Making Decisions {A Guest Post} and the WIP Wednesday Link-Up PLUS a Giveaway!!

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I’m so excited to have one of my best “in real life” friends, Rebecca, guest posting today. We met in seminary then were in a small accountability group together which greatly grew our relationship. She has been such a blessing to my life. I know you will enjoy reading her words. Rebecca is also a Thirty-One Gifts consultant and is offering a giveaway, so be sure to check that out before the link-up! We use several Thirty-One products for tailgating, and they are excellent quality and super cute!

I am a very analytical person. I over think everything. There are no simple questions in my mind because every decision has multiple moving parts. Who will be affected by my decision? Whose feelings might be hurt? Who might I disappoint? Will this be a decision I regret? From, “Where do you want to eat?” to “Should I spend money here…or here?” I can easily get stressed out by it all.

Let me take this another direction. I find myself increasingly interested in the creativity of God. I believe each person has the opportunity to learn exactly what they need to in whatever situation they find themselves in. Whether a person is single, married, a mother, unable to have children or a combination, God can use any situation to teach a needed lesson. One of my many lessons from God is through motherhood. For me, life has taken on a whole new perspective with the addition of a single life.

How does this all tie in together? When I look at my daughter, I cannot be incapacitated by fear of making decisions. She is depending on me to teach her, guide her, and protect her. Of course, I am not alone in this as I have a wonderful husband who is the best dad I could have asked for for my child (and future children). However, I am with my daughter every single day. I must make decisions. Should I punish her? How should I punish her? Should I let her do this? Should I say no? These are not decisions I can stress over every single time. I have to make them. Sometimes I have to make them quickly. So how am I supposed to make decisions that best meet the needs of my daughter?

While I do not have all the answers, I’ve learned quickly that I cannot seek wisdom from the Lord at the last minute. If I am to be the best mother for my daughter I have to seek wisdom from the Lord on a daily basis. It cannot be a last minute lifeline. Wisdom and the ability to utilize wisdom must be sought after every single day; multiple times a day. If I am in constant communication with Christ and seeking after Him with each breath, those decisions come a lot quicker with more confidence.

Unfortunately knowing the solution and constantly practicing the solution are often two different stories. I still freak out when it comes to making decisions, but because of God’s grace and His continuous desire to draw me closer to Him, I am learning. Each day brings new challenges and with each challenge I learn even more. I learn what works and I learn what doesn’t work. I mess up daily but I know if I seek after the Lord, He will work everything out to His glory. His grace is sufficient.

Rebecca is first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ with her husband and daughter coming close behind. She has a degree in Marriage and Family Counseling but loves that she is able to be a stay at home mom as well as a consultant with Thirty-One Gifts where she truly get to pick her own working hours. She enjoys DIY projects and try them as often as time and money allow. When not mothering and cleaning up the house, she loves to read anything from current fiction to classic novels with a little history added to the mix.

Now for the fun part! A giveaway!! Rebecca has so sweetly offered to give a Cinch It Up Thermal bag to a New Life Steward reader!! Isn’t it cute? I can imagine it will come in very handy for taking snacks to the park, lunch to work, packing tailgate food, etc. The ideas are endless! Just enter below in the Rafflecopter giveaway! All you have to do is click for your first entry! Bonus entries available for viewing Rebecca’s Thirty-One page and/or purchasing a product! Giveaway ends Sunday, October 7th at midnight. Winner will be notified via e-mail.

**Rebecca can host a party several different ways. One is an online party. She has set up an online party for my blog readers, so the link above directs you to that party. Any rewards earned at the party, I will use to host another giveaway! If you are interested in hosting an online party on your blog, through a Facebook group, or e-mail, simply contact Rebecca via her Thirty-One page!**

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  Work In Progress Wednesday    It’s time for the WIP (Work in Progress) Wednesday Link-Up! 

What is God doing in your life? Link up a post below or let’s chat in the comments! Please make sure you link back to! This helps promote the community and allows everyone’s posts to be shared. If you aren’t sure how to do that, e-mail me! I’ll be glad to help!

Honesty here: I haven’t read a single post from last week. I’m praying y’all will forgive me, and let me just start fresh this week! :) I really cherish visiting and reading what you have to say, so I think starting fresh today will help me not feel so bogged down! I’m making some change in my blogging “to-do’s” to make more time for this. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you who participates. You are a blessing.

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This post is linked with thanks to:

Works for Me Wednesday
Women in the Word Wednesday
Living Well Wednesday
Unwrapping His Promises

God Bumps and God-Incidences
Whatever Wednesday
Encourage One Another Wednesday
Walk with Him Wednesday 


  1. Such a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing and for linking up at SHH :) Blessings girlyz! :)

  2. Hi Rebecca! So grateful for your words. I, too, appreciate God’s creativity. AND … your giveaway! What a blessing. I just placed my first Thirty-One order with a consultant two days ago. I love the products, and am eager to get the large utility bag and two cinch bags for the girls’ soccer clothes.

    • Thank you! It’s become a challenge (in a good way) for me to always be on the lookout for what God is doing so I don’t forget it’s not about me :-) I’m so glad you love Thirty-One! They come out with better products all the time. You’ll LOVE your Large Utility Bag! I have two!

  3. This is such a lovely site! I so enjoy linking up here each week. Thanks for hosting us, Mary Beth. Blessings!

  4. Mary Beth, you are just too sweet! I just want to throw it out there that I would not be offended at all if you never made it through all the posts on your link up, and I don’t think others would either. That’s a LOT of reading, and as your link up grows it will get more and more demanding. I love that you are so dedicated, but I am overwhelmed just thinking about reading all 46 posts linked up before me! Some days it is hard to find time to read just two, though I am always thankful when I get to. Anyway, give yourself some slack and know that most of us forgive you for not making it to our posts…most of the time…okay, kidding, all the time.

    • awe thank you Tyanne! I really do enjoy reading them and building connections…but it takes quite awhile. Thanks for giving me permission to not read every one! :)

  5. Laurie Collett says:

    Praise God that His grace is sufficient, & that He gives wisdom liberally to all His children who ask! Thanks for the great post & for hosting, & God bless!

  6. Thank you, Mary Beth, for letting me guest post today! I am so excited about this giveaway and I hope everyone enjoys window shopping for Thirty-One products!


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