As a stay-at-home, work-from-home mom, my comfort zone is a 1,500-square foot ranch. The same painted walls, the same piles of dishes, and the same precious faces make up the scenery of my days.
My minivan travels to the grocery store, school, church, and occasionally a friend’s driveway for a play date. Adventure for me these days is a stroll through the outlet mall.
I’m okay with that. In this season of life, I like to focus inward—on my family, my faith, my casserole recipe book. I don’t suffer from wanderlust because there’s enough to juggle in my six-room home.
Whether I’m asking God to relieve a migraine or to save a soul I love, I realized I’ve been timid—almost skeptical—in my requests both large and small, praying as though I didn’t really believe God was going to come through. Maybe it’s because I forgot he can.
Have you forgotten, too? Our God is huge and powerful and altogether capable of doing immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). What if we woke up every day expecting God to do great things?
You could argue we’d be disappointed. Just because God can doesn’t mean he will—at least not on our timetable. But if there’s one thing I know for certain about God, it’s that he is good. Our big God sees around every corner, knows every outcome, and therefore is a far better judge than I am about what prayers should be answered with a “yes.” The first step is to believe he is able.
My daughter sings a song in Sunday school that sums this up. She knows it as an obvious, foundational fact. I should, too.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do!
If this post encouraged you, please pass it on. You might also like Life Is a Highway, Whatever the New Year Brings, and God Doesn’t Ration Candy Bars.
* * * * * * * *Linked up with: The Better Mom, Titus 2sdays, Domestically Divine Tuesday, Living Well Wednesdays, Grace at Home and Faithfully Parenting Fridays.
And now for some Liebster awards!
It’s time to pay it forward. Last week, I was thrilled to be honored with another Liebster award from Susan at A Vintage Farmwife. Liebster means "beloved" or "favorite" in German. The award is meant to acknowledge and promote the work of new bloggers (less than 200 followers). Winners are asked to pass along the award to five other bloggers to keep the happiness growing. A few months ago, my blogger friend Erica at Let Why Lead gave me my first Liebster, and I still owe a few payouts from that. So, here are eight up and coming blogs that have caught my eye in recent months—and I hope they’ll pique your interest, too.
Melissa at Joy in Every Season chronicles her family life in such beautiful pictures and down-to-earth, inviting words, I feel like I’m an old friend stopping by for a visit with every post.
Katie at Life With the Little Rs is a mom like many of us, blogging through the ups and downs of parenting yet always managing to land up. From her posts, I get the sense that Katie is committed to living out her values, and I admire that.