Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Long Road To Here

In James 1:5-8, it reads:
 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Those 3 verses speak volumes to me. In fact, much of the 1st chapter of James speaks to me. Loudly.

Not to long ago, I was on the verge of losing everything. And I mean everything. Utilities were going to be shut off (or had been). I couldn't get my kids the things they needed. Or wanted. Some months, we had to raid our change jar for a loaf of bread. It was bad. During that time, my depression was the worst it had EVER been. I felt lost. Hopeless. Worthless.

I believed that God had a plan for me. But, when I would pray for some kind of breakthrough, be it financial, personal, emotional, job wise...whatever, I would never fully believe that the Lord would answer those prayers. While I believed in God and answered prayers, I didn't believe He would answer MY prayers.

For so long, I would glance at the sky and ask the Lord why He was doing this to me? Why was He allowing these things to happen to me? When would it be MY turn?

It's okay to question God. It's how you ASK the question that makes all the difference....

One day, tears streaming down my face, another disconnect notice in my hand, I sat down on my bed. Head in my hands I said to the Lord "Okay, I give up. I completely give myself to whatever your Will is for me. Lord, what do YOU want me to do?"

And the answer came. And, I wasn't very happy with the answer at first.

Another door---the LAST door available to me--in the field I was working in (Personal Trainer) slammed shut. I was out of options. With a heavy heart, I hung up my trainer hat.

I was devastated at first. I had spent so much time and energy trying to build something. But, I was so wrapped up what I wanted that I failed to see that it wasn't what the Lord wanted for me. He kept shutting doors and I kept attempting to kick them back open. I would ask the Lord for a sign and then ignore the sign when it pointed to me leaving that field. I wanted what I wanted. And I expected the Lord to give it to me.

But, as we all know, God's plans for us far surpass any plans we could have for ourselves.

I got a job offer the day I decided to leave the fitness industry. All of a sudden, things started to fall into place. I am in school. I am happy. I am supporting my family.

But, more than that, I am fullfilling God's plan for me. I am working in the nursing industry using the skills God gave me to be a caregiver. I love my job. I am the happiest I have been in a long time.

Almost 2 weeks ago, Satan  tested me in a major way. I was involved in a car accident.  One week into my new job, one week before classes started, and I wrecked my car. I had no transportation. No way to get to work or school. Or to the grocery store. Tearfully, I thought that this was a sign that God didn't want me doing what I was doing.

I quickly learned that it wasn't God. It was Satan. And the outcome of this event was going to depend on how I reacted to this situation. So, I praised God that we all were okay. I praised God when I discovered my car could be fixed. And I praised God when I was able to pay the repair bill. On my own. With no help from family. For the first time in MY LIFE I faced a major expense and dealt with it, on my own.

God is working in my life in amazing ways. I can't even begin to explain the joy that is in my heart. Or how I believe, 100% , beyond all doubts, that with God, I can do ANYTHING.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A New Chapter

I don't like change. But, change is an unavoidable part of life. Whether I like it or not, things are going to change .

At the end of June, I made the hard decision to walk away from Personal Training and my online fitness business. I had to face the cold, hard truth that as much as I loved it, it wasn't what I had hoped--or needed it to be. My heart broke a little bit the day I made that decision. But, I believed that God had a plan for me, and in order to see that plan, I needed to let go of what I was holding onto.

I am working full time for the Hospital here in town as a C.N.A at the Alzheimer's Care Facility. I will begin nursing school, more than likely in the winter semester. I love what I do. I want to eventually work in either the E.R, Pediatrics, OB or as a hospice nurse.

I am happy. Even though there are days at work that test my patience, I still love what I do. I love spending my days with the residence. And being able to provide comfort to them during this time. I truly believe that I am finally on the path that God wanted me to be on.

But, there is still one final piece that I need to let go of. And that's my blog, Melissa Austin Fitness. For several years, I have blogged over there about Fitness. I have been an ambassador for Sweat Pink and for Fitfluential. But, my time in the fitness industry has come to an end. And, when Melissa Austin Fitness expires this month, I will not be renewing that domain name. I will be cutting that final tie.

I won't lie, it's hard. But, I know that the dream I once had of being a big name in the fitness industry, isn't meant for me. And I am okay with that. Kinda.

I will still workout, I will still occasionally blog about fitness. But, Melissa Austin Fitness will no longer be my home. This space here will be

It's time to close the books on that part of my life.

It's time to start a new chapter.