Hitting the RESET button...In Your House

Hello again!  While on the topic of RESET I thought I’d share the mess I’ve gotten myself into the past few days.  Literally, a mess!  My beautiful little house looks like its been ransacked by tasmanian devils.  Let me explain.

Christmas 2016 was one of overwhelming abundance.  Wow, God is good!  It was especially fun because each child received something they had really wanted and even been praying for. One of those gifts was a drum set for my 10 year old son Dominic. If you know us personally you know that all our kids are musical, especially Dominic.  He has a PASSION for music that cannot be quenched!  He received his first toddler drum set at at 18 months old on Christmas of 2007. He was SO happy! Here are some pics of Dominic at 18 months receiving his first set and a few of him at age 2 & 3.

 18 months - Christmas 2007

18 months - Christmas 2007

 18 months - Christmas 2007

18 months - Christmas 2007

 2 years - playing along with music on the iPod

2 years - playing along with music on the iPod

 3 years

3 years

Unfortunately he never received an upgrade, but thankfully he has parents who are pastors therefore he has enjoyed access to good drum sets through the years.  Anyway, this year he got his upgrade! A huge thanks to Pap and Grammie for making it possible as well as keeping it hidden at their house! The drums are now neatly set up in our NEW MUSIC ROOM….which leads me back to why my house is in a current state of disaster.

Do you find that starting a project in your house leads to one horrifying mess after another? Ugh.  This is the part I hate!  I love the final product but getting there is so exhausting.  Obviously the drums couldn’t stay at Pap and Grammie’s. The question then became where will they do in our house??? Scott and I decided against the loft because there is no way to contain the volume (if that’s even possible with drums). The only option that made sense was to convert the boys’ bedroom into a music room and move the boys beds out to the open loft.  The loft would now serve as part sleeping quarters, part play area.  The boys’ room would become not just the drum room but the NEW MUSIC STUDIO!  Everyone (including Dominic and James of course) was in agreement that this was the right plan so we moved forward.

I’ll keep this as short and concise as I can but you know the drill.  First we cleared the space in the loft for the beds, moved the beds, mattresses, etc into place.  Then all shelves, night stands, books, toys, fish tank and…stuff.. had to be taken out of the old room and arranged in the loft. I must say, it looks awesome!  This however took a lot of time. Theeeennnnn….we had to clean the boys old room!  My word. It was like running a marathon.  Just keep going…don’t. stop. cleaning.  One inch at a time.  This is where I’m grateful for my essential oils! Well, the job got done with my awesome little helper Kelly Joy by my side.  What a good sissy she is! While we cleaned the boys were picking up the drums from the grandparent’s house and let me tell you….the mess and hard work was WELL WORTH it as Scott and I watched Dominic set up his new drum set in his new space!

You see, as a family we decided to hit the RESET button.  TOGETHER we decided to do something based on what God has called us to as a family.  It’s not only Dominic that has a passion for music, we all do!  The truth is we really do need a music room/studio in our home because music, worship, songwriting is OUR calling.  We made an adjustment based on a family call.  We have always taught our kids that we are called to ministry as a family.  Individually we bring unique strengths, talents, and anointings to the table but when we come together as a family, it is powerful!  We decided to get creative and do something a little unconventional.  Now the boys sleep in an open loft that their siblings and little cousins could easily mess up.  Oh well!  Now the clanging sound of drums will fill my home.  Bring it on!  Now James can practice his guitar, Scott can set up his console for recording, the girls can sing into their mics and amps, I can record demo’s and we can have fun as a family doing something we are all passionate about!

To me, this was a much needed RESET!

Do you have an area in your home where you need to hit the RESET button?  Do you love to read and write but have no quiet, beautiful space to do so? Is your house cluttered with all sorts of stuff you don’t use?  Get rid of it!  You’ll feel SO MUCH BETTER! Quick side note to Moms who may be reading this….your house is probably filled with WAY TOO MANY TOYS…and crap! For example – broken pencils, colored pencils and crayons. Random puzzle pieces. Books that have torn pages or are from like 7 years ago. Every piece of artwork they ever created in school.  Your kids don’t need it and neither do you.  Take a quick second and think through what your kids actually play with.  Keep those toys.  Get rid of the rest.  Keep all the really sweet stuff they made in school too (I’m not totally heartless). Moms and dads – how many kitchen utensils, office supplies, clothes, shoes, ear buds, DVD’s, receipts, books, cleaning supplies, toiletries do you really need? Scale down.

Tune into your passions and the passions of your kids and build your space around what adds true value to you and each person in your family.  Make your bedroom peaceful.  Make your kids rooms fun and focused on who they are as a person.  Make your living spaces functional and less cluttered.  Yes, it takes time, planning, energy, sometimes money (but it doesn’t have to).  Sell stuff online and use the money to buy organizational stuff or maybe a few new decor pieces.  Anyway, you get the point.

I really hope you’ll take some time to hit the RESET button in your home because after all we spend a ton of time at home!  There a saying that goes, “there’s no place like home.” It makes me sad that home is often stressful to a lot of people.  None of us are perfect (I’m the queen of piles).  Start somewhere! Ready, set, go!

Talk to you soon!

Lydia

Hitting the RESET button

Hello there world. I’m Lydia Ingegneri and this blog is all about my life in 3D. My life is a lot of things, meaning I do a lot and have typically a lot of things I’m focused on (I’ll get more into that later.) Most importantly you should know that God is my everything and He has blessed me in this life beyond what I could ever of asked, hoped or dreamed possible. My life is far from perfect. I’ve experienced many hard things like most everyone else. However I will say that in every season of this journey called life God IS faithful and…I have a great life! No really, I’m not just saying that!

MY life is great!

My LIFE is great!

My life IS great!

My life is GREAT!

See what I did there? No matter how I articulate it to you – my life is great!

I am married to the man of my dreams – aka The Italian Stallion – Scott Ingegneri. We married in 2003 and since then have populated the earth with four incredible, passionate, loud, charismatic, crazy talented and cute kids! You’ll get to know them well through this blog! Our eldest son Dominic is 10. Next is James who is 8. Then there were two…our Twincesses Kelly Joy and Mia who are 5.

We live in a perpetual state of organized chaos, laughter, adventure and surprises!

My husband and I are full time pastors of a multi-campus church in Phoenix and are also full time songwriters. We own several businesses, travel for music and speaking engagements, and yeah, I’m tired now reading my own post.

As I said, you’ll get more details along the way. This is the short and to-the-point version.

Now onto the topic of this post…

HITTING THE RESET BUTTON

Christmas 2016 is in the books and now I find myself in a week of recoup between Christmas and New Year’s. This week is the calm after the storm in the Ingegneri house. My attention has turned from shopping, wrapping, scrambling, grocery shopping, worship practice, choir rehearsal, Christmas Eve church services, cooking and hosting to resting, sleeping in if possible, sorting and organizing the new fun prizes, toys, clothes, gadgets and goodies, laundry, cleaning, going to the movies and cooking as little as possible! The entire process (pre and post) is most fun and enjoyable to me! The kids are still out of school so there is no need yet for alarm clocks (hallelujah) or school lunches (an even bigger hallelujah)!

While piddling around the house and enjoying fun family outings I find myself looking ahead to a new year and making all sorts of mental plans.

I like to think of a new year as a new chance. In other words, a RESET. This summer my phone locked on me and I literally could not get into it. The truth is that I forgot my password and locked myself out of my phone PERM.A.NENT.LY! This happened the eve of a trip I was taking alone to California. The thought of being alone in airports and away from my hubby and kids for three days with no phone was not an option! At the phone store place they walked me through how to reset my phone and got me up and running again. The problem with a reset on a technical device is that your stuff is permanently erased if not backed up. I lost some pictures and apps, but nothing major. It was more of a hassle than anything else.

A reset for the spirit, soul and body is not a hassle, in fact it’s become a mandatory thing for me. The older I get I realize how important it is to stop and hit the reset button – to start over; recalibrate. “If you reset a machine or device, you adjust or set it, so that it is ready to work again or ready to perform a particular function.” – Learners

Yup, that’s what I need! Sign me up.

Let us not deny the fact that a reset is available to us every morning by none other than the Lord Himself. “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!””
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

How beautiful is this declaration of truth?! What a promise! Every morning we have an opportunity to reset. I honestly get really overwhelmed when I think about an entire new year before me. The Lord in His word instructs us to take it day by day, not week by week, month by month, or year by year. He says…day by day! “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33-34‬ ‭NLT‬‬

My personal RESET involves my spirit, soul and body. I’m a believer that you can’t separate these three things. You can most definitely focus on one stronger than others but you can’t focus on one area only and ignore the other two. Truthfully you won’t be able to ignore because the others will suffer so much that you’ll be miserable!

Your spirit effects your soul and your body. Your soul effects your spirit and your body. Your body effects your spirit and your soul.

This is an entire topic on its own, so we may go there another time. My point is that all three areas need adequate attention.

My reset looks different than yours but I encourage you to take time to prayerfully consider where you need to hit to reset button. My reason for emphasizing prayerfully consider is because Jesus IS wisdom! He knows us better than we know ourselves. Ask Him to show you what to do and how to do it. I’ll admit it’s helpful to have a start point or some topics to bring to the Lord in prayer.

Spirit: do you need to hit the reset button in your devotion and prayer life?

Soul: do you need to hit the reset button in your marriage, relationships or personal self care?

Body: do you need to hit the reset button in your eating and exercise habits?

Thanks for taking the time to read this – I really mean that – and for letting me speak openly and share my life and the things that matter to me! And just so you know, I’m hitting reset in all three areas!

Talk to you soon!

Lydia

The Journey

It's difficult to process, let alone explain, the journeys we go through in life.  What I am learning about my journey personally and the journey I am on together with my husband Scott, is that we are walking a path that has already been marked by our Maker!  I am so grateful I don't have to plan it, figure it all out, and try to decipher which direction to go.  My job, our job, is to obey God, trust God, and let Him lead. 

Our journey with music actually started many years ago as kids.  Both Scott and me grew up in churches that experienced lively and authentic praise and worship.  As children we encountered powerful times in the presence of God in the worship services at church.  Although Scott was growing up in Arizona and me in Washington, the same God who created us both was calling us deeper and speaking to us early on in our lives about our calling as worshippers. 

We both remained steadfast in church and our personal walks with the Lord grew deeper as well.  As teenagers we knew we were called to full time ministry within the local church.  In fact, when Scott was in the 1st grade the Lord told him he would be a pastor!  Part of my journey was moving to Phoenix in 2000 and meeting Scott one year later.  I'll save the details for another time, but it was clear as clear could be, Scott and I were meant for each other and now we would walk this journey of music and ministry together!

From the very beginning our lives are ordained and our journeys are marked. The Bible says in Psalms 119:105 "Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." (NLT) We were never meant to walk in the darkness; directionless and lost.  In the journey of life God is there and present.  He is after all the One who designed our journey!  The Bible also says in John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." This is the whole point!  God is with you! 

There are many unknowns but this I do know - my life belongs to Jesus!  That is enough for me.  When I was very little my mother made me blanket with big letters on it that says I BELONG TO JESUS!  All my life I have read these words and believed them.

Scott and I encourage you today to believe that YOU BELONG TO JESUS!  Your journey is marked with greatness and there are many exciting things in store for you, for us, for those who believe and rest in this promise!

Lovingly,
Lydia