"No Small Life is a continual challenge to push against the mundane, never settle for the mediocre, and to live a life worth celebrating."

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Focus On Your Strengths

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Recently, I have started playing ping pong again.  Growing up, My Dad, my brother and I used to play ping pong all of the time!  We would have tournaments at night before we went to bed.  All three of us are pretty competitive people and none of us like to lose.  Over time, we would constantly try to get better and exploit each others weaknesses.  My weakness was and is my backhand shot.

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I would spend hours trying to work on my backhand.  I would spend so much time working on overcoming my weakness.  Overtime, my backhand got a little better but has never become great.

I remember one day my Dad said to me, “Stop working so hard on your weakness and start focusing on your strengths.”  Huh, it never even occurred to me to do that.  My strength is my serve and forehand spike.  I started to work on my serve and my forehand.  What I found was this:  if I could serve it really well people would be forced to hit the ball to my forehand.  My serve would tee up my forehand spike!  As I worked on my strengths I began to become a better ping pong player.

Why is it so easy to focus on our weaknesses and ignore our strengths?  It could be because people tend to always point out our weaknesses and ignore our strengths.  They tend to see that one bad grade on your report card, or that one day you got to work late, or the one time you lost your temper, or that one accident or speeding ticket on your record.

What if we decided that instead of spending all of our time trying to improve our weaknesses, we asked God to help us in the areas we were weak and we poured our effort into our strengths.

The apostle Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 12:9,  But God said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Did he really say that he would boast gladly about his weaknesses?  That sounds like a crazy idea!  What if it were true?  What if we could give our weaknesses to God and rely on His power?  What if we focused our effort on our strengths?

Everyone has strengths and everyone has weaknesses.

My good friend Les Morrison recently said, “if you look for the bad in people you will find it every time.”

What if we started focusing on our strengths and the strengths of others around us?

Let me tell you what would happen.  Our self-confidence would grow!  Our self-esteem would grow!  Our self-image would be positive! You would be able to say “so long insecurity” and “Hey there self confidence”!

Here is the challenge:

Make a list of five of your strengths right now.  List one way you can work on each one of those strengths going forward.

Remember, your life is NOT small.  You have so much to offer when you focus on your strengths!

Chris Rea



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Modern Kitchen Makeover on a Budget

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Once upon a time…about 2 years ago, the hubs and I set out on one of our infamous “Model Home Dates.” See more of those here & here. It was February in Michigan and we were looking for something to do.

 

I learned a valuable lesson that day. Just “looking” at model homes is sort of like going to the Animal Shelter “just looking” at the puppies. One casual trip to the humane society and dude, you’re coming home with a dog.

 

Now, this does not in any way diminish my absolute L-O-V-E of Model Homes Or the fun date that they’ve become. It just means I need to prep myself in one of 2 ways.

 

Scenario A: “You’re JUST looking, dreaming and gathering ideas for your ‘someday home.’”
Scenario B: “With enough spray paint and Frog Tape anything in this house is achievable for $6.00”

 

Well, I had my “B” goggles on that day and in rare form, so did my Mr. Our style has evolved over the years and we were ready to take our kitchen from Tuscan to Modern Glam in one foul swoop. Liiiittttllleee did we know that one foul swoop would be 4 months of called in favors, epic amounts of saw dust, a completely non-functional kitchen and having my oven live in our entry way. For. Realz.

 

But that fateful Saturday night in May, with every cabinet door proudly back in place, we looked at each other and both said “SO worth it.”

 

 That being said, here’s our journey from Oak to Kona, Tuscan to Glam. Hope it gives your No Small Life some inspiration. Even on an tight budget, if you’re willing to put in the work, you can make a MAJOR impact.

 

 Here’s where we started. We were blessed enough to inherit granite counter tops and a tile back splash from the previous owner. NOW, if we were choosing our own counter and back splash, as lovely as this is, this wouldn’t be our first choice.  It’s a little too yellow for us BUT my mama raised me right and I will NOT complain about granite, SO love it we will…..BUT, I wouldn’t mind changing the back splash eventually. Stainless Steel Subway Tile anyone? Yes please.

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 Here is the cutest Mr. Fix-it you ever did see. My husband and a couple of our ah-mazing friends were rock stars with this project. I basically owe them steak dinners on demand for the rest of their adult lives.

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We learned a TON by redoing this kitchen. First, if you’re re-staining your cabinets, you will be sanding ‘til the cows come home. Make sure you cover everything! We hung sheets and plastic tarps in our doorways and covered our counters with brown butcher paper. Also, if you’re keeping any window treatments, give those bad boys a vacation until you’re done.

 

Second, be prepared to live in chaos for a while. It comes with the reno territory. I declared a few rooms in our house “reno free zones.” I was sort of a dictator about it, but I wanted our bedroom, bathrooms and our basement to be crazy clean and organized during this time. We needed a few places to retreat for sanity sake, everything else was a free for all lol. Its only a season…I said over and over and over ;)

 

And one that was well worth it, because now…

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We can have a dance party in our kitchen every day.
I fell in love with that light fixture on amazon and quickly pinned it to my “Kitchen” board.  When I bought it I had no idea it would transform my kitchen into what my high-school Spanish Teacher would’ve lovingly referred to as a “disco tech” BUT once I got over the initial sparkly shock, I was smitten.

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The light fixture above our sink was a steal at Costco believe it or not!

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The cabinet stain color is called “Kona.”  It’s photographing a little darker than it actually is. It’s a rich coffee brown, but still allows you to see the wood grain and a little variance in color.

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We also learned that if you go the staining route for you cabinets, recruit some help from someone who knows what they’re doing.  Thankfully, we have a friend who loves that sort of thing.  So. Grateful.

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And if you’ll look to your right…

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Tulips make me feel like Spring is just a little bit closer.
Modern Glam Kitchen Makeoever-NoSmallLifeThis buffet counter is a great space for serving AND for holding the BEST VALENTINES DAY CARD EVER!
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Modern Glam Kitchen Makeover on a Budget-NoSmallLifeAnd lastly here’s a little venture into our Dining Room.  Read all about that transformation, including the flooring & the wall color debacle, here.
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Thanks for stopping by! And if you want to see what I’ve been whipping up in my kitchen lately, check out these Quick Roasted Veggies!
Until Next Time,
Meg




We are a very real couple who have gone through our share of extreme joys and incredible heartaches. But through it all we’ve learned so much and become the people we are today. We’re high-school sweethearts who are still “sappy in love,” passionate about living for God, and love to minister to the needs of people. You will often find us drinking good coffee and never find us camping. He is a pastor, teacher, mentor, wannabe author and sports fanatic! He loves to play golf, watch football, and spend time with people. She is a creative who serves on the arts team at our church, which basically means at any moment she can be called upon to enhance a service through writing, acting, music, video, etc… In her “off” hours she’s a wannabe stylist, writer, designer, health food/food allergy expert(by default) and avid fitness kinda girl.

Our Passion is to see transformation take place in every area of peoples' lives.

We not only love God but we love each other, we love our family and friends, and we love living life to the fullest.
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