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Small Victories

Sometimes it can feel like we are failing at everything.

However, if we step out of the chaos, if we stop being so hard on ourselves, we will see that we have so many victories to celebrate.

Like anyone who has ever competed, whether it be in soccer, chess, dance, or baking, will tell you, some victories come more easily than others. The same is true when it comes to personal victories. For some mothers, keeping their cool when one of their children is being difficult may come natural (I’m not speaking from experience here) and they may feel as if it is a small victory, but for others it may come much less naturally and therefore when they are able to maintain patience it can feel like a huge victory.

There are so many examples of this victory in everyday life.

Huge victories like when a recovering alcoholic says no to a drink, when a workaholic puts down the phone or laptop and engages with her children, or even when we choose to smile and be pleasant with a stranger when it would be much easier to scowl and let our displeasure be known.

We all have our successes. Even when we are feeling low, taking a moment to reflect and to be proud of all you have accomplished as a Christian, a mother, a daughter, a friend, or even a co-worker, we all have something to be proud of, and even giving that the acknowledgement it deserves is a victory.

These, my friends, are victories worthy of celebration. Raise your hearts, hands, and voices to the One who gives us every gift, every talent, every opportunity to win!

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Erin Boelkens

Erin Boelkens is a devoted warrior of Christ, wife to an amazing husband, mother to 3 beautiful children, a leader in the tech industry, and a lover of efficiency.

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