The Greatness of Small Things.

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It was a crisp, cool morning. I was sitting on the front porch steps, bible on my lap and a full cup of coffee at my side. I sighed deeply, closed my eyes and began to pray to God to pour over me. 

I yearned for His peace and guidance. 

Be Still. 

Those words came to my mind’s eye. I felt as though God was telling me to stop fretting and be still in Him. He wanted me to slow down and be aware of the little things around me. God was showing me the amazing beauty and greatness in the small things that I was taking for granted. His peace filled my heart as I took a deep breath and breathed in the fresh cool air, looked at the grass covered in the morning dew as it sparkled in the sunlight, and listened to the song of the morning birds. 

God uses the small things. What small things can we do to make our lives better?

God was showing me the little things around me. His little creations that He made to bring peace and beauty to my morning. I felt His overwhelming love through those little things. Nothing mattered in that moment, but soaking up this special message I was receiving from God. 

God uses the little things. 

That special morning he used the simple little song birds, morning grass and fresh cool air to brighten my day. Nothing huge and grand. No fireworks. No famous speaker. No expensive technology. Just His simple little creations. 

God reminded me that the little things are important to Him. 

Where, in the Bible, did God use small things or what small things are important to Him? 

*David took 5 small stones from a creek to kill Goliath. 1 Samuel 17:40

*Jesus used 5 small barley loaves and two small fish to feed 5,000 people. John 6

*The widow who gave 2 mites. Jesus considered that more than what the rich had given.   Mark 12:41-44

*Even the hairs on our head are numbered. God must think so much of us to the hairs on our head numbered.  Matthew 10:29-30

* Our thoughts. Something I think we take for granted and let run wild. Our thoughts. Jeremiah 12:3 says God knows us and tests our thoughts. In Philippians 4:8 God tells us what He wants us to think on. Even our silent little thoughts are important to Him. 

I write all this to encourage you to remember the small things. They are used by God in big ways. God delights in the small. 

What are the small things you can do to improve your day or the day of someone else?

* Be Kindhearted. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
* When working, do it as though God is your boss. Ephesians 6:7
* Be faithful in the small things. Luke 16:10
* Give genuine compliments more often. Do not speak ill of others. Ephesians 4:29
* Help out. If you offer to help someone make sure you follow through. We all need help from time to time. Matthew 5:6
* Choose joy. Think good thoughts. Philippians 4:8

There is no excuse for not using our “little talents and gifts” to bless others. 

What are the small things that God has used in your own life?


Starla J. 

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  1. Dana S.

    May 4, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Very encouraging post! We are always looking for fireworks in the sky and waiting for the bang and pop – but even that only happens once a year! I wish I had understood about the ordinary when I was younger. I was all ready for the battle and to fight "dragons." No one told me that I would spend ( and be expected to spend) 97% of the time sharpening the sword to get ready for the battle which looked nothing like dragons and a lot more like discouragement and apathy!

  2. Coupon Gal (Andi)

    May 4, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    sometimes it takes little reminders from God

  3. Maria Hass

    May 5, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Oooh praise God! Very encouraging! I am thankful for His love and all of His goodness. You are absolutely right, if you are still enough to notice the small things, you'll come to really see Jesus as the lover of your soul! He is relentless in His pursuit of us and all the small things are grand gestures in His hands!

  4. Jazmine Brown

    May 6, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Love this post. It's always the small things we overlook are usually the best things. You're always so inspiring.

  5. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    May 6, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Thank you so much, Starla, for blessing me with this very timely post. We are dealing with some of the bigger issues in life right now that it has caused me to forget to take notice of the small blessings I usually enjoy counting. I love how you showed us how God has used small things in Scripture and grew them for His purposes. Thank you for helping me to redirect my gaze. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing, my friend!

  6. Laura Perkowski

    May 6, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I love your 2nd one on the list…work as if God is your boss! That is such good advice, and I think it can make doing something so much more tolerable during those moments when we're tired, run down…when we just want to sit down and do nothing for a minute or maybe ten!

  7. Starla J.

    May 6, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    You are so right! Thank you for stopping by.

  8. Starla J.

    May 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Me to, Maria. Love your comment. Thank you

  9. Starla J.

    May 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Awww Thank you, Jazmine!! I appreciate you.

  10. Starla J.

    May 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I love your comments Heather. So encouraging. Praying for you my friend.

  11. Starla J.

    May 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Oh yes, I agree with you. During those hard moments with others I remind myself that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against the darkness of this world but…BUT…God has overcome that darkness. <3

  12. Melissa Matters

    May 7, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I think simple words of kindness can make someone's day so much brighter.

  13. Andrea Wiener

    December 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    God can use ANYTHING that He gives us to bless others 🙂

  14. Kay

    December 2, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Wonderful post! Those small things can be huge things in our lives and in the lives of others. Amazing what a bit of kindness can do to a day, and what thinking about God can do! He used a worm in Jonah!

  15. Katy Kauffman

    December 3, 2016 at 3:09 am

    I really enjoyed your post. One "little" thing I love is to pray short prayers all day long to stay close to God and ask Him things. It means so much to have that fellowship with Him.

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