Monday, October 5, 2015

Every Little Thing {Book Review}

Over the years, there have been times when I wondered if there was something more. More than what I was currently doing…because whatever I was doing at the time seemed insignificant.

Other times, I just felt lost in what I was doing…I knew it was important, but still there had to be more. There had to be something I was missing.

But just in the last few years, God has been showing me that there is more…and it’s found in Him.

Importance and significance are not supposed to be about me. (Although we all struggle with wanting that, don’t we?) It’s about Him, and through Him, whatever we do does make a difference.

No matter how big or small, public or private, what we do matters. Every. Little. Thing matters.

I didn’t see it when I felt lost as a stay-at-home mom, but I see it now. I see it in my daughter and the time we spend together, even when we aren’t really doing anything.

My friend, Deidra Riggs, has written the book, Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You AreOh, this book! It’s encouraging and inspiring.

It reminded me that…well, every little thing matters. Right here. Right now. Wherever you may be today.
“Celebrating the significance of this one, ordinary, average life shifts our perspective and starts us on the road to God’s adventure for our lifetime. This book invites you to the celebration of every little thing that makes your life spectacularly breathtaking and of the fulfillment of all God has in store.”Deidra Riggs, Every Little Thing (pg. 25)
What seems like an ordinary day to me, is not just same old same old to God. When we follow Him, God adds the “extra,” making the ordinary extraordinary.

I wish I’d had this book all those days I felt like what I did didn’t matter. Those days I thought no one would notice what I did or didn’t do anyway. God notices. He sees. He cares. Nothing is too little to be seen by Him.
“God sees things differently. With God, the small things matter for bigness too.”Deidra Riggs, Every Little Thing (pg. 149)
Every. Little. Thing. It’s a message we all need to hear…and be reminded of again and again.

Don't miss this! Every Little Thing is available now, both in paperback and on Kindle. And maybe
grab an extra copy for a friend too.

In Christ,

[Image credit: Deidra Riggs, #EveryLittleThing]

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Fulfilled Study - Week 5

We have two weeks left in our study of the book Fulfilled by Danise Jurado. How are you doing? Are there particular parts you keep going back to? Maybe a chapter you've reread a couple of times? If you'd like to share, please feel free to leave a comment on any of the Fulfilled posts. 

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This week: Read Chapter 8—Perseverance, Chapter 9—Joy, and Chapter 10—Hope (3 chapters, but they are short)

When you finish reading, consider these questions:
  • It can be difficult to persevere through challenging times, especially when there seems to be no end in sight. Do you struggle to persevere when the road in front of you feels long? How do you keep moving forward when you’re tempted to give up?
  • Unlike happiness, joy is not dependent on circumstances or other people around us. Happiness is about us. Joy is about God. What does the difference between joy and happiness mean to you?
  • Danise writes, “Hope cannot be based on our circumstances because situations change, sometimes daily.” (pg. 95)
  • Life is constantly changing, but God is unchanging—yesterday, today, and tomorrow, God is constant. How does God’s unchanging presence help you get through the daily change going on around you?
Have a great week!

In Christ,

[Image credit: Danise Jurado]

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

When God Thinks You Can

Many years ago when my daughter was young, we would spend Wednesday evenings at church for mid-week Sunday school. I would stay to help with her rather large preschool classnot really because I wanted to, but because the church was a bit of a drive from home and it was easier to stay.

One Wednesday, I received a call from the children’s ministry director. She said the teacher for the preschool class was sick and asked if I would teach the class that night. She probably explained what the lesson was for that night, but I don’t remember that part of the conversation. What I do remember is the panic I felt as I agreed to fill in.

Let me tell you, this was far outside of my comfort zone. So far that I don’t think I could even see it from the edge of my comfort zone.

I barely had enough patience for my one child, much less a room full of children. Did I mention this was a preschool class? A large preschool class—ages 2-5? Attention spans were all over the place, including mine.

As I hung up the phone wondering why I couldn’t think of an excuse to say no quick enough, I remembered something. Just the previous night I’d had a dream—a dream that this director called me just hours before the class and asked me to teach that night.

I hadn’t thought about the dream until that moment of stunned silence. I knew there was no way this was a coincidence. This was God warning preparing me for this challenge.

I distinctly remember the thought that gave me confidence that night. The thought I spoke aloud as I surrendered to Him.

God, if You think I can do this…then I must be able to do it.

After all, God knows better than I do.

Was I nervous? Yes. Stressed out? Most likely. Looking forward to it? Probably not. And yet, it felt different.

I had a confidence that didn’t come from me. It was from Him.

God had the confidence I didn’t have, and when I chose to trust Him, His confidence covered me. {Tweet this}

All afternoon, I reminded myself that God knew I could do this. What I thought didn’t matter. I knew He would be there with me.

I don’t remember that night’s class at all, but I know I got through it. And I remember telling the director about the dream and seeing her look of awe.

As I look back, I realize now that it was the first time I can remember when I stepped forward in faith to do something I would never have volunteered to do. God wasn’t calling me to be a teacher.

He was teaching me to trust Him and walk in faith.

And when you follow Him once into the uncomfortable unknown, each time after that gets a little easier.


If you are reading Fulfilled by Danise Jurado with us, we are in week 4 with Chapter 6—Identity and Chapter 7—Confidence. The pages of my book are filled with underlined parts I don’t want to forget, along with notes and little stars next to Scripture verses.

How are you doing with the reading? What specific parts have grabbed your attention, and maybe kept you thinking about it for days?

In Christ,

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Fulfilled Study - Week 4

We are now half way though our study of Fulfilled by Danise Jurado. (Hard to believe, isn't it?) I'd love to hear how you're doing and what you think of Danise's book so far. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. 

Read Chapter 6—Identity and Chapter 7—Confidence

Consider these questions:
  • Danise Jurado writes, “It’s safe to say that we aren’t perfect, and it is very likely that we won’t always do the right thing. For this reason, we can count on being disappointed by each other.” (pg. 69) Do you find this statement freeing or disturbing? Why?
  • “God’s definition of our identity is found in who He says we are, not merely in what we do.” (pg. 71)
  • It’s difficult not to be defined by what we do or our role in life. (ie. mom, student, executive, unemployed, etc.) How can we focus on finding our identity in Christ, regardless of what our daily life looks like?
  • I love the description in these verses from Jeremiah 17…
This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17:5-8 NLT)
  • How do you feel when you read these verses? Do you find it empowering to know you have a source of strength and confidence that doesn’t depend on yourself? How can you rely on, and draw from, God’s confidence this week?
Have a great week!

In Christ,

[Image credit: Danise Jurado]