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New Podcast with Carrissa Bradford – Founder of the Adamo Nail Bar


I love this podcast because this idea is so amazing and Carrissa has brought it to life!! I’m speaking with Carrissa Bradford, the founder of the Adamo Group.  We recorded in the trailer that is the Adamo Nail Bar.  Carrissa tells the story of the trailer’s restoration which is so fun to see!   I’ve posted pictures below.  She is going to be training survivors of sex trafficking in the trade of manicuring and then helping them find jobs! This is such an important part of the healing and restoration story of the survivors.  Listen in to hear the vision God has given to Carrissa! I love this woman’s faith! You will be inspired!

You can click on link above to listen or go to Sound Cloud (search Great Big YES) or iTunes (search under podcasts for Great Big YES) On the iPhone, the podcast app is purple and comes loaded on the iphone. If you are on iTunes on a computer, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe.  I would really appreciate it!






Share Your Prayer

Natalie and Jack

I have spent a lot of time over the years praying for my kids.  I don’t think there is any little corner of their lives that I have not covered in prayer.  That is, until something else comes up.  My kids are getting older and as they do, my prayers become different.  All the usuals apply of course, I pray for their health and their protection and their happiness.  But I pray more specific prayers now.

I recently asked a friend to pray for my daughter.  She not only said she would but she emailed me the prayer she was praying for her.  As I sat at my computer screen crying and thanking God for friends who get it…I was struck again by the power of prayer.

We pray because we cannot possibly do this on our own.

We pray because we need God’s power and grace.

We pray because sometimes just putting it out there, releases the tight grip it has on our heart and mind. 

We pray because we don’t know what else to do.

I have been blessed to have many friends (and my mom) with whom I can share my worries and concerns and what I’ve realized lately is that we all have a lot of worries and concerns.

A lot of these things we wrestle with are often not appropriate to talk about at dinner parties and happy hours.  These are private things.  Often we feel we should not share, we are embarrassed,  we don’t want to break our child’s trust – all of that is valid.  But if we don’t get it out, we suffer.

I was talking to my friend, Kate, yesterday…sharing some of my worries with her.  After we hung up, she called back and said, “I think we should write a book – a book about the REAL prayers moms say for their kids.”

So that’s what we are doing.  We want it to be the REAL prayers moms say for their kids, not the polite prayers we think we should be saying.

Honest. Authentic. Vulnerable prayers. Prayers that we say in the middle of the night when we can’t sleep because we are so worried.  What is your prayer for your child?

We are going to collect them and put them together in some form.  I say “some form” because a book is expensive and takes a long time and we need an agent and although that would be amazing, it’s really about the prayers and we are interested in getting this prayer wagon rolling immediately.

We are doing this so we can build a community of moms – a community where we will all feel less alone.  Here’s the thing…everyone has something going on that worries them.  Someone may see your prayer and thank God that they are not alone.  They may realize for the first time that other people are going through similar things.  Imagine all moms feeling less alone.  Incredible.

Here’s how it works.  Send your prayers.  I will not include names in anything.    The whole thing will be anonymous.  Send to or comment on the blog.  I will not “publish” the comment or any names (no one will see who it came from) but I will include it in our compilation of prayers.

We will not edit the prayers.  We are looking for raw unedited prayers.  Please don’t feel like you need to be polite.  Just be you…talking to God.  Some of you may be hesitant to send your honest prayers but in order to be truth tellers and soul sharers, we are going to need courage to speak from our hearts.  I know this can be difficult but we need each other.  We need you.

Not only will we see that others may be struggling with the same thing, but we will be able to pray for them too!  Oh my gosh, the power of this!  Can you imagine!  All of us praying together for each other’s kids!?!?  And for each other?!??

So cool.  Let’s do it.

Please send your prayers.

pray without ceasing

©2013 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved                                               picture of my oldest and Kate’s oldest about 10 years ago 🙂








I promise

Here’s what they read at my wedding and probably at yours too!

Corinthians 13:4–8a

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails … (NIV)

Let’s unpack that.

Love is patient.  This means to me that I need to be patient when my spouse isn’t doing what I want him to do.

Love is kind.  This means to me that I should keep my mouth shut if I feel like criticizing my spouse.

It does not envy.  This means if my spouse orders a cheeseburger and I order a salad, I should try not to have order envy and I should remember to order the cheeseburger next time.

It does not boast.  This means I shouldn’t run around and say, “See, I told you so.  I’m the brains of this operation!”

It is not proud.  See above.  And I shouldn’t strut around all “high and mighty” acting like “I’m so enlightened and so wise, let me tell you how you should change”.

It is not rude.  This means I should not cut off my spouse mid-sentence to say, “Do I look fat in this?”

It is not self-seeking.  This means I should not disregard his ideas and keep talking about what I want.

It is not easily angered.  This means when I walk into the house and see him on the couch watching football and then look at the dirty dishes and the kids all staring at ipads and Gameboys and phones while food is crumbled in the rug and there are glasses all over the coffee table and open, empty bags of chips on the floor, I should not get angry.

It keeps no record of wrongs.  This means it is not “tit for tat”.  I failed miserably when the kids were little and I was home all day with them just wiping butts and he would be out  at the Sox game and he would get home and I would be so mad that he had fun, I would just leave.  I would have no place to go but I would drive around to prove that I could leave too.  Or, worse, I would stay home and simmer and keep bringing up the day he was at the Sox game while I was home with three sick kids.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.   I don’t delight in evil so I feel pretty good about this one.  Wait…is that me being proud?

It always protects.  This means I will do anything to save us.  This means that I am committed to protecting this partnership.

It always trusts.  This means I trust you and you can trust me and we can trust God.  He’s in this too and He wants the best for us.

It always hopes.  This means I love our past but I look forward to our future.

It always perseveres.  This means I will stand by you.  I will stand up for us.  Together we will be strong and we will last.

Love never fails.  Hmm…this is a toughy.  I’ve known it to fail.  I’ve known the loves of this world to fail.  People fail.  But God doesn’t.  I take this to mean I need to invite Him in.  When I look through the list above, I see how tough it is to keep up with all of this being patient and kind business.  I need God to help me.  So when I forget, and I’m mad and angry and keeping records of wrongs, if I just go to God and ask for guidance, He’ll show me the way.

We can’t do this on our own.  It’s superhuman.

So, that’s why everyone reads this passage at weddings…because it’s so necessary…because it reminds us.  Because each time we read it or hear it, we remember “Oh yeah, that’s how I want to love”.  And then we ask God to help us put on our superhuman capes and get ready for battle…to help us protect and trust and hope and never fail.

How are you doing today?  Have you put your cape on?


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