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You hear a message over and over and over again, and you kinda think “yeah, I know.”  And that’s as far as it goes.  What happened way back (hahaha) in June has lead me down a path. And now I’m on a mission to take the “yeah, I know” to “yeah, I actually do.”  (Boy if that isn’t confusing!!)

This path is about life. It’s about health. It’s about money. It’s about time. It’s about family. And above all, it’s about God.

I realize I’ve never shared the story behind the name of my store.  Above All.

Above all powers
Above all kings
Above all nature
And all created things
Above all wisdom
And all the ways of man
You were here
Before the world began

Have you heard the song from Michael W Smith?  This is the song behind my store.  When I was looking for a name for my store, I wanted an A name.  (Just in case I ever opened a brick and mortar and had a listing in the phone book (SUPER expensive, btw).) Above All also plays every so nicely into the inventory of designer fabric! (and really I do believe sewing is about the fabric…above all. IF you love the fabric then you will love the project!)

Looking at the phrase Above All in the Bible, I felt reassured that this was a good name.  A good “A” name that had a meaning to me.

For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:3-5)

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that work in us, (Ephesians 3:20)

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

Above All, I know that my life is to glorify God.  And so, almost 4 years ago, I settled on the name Above All Fabric. (And luckily the url was available!)

Only I haven’t been doing a good job of that glorifying God part.

There are things that are going to change.  As the process of the reboot continues to form, I will make an attempt to let you know what is going on.  Maybe things I learned, or things that worked for me and maybe even things I have done wrong and how I would like to change.  My personality is not that of an open book. Sharing is very very hard for me.  So be patient with me while I try to open up. :-)  And know that you likely won’t know anything until my internal analytical self has already reached a conclusion.

Have you every done a reboot?  In what area?

PS The first accomplishment regarding health is that I have cut WAY WAY back on diet coke/dr pepper. This may seem minor to some of you – but last week I only drank 2 (TWO) pops! This next week my goal is zero. I know I can do it.

  29 Responses to “Reboot”

  1. I LOVE how you came up with the name for your shop! Congratulations on cutting back on pop! I gave it up Feb. 2004, and I’m so glad I did. Now to get my hubby to give it up for good!

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    Melanie Reply:

    i still love the bubbly feeling of drinking pop. Maybe I’ll forget as time goes on. Still, I know its a good step to take. :-)

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  2. Thanks for sharing the background on your shop name. I will totally look at differently from now on! What a great way to spread the good news!

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    Melanie Reply:

    :-) thanks, Courtney.

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  3. Thank you for sharing about your ‘name’ here! I love that song by Michael W Smith and it is now in my head :) I also have not been doing a good job of glorifying God lately either, life gets in the way and we just need to continually refocus back on Him :) Just keep on keeping on, write and share when you feel so led to, and I look forward to what you have to share! And yes, a great way to spread the GOOD NEWS!
    Congrats on the ‘pop-less’ life, you will feel so much better! I have not had any in years (except for the occasional ginger ale) and don’t miss it at all! Now if I can just cut down on my Kurig addiction LOL..
    have a wonderful weekend!

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    Melanie Reply:

    Oh I’m glad I don’t also have the coffee that I have to deal with!! I’ve heard it is great! :-)

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  4. Drinking only 2 sodas (or pops) in a week is really good! I know you can do zero next week!

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thanks! i think I can, I think I can. :-) Although as I hear my daughter scream/cry about having to take a bite of stuffing, I think a pop would be nice. hahaha Thankfully there is none in the house.

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  5. Loved this post. Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder. I also appreciate hearing the story behind your store name. Blessings!

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thank you. :-)

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  6. I am proud of you. Proud of your business. Proud of your life reboot. Proud of you drinking only 2 pops. Crazy…but happy for you. ;)

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thanks. I’m proud of you too. And I really miss the carbonation

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  7. I wondered if that’s where you got the name from ; )

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    Melanie Reply:

    :-) yep. My guess will be boy also, btw. I have no basis at all for it. I’m just going along with everyone else. Can’t wait to see.

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  8. I love that song! We listen to it on a kid’s praise CD in the car sometimes. I didn’t know the story behind your name – very nice to hear! It’s good to have a reboot when necessary. I look forward to hear the continuing story.

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thanks. :-)

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  9. Lord, I pray wisdom and discernment, patience and peace and perseverance as you work your plan in Melanie’s life! I hear you on how tough it can be to kick the pop habit… my success came in the form of a tea strainer from DavidsTea… I don’t love water, juice is just more sugar, but cold fruity teas helped me make the healthy (and caffeine-free for me) switch! You can do it! You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! :-)

    Here’s the steeper thingy that changed my pop-drinking self to a water-drinker: http://www.davidstea.com/accessories/the-steeper

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thank you so much! And that steeper looks really cool! I’ve had no pops thus far this week. What do you use for the cold fruity teas? any particular you like really really well?

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  10. I LOVE your shop name and the meaning behind it!

    And concerning the reboot … I am kinda in a reboot stage myself right now … It is odd and confusing … but also interesting …. and exciting …
    But I totally understand your troubles with sharing. I find it very very hard to share those things. I guess it just does not come easy to all of us. :-)

    But I bet your readers will appreciate your sharing even more now that they know how hard it is for you! And congratulations on the coke/dr. pepper goal! You can do it! :-)

    Love

    Ms Muffin

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    Melanie Reply:

    I love your wording “It is odd and confusing … but also interesting …. and exciting …” Yes! totally! thank you! I have been pop free all week thus far. I kinda want to celebrate with a pop! hahaha not really! ;-)

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  11. I love the song ! I love your meaning of your store name ! I love that you are trying to glorify God more ; If most of us are honest , we all need to work on that ; so we all need a reboot . I’ll pray for you .
    Great for cutting down on pop ! I drink coffee , iced tea , and diet pop ; so you are WAY AHEAD OF ME !
    God Bless YOU Melanie ; can’t wait to hear your story and I am hoping to be INSPIRED by it ! :D

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    Melanie Reply:

    Oh thank you so much! I have been drinking various iced teas still – no sugar in any of them though (made here at home, not bought!)

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  12. XO, Mel. I adore you! This is a great post.

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    Melanie Reply:

    Oh Bari! thank you! You’re are such an inspiration. I adore you too. You have given me a place to strive for – intentional. Healthy. and Joyful. You really are amazing

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  13. I enjoyed this post and was pleased to read the reason for the name. I too, am a born again Christian. There are things in my life that I need to put back in the ‘above all’ catagory. I will keep this phrase to do a study on in the future. Maybe it will make it into a mini devotional for a church gathering someday….
    Thanks!

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thank you, Shelley! There are many many bible verses that have the phrase!! let me know if you do, I’d love to know what all you come up with!

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  14. Love this post and so proud of you! Love you more than you’ll ever know.

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  15. Thanks for sharing! Glad to know the background of choosing name for your business. You are so talented; we are sure proud of you and thankful for you – and for God’s guidance, help and protection for you and your fantastic family! Love you lots!

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  16. I love knowing how you came up with the name for your business. From now on, I will have a completely different picture in my head when I see it. It will be a constant reminder to put Him not only above all fabric, but above all decorating, above all repurposing, above all blog reading… Thank you for sharing. :)

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