Evelyn Rennich
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Evelyn joyfully mothers two young boys and supports her great husband. When all is quiet she blogs about intentionally living small at Smallish.

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  1. Evelyn,

    Having been raised in God’s Word, this is not a new concept, BUT it hit me this morning in a whole new way! WOW! I can’t really explain it, but this post made a light bulb come on for me!


  2. My husband sent me a precious ecard and as I scrolled down I was intrigued with the introduction of your post. This morning I was talking to The Lord about discipline. There are many things that The Lord has shown me for my life and my family. However discipline can only come through obedience! Thank you so much for this post! It really hit home and gave me a greater perspective on life and my calling! Thanks for you obedience!

    • Tuesday, thanks for rounding this out for us… obedience takes discipline to train your mind and body to sometimes do things that they don’t want to. What a great perspective! Thanks and praise God for all He is doing in YOUR life, sister. 🙂

    • Jennifer, you’re right! Especially when I think about the fact that our Jesus spent a night in prayer for strength and obedience right before heading to the cross… that’s an example we must follow. Thanks for chipping in. 🙂

  3. Hey, so needed this this morning! We are in the process of adopting two older boys from Africa (14 and 11 year old brothers). We have four daughters and I just read some more scary adoption stories online this morning. ;). This whole story for our family has been completely of God and trusting Him and obeying Him while we step out of our warm, cozy “bathtub” is humbling, scary, overwhelming, exciting and crazy enough, the best and only place I want to be. :). Following Him and letting my only fear be of the one true God who holds and created everything! Thank you for the encouragement today.

    • Oh, Krista, what a journey! Bless you for giving those sweet boys a home. That does sound like a scary road to be walking, but you are walking it with grace and courage!

      “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Ps. 27:1

    • Krista,

      Prayers for you and your family as you adopt 2 older boys. Prayers for adjustment for everyone. May God help you during this journey & give you hope, love & His wonderful Mercy!@

  4. Oh my goodness. Perfect timing. Getting ready to “launch” my blog…take it to my little corner of the world. And I have been terrified. But. God is telling me “Courage.” *sigh* So here goes nothing. Thanks.

    • Charlotte–fun!! I’m with you, girl. I did that exact same thing just over a year ago. It’s terrifying to share your heart and thoughts with the world. But just remember, there may already be a thousand voices out there, but YOURS isn’t yet. YOURS might be the one someone needs to hear. It gets easier. 🙂 Thanks for chipping in, friend.

  5. This is perfectly timed for me as well. I have taken a step of obedience and made myself available to the women in my life through leading a bible study. God has made it apparent that there is so much He has planned for me, but He has told me to do this and study his word first. I have no doubt in my heart that this act of obedience will pour more blessings into my life. Thanks for the post!

    • Jess, how wonderful that your obedience act at this stage gets to be sitting at our Lord’s feet and learning! Blessings to you, sweet girl. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  6. Wow! Really needed to hear that this week. Thanks for the gentle confirmation and letting God speak through you.

  7. Obedience . . .I have been placed in a position I don’t want to be in. I can be that two year old saying, “No, God, please don’t ask this of me . .. I’m not strong enough, courageous enough, I don’t have enough time . .” but He has placed me here. And I will obey, because I love and trust Him. I keep praying that this divided, broken heart will step forward each day . . .one step at a time in obedience. Your post today gave me encouragement today!

  8. Oh, Susan I love your heart. Hang in there. Remember that He who brought you to this will bring you through. My prayer for you today: that He will give you “beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” in you. Isaiah 61:3

  9. Evelyn this is simply wonderful! I’m at a point where I’m taking a huge leap and jumping in with both feet out of the comfortable water and taking a risk to follow a dream He has given me. Yet at the same time we are sitting, waiting, praying for His guidance in other areas of our life – particularly in my husband’s career. Sometimes we’re called to sit in that tub a little longer, letting our fingers prune as He prepares us for what comes next. Sometimes we have to wait for Him to run and grab that towel for us 😉

    • Vanessa, Oh girl I’m right there with you on the whole waiting-for-God’s-guidance-in-hubby’s-career thing. It’s hard! I love your thoughts of letting our fingers prune longer or just jumping out and running… and sometimes it’s backwards because sometimes sitting and letting yourself prune is harder than taking a step out. Blessings to you, friend!

  10. Evelyn,

    Such wise words of wisdom. Loved the idea of “getting out of the warm bathtub and stepping into obedience”. I believe God has been both blessing me and testing me for a while now. I have a decent job,, but it doesn’t satisfy me or bring any enjoyment. I usually just want to go in and get the day over with. Sticking with this job and praying that I remain obedient to His leading in my life.

    Prayers for everyone here!

    • Hi Beth,
      A season of discontent is always one of the roughest to plow through. I’ve been there! Sometimes it takes courage just.to.keep.going day in and day out. Keep it up and thanks for chipping in. 🙂