Category Archives: Simple Life Heartenings

I LOVE celebrations!! Celebrations provide opportunities for making memories. I have 20 plus years of experience in weddings, birthday parties, wedding and baby showers, luncheons, corporate events and more. I am praying for the Lord to provide an opportunity for my party planning business, Celebrations By Melanie, to grow and provide memorable events. Please check out a few of the events on my Facebook page!

Connect and Create {Coco Liner Daisy

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P.R.A.Y.

Praise

Repent

Ask

Yield

Connect and Create began because of the coronavirus quarantine. I was missing my beloved community and found moments of the sacred in the stillness of my office, now creative space.

Continue with me on this journey of discovery and yielding to the Lord.

Please sign-up for email updates as we grow together in community~ both near and far.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21

Thank you Jehoshaphat for your example of praise in the midst of battle!

Simple Daisy Flower made from (3) Dollar Tree Coco Liners

Check out my Facebook Page- Melanie Self

www.facebook.com/melanie.self/videos/10222647401836567/

Connect and Create {Coco Liner Flower}

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P.R.A.Y.

Praise

Repent

Ask

Yield

Connect and Create began because of the coronavirus quarantine. I was missing my beloved community and found moments of the sacred in the stillness of my office, now creative space.

Continue with me on this journey of discovery and yielding to the Lord.

Please sign-up for email updates as we grow together in community~ both near and far.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21

Thank you Jehoshaphat for your example of praise in the midst of battle!

Simple Daisy Flower made from (3) Dollar Tree Coco Liners

Check out my Facebook Page- Melanie Self

Connect and Create {Coco Liner Flower}

Rhythms of Renewal Connect and Create

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Hello MRO Ladies!!

I have given you a week to settle into the new normal your family is growing through. I just want you to know that I have been earnestly praying for you. I miss your family and especially time with you!

Last week I launched a 4 week Rhythms of Renewal FaceBook Live video. Connect and Create. A 30 minute lesson (Connect) and 30 minute (Create) craft much like what I would do at the track. Trying to be creative at getting us together. Now that I am not traveling, it will be great to connect with the ladies that do not travel as well. Please feel free to share!!

Every Wednesday @ 8pm – 9pm for the upcoming 3 weeks. (3/25, 4/1, 4/8)

This is a public video over on my personal FB page. Tonight we will consider our second word of focus- Restore! Oh such good stuff!

https://www.facebook.com/melanie.self/videos/10221894075523880/?d=n

Staying Our Minds On God Through The Most Difficult Days

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All of the noise, chaos and the information overload continues to be overwhelming this morning. Today I think we can agree that we ALL need an encouraging word.

We packed up the MRO Community Center in Atlanta Thursday night. My soul continued to long for caring for our NASCAR family. Heart so conflicted. I struggled with one of the hardest decisions that had to be made in my time with MRO. My mind understood. God’s call on my life to serve others settled at the forefront of my heart. In the end I found rest in knowing It was the good and right decision for so many reasons.

We pulled out of Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday morning and there was such a feeling emptiness in us all. While it would have been much easier to surrender to what I was feeling, I knew my heart would be much better served by running toward and clinging to the rock of my salvation.

I opened up my Bible App since my Bible was under the motor home slide out. I ran hard and fast to one of my favorite passages~ to a verse that has carried me through some of the hardest times in my life. So I thought you might be encouraged by my journey- one that continues to carry my heart.

Isn’t it amazing how God always knows exactly what we need? Thank you Lord.

I know this is long. The sixteen words packed in this are worthy of our attention. Save the post of your do not have time to settle in.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

We don’t know the tune, but these are lyrics to a song, since this chapter of Isaiah begins, “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah.”

When is “that day”? The impending day of judgment on the earth. Oh my. A terrible day for those who’ve turned their backs on God.

A glorious day for those who’ve put their trust in God.

Beloved, that day is going to come as surely, swiftly, and with far more destructive force than any natural disaster or COVID – 19. But for God’s people, He promises peace in the eye of the storm. And He calls us to sing a song of praise simply because He is worthy of it.

Just sixteen words in this verse, but every one packed with hope. Every word. I’ll try not to wear you out with this, but seriously, every word matters. Look.

You… Isaiah 26:3

This is “the Lord” (CEV). He is only One who can make the promise that’s about to unfold.

If we look for lasting peace elsewhere, we won’t find it. If we think any government in the world can provide it, we are fooling ourselves. Only God. Only, only God.

…will… Isaiah 26:3

Not maybe, not probably, not shoulda, woulda, coulda. He will.

In fact, He “dost” (RSV). It’s a promise that’s already been fulfilled in him and by Him. “I know that everything God does will endure forever” (Ecclesiastes 3:14). “Forever” means eternity in both directions. All the way back and all the way forward. Beyond the parameters of time as we know it.

This is the kind of promise Eternal God has made to His people. I will.

Unfortunately, I make—and break—a dozen promises a day. “I’ll be right there.” “I’m almost done.” “I’ll get back to you soon.” I mean well. But I don’t always deliver. Soon becomes two hours later, two days later. Almost done is worthless until you reach done. When God says He will, He will. Such a deep comfort in knowing this to be true.

…keep… Isaiah 26:3

How I love being a kept woman when God is the One doing the keeping! He will “give” (NIRV) and “guard” (AMP), He will “preserve” (CJB) and “protect” (GW). To keep something of great value, we put it in the safest of places. Like a wedding band, circling a ring finger: close, personal, never out of sight.

This is what God does to keep us: “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16). Right here. Touch. See.

…in… Isaiah 26:3

I know, I know. Crazy, to park even for two seconds on the word in. But in high school, in was the end-all, be-all. Everybody wanted to be part of the in crowd, (Sing it with me, if you know it: “I’m in with the in crowd. I go where the in crowd goes. I’m in with the in crowd. And I know what the in crowd knows…”)

Years later, I still want to be in: “in God’s sight” (Romans 2:13), “in God’s service” (1 Thessalonians 3:2), “in God’s love” (Jude 1:21) and “in God’s presence” (Hebrews 9:24).

Please, Lord, count us in.

…perfect… Isaiah 26:3

This word makes perfectionists twitch, but here’s what it actually means: “constant” (AMP), “true” (ERV), “complete” (EXB), and “whole” (MSG). It means finished. It means Thy will be done. It doesn’t mean we get it right; it means God gets it right.

“As for God, his way is perfect” (2 Samuel 22:31).And his perfect way leads, naturally, to…

…peace… Isaiah 26:3

Some translations make this word perfect by doubling it: “peace, peace” (EXB), “shalom shalom” (OJB). Like squaring a number. Peace to the second power.

“Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the Lord (Isaiah 57:19).

Peace is what everyone wants and few can describe: “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Exactly so. What is peace? Knowing we are in the center of God’s will. How can we be sure we’re there? “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will” (Acts 22:14). His sovereignty is how he keeps us in perfect peace.

Remember the saying? “God has this!” He still does.

…those… Isaiah 26:3

It’s not very personal sounding, but the fact is, those means us: His followers, His believers, His children, His own. That’s who rests in perfect peace.

…whose… Isaiah 26:3

It’s an ownership word, a possessive word. Those who know God’s peace. Those who have taken the next step—not with their feet, but with their heads.

…minds… Isaiah 26:3

True fact: my mind gets me in trouble. Yes, my heart belongs completely to God, but my mind sometimes wanders down the wrong path. No, not that direction. Not R-rated avenues. Or worse! Prideful places, mostly. Hoping to impress. Wanting to wow.

Left unchecked by the Holy Spirit, my mind can also drift into dark alleys where jealousy and envy lurk in the shadows, and self-pity sticks out its big foot to trip me.

Here’s God’s sure solution:

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2), and while you’re at it, God says, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds” (Deuteronomy 11:18). I study God’s Word and share with others so that we can learn what it means to fix his Word in our hearts and minds. When his life-giving Word is inside there, my thoughts have a safe place to land.

…are… Isaiah 26:3

Like the word will above, are sweeps away any sense of maybe.

…steadfast,… Isaiah 26:3

Outside of a Bible study, I could go a whole year and never use the word steadfast. It’s what writers call a 10-cent word. Not commonly used. We might say “steady” or “faithful.” But steadfast is more delicious.

A steadfast mind that’s “stayed on thee” (ASV) produces “sound thoughts” (CEB) that “cannot be changed” (GW). Now, that’s what I’m talking about. How can we have minds that don’t wander off, don’t wobble out of control? How, Lord?

…because… Isaiah 26:3

Here is the why, the how, the answer, the because.

This is the whole of the Christian life on the head of a nail, driven into the flesh of the One who lived and died and rose again, so we would believe and love and have faith.

…they… Isaiah 26:3

Goes with those, above. They is us. And this is what we gotta do.

…trust… Isaiah 26:3

There it is. The T word. It’s woven all through Scripture. If in my heart of hearts I would stay my mind on “trust” and repeat it over and over, again and again maybe I’d be more apt to reside there in my spirit. Maybe now and again I get it more and more and more right for all the times God has taught me to “write it on my heart”.

Trust is putting down my shield of defense and picking up God’s: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and He helps me” (Psalm 28:7).

Trust means letting God fight my battles: the battles in my mind, the battles in my flesh (Lord, we need a bigger sword!), and the battles in my heart.

And any looming pandemic that might sway us to run hard and fast AWAY from being wise, prudent and trusting God’s unchanging, faithful hand.

For those of us who are in the middle of trust issues, maybe this better is yet, the way in.

…in… Isaiah 26:3

It’s impossible to simply trust. You have to trust in something or Someone: “in you they trusted and were not put to shame” (Psalm 22:5).

Yes, even our tiny word in matters, because it leads us to the object of our sentence. (I can hear my eighth-grade English teacher celebrating). Everything that I have learned points to…

…you. Isaiah 26:3

Yes, YOU, Lord. You alone are: Trustworthy. Sure. Steadfast. Immovable.

Now, check this out: the last word of this verse is the same as the first word of this verse. You. God. The One who makes everything possible. He wraps this truth in his embrace and holds it all together for us.

So much truth in a mere sixteen words!

It took me almost sixteen hundred words to scratch the surface of just one sentence from God’s Word.

Wow, Lord.

Without even trying, I think I’ve committed this verse to heart. How about you? Give it a go.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:up

Now it’s your turn!! 😁

What is perfect peace?

What does it look like, feel like to you?

If you’ve been there, describe it for the rest of us.

Happy Camper Store Grand Opening

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Please join my sister and I over @ our new adventure— Happy Camper Store!!

We have found our happy landing place!

We are sisters. Melanie and Claudia. Two “Happy Campers” since childhood. Weekend hikes collecting treasures, swimming in rocky rivers, bacon frying in a cast iron pan, lazy Saturday’s, fishing with our dad, games at the picnic table, family time, catching fireflies, roasting marshmallows under the stars and telling stories around the campfire until late into the night.

From a very young age our parents taught us the importance of tradition, adventure and making time for family. Together, we treasure childhood memories of doing life in the great outdoors.

So, welcome to our special little corner of the world over @ the Happy Camper Store!!

Our heart is to provide inspiring products that will bring the adventure back to every grown-up happy camper heart like ours.

Happy Days. Simple Life. Happy Campers.

We’d love to have you join this journey with us as OUR story continues. Keep dreaming. Keep writing your story! There’s a big and beautiful world out there!!!

Adventure Awaits!!

https://www.facebook.com/ShopHappyCamperStore/

DaySpring End Of Summer Sale Extra 25% Off

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FINAL CALL!

Today is the LAST DAY of our End of Summer Sale – Up to 70% Off + and additional 25% Off at check out with code EXTRA25

Ends midnight tonight

Note: Full Affiliate Disclosure: When you place an order with this link I will potentially get a percentage of the order.

Young Living Premium Starter Kit Sale 10% Off

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The best decision that I have ever made!! If you have been on the fence about diving in to the world of essential oils, this is an amazing opportunity!!

WHAT!!??

A Lantern Diffuser PSK AND 10% off!!!??

If the International Grand Convention and all the new products weren’t enough, how about 10 percent off select Premium Starter Kits (PSKs)!?

Who:

BRAND NEW MEMBERS.

Promotion is valid for new enrollees in the U.S. and NFR only. Please note that shipping restrictions may preclude some NFR markets from participation. Promotion is not valid for Professional Accounts or APO.

What:

Premium Starter Kit with Lantern Diffuser

—Item No. 29546D

—Price: $157.50

—PV: 90

Premium Starter Kit with Dewdrop Diffuser

—Item No. 26666D

—Price: $148.50

—PV: 90

When:

July 24th 8 a.m., MT until 11:59 p.m., MT, on July 26 or while supplies last.

Young Living has 30,000 units of each discounted PSK type available.

Questions? Let me help you navigate the most amazing journey of your life!!!

yldist.com/melanieself/

God Wastes Nothing He Gets You Ready

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Lately, my heart has been longing for a ladies gathering with you for the purpose of worship. While my private worship is an incredibly important and empowering part of my faith journey, there is NOTHING like ALL of our voices raised as one to our Lord, Savior and King. Our collective of hearts and deep soul’s longing to be in His presence is magnified when we lift our eyes toward heaven in praise and worship. 🙌🙌🙌

As I have prepared, prayed, planned, purposed, surrendered to the Lord’s will for the 2019 Summer Caution, I have considered this night, one of great significance as the vision and mission of this event is changing.

Case in point- I listened to an insightful podcast this week. I cannot remember who the pastor was or the church but the next seven words stopped me in my tracks.

The context of the pastor’s sermon was the life and battle between a very small and seemingly ill-equipped shepherd boy against a warrior and military giant.

Yep- David and Goliath

A young, ordinary shepherd boy David was prepared by God through the power of the Holy Spirit to boldly step in to serve the Lord no matter the directive!! He was READY!!!

In this season of my life, my family has continued to battle giants at every turn. This last month, God has led me deeper into the Old Testament. My spirit has been inspired, challenged hip-boot deep and stirred while lingering alongside of hugely significant historical faith moments in the lives of a nation, a people and individuals found in God’s Word.

The highs and lows of God’s people. Real life. Always a wonderful, good and faithful God. Failure, success- no matter the hardship or circumstances, they were humbled and bowed low with reverence in their response to the God of heaven. Forgiven, after taking God for granted, their immediate response was that of thanksgiving, gratitude, worship and adoration.

So we have lots of fun planned. You best be prepared to laugh, grow in community and end the night with an all-in worship opportunity!

Listen friends- Praise ALWAYS leads to victory. Simply opening our hearts, breathing out the air from our lungs and singing/expressing words from our throat and mouths opened up gives our souls the ability to clear out the things that weigh so heavy on our souls. You know what I mean. That weight we carry on our chests – every little thing for all the right reasons! He has made us to regularly worship and release.

So get ready beloved of God- Clint and Amber are bringing the band and no matter how bad our voices creak and crack, God will inhabit the praises of His people.

God wastes NOTHING that we have been through in our lives! He is preparing us for something bigger than we are, bigger than we can do- So am I ready? Are you ready?

God is doing something greater!!!

Isaiah 43:16

“I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horse……. But forget all that— And it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland…… Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my people can be refreshed. I have made you for myself, and they will honor me before the whole world.”

Man if that doesn’t make us shout and sing hallelujahs- Behold!!!! God is doing amazing things. Tuesday, as a collective, let’s surrender. Let’s send resounding notes in beautiful harmony toward heaven. Let’s watch and wait women of faith and courage. Let’s believe together for HIS honor and glory!!!

Not ticket? No worries!!!

Just let me know you want to join us. Or contact the MRO Office Monday. 704.455.3828

Text Heather Haaland 704.794.8496

Thanks Monica Palumbo Hancock ❤️❤️❤️

You can also check out what God is doing in the lives of Clint Hudson and Amber Hudson

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2019 MRO Ladies Summer Caution Night Of Worship

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Note: This was supposed to go out yesterday but I encountered a little setback. For every person who text, called, communicated, visited, that earnestly prayed for my healing…. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Monty confiscated my phone yesterday with good reason. He said I can communicate with everyone but have to give it back to him. 🥴

Update:

I am home. The artery that was blocked and caused my heat attack is the same one that took my daddy’s life @ the age of 42. Praising God for life and protecting my heart from permanent damage.

Beyond grateful to the Lord for His deep love. His ways are perfect. His plan is good. Thanks for your love and prayers.

How about we gather for a little worship on July, 16? I’d love for you to join all the amazing ladies of MRO- I will be the one with arm stretched toward heaven singing redemption’s song!

So here’s the “why”!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

On July 16, the women of Motor Racing Outreach will gather our hearts for a night of pure worship in the presence of God. Each beat of my heart is for us to “spur each other on” toward deeper intimacy with the Father. Together, God has blessed us with this opportunity to express our gratitude for who God is and who we are in Him.

Do you long for moments that will capture our individual and unique expressions of worship no matter the season we are currently in?

You see worship is our reasonable response to God. Worship on this ordinary Tuesday night is a paradigm shift that will only enhance our walk of faith beyond our last ten years of giving back. It is our offering of gratitude for so great a love as this- that God from from the beginning of time longed for a relationship with His creation. You and me!

We will shift from the horizontal view of giving to lifting our eyes toward the vertical view of heaven because of His great love for us. With ALL of our being, giving thanks to a gracious God.

For who He is.

For what He’s done for us.

For His goodness.

For His blessing.

For His faithfulness.

Even in the moments of enduring, His love ALWAYS overwhelms me- especially this afternoon. 🥰

Would you consider joining me for this extra special night worship for collectively gathering our hearts in complete surrender unto Him?

Stopping to say “thank you Lord” is the most powerful offering that we in our smallness can offer.

A clinging song for me of late has been the song “Goodness of God.

This is my heartbeat for Summer Caution this year. We need YOUR voice to join our collective of worshipers. Eyes on Jesus. Hearts held by His great love. One beautiful chorus of love.

“All my life You have been faithful. All my life You have been so, so good. With every breath that I am able. I will sing of the goodness of God.”

God has sweetly allowed me to embrace every breath, every note, every word, every opportunity over the last couple days. You have all shared in that journey and I cannot imagine every one of you to not be singing alongside of me!! Life is a gift!

So excited to have Clint and Amber lead us in holding tight with all of our strength and courage that we have that only can be found in Christ our Savior. I believe it will be an opportunity to prepare our hearts for the last half of the season with the heartbeat we all need to finish strong in the Lord in 2019.

Check out the who, what, when and where!!

July 16, 2019

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Tickets: $35

R.S.V.P. Heather Haaland 704.794.8496

The Speedway Club 5th Floor Ballroom

“Be strong and courageous.” Joshua 1:9