Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Restore To Me February 2, 2018

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Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12 NIV

I have shared over the last few months how I have struggled to find joy. If I’m being honest I never really found it, I mean I know it comes from Jesus, but I wasn’t feeling it.

On Monday I was dreading another week of teaching and musical rehearsals. I wasn’t enjoying my job at all and I have a good one. So I just prayed, “Lord, restore to me the joy of Your salvation.”

That was it, my simple prayer.

My Monday ended really horribly with a voicemail from an angry parent who said somethings that I perceived as threatening. To the point I forwarded it to my principle and recorded it on my phone for proof of this ominous message.

This normally would have ruined my day and week. But something shifted on Tuesday.

I felt this overwhelming joy and peace as I taught all day. I talked to the girl whose mother called me and cleared up some things and felt peace. I had the best day I have had all year, taught with energy and purpose and the rest of my week followed suit. Even when my keyboard died in the middle of teaching a choir class . . . yeah, not good.

Oh well, I shrugged, I can still teach. And I did.

I saw that voicemail for the evil it was. the enemy did  not want the joy of the Lord to sustain me, but it did. The voicemail dripped with the enemy’s voice and threats. I laugh now because it is so obvious to me.

This week the joy of the Lord’s salvation has been restored to me, at long last. If you find yourself dreading your days make this verse your simple prayer. Just keep saying it all day, week, month, year long until you feel His joy fill you and sustain you. He will answer.




Worth Living For — Twice! January 19, 2018

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As little girls we all long to be noticed. We twirl, we dance, we look our best. We long for our daddies to notice his little princess and to let us know he sees us. We thrive on this and sadly, it becomes part of our identity as adults. If we didn’t find that affirmation from our daddies we go looking at it from someone else, usually other men. But our quest to get noticed is never satisfied, we are always lefts wondering, “Am I noticed? Am I worth living for?”

My answer to those questions was “no.” My father told me many times that he had “no reason to live.”

This broke my heart. I wanted to ask him, “Aren’t I enough reason to live daddy?” But I never did and I lived my life trying to find someone who thought I was worth living for. As you can imagine I was never satisfied with any answer I received.

Then, one day, as I was mulling over the comment my father made to me over 20 years ago, I heard my Heavenly Father whisper my long-awaited answer. This is what He said, “Melissa, not only are you worth living for, but you are worth dieing for and living for again.” My heartbeat quickened as this truth sunk in. All this time the truth was right before me. What my earthly father could not confirm in my heart my Heavenly Father confirmed in me twice over.

This truth is not just for me but also for all of you who have ever questioned if you are worth living for. Think about your Heavenly Father and you will get your answer. You are so worth living for He lived for you twice, and even further than that He died for you so he could live with you forever.

That is the truth each us needs to embrace and live with. You are worth living for — twice!


New Blog Announcement and a Song January 13, 2018

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As most of you know I have been on this journey to better health. It’s been on my heart of while to start a blog that focuses on that. I don’t want to muddy Genesis 5020 up with that because that wasn’t the point of this blog. Although, reviewing books wasn’t the point either but it still lines up with my title and tag (My Story for God’s Glory).

So I have started a new blog, a place to share my journey to healthy living, recipes and hopefully review some cookbooks. It is called Eat or Drink and the tag is  For the Glory of God. This comes from the verse 1 Corinthians 10:30: Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. 

I have been to a lot of health blogs but none that keep the focus on Jesus. And for me that’s where it needs to be so I thought I would start one. Obviously, if this doesn’t interest you don’t pop over there but if it does I hope you will join me.

Here is the link.  Eat or Drink.

I also wanted to share a song with you. It’s actually not new, but new to me. It’s been speaking to my heart this week and I hope it will speak to yours as well. Have a blessed weekend.

Click here to listen.


Update on Faithful Workouts December 23, 2017

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Now that I have been doing Faithful Workouts for about 23 weeks (I have lost track) I thought I would give you an update.

I am at a point where I am maintaining my weight, which is where I want to be. I don’t think I really need to lose anymore. I have lost between 20-25 pounds, depending on the day 🙂

I will be honest. I only use the Faithful Workouts website for the videos now. I am not overly impressed with the menu anymore. But it was a great place to start and got me pointed in the right direction so I know what I should be eating. Now I find most of my recipes on Pinterest, and I have found some great ones (and not so great). But without Faithful Workouts I wouldn’t know how to pick the meals and snacks I eat now.

My sister gave it a try. She has been working out regularly for years and she didn’t find the workouts very challenging. So I would say if you aren’t someone who workouts (that was me) this is a good place to start, it obviously worked for me. And this is a great place to maintain your weight. But you are someone who already works out then these exercises might not be for you. I still enjoy them and they are enough of a challenge for me.

After doing Faithful Workouts for 23 weeks would I pay for a year subscription? For me, no, I now do what I need to do and enjoy seeking out new and healthy recipes. But if you are someone who needs the structure of a menu and you know you won’t seek out healthy options on your own, then this is perfect for you. You know your habits. I am a pretty driven person and once I put my mind to something I won’t stop. If you know you lack follow through and motivation (be honest) the menus will be great for you. It’s a one stop shop!

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!


Give Jesus the Lies December 9, 2017

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I know I normally don’t post on Saturday but Jesus gave something to me this morning that I need to share now.

Yesterday I was teaching one of my choir classes and this sweet girl, who works very hard and is a leader kept getting thrown off and singing the wrong part. She sings rather loud, but I also know she is very sensitive. Yet I knew I had to make a decision that I thought would work in everyone’s favor and help the overall choir to do better.

I moved her to new spot. I explained that I did it so she wouldn’t be so close to the sopranos and that it might help her. She seemed fine at first and then I notice her shut down. She wouldn’t look at me and her normally spunky demeanor left.

At the end of class I pulled her aside and tried to get her to talk to me. I didn’t want to plant ideas in her head, I wanted her to tell me what was wrong without me saying what I thought was wrong. I asked if I said something to upset her or another student and she said no. I told her I couldn’t help her if she didn’t tell me what was going on. She quickly switched topics but I really wanted to get to the bottom of this.

She started walking away from me and I called her name a few times and then finally said it was disrespectful to walk away from someone when they are trying to speak to you. She stopped then and I tried to talk to her again. I finally said, “I just want to know if you are believing lies so I can tell you the truth.”

Still nothing. And that was the end of class.

Afterwards I felt so sad because I wanted to tell her the truth. That I didn’t move her because she was bad. I wanted to make sure she didn’t believe she was a bad singer. I wanted her to hear the truth but she wouldn’t listen or talk.

This morning I woke up early and had some time with Jesus and out the blue I started thinking about what happened and He switched out the story in my head. I was the little girl and He was the teacher.

He showed me that I have been doing this same thing for months. Jesus has been trying to get me to talk to Him, to confess how I really feel, lies I have been fully embracing and I’ve been doing my best to avoid the topic.

I’ve been sad. I don’t feel joyful. I feel like I’m a horrible teacher, a bad wife, mom, worship leader. Nothing I do is good enough for anyone.

That’s how I’ve been feeling.

But I haven’t gone to Jesus with any of that, not really. Here and there I will get glimpses of truth but I don’t let it into my heart.

Jesus has been saying, “Tell me what lies you are believing so I can tell you the truth.”

I wept.

Overcome with the love of my Father. Overcome with the fact that He has been sad that I haven’t talk to Him about any of this when He is the only one who can fix it. He’s the only that can give me the eternal truth.

He has been calling my name and I’ve been walking away. Unlike me with my student, He doesn’t force me to stop, He just waits for me to. 

Today I stopped.

He has actually been showing me the truth all week and I see it fully now.

Two examples:

I had a really bad day Wednesday. I was feeling like a horrible teacher and like I didn’t really know what I was doing. The next day a get a letter from a student that was so sweet. The biggest thing that grabbed me was this sentence: “We are so grateful the Lord sent you to us.”

This little girl had no idea how much I needed to hear that, but Jesus did. He did send me to them. I need to remember that. He gave me the job I have, I believe that.

Then yesterday a different girl, who is very shy and doesn’t really talk to me at all gave me a note that said, “Mrs. Finnegan, the best teacher ever.”

I think Papa is trying to tell me something.

Maybe it’s time I listened.

Have you been running away from Jesus? Is He trying to tell you the truth about something? I encourage you to stop and listen. Give Him the lies and He will give you the truth. 


Has It Really Been Fourteen Weeks? October 27, 2017

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So I went back to my last post I did on my health journey and I can’t believe I am finishing week fourteen. Wow.

I shouldn’t be surprised, the results have shown themselves for me. Faithful Workouts works, no doubt about it.

The crazy part is I weigh only about five pounds less than I did a couple of years ago but I am down 2-3 sizes (depending on the style). That has to be because of working out and how it is reshaping my body. I haven’t been this size since early in my marriage.

The thing I am still loving about Faithful Workouts is the fact that I have a daily reminder to keep this focused on God and Him getting the glory, not me.

Here is the thing I am discovering: this isn’t just something I’m doing until I get to a certain weight, I am about where I want to be. No. This is about a new lifestyle. When people ask about a diet I say, “This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle.” My husband makes fun of me for this…all in love, of course.

If it isn’t something I can maintain for the rest of my life then I will slowly put the weight back on. What I am doing I can do forever. I don’t feel deprived, I feel revived. I am putting good things into my body and it feels good. Things God created for us to enjoy. Yes, it takes A LOT more time and effort to cook and there are days I wish I could open a box of something frozen and throw it in the oven, but in the long run it is worth it.

And yes, I still eat bad once in a while. I would say once a week I eat a meal or a snack that is totally bad for me. But I don’t care because I know the rest of the days of the week I am making wise choices.

If you haven’t taken a look at the website yet I encourage you to do so. Click here.

A free membership was given to me by Faithful Workouts. All opinions are my own. 


Finishing Week Nine of Healthy Living September 22, 2017

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It’s been a few weeks since I have blogged about Faithful Workouts. Life has been a crazy whirlwind of back to work and running kids where they need to be.

Things are still going well. This week I wasn’t as “faithful” with my workouts. I had a bad cold so I slept in one morning and today I overslept a bit so I had to cut my workout short.  But eating is going well.

The key, I have found, is planning ahead. For example, if I know I am going to be somewhere during a time I will get hungry I pack something healthy to eat. Tuesday my daughter had a volleyball game almost an hour away. This ran right into dinner. I toyed with the idea of stopping at McDonald’s but ended up packing some pecans to eat on the way home so I could then eat supper later. Thinking ahead has saved me a lot of cheating. However, I totally did get McDonald’s a couple of weeks ago after a different volleyball game. But I believe as long as this isn’t a regular occurrence it is totally fine.

What do I think of Faithful Workouts still?

I like it. But I have found a lot of repeats of the menu and my family would not be okay with that. I was disappointed in the September menu as it was pretty much the same at the July and there are many repeated meals in the same month. I like variety. Thankfully, I have learned the “rules” to better eating and have been finding my own recipes on Pinterest and started some boards so I can plan out my menus using that as well.

Overall, the plan is working for me.  I am still losing weight but I bit more slowly. I won’t know about my cholesterol for a year but I have to think that is getting better as well.

Hope you all have a great weekend.