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Welcome to the first installment of Gratitude Fridays. We’ll will have guest authors posting on most Fridays, but I thought I would start things off myself.

tiny shells

About five years ago some of the ladies at our church put on a ladies tea. They had each of us bring a tiny item of great meaning with us. We each shared our items and told what they meant to us. My item was a little stone in the shape of a heart. My son had found it and brought it home to me when he was young. I treasure that little piece of rock. None of us had difficulty finding something small and meaningful. The purpose of that exercise was to show how much little things can mean.

There is a song I am quite fond of, that expresses the idea perfectly. This isn’t a Musical Wednesday post, but I can’t help myself, everything always comes back to music with me. “Little is much when God is in it!” (You can download the Fehr Family’s version by clicking on the link and clicking the download arrow.)

Sometimes we forget to appreciate the little things. Other times we forget to DO the little things. I want to express my gratitude to God for the big things of course. I am thankful for my husband, my son, our home, our farm, our church family, our animals, and so much more.

Yet, oftentimes, it is easy to overlook the little things. Let me give you some examples. The card I received from a friend just because she was thinking about me. A cup of hot coffee in the morning. Clean clothes. Hot water. Food on the table. These things are huge things to some people, but to us privileged few, these are everyday conveniences we don’t think too much about. Sure, we say a prayer of thankfulness before we eat our meal, but do we give it much thought? Not often, I’m afraid. Just as that card a friend gave to me helped me to know someone cared, I can return that favor. I can send an occasional card to a brother or sister in Christ. I can even send one to someone who hasn’t yet accepted Christ as Saviour. That small gesture may mean a great deal to them. A prayer is a seemingly small gesture, but if you are a praying person, you know just how powerful prayer can be.

According to Jesus, a grain of faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains.

Matthew 17:20
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

I challenge you this week to think about the little things. Remember to be grateful when your husband holds your hand. When your grandchild smiles up at you. When the flowers in the hanging basket bloom. When the hummingbird stops at the feeder for a taste of nectar. And I further challenge you to do something little for someone else. Send that card. Make that phone call. Pour that cup of coffee. Share a smile.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the most difference in someone’s day.

Share your thoughts on the little things in the comments below.

(All verse references are taken from the Authorized Version of the Bible, commonly referred to as the King James Version.)


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