Time For a New Name!

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Hey friends! I woke up bright and early on this rainy Saturday morning because my sleepy mind was overtaken by a powerful word: RENAME.

It occurred to me after much deliberation between my tired limbs and my overactive imagination that I should get up and ponder this direction. After sitting here at my computer for about an hour questioning what this means, I felt God tell me that my blog for the past year and a half (My Wandering Heart Song) needs a more inclusive element to it.

I love the things that have poured out of me through the use of this creative space and I will always have those writings available to read. However, I feel like I am moving into more of a communal space and out of the self-exploration arena. I am still learning about myself and will never stop this adventure called introspection but I want my blog to be more about we and less about me.

So, this blog has now been renamed to Grace For the Wasted Space. I’ve added some new images and an updated description as well. It’s more of a community really. And guess what? I want to include you in my new and improved site! The focus from now on is going to be on storytelling. Women telling their stories of unlikely hope amidst pain, testimonies of rock solid faith overpowering fear, and tales of dreams fulfilled because of saying yes after years of saying no. Grace Stories I like to call them.

Do you want to help me get the ball rolling as we enter this new territory? I need your Grace Stories. We all have one, ya know? A time when our lives were halted by a Force greater than ourselves and realigned to the purpose planted deep inside our hearts.

If you’d like to be a part of the renaming process this blog is undergoing, then shoot me an email with your Grace Story. It doesn’t have to be perfect but I’d like it to be heartfelt and vulnerable as I’ve learned that these are the most impactful types of stories. The point, my dear friends, is to awaken the Grace Story that may be sleeping inside of someone else and cause them to pay attention to it. In their awakening, they just might look to the Giver of grace for a reminder of how he has woven their story of sadness into one of joy for the sake of another desperate soul.

Let’s start a chain reaction of grace, shall we? Email me at hisgraceisenough5@gmail.com with your beautiful words. Thanks in advance!

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Bare Bones Creativity

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Today I come to you with an unusual style and a not-so-graceful technique. Let’s call it a bare-bones moment of complete honesty. The stuff I normally write about- parenting lessons, hope after loss, motivational messages for women– are all important topics to me. Actually, they are what make me “me.” Every single word is penned out of a personal experience that I feel will benefit someone else from reading it. So I write it and allow you into a small corner of my world to see life through my eyes for 500 – 800 words.

But I’m not writing about those important things right now. I’m writing about writing and how this artistic extension of myself has created something new in me just as much as I have created something new with it. Think about that for a second. While I’m creating, I’m being re-created. I get to recycle my stories, some good and some bad, by sharing them with you. All the while, I’m being made new as I allow my heart to pour out onto the page.

Creation is a wonderful mystery!

In honor of this revelation, I’ve decided to throw out the idea that I must have a mainstream topic in order to have an audience and just write for the sake of writing. Call it an act of defiance or a rebellion against pop culture.I don’t care. I’m not here for popularity. I’m here to create. For me and for you.

I’m learning that this process only works if vulnerability is expressed.  Even though many of you have gone through similar things as I have, our stories are still different. I’m different. Which makes it extremely difficult to share my perspective sometimes. Because similar isn’t the same. And different isn’t always welcomed with open arms.

But it’s important to speak the truth. And my truth starts with broken and ends with beautiful. Every day I’m changing, transforming, becoming something different than I was the day before. All you have to do is look back at one of my old posts and compare it to one from the present to see that process unfold.

My brokenness stems from my inability to open up to you for so long. Too long. I didn’t start writing until I had no other choice. I had held my stories hostage inside my heart like the clouds hold back the heavy rain. And then the blessed time came for me to choose: write them down or be a victim of drowning in the flood that was welling up inside of me. I chose to open up the floodgates and share my stories with you.

And an unmistakable change has taken place. Beauty has come out of my letting go of what I thought I desperately needed to hold on to. The words flowed out of me so effortlessly as the dam of seclusion that I had built around my heart broke.

I’m no longer afraid to be real with you, no matter what that looks like. My opinions on things don’t depend on whether or not you like what I have to say. And that’s plain huge.

Galatians 1:10 – “You can see that I am not trying to please you by sweet talk and flattery; no, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please men I could not be Christ’s servant.”

I write what God tells me to write. And that may not sit well with you. But, at the end of the day, when I’ve written raw and real about my life, I can sleep soundly knowing I have created something beautiful. There may be cracks in my story that separate you and me but there is always, without a doubt, the same storyline every time: My ugly, imperfect mess becomes His stunning, perfect message.

And for that, I will be forever grateful.

 

Photo Credit: Clay Banks

 

I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!

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Well, this is an honor. I have only been blogging for about 6 months now so being nominated for the Liebster Award is a wonderful surprise! Thank you Alana from https://alanagabo.wordpress.com/  and Gloryanna from http://onlyaseason.com/ for nominating me!

This award is for newer and smaller blogs. Here are the rules:

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you. 

  2. Answer 11 random facts about yourself. 

  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.

  4. Nominate up to 11 other blogs who have 1000 followers or less on their blog. 

  5. Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer. 

  6. Let the nominees know your blog post is up. 

 

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11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME!

  1. I’m a beach bum at heart. Give me the sand beneath my toes any day over bustling city streets. My family went to the beach every summer when I was a teen so some of my best memories are within earshot of the crashing waves.
  2. I’m a coffee-holic. I used to work at Starbucks years ago as a shift supervisor and got to know the ins and outs of the coffee bean world. It was a ton of fun! Now I enjoy trying out local coffee shops and seeing the diverse collection of coffee swag each one has to offer the coffee nut like me.
  3. My childhood dream was to be a Broadway star and play Christine in Phantom of the Opera. I would practice in my bedroom to Sarah Brightman’s version of “All I Ask of You.” I got to see the musical live in NYC when I was there for a senior choral trip. And I cried. 🙂
  4. Running keeps me sane. I have participated in a number of half marathons and plan on doing lots more. I especially love doing the Jeff Galloway style of endurance training which combines running and walking into timed intervals in order to run longer distances.
  5. I’m finishing up my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Mid-America Christian University. After a few stops and starts over the past 12 years, I can now say that I will officially be a college graduate in the Spring of 2017!
  6. I love to travel. God knew what He was doing when He led me to marry a military man! Going to the Philippines last year was a major high point in my life and I plan on going to a lot more countries before my life is over.
  7. I juice 5 days a week. I have always been pretty healthy but felt the need at the start of the year to add some more nutrients to my diet. My juicer is getting a workout lately and my middle son has even joined in on the juicing plan! My fave juice: carrot, orange, ginger, spinach, and apple.
  8. My favorite movie of all time is Dirty Dancing. I know this may sound cheesy to some of you but I don’t care. You can’t make me feel bad about it. As my teenage crush, Patrick Swayze, says so eloquently, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” (I’m Baby in this fantasy btw.) 🙂
  9. I love wine. All varieties and brands. I used to drink way too much of the stuff but lately, as I’ve gotten older, I’m trying to really savor the finer things in life. So I’ve cut back to once or twice a week and it really does taste that much better because I get to look forward to my wine days.
  10. My husband and I want to adopt one day. One kid, two kids, heck, 10 kids maybe! We love children and are blessed with 4 biological rascals of our own. We always knew that we would adopt and now I can say with much faith that the time is getting closer for us to take this step.
  11. I am in love with Greek food. I love hummus, tabbouleh, pita, olives, lentils, baklava, ALL OF IT! And on that tasty note, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” tops the list as one of my fave flicks too. AND to top it off, Christine Caine is my fave female speaker and she is Greek! LOL

 

11 QUESTIONS FROM Alana:

  1. How did you pick your blog’s name? I wanted to combine the emotional aspect of the heart with the frailty of human nature and the lyrical aspect of a song. Hence, My Wandering Heart Song. 🙂
  2. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your 13 year old self? Don’t try to impress the boys. They are so fickle at that age. Work on your own self esteem by focusing on what God says about you.
  3. What is your overall life goal? To help as many people as I can overcome physical, mental, emotional and spiritual barriers that hinder wholeness.
  4. What cheers you up when you are feeling sad? Watching a “Friends” marathon on Netflix with my hubby.
  5. What book has most inspired you and why? “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers portrays the unconditional and awe-inspiring love of God in an amazing way. Every woman needs to read it.
  6. Who and What are your biggest inspirations? Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries is my biggest inspiration. She is a selfless Christian woman from California living in the bush of Mozambique ministering to countless men, women, and children about the love of Christ.
  7. What would you do if failure was not an option? Write a book.
  8. Do you exercise and what are your favorite kinds of workouts? Yes. I workout 5 days a week. I love to run, walk and do zumba.
  9. What is the biggest risk you have taken and did it pay off? Having children! Parenting is not for the faint of heart and you can’t be selfish and have kids. It has definitely paid off because I am braver and stronger now than I ever was before my babies came into this world.
  10. What is your favorite blog post that you have ever written? This One!
  11. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Africa

Here are the blogs I’m nominating for the Liebster Award. I enjoy reading their words of faith, encouragement, and wisdom!

https://jenniesisler.wordpress.com/

https://livehomeandaway.wordpress.com/

https://simplyettad.wordpress.com/

Now, 11 QUESTIONS FOR YOU!

  1. What is your dream job?
  2. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  3. If you could pick anywhere in the world to live, where would you live and why?
  4. Who would you pick to have coffee with if you could choose anyone who ever lived or is alive today?
  5. Coffee or tea?
  6. Do you know any foreign languages fluently and if so, which ones?
  7. If you are over 30, have you suffered a type of mid-life crisis or if you are not yet 30, do you think you will ?
  8. What is your favorite childhood pet?
  9. What do you want people to remember about you?
  10. Favorite female comedian?
  11. A day at the zoo or the aquarium?

Now it is your turn to pay it forward and pass the “Liebster Award” on to other bloggers who inspire you!  So answer the questions, pass the award along, and remember to post the badge somewhere on your blog!

God bless you all!

Harmony

 

The “Busy-ness” Trap

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It’s okay to say yes ALOT. It really is. Being busy is only bad when it’s not fulfilling or purposeful. When there is no greater purpose to the “busy-ness” it becomes draining and tedious. Doesn’t it?

But when we are busy because of a goal, vision, or shared interest, then it becomes life-giving.

Take my week. This is what is has looked like for the past 5 days:  Morning runs, home-schooling with the kids, online college classes, a lunch meeting with other women about leadership, an all day workshop with other worship leaders, dinner with girlfriends, blogging, practicing the piano, snuggle time on the couch with my husband, and a trip to the grocery store.

None of the above things are a waste of my time. They are all important.

Have I had a very exhausting week? Yes. Do I feel enriched, fulfilled, motivated and inspired despite the exhaustion? A resounding yes!

Why? Because I said yes to the important things. So, let’s keep the whole “being busy is a bad thing” in perspective, shall we?

The trick to this mindset is simple. Prioritize the exhausting stuff alongside the energizing stuff in order to maintain a sense of balance in your life. And make sure there is a reason behind what you’re doing. Doing something for someone else is fine and dandy as long as it doesn’t take the place of you taking care of you. (Obviously I don’t mean quit your job because you’d rather be at home binge-watching Netflix!)

Balance is really not as elusive as everyone makes it out to be. I promise anyone can find a personal rhythm that drives them to say the right yeses and no’s.

And when you do, your spirit, soul, and body will thank you for it!

 

 

 

Sunday Rest #2

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At church this morning our pastor talked about community.

I got to thinking about just how blessed I am to have a wonderful group of women surrounding me during the highs and lows of life.

This group of amazing gals met together for the first time only 1 year ago. We started meeting bi-monthly for an early morning walk followed by coffee and devotions.

The results of our lives intersecting has been nothing short of miraculous. Fear has been conquered through prayer. Insecurities have been voiced in a safe place. Love has been given and received despite personality differences.

Ultimately, Christ has been on display.

And I for one will never be the same because of what these women have taught me. They are each jewels of a rare and unique value that cannot be compared.

I do not take this privilege of godly friendship for granted. So many look for authentic Christian relationships and get disappointed in their search because it takes a while.

Let me encourage you to keep at it. I was lonely for 3 years before I found this safe place of godly women. It can happen to you too. Just keep looking. And if you don’t find a group where you belong, then start your own group.

It’s not easy. Anything worthwhile requires work. But it is SO worth it.

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3 Day Quote Challenge

Been a busy few days so I forgot to post yesterday’s quote. 🙂 Here ya go:

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How true this is! #quotechallenge

The rules

One quote a day for three days. They can be your quotes, or quotes from other people. Post one a day for three days and nominate three bloggers per post. Also, thank the person that nominated you.

My nominees

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