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Small Beginnings

I recently heard Bob Goff quote Zechariah 4:10a on his Dream Big Podcast and it has been on my mind for weeks: “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,” Zechariah 4:10a NLT This verse ties in beautifully with his Dream Big theme, but the more I reflect…

Behind the Scenes

Unless we are uber famous, most of our lives are lived behind the scenes.  Out of the spotlight.  Unseen.  Unrecognized.  Often unappreciated.  In fact – behind the scenes – is the perfect job description for motherhood, especially for stay-at-home mamas.  If we manage to do behind the scenes well, life is seamless.  We appear put together.  Food is…

When Blessings Annoy

Annoyed by blessings?  Let me explain.  As I pulled one item after another out of the dryer I felt annoyed.  Laundry seems endless and futile at times.  I know I am washing, sorting, and folding just so I can repeat the process next week: 30 shirts 20 pairs of socks 7 pairs of pants 2 Leotards 16 pairs of…

Flipping the Script – Comparison

”Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt Comparison.  Sometimes it bolsters our ego, but more often than not it leaves us feeling deficient, disappointed, or discouraged.  Feeling like we just don’t measure up.  Especially in our Pinterest-worthy Social Media highlight-reel world. We’ve all been there.   We see a friend’s trendy new home or remodel and think, wow…

Rethinking Blessing and Favor 

In the The Princess Bride Vizzini repeatedly describes the relentless pursuit by the dreaded pirate Roberts as – “Inconceivable!”  Finally, after his fourth inconceivable exclamation, his accomplice, Inigo Montoya remarks: “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”  We can relate to this revelation.  So often we use terms…

Surrender

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 – NLT For the past four years in lieu of setting New Year’s Resolutions I have selected one word and an accompanying Bible verse for the year.  The word and verse are meant to be a focus, an encouragement, and a theme for…

What a Year!

Happy New Year!  Here we are in 2022, a new year.  A blank page.  A fresh start.  There is something so exhilarating and exciting about a new beginning.  A new home.  A new city.  Infinite possibilities and  potential lay before us as we begin something new.  We chart our course as we decide what steps to take and what we create.   We decide who…

Practicing Gratitude

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – NIV Thanksgiving is almost here, yet if we walk into a store there is almost no indication of this.  Instead, we are met with the consumerism of Christmas.  It makes sense. Yes, we buy and prep for a…