have the BEST daddy in the world, maybe I am bias, but I couldn’t imagine a day without him. We snacked on the yummy goodies everyone brought, sipped on hot cocoa, and had wonderful God-filled fellowship. We got to know each others’ hearts – it wasn’t a meeting where people tell you what you may want to hear, or tell stories to be entertaining – we all shared from our hearts. It was as if we had been in this small group for months, years even, and we knew we were safe and we could just be ourselves. I am already looking forward to our gathering next month. What a true blessing God gave us all – and on a Tuesday night! So, Thank you, Karen, for stepping out on faith – that only God can fill. And, Lauren, I am SO glad God forced us together ;-) Lucy knew what God knew – we’d be friends in the quickest of heartbeats. You speak to my soul, sister. Today, I am giving God the glory for sending soul sisters into my life. Making girl friends doesn’t always come easy – in fact, it’s hard – but with God, it was easy, I just let Him do it & He more than provided. We need fellowship with other believers – specifically of the same sex – it is so important for our survival and if we are to thrive as believers. We are meant to hold one another accountable, to be there to lift each other up and to encourage one another. We are meant to just be there for one another – to give God the glory – to be support for each other.
Jessica’s husband surfaced and took a couple of group pictures for all of us before the night ended! :-) Meet my new friends <3
I pray that if you’re seeking for fellowship with other creatives – that you are able to find it here.
It’s no coincidence that my verse for this week is: