Because God dreamt it first (a God-sized Dreams post)

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. Elizabeth Barrett Browning   This week (and please don't remind my recovering Type-A self how many weeks behind I am because I will cry) Holley's challenge to her God Sized Dream Team is to write about the "why" behind our dream. Why? Why do I keep trying for a dream that is heavy with expectation and often elusive? Why do I commit time to something when I don't "see' return on the investment? Why haven't I given up on this calling and live a life satisfied with the status quo? Because the Dreamer (yes, I am referring to God that way) won't let me. That may sound silly or trite.  It's not. Way back in 2006 when the palpable presence of God nearly made me wreck my car (I should probably write about that sometime, huh?) a … [Read more...]

Dear God Sized Dreamer

You.  Yes, you. I am writing these words to you. You who works endless hours at a job you don't feel called to because your family needs the income. You who stays up late and gets up early to create time to practice your craft. You that doesn't speak of your dream out loud for fear others will think you are silly...or prideful...or crazy. You who have watched door after door close on your dream and you have started to wonder if you heard God wrong. Don't give up on your dream. God placed it on your heart for a reason and He will be faithful to bring it to fruition in His timing. As my friend, Holley, says in her new book, You're Made for a God Sized Dream: Opening the door to all God has for you, "You don't have to be ready. Conditions don't have to be perfect. … [Read more...]

Plugged In: Session 3

In today's session {session 3 of Plugged In: Accessing God's Power through Prayer}, we are finishing up with the barriers to an effective prayer life. If there is one book of the Bible I could point you towards as a practical "how-to" for the Christian walk, it would be the book of James.  You will see that I reference it quite a few times just in this brief session. As always, if you are interested in diving deeper with today's topics, just email me at kmelissasmallwood@gmail.com and I will send you a .pdf for additional study. Thank you for taking this journey with me. We are half way done :)   … [Read more...]

Plugged In: Accessing God’s Power Through Prayer {session 1}

Good morning, friends!  I am so excited to begin this eight week journey with you, sharing what God has taught me about prayer. For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God ~Mother Teresa God desires relationship with me, with you, with each of His children.  One of the ways this is accomplished is through prayer. During the next eight weeks, we will identify barriers to an effective prayer life and seven ways to get your prayer life on the right track. I have a .pdf printable for deeper study between this session and next week. However, I couldn't figure out how to embed it here for you. If you want a free copy of that please leave your email in the comments or email me at kmelissasmallwood@gmail.com with Plugged In in the subject line. … [Read more...]

More exciting things!!

I promise I will return tomorrow with a content rich post but today I needed to stop by and quickly share a few more exciting things with y'all. {Did you see the exciting things from yesterday?} First of all, I am excited to be contributing to a wonderful community called The Intentional Lifestyle.  The site is chock full of resources, ideas and support to live a healthy life, in all aspects of your life.  I am the Healthy Home "Expert" over there and my first vlog, talking about the four things that clutter steals from you, is live today.  I am humbled and thrilled to be in the company of such a talented team! Please go check it out! Secondly, I contributed to a brand new eBook called From Mom's Failure to God's Grace: Stories of Raising Boys from the MOB Society Writers.  All the … [Read more...]

33 Things I’ve Learned about Life

Today is my birthday {it is Elvis' birthday too, in case you care}. I have had a wonderful day full of love, laughs and family.   Feeling retrospective I decided to chronicle thirty three things I have learned about life {not in any particular order} Polka dots and hot pink make me smile. There are few sounds that bring as much joy as a baby belly laughing. Marriage is hard work, but oh so worth it. There is a huge difference between a job, a career and a calling. When people say "enjoy these moments because they grow up so fast" they are not exaggerating one bit.  Kids literally grow up in the blink of an eye. Having a near death experience will remove most fear from your life and replace it with a sense of urgency to live EVERY minute fully. Chocolate makes everything most … [Read more...]

Finding your voice, making your art

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ~Vincent Van Gogh   The voice in my head says "you have nothing important to say", "there are those that say it better, your voice is redundant", "who are you to think you have a message"? I lay claim to the Word, which says that condemnation does not come from the One for whom I write. I grasp onto the words of those I love and admire, applying salve to my self-inflicted wounds. I learn that making art is messy.  It requires being willing to share the mess with others.  I lay myself bare every time I click publish. I have been writing in this space for {a wee bit over} three years. In many ways, my voice has been consistent. In many ways, my voice has evolved.  … [Read more...]

Ebb and Flow of Life

This has been one of those weeks that simulated a roller coaster for my emotions.  Up, down, upside down, shoot back up. I'm not a roller coaster type of gal.  All of that can leave this mama exhausted in every way possible. Our weekend was full.  Of learning, of fellowship, of family fun. The speaker at the retreat we attended was speaking right to my heart and situation. How to hear God, how to really hear what He is saying to me and how He is saying it.  A verse shared that confirmed an exciting realization. The enemy knows when change is taking place in my heart and attempted to thwart the momentum.  The attempt was momentarily successful but through journaling, tears and prayer I got back on track. Then, as I already shared, Monday was a super special day for our family. Life … [Read more...]

Writing an ebook and loving it

I have had two ebook manuscripts sitting in my documents for several months. Fear has kept me from publishing them. That and not knowing what the heck am I doing!  I was thrilled when Sarah Mae, co-founder of the Relevant Conference {a life changing weekend for me last October} and author of one of my favorite blogs, wrote her latest ebook, How to Market and Sell your eBook, everything you need to know to make money with epublishing. I devoured the ebook.  I even printed it out so I could highlight and take notes. The book delivers on it's promise to teach you everything you need to know about epublishing and it does not disappoint.  It is chock full of resources, tips and practical knowledge that every would-be ebook writer needs to know. I feel equipped and ready to move my … [Read more...]

Not wasting a story

How did a girl of nineteen, mama to two under two, take on another, wounded and broken, as her own? God's grace. How did a family grow, through the pain and the twisted knife of fate, closer together rather than achingly apart? God's grace. How did a woman break free from the bondage of silence and facade to spill out the grace from fingers to keyboard? God's grace. How did she find strength to stand, heart bare and vulnerable and pour out the offering of her story for His glory? God's grace. I spent many years viewing the gift of story as anything but. The desire to hide the sometimes ugly and scarred truth of my life from people and pretend that everything had been okay, would be okay and was presently okay suffocated my story. I kept secrets, not stories. Tending deep, dark, … [Read more...]

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