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Celebrate the SMALL Victories

You may have seen the catchphrase, “Celebrate the Small Victories.” This phrase has been used to talk about the struggles in parenting, overcoming depression, and just getting through a day. My wife loves this phrase because it helps her see that she has victories throughout her tough days with a very high-spirited three-year-old daughter. A lot of us right now are in a mental and spiritual warfare. Our kids are out of school, preschool, and daycare, and now you are taking time off of work to stay home with them. Hourly wage workers are being forced to stay at home and not receive a paycheck. A war is going on, and that war is a silent one that is taking place in our minds. We need to be intentional about celebrating our small victories throughout the day, or else we will lose the battle. Think about your list of “to-dos” for the day and start writing them down. Make sure that you don’t just put the big-ticket items on there. Your list could resemble something like this…

- Make a tea/coffee — Pray

- Have breakfast

- Learning activity for kids

- Bathe the kids

- Find 5-20 minutes to read a passage of Scripture

- Pray

- Eat lunch

- Pray

- Activity with kids - a board game or cards or build something with blocks

- Watch their favorite show with them

- Pray

- You bathe

- Eat supper

- Bible time

- Pray

- Brush teeth

- Fall asleep

Notice all the opportunities to have small victories on that list. Also, notice all the opportunities to pray in that list. Every day is a new battle, but it is also an opportunity to have a lot of small victories. These victories are made possible with prayer. Joshua found out the hard way that if he didn’t have God going to battle with him, then he was going to lose. If we don’t have God go battle with us each day, then we are going to lose.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” - (Philippians 4:6-8 ESV)


- Matt Jones

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