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one small thing…

October 3, 2011

The smallest person in the house gets the most time, the most attention.
One stitch starts a quilt which can warm you for years.
One knit or purl can create art which will inspire others and bring comfort.
A small butternut squash seed can produce 25 lbs of food.
The littlest lie can cause the most trouble.
One little girl can interrupt bad things from happening.
One fleck of pepper can make you sneeze nonstop for a minute.
One slim tiny crack in a pipe can ruin the ceiling in the kitchen.
One tiny puppy can demolish an entire sofa.
A small smile on a bad day can be encouraging.
The smallest whispered “I love you”, in the night can help you sleep safe.

When we stop and think ; we know ….
the smallest things are sometimes the strongest
the most beautiful
the most dangerous
the most intriguing
the most compelling

Yet while agreeing to all of this, our minds veer off somewhere to listen to the hiss of a snake…
you know what you are doing won’t change anything…..
it will change nothing
orphans will still be abandoned
women will still suffer
there is too much hurt…
you know what you are doing won’t change anything,
Joke was on us…one tiny bite in front of that snake did change everything.

We can change everything
If you can help just one person… you have changed a life.
A life!

With one small step
you can be one of the strongest
one of the most beautiful
one of the most dangerous
one of the most intriguing
one of the most compelling
with just a small step.

Oh my Goodness…I have so much to be Thankful for but let me just toss out a few…..

  1. This comment under my Going to W.A.R post, received Saturday from the woman in Thailand!!! Speechless.
  2. My baby done with teething for a few days….or more.
  3. Meeting important people at the Soup competition!
  4. Getting to see great people ALL day Sunday!
  5. My super wonderful husband playing drums Sunday morning!
  6. My daughters dancing to the music.
  7. People wanting to hear more about how they can have W.A.R parties before Christmas, as get togethers! What a great idea!
  8. My brother making us take the big nature walk even though it was chilly.
  9. Laughing in the kitchen till it hurts and everyone is curled over, not breathing ~talking about learning to drive stick shift as teenagers
  10. Children who are speechless and just shocked their mother didn’t win the soup competition.
  11. People who do small things for me everyday!
  12. My soon to be sister in law who encourages people , like this,  half way around the world.
  13. Lexi for taking the big steps!
12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2011 10:15 am

    T…great post…just what I am pondering. Amazing what God is doing in Uganda…with many single,young girls. Last night, we had the privilege of hearing Katie Davis…a 22yr.old mother of 13 young girls living in Uganda. She is an amazingly, humble lady…she shares she never set out to doing anything…just small steps…that lead her where she is today. She just released a book…about her life…to support what she does.

    • October 3, 2011 12:43 pm

      Yep totally familiar with Katie… but she is just one of many women (not men) stepping out to do something..touch a life… make a difference…
      It’s all about the small steps..which create the journey.

  2. October 3, 2011 11:10 am

    tears sparkling in my eyes as I read the beautiful words with once again, gripping photos. Thank you for speaking right to the heart of the issue and providing a feast for my eyes as well. Our steps have felt too small in such a big messed up world. Ive seen too much, felt so deeply that if allowed it smothers all the thankful and happy right out of me. I am so thankful for 1000 gifts and the message of grace ministering to my heart. Quieting the hissing of the serpent. {hugs}

    • October 3, 2011 12:45 pm

      You can change so much with starting with so little.
      IT amazes me how we forget this when it comes to changing the world.

  3. October 3, 2011 1:21 pm


    oh, it’s so true. the small, powerful. i am continually reminded that just the next right thing, no matter how seemingly small, it’s the right thing. and the right thing, in Him, we’ll of course there’s no better thing. i hear a passage from one of last weeks readings, whispering in my mind, renewing my mind:

    The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

    Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

    Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19)

    a small whisper, a mighty big thing indeed 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your blessings here, with us.

    • October 3, 2011 1:57 pm

      Oh my gosh such a great point… I hope readers check out my comments to read what you wrote.
      Smart stuff.

  4. October 3, 2011 4:42 pm

    good work i like the reminder today…what is living with purpose so that the little makes a big difference

  5. October 3, 2011 10:02 pm

    Beautiful post T! We really can make a difference! Baby done teething… aww… sweet thing! I love nature walks! #9… love it! lol Thank you for sharing your wonderful list of gifts. Such gorgeous photos. 🙂

  6. October 4, 2011 8:25 pm

    I love what you wrote and how you wrote it! So easy to brush off things because we are only “one” person. How can “I” make a difference? I am only one? How many times do I hear that?! Too often. And I could completely relate to learning to drive stick shift! I actually purchased my first new car w/manual transmission before knowing how to drive it! The things we do as young ‘uns!

    • October 4, 2011 8:58 pm

      I think anyone who has ever learned to drive stick shift has a hilarious story to tell … makes me smile just thinking about it!

  7. October 6, 2011 6:46 am

    Soooo glad I finally got to catch up on some of your blog posts!!! Good stuff filled with oh so much encouragement! Love you!!! =D

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