Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Little Turns Big

In this world of billions of people, I am only 1. How can I make a difference? How can I help? Have you ever felt this way?

We see a commercial on television to help the hungry children or we see a woman and her child begging for food on the side of the road. We know that we don't have much, what we have surely won't make a difference. What can we possibly do?

The world is full of needs. We may only have a little to give; a little time, a little money, a little help. But just as a small kernel can turn into a big, fluffy piece of popcorn, God can turn our little into big. Remember the story of the 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread? God multiplied the food meant for 1 to feed thousands of people.

God can turn little things into big things. #encouragement #inspiration #blessings

God can multiply our sacrifice as well. All we have to do is be willing to give. God takes over from there and turns our little into big. Are you willing to give all you have, even if it's little?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For The Mom Searching for Sanity

Motherhood is the most beautiful calling. Rewarding and precious beyond words. We love our children. We would lay our life down for them without even blinking. Yet, sometimes, motherhood is hard. No matter how prepared we think we are to raise these little people, it just isn't always easy.

Some days we feel like we are hitting our head on a brick wall. Why won't these kids listen? When will the dishes end? When will he finally be potty trained? Why am I so tired? The list goes on and on.

Have you ever thought if only we had a parenting manual?

Mom, we do have a manual. The Word of God. The Bible has so much wisdom for us as we train our children.

Lindsey Bell encourages us in her devotional, Searching for Sanityto look to the Bible and the examples God placed there for us. Searching for Sanity is a year long devotional looking to parents in the Bible. Each week has a devotional, Scripture, and reflection questions and each day has short activities for encouragement.

I love how Lindsey tells us to worship with our family, play with our family and to seek out other mothers experiencing what we are. Searching for Sanity is an incredible, must-read book for all moms.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Should I Continue To Count My Blessings?

Today at Woman to Woman Ministries, we are continuing with our series titled Fruits of the Spirit in Marriage. Today's fruit us faithfulness. Join the conversation HERE.

Several years ago I accept a challenge from the precious Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience. Ann challenged us to count our blessings. Each Monday she posted her own blessings on her blog and called it Multitudes on Monday. I loved this idea of counting my blessings and I really loved the idea of being intentional and dedicating a day of the week to focus on thanksgiving. So I began to count my blessings.

Every Monday I would come to this blog world and think back over the week on how God has blessed me. This practice has become a blessing in itself.  One year I had gotten close to 1000 blessings. Then with the new year, I started over and have continued to count to where I am now over 1500 blessings. Blessings in everything. The big things, the little whispers of God, everything. His sweet blessings.

But lately, I have felt more like I was going through the motions, than really praising God. I don't want that. I have been considering giving up on the whole thing.

I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 7:17

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
Psalm 100:4

God is so good. He blesses us continually. We need to praise His holy name. We need to intentionally thank Him for His wonderful works in our life. There is a saying that goes, "what if we woke up tomorrow with only the things we thanked God for today?"

Counting our blessings is not bragging. It is not boring. It is not a bad thing. We need to praise God, He is worthy of praise. We need to thank Him. We need to hear others thank Him. I love hearing others praise God for His goodness.

I've decided to continue counting my sweet blessings. Continue to praise God for all He has done. And I want to do it with a heart of gratitude, not out of routine. I want to rejoice in His goodness. I am going to renew my commitment to count my blessings and I am so excited about it!

I want to challenge you to continue counting your blessings with me. Each Monday leave a comment with how God has blessed you this past week. Let's rejoice together!

Counting His Sweet #Blessings #thanksgiving #gratefulness

Continuing to count my blessings...

1559. A relaxing week off from the regular busyness we have had.

1560. My husband's hard work over the weekend to get our church office remodel finished and everything moved in.

1561. A new baptism and salvation at church. Praise!

1562. Lunch with family.

1563. My son's end of season baseball party and watching him get his trophy.

1564. Clouds. I love clouds!

1565. Early morning time alone with my Daddy God.

What are your blessings? Share with us in the comments!

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