Thursday, January 3, 2019

Dream Small

Happy New Year everyone!

It's a fresh new year with a fresh new beginning! So many people like to make new years resolutions about how to make themselves a better person. We should all strive to be the best version of ourselves, but lets not forget to celebrate everything we accomplished last year and every hardship we made it through! All those hard moments that we thought would break us, we made it through and we're still standing and better for it too!! So congratulations!! And let's look forward to this new chapter for all of us!

A lot of us in the creative community may not quite make resolutions but instead choose "one little word" that we want to focus on for the year. My one little word for 2019 is PRESENT. Not present as in a gift, but being present in the moment. In the world we live in today, it's so easy to be consumed by the next big thing, comparing ourselves to others highlight reel, paying way too much attention to social media and videos and not living in the moment we are blessed to be in.

My husband and I are expecting our third child in a few months. We are very excited and can't wait to meet the baby that will complete our family! But as most of you probably know, new babies turn your world upside down for about the first year. It's an amazing, precious, and beautiful time, but also very exhausting, trying and stressful. And in those stressful moments it's very easy to wish for time to pass, time to speed up and quickly get past a phase that seems less than perfect. I remember doing it with my first two kids. But as I prepare for the third (and hopefully final) child, I'm going in with a different mindset, to cherish every moment because they really do pass quickly.

1 Samuel 18:49-50
"And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead , and he fell on his face to the ground. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him."

When you are a stay-at-home mom it's really easy to lose yourself and feel like you aren't accomplishing anything. Without a job outside of the home you feel like every day is the same and sometimes nothing seems to get a done. When in reality, we are doing a million little things that really become big things! All the snuggles, the kissed boo boos, the bazillion pb&j sandwiches, they all mean so much more than we think they do. We are building trust, we are teaching them how to love and care for someone. We are building a legacy. God sees all of the little things we do everyday, whether for our children, peers, or animals. He sees them all and they are not small to him.

Just like in the story of David and Goliath. What a story that is too. There are so many things you can take away from that event. But David was able to do a huge thing with God on his side and with such a small stone. Like David, as a mom, my small stones are the pb&j's, the lost pacifiers and blankets I find everyday, the twelfth time reading the same story at bedtime. Those are my stones, and I should treat them with the importance they deserve. Because those stones will all pile up to create big things. To the little people I am raising, those little stones are everything!

So, just like Josh Wilson says in his song, "Dream Small"!  Because the small things can become big things!

If you'd like to check out the song that inspired this page,
CLICK HERE to listen to Dream Small by Josh Wilson.

Stephanie Gammon

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