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!