From the category archives:

Small Things

Freedom from Babble, Why We all Can Be Prayer-Full


In this age of information and endless access to word after word after word…I am always startled at Jesus’ economy of words, the way He spoke so few and yet meant so much, the way His five word answers left everyone else speechless.   And in my own days of feeling like all I do […]

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A Small Thing: Play


We sat and talked about how her babies were no longer and she wondered how many years she really had still had with them, how much time was left.  Her oldest was already a teenager and she said it with tears brimming, ‘I hope I haven’t lost him.’ She told me how she used to […]

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Because Baby Steps are No Small Thing


‘Why don’t we say she’s so many months now?  Why did Elaine skip being twelve months?’ I tell my big girl that the days and the months add up and twelve whole months make one year. Is she really already one whole year? We put one candle in a cupcake and the little one’s in […]

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Why It’s Okay to be a Small Thing


They signed their name and it was theirs, the first house they could call ‘home’, the one with the huge tree in front. Less than one week passed before they knew they’d need someone to come see about that towering hardwood. The tree expert showed up with all his equipment and gave them the bad […]

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Small Things


David’s stone. Two copper coins. Moses’ rod. Bread and a few fish. A bottle of perfume. All these little people with such small things in such tiny moments of time.    Then, this big God with great love and giant plans makes history. With small things. One small thing offered up by one small person […]

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A Small Thing: Show Up


Once I walked that aisle and my tummy swelled and days turned into laundry lists, I somehow threw in the dirty towel of doing much of anything besides surviving.  Every now and again, I would surface between a birth and a pregnancy and think I could take on the world again, only to eventually crumble […]

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A Small Thing: A Tight Budget


You’d never know I studied Accounting and Math in college when you see the way I make the credits and debits balance in this house.  I do as Jen Hatmaker does: I nickel and dime us to death.  It’s not the big purchases that run up the credits, but the little ones.  The ‘oh look, […]

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Why You Might Want to Sweat the Small Stuff


It really does seem like something I can just ignore. Those quiet nudges that come throughout the day– ‘Go sit by her, talk to her, sure she’s not just like you, but she needs a friend.’ ‘Stop what you’re doing, quit scurrying around the house worried that everything is in its place and just sit […]

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The One Thing that’s No Small Thing


They call my name all day long, but some days, no one else calls.They beg all day for my attention, but some days, no one seems to be paying me any. In this year of small things, I can start to feel like everything’s small, including me. But it’s not just this year of focusing on […]

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A Small Thing…Two Words


I read Ann Voskamp’s  book last summer and promised myself I’d be more thankful.  I found a journal to make my list of ‘thanks’ and made a note for a few days.  But the journal got lost in the piles of workbooks and grocery lists and bills and I lost the resolution for thanksgiving. I […]

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