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New Podcast with Jessica Eileen Drogosz -chatting about Sa Voix in Haiti


I’m excited to share my conversation with Jessica Eileen Drogosz! She is an artist and photographer and teacher and advocate for women in Haiti.  She has founded Sa Voix in Haiti which exists to help young women find their voice through the arts. You can find more information at savoix.com. It’s amazing what Sa Voix is doing to empower young women!

Jessie is also an amazing photographer and you can find her work at jessicaeileenphoto.com.

I loved hearing about how God has called her into this moment and how she is saying, “YES!” and learning to trust.  Jessie is a beautiful soul who I know will inspire and encourage you! Enjoy!

The Scripture she reads at the end is Proverbs 8: Wisdom’s Call.  

Day 30: The End is the Beginning



It’s day 30 of 30 days of thanks. This is my final post of this series.  I will be going back to posting once a week.  To your inbox I say…you’re welcome.

I have appreciated you being along for the ride and I have loved reading your 30 days of thanks too!

Although at times I have found posting something every day to be quite a challenge, I gained some insights this month.

Sometimes I think we “pretend” our faith.  Sometimes I think we pray like we think we should or we “thank” like we think we should, using fancy words and proper English.  Very hoity-toity ish.  We think long and hard about our blessings and we write profound things and it feels like we are turning in a school paper.  I do that sometimes here on the blog.  I will read over something I wrote and I’ll think, “Who is that weird, fancy, formal person?” So this month, I tried to just be real and write about fun things or silly things that actually happen in my life.  I don’t think God wants us to be fancy, He just wants us to be real.

Some things we have in our lives are profound and important and holy and sacred.  Actually, as I wrote about the silly and the every day things that bring me joy, I realized it’s all sacred.

Gratitude itself is sacred – it keeps us in everyday conversation and friendship with God.  And that friendship is what I give thanks for every day, no matter what month it is!

I will magnify him with thanksgiving. -Psalm 69:30

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Forever and Ever…Amen?

It’s my anniversary.  19 years.

Here we are on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier.

ferris wheel

I thought it was appropriate because marriage is like a ride. Scary. Unpredictable. Exhilarating. There are ups and downs. It’s fun. Often exhausting. Sometimes leaving us with messy hair and feeling like we are going to puke.

After 19 years, I can say my favorite part of marriage is the stuff no one sees.  The early mornings with our coffee and our dreams.  The talking (mostly me) and the listening (mostly him) and the knowing that he gets me.  The friendship and the coziness of it.  The laughing at things no one else would understand.  Talking about our kids and reassuring each other that it’s going to be okay. The building something together that is messy and complicated and perfectly imperfect.  Something that is ours.  Something sacred.

I heard a woman on the radio say that marriage is one of the tools God uses to make us more Holy.

I decided I agree.

Not Holy like perfect.  Because that’s not possible.  But Holy as in able to offer grace and love unconditionally.  Marriage makes us more holy because it takes prayer and commitment and truth and forgiveness to make it work.  And all that stuff is so holy.

Think about what we need to make a marriage work!

Love. Faith. Trust. Commitment. Hope. Truth. Forgiveness. Humility. Grace. Patience. Wisdom. Compromise. Sacrifice. Acceptance.

That’s a tall order.  So we pray for those things and we board the ride.  Sometimes closing our eyes feeling anxiety and other times laughing with our arms in the air.  The ride demands things of us and we change and we learn and we grow. And then when we have a moment to catch our breath, we look back with wonder and awe and gratitude.

As far as the “great big yes” moments of life, getting married is one of the biggest.  I’m not sure I knew what I was doing at 25 when he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.  Actually, I’m pretty sure that I was clueless…but I said “yes” and that has made all the difference.

©Sue Bidstrup 2013 Great Big Yes ™ All Rights Reserved

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