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The Call to Stay Small

I hadn’t planned it to be this way. But it seems I have for the most part taken the summer off from this cyber place. As it turned out, adjusting to life here in the land of excessive ease and beautiful muffins required more than I’d planned for. So I left the writing in this place take a sort of backseat while I loved on my kids and helped them re-acquaint themselves with friends and grandparents and the new kittens that live next door.

All the while, I’ve been praying about this space right here. The one I call home when I turn on my computer. Seeking God’s advice about where He might want it to go. How He might want to use it to help make Himself famous.

And I’ve been trying to figure out how to return. When to do it. What to write to re-introduce my writing, God’s prompting in my heart, the dreams I have for this small place I call home here in cyberland.

I mean, I haven’t written here in more than a month. It’s time to return.

So today when I saw Lisa-Jo’s 5-minute-Friday prompt word, it seemed like a perfect place to jump back in. I’ll write more next week, but today, I ask you to bear with me as I contemplate SMALL, in (a little more than) five small minutes.


I thought I wanted to be big. So I started this blog. Started writing and thinking and dreaming all big.

I chased dreams for the sake of their bigness, thinking huge and fame and glory.

But God wanted me small. So He could prove Himself big. He wanted to use me in small ways.


I called it trying to make Him famous. And really that’s what I wanted. His glory. His Kingdom. Only by way of me.

I wanted to be a big part of His glory. He just wanted me to take the next small step.

He wanted to keep me small so I’d keep looking to Him.

I wanted to be like the famous bloggers who’ve made it big. The ones with the big platform and all the friends and the thousands of commenters every week.

Then it occurred to me I’d not really asked God. What was it He saw as big for me? What kinds of big things could I do.

So I started asking Him daily. On my face praying.

And I found out what He wanted. What He wants. For me. For my blog. For my every ounce of everything I do in the name of His fame and His glory.

Whether through a post on my blog or a conversation with the Walmart cashier.

He wants me small so I can show off His big.

He wants nothing more from me than to remember that He’s the One worth all the fame. He wants me to take the next step, however small it might be. And He wants me to do it really, really well.

Small blog? Do it well.

Tiny platform? Use it for Him.

Two commenters? Love them like He does.

He wants me to show Him to anyone. Everyone. By way of whoever He might put in my path.

To let my smallness point to Him in whatever ways He chooses.



*Over the next few weeks, you might notice some changes around here. Some will be big. Others will be small. But each one will be intentional. The main difference will be the focus of my writing. I want to do it well. I want to love you well. I want to encourage you and cheer you towards Jesus and the real life He gives. Might I ask you to pray? For this new focus. That God will use my small words for His huge fame. To encourage and love and help everyone who visits to live more fully.

Thank you so much!

See you next week.



12 Thoughts on “The Call to Stay Small

  1. Hi, Bria- I’m your Five-Minute Friday neighbor today. It’s so nice to meet you. I’m honored to be here on your first day back as you try out being small.

    The thing about size is that it doesn’t change our value to God. He loves the tiniest of us just as much as the greatest, and our size never limits what we can do for the Kingdom. It’s all about doing what we do for God’s glory…which is exactly what you are doing!

    Blessings, sister- and know that I’m praying for you and your blog and your new mission of small. May God use your willing and beautiful heart to do mighty things on whatever scale He means to.

    Abbey @ Surviving Our Blessings

    • Abbey, I am so glad you came by today. Thank you for your words. And for your sweet prayers, too. I love that all of anything we do for Him amounts to great treasure, just like you said. I just don’t want to forget. Whatever He calls me to do whether it looks big to me or small, He does His mighty work there.

  2. So well said and words I needed to hear. Working on a big dream here these days and praying it through to make sure this is from Him and not just me. Thank you for the reminder that our small shows off God’s big! Love that.
    Keep up the God work.

    • What an honor to know I encouraged you, Lori! It’s so hard with dreams, you know? Because God is the One Who gives them. But then it’s so easy to take the idea of the dream and forget the Spirit of it and Who it’s for. I think the enemy actually enjoys making it confusing for us. I just prayed for you. Thanks for coming by.

  3. Glad to see you back, Bria! I’m looking forward to seeing what great things God will do through your blog. I’m praying for you.

  4. I am continually amazed at how great our God is that He has allowed us to walk such a similar path!!! I am so honored to walk by your side, dear friend! I love you so very much and I have NO doubt that God will continue to use your beautiful words for His glory! I love that when we serve Him, we don’t have to worry about the details. I was reading in Acts 17 this morning and am struck again by verse 28- “In him we live and move and have our being”. May we not forget! Thank you for being a sister who so faithfully reminds me that it is ALL about Jesus!!
    And you know I am praying for you…

  5. “When we serve Him, we don’t have to worry about the details.” Thank YOU for this reminder, Becky friend. Truly, you are treasure to me. Thank you.

  6. Pam McAllister on August 20, 2013 at 9:58 am said:

    Hey, I found your blog! Love this! Let’s definitely do coffee sometime soon.

  7. I came over from Lisa Jo’s post about the superhero cape. I will be coming back and reading here again. You write beautifully. Keep it up!

  8. I am ridiculously humbled by this post. Thank you, thank you

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