Friday, February 21, 2014

if you feel small

Today is Friday. The day where hundreds of writers link up at Lisa Jo Baker's blog for five minutes of unedited writing. Just for the fun of it. Won't you join? Today's prompt is the word "small".

Both my husband and I are big dreamers. 

We keep looking for that next big thing that God is going to do in our lives. 

We’re both looking and hoping and dreaming to have a big impact for God in the last half of our lives. 

It’s almost a burning passion. It’s making us impatient. It feels like an urgency.

But, I know the truth.

I know it’s the small things that really matter.

Even if we might feel invisible and insignificant now, we aren’t. 

The small choices and decisions that we make on a moment by moment basis are what truly matter. 

It’s those that make the biggest impact.

It’s the hand that we grab to show compassion.
The phone call we decide to make even though we’re tired.
Opening the door to someone in need.
Contributing our time to those who need it.
Sharing a conversation and a meal with someone who might be lonely.

I want to keep noticing the small things. Especially if they are done with a loving heart.

I want to keep believing that the little ways I contribute

with my words
with my compassion
with love

will really be the things that matter in the long run.

I will probably still feel invisible, insignificant and unworthy at times.

And, maybe you will too.

Let's keep believing the truth.

And like the coin, the sheep and the birds,
we are worthy.

What we do is significant.

And we are deeply and completely loved by God.

{The coin, the sheep and the birds refer to places in the Bible where Jesus tells stories of these small things that are seemingly insignificant, but are worthy of His attention. See Luke 15:8 and Luke 15:4}

Thanks for stopping today, friend!
Blessings to you,


  1. Hi Anne, I wonder if you are like me, because reading your post makes me feel that you are... of course the small things are important and we praise and thank and wonder aloud when someone does those small things for us and in our presence. But when we contribute words, compassion and love we downplay them as not enough. You used the word invisible - so powerful. I have a feeling you are a force of positive significance. Anything but invisible. I loved reading your words - they remind me that there are so many women out there who are our toughest critics and fall prey to feeling invisible when we're not. I ran across you once before on a FMF blog-seeing trip - beautifully said. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for your kind words Lisa! I agree with what you said. I think the struggle to feel significant is common. Blessings to you fellow traveler!

  2. Beautiful words. I totally get what you mean by feeling invisible. On my care taking journey it is so easy to only take care of my husband and HIS disease. But I am coming to understand that the disease belongs to US. It certainly affects me as much as it does him. You write very powerful words.

  3. The beauty in the small is so easily overlooked. Thanks for the reminder that we are not insignificant, even in our ordinary smallness.

    1. You are welcome! I keep remembering that Jesus elevated small. Blessings to you.

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  5. I love hearing about your burning desire for God to do great things through you. He is already working through you in amazing ways, Anne. I know that when you share your beautiful words, I can relate. When you kindly encourage, I feel valued. And through all you do, you are connecting to people through Christ. That is big stuff! Blessings and gratitude :)

    1. Tris, your words are such a blessing to me! Thank you for encouraging ME! Blessings to you, friend!


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