This morning over my first cup of coffee, I wrote down all the giveaway entry names…
I reached in and pulled out one little slip of paper.
Congratulations @iloveaholiday you won the “Little Things” giveaway!
Please send me a private message with your address so I can send your prize off!
I wanted to take a moment to tell you all how much I loved hearing your “sweetest little gift” stories. You all had me smiling the whole day through.
Each one of you told me about a gift the meant something to you, but what you really told me about was someone who was special to you. In most cases the gifts were very small, monetarily worth very little, but the giving it’s self and the hand that gave, both hold a special and permanent place in your heart.
It was hard for me to choose a sweet gift to tell you about, because choosing one meant leaving out dozens of others that were just as precious to me. But since you shared it is only fair that I share as well. My “sweetest gift” wasn’t really a gift… in that it was something tangible. It was a phone call from my father-in-law. I was a new mom trying to adjust to life with two, needy little boys under my feet, and was feeling rather inadequate. He had seen my drooping shoulders and the weariness on my face. One morning, out of the blue he called, and with a catch in his throat told me that I was doing a good job with my boys. It only took 5 minutes out of his day, but it meant the world to me to hear him say those words at that moment.
Never underestimate the power of kindness. You have all you need to pass that onto someone else. It is so easy so turn our focus inward and walk through life with our heads down. It’s time to lift our heads and look around. To be the hand that helps, the kind word that heals, the shoulder to lean on…
Some how I don’t think the Lord meant for us to take care of ourselves. He wanted us to take care of each other, so that we would depend on one another. He wants us to ease the burden of another, so that they can in turn do the same, and so on, and so on…
What you have to offer may seem small, but smallness is not the same as worthless.
Be the little flicker of light that the darkness cannot overwhelm.
Be the seed that falls in the crevice, that sends the root, that breaks the rock.
“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable without complaint. As each one had received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:8-10