Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Why Small Steps Matter

We're a generation of movers, shakers, big dream chasers. I'm continually inspired by the ladies of our generation, but simultaneously second-guessing if I'm making big enough strides. 
We make annual goalsmonthly goals and daily to-do's but then the hustle takes over our hearts, and not in the way we'd imagined. Sometimes the sweet satisfaction of the hustle turns on us and plants a seed of disbelief in our hearts. 
Friends, that disbelief is the enemy nipping at your dreams. The enemy would have us believe our plans don't matter, we're not worthy, we can't make it happen, He isn't for us. But GOOD! NEWS! His heart is for us! 
We crave a complete road-map for the journey, but that's not what He's promised us. He won't give us a full road-map, but scripture tells us He will light our way. 
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

Our big leaps are best made when we put one foot in front of the other, stepping out in faith. 
A lamp will only shine brightly enough to get us a few feet forward, but coupled with our faith we can trust the light will bring us to a place of joy. We don't need to see too far ahead; we simply need to be in tune to the steps He's providing for us.
We can stand secure that He knows the whole story. There may not be a big neon sign flashing "THIS IS YOUR END GAME!" But there will be subtle moments in which the Spirit will light the way for your life in motherhood, marriage, entrepreneurship, you name it He's with you. 
Small, faithful steps is taking the leap, friends!
For me, taking the leap in 2014 through small steps looked something like this:
Dream a big dream. Step and leap. 
Accept my big dream isn't what He's calling me to. Step and leap.
Tell my husband the big dream He's placed on my heart. Step and leap. 
Tell my printer my big dream. Step and leap. 
Find a community of like-minded creatives & share my dream. Step and leap. 
Finalize our first print line. Step and leap. 
Register for a business license. Step and leap. 
Launch a website, blog and shop. Step and leap. 
January 1, 2015: Look back on 2014 - ALL THE PRAISE HANDS.
Step and leap. 
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. ”
— Proverbs 16:9

Don't think in black and white, friends. Those strides you're making are more than small steps, they're leaps of faith strung together through His grace to make what matters most happen in your life. Planting seeds matter. Making smalls steps matter.
Step out in faith, friends. One foot in front of the other will get you further than you can imagine. Your leap will look different from mine, but no matter what you can stand firm He will be there to catch you on the other side of your obedience. 
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. ”
— Psalm 37:23-24

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