In the Little Things

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While contemplating what to post, I came across a draft that I had written nearly 3 years ago but it is relevant today.  I hope it encourages you . . . and that you don’t hyper-ventilate thinking about the holidays looming ahead 😉 .  

We were a very small prayer group that Sunday night, only 4 of us.  We began with testimonies.  I love hearing and sharing testimonies, they produce overcoming power (Revelation 12:11).  I was brimming with thanksgiving.

An aunt of mine gave the girls $20 at a Christmas party to take chances on the baskets (they do raffles to support the next year’s party).  Beth asked if it’d be all right if she also took a chance on the 50/50.

“Sure, but you better hurry.  They just announced the last call.”

The girls won the 50/50.  They had over $140 to divide among the 3 of them for Christmas shopping.  Laura told me later, “I just prayed this week and asked what we were going to do for money for Christmas.”

We had also volunteered at an annual church giveaway, one we’ve been helping with for years.  Laura came skipping over to me, “Mum, Mum, Mum!  You’re never going to believe what I found!  Shampoo!  We really need shampoo.”  Yes they did.  And Bob, too.  His bottle was upside down trying to catch what it could in the lid on a shelf in the shower.

And me, I was blessed silly with dresses, some of them brand new.  And a cute note pad.  And little post-its to mark pages in a book.  I’m a sucker for stationery type items.  And in the bottom of the bag a chain link bracelet with a C dangling from it–I didn’t put it in the bag.  I don’t know where it came from.

I told our little group, “This year (2019) has been very difficult for us in a lot of different ways, not just financially, but I’m so thankful.  God is so good.”  My voice broke with a sob.

In my quiet time Monday morning I had continued praising God for His blessings when along came that still small voice.  “I know you, Christi.  That’s why I sent you stationery items at the giveaway.  You were so happy.  And Laura was so happy with the shampoo.  I know you’re looking for the ‘big’ things, and they’re coming, but I’m also in the ‘little’ things.  That’s where it’s at.  Thanks for noticing.”

We are once again fast approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas. And although we may find much to worry or sorrow over (as I shared in my last post, “In a Funk”), gratitude and reflection on the gift that Jesus brings is timeless. More and more I am discovering that one of our greatest weapons in spiritual warfare is worship. God is present in powerful ways when we praise Him.

Join me today in putting aside what could so easily beset us and instead focus on how mighty, magnificent, and lovely is the LORD.

p.s. Thanks again for the feedback! I am discovering that one of the highest compliments that can be paid in the cyber world of work is sharing. So if you like, please share! Thank you!

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My husband and I married over 20 years ago on a chilly, rainy, spring day. One year later caught me in a whirlwind as I was celebrating my first wedding anniversary, my first Mother's Day, and my first publication as a freelance writer. The birth of our third child followed a couple months after we celebrated our twins' 3rd birthday. Though a pen has been one of my constant companions, I have not pursued writing professionally due to the monumental task of homemaking and the raising of children. A shout out to my Robert who has been our sole provider while I have had the pleasure and privilege of remaining home with our children to homeschool them. Now, thanks to him, I have the liberty to once again pursue my passion to write and encourage others in written word as we journey with God through life experiences.

5 thoughts on “In the Little Things”

  1. Thank you for the reminder that God is in ALL things – big and small, easy and difficult, both the expected and the unexpected. God never leaves us nor forsakes us!


  2. Very encouraging and needed. The more we praise God for the little things, the more thankful and blessed we become. Praise God for His little ( I LOVE YOU ) reminders!


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