The first few months of marriage.
Morning, midday and evening sickness.
Starting a budget/working on the debt snowball.
Establishing an exercise regimen or eating plan.
Praying for a loved one who desperately needs Jesus.
Beginning work at a new job.
What I love about this Scripture:
"....for The Lord rejoices to see the work begin."
Fifteen years and 364 days later we worked through those first few months of marriage and now, although, not perfect, it is more beautiful than that rainy night when we exchanged our vows. He is faithful.
Seeing my boys beautiful faces when they were born made every time I could only eat Lucky Charms or Saltine crackers worth it. I didn't despise it, per se, I just wasn't a fan of the not being able to even look at food for a time. Homegirl loves to eat! :) He is faithful.
I have to confess with budgeting, I can be all or nothing. I sometimes say, "why bother?" Like Dave Ramsey says, "All the money comes in and all the money goes out, only the names are changed to protect the innocent." But as the Lord provides extra sources of income, I remind myself that it will be worth it one day to be faithful now and work with what we have available. He is faithful.
Oh the joy of when a loved one that you've been praying for tells you out of the blue they are reading your blog. You know what they say, people are watching and we may be the only 'Jesus' they see. He is faithful.
Small beginnings. I think I love you.
Seriously though, The Lord rejoices to see the work begin. Why? Because He made this day. And He wants us to just start somewhere. To be faithful in the little and the big. To little by little move forward.
"God's work always begins with little seeds." MacLaren
Think about it. Jesus is into small beginnings.
The tiny seed at conception. He takes His time to fashion us and form us in the depths; and at the perfect time, He releases us from the womb.
The sparrow. He cares for and provides for it so gently and He knows where and when it falls. He takes great delight in His creation.
He is the Master Builder and the greatest mathematician of all time. I can't explain Jesus math but I do know its supernatural and He can make things multiply faster than the speed of light. He's always making something out of nothing. And that's a beautiful thing.
"Satan does not despise the day of small things. Satan fears the day of small things in our life because he sees what great things God does in them and brings out of them." Guzik
God is always watching us. The Bible says His eyes are over the whole earth searching for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. Whether we are just beginning something or nearing the end, His eyes are everywhere and He is watching to see if we will be faithful to Him. His eyes are on all our ways and nothing is hidden from Him.
This is how Jesus works. We have to be faithful in the little things before He will grant us more. Remember, this day, and every day is the day that He has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. We are to give thanks in all things because this is the will of God for us in Christ Jesus.
Don't believe the lie that bigger is better. Jesus values substance over size. Give all that you have to Him, commit your works (beginning, middle and end) to Jesus and watch Him respond to you.
"God often chooses weak instruments to bring about mighty things: and tho' the beginnings be small, He can make the latter end greatly to increase." Wesley
Baby, you ain't seen nothing yet. :)
Lord, help us to not despise these small beginnings especially now that we know you delight to see the work begin. Help us remember that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. Grant us the grace to receive Your mercy to just begin. Help us even today, to move forward, knowing that You have great things ahead. We love you so much Jesus. Amen.