There are epic victories in life. And we love them. They are often public, and praised and they simply feel good. There is just something about being acknowledged for having fought and won.

My one and only very slow marathon was one of those; I was never a runner, but I trained for so long and so hard, and with the help of God and my sweet Daniel, I made it. I ran the whole thing. And when I crossed the finish line, I burst out in tears thrilled that my family was there to celebrate with me. It was epic for me.


As I get older and maybe a bit wiser–because life has a way of making us that way when we don’t refuse its lesson,–I am finding out that there is a whole other level of winning. This one is very private. It’s a day-in-and-day-out kind of thing, pulling big and tiny weeds through regular cultivation–dirt under the fingernails and all.

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Winning the private battles is not glorious at all. It’s one breath at a time, one thought at a time, one turning the eyes away at a time, one decision at a time, one song at a time, one death to self at a time, one renewed choice at a time. Winning in the small stuff is what God calls me to.

Living on the edge is in the small stuff.

It’s pulling out roots then building again.

It’s building one handful of sand at a time, one brick at a time, one choice at a time, one word at a time, one turning the eyes towards at a time, one drop of blood and sweat at a time. It’s messy and stinky and all of that. And God loves it. And those small private hidden victories, they wind up building a strong foundation for what God calls us to.

96227402By the grace of God, I am up for the work. And when I am not, I give thanks for grace that will lead me there. Over and over and over again.

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