The Little Things

I first told this at my church two weeks before I delivered my son in August, 2015. It was for the offering call and I was extremely pregnant. Because of this everything about me was huge including my feet and my emotions. I started off by reminding the congregation of my being pregnant even though they did not need to be reminded. Some of the following could have been slightly different but here is what I wrote ahead of time. I only changed the wording when it did not seem to make sense in print:

“Have you ever noticed how God looks out for the big things of life but also the little things? I want to talk with you about some of these little things that God has done for me recently.

I have always disliked our couch since the day we got it. It is hard to sit on and too small for laying down comfortably. Only two people could sit on it without getting in anyone’s way. One of few things this couch had going for it was that it was free and I am grateful for that. One day Phil and I were going to our daily trip to a local home building store and one of our neighbors was selling their couch. On a whim, we stopped and they offered it to us for half the cost. We sat on it and decided to buy it. You have to understand. Phil and I have never made a decision as fast as we did when we decided to buy that couch. We easily could spend two days trying to decide what trash can to purchase for our bathroom even though it is just $10. Do not even ask how long it took us to pick our living room color. Earlier that day I had been thinking it would be nice to have a more comfortable couch and this turned out to be exactly what we were looking for. In fact, my father was able to stay with us for a week to help out before we have this baby. We did not have anywhere for him to stay before. I know it is just a couch, but God sent us this couch at just the right time.

I am a type 1 Diabetic. Since getting pregnant, I have had more doctor’s visits than is normal for most pregnant women. For example, I went 1-2 times a month to see my diabetic doctor and nutritionist. We had to go for the normal ultrasounds, etc, but we also had to go to a special baby heart doctor so we could see if there were any complications with our son’s heart. (There was not, praise God!) In addition, for the past 2 months I have had to go to my ob two times a week for a stress test and ultrasound. Many people have been making comments about my being due August 23 and how hot it is going to be. (Looking back, they are right. My husband had to wear a jacket for part of this summer.) This was another little thing. If I had been due earlier, I would have had to leave work twice a week to go to all of these doctor’s visits because they only took place from 8 to 9 in the morning. I am a teacher and to leave at that time would have been an issue for my students and my school. Because I was due so late in the summer I was able to attend all of these appointments without missing work. My work would have accommodated me, but it was nice not having to do that. I praise God for my due date at the end of the summer even though it was easily the hottest summer of my life.

I am also thankful to God for a booth at Panera. There is only one booth (Turns out there are two but I did not remember this until after I had told this.) in the entire Panera and it is really hard to get this booth most days  during the lunch hours. During one busy day at noon, Phil and I surprisingly got the booth. Phil said, “I was praying that we would get this booth”. You see, we had just found out that we had just had a miscarriage and needed that extra privacy that that booth provided. When Phil said that I felt that God was there supporting us at that time. It was exactly what we needed at that time. God always provides us with big things, but he also gives us little things, like a couch, a hot late summer due date and a booth at Panera.”

At this point in the offering call, I am crying and this is why I had reminded the church that I was pregnant at the beginning. Because God finally answered the unanswered prayer we had in that booth. Two weeks later, our son was born. During the pregnancy I had to keep my blood sugar under control. It was the hardest I have ever had to control my diabetes, but my son was and still is healthy. Praise God!

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12:32

What little thing has God done for you? Leave a comment as I would love to read your little thing.

— Heather

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  • Reply Janice April 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I remember when you did this at church! 🙂 For Christmas last year, Nick really didn’t want a real tree. Since we got a live one the year before, we compromised and agreed to get a fake one. We were going to Georgia for Christmas and didn’t really have the money for a tree, but I was determined that we would have one for Wyatt to open his presents under, so we bought one that Friday. We got a great deal, too. I didn’t open it or set it up that night, even thought patience is NEVER a strong suit for me. We stayed at church the next day until almost 4, and on the way home, there was a fake Christmas tree in someone’s yard with a “free” sign on it. Nick didn’t believe me, but I made him turn around anyway. We pulled over, and it was the exact. same. tree. that I had bought the day before! So God gave us our Christmas tree last year, so that we would have every extra penny I had spent on the tree (which was returned the night we found the free one!) for our trip down south for Christmas. 🙂

  • Reply Heather April 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I love this story! 🙂 Also for the “free money” that came with it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Korina Moran April 12, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I love to incorporate this “trust concept” about 27 times a day. 😀 I get easily stressed over a number of things & I’m always seeking improvement, (like couches… but also things like health/weight & kindness), so my mind spirals out of control extremely easily. I’m learning more & more to just stop myself & say, “I do everything & arrive everywhere at exactly the right time”. Then…. I trust that that’s true. ‘Amazing what happens! Little things like a perfect parking space that allows me to run into an old friend to bigger things like making a phone call at exactly the right time to achieve a desired result in a project. I think the most important part of this happening, though, is to stop and say “Thank You!”. Just like we love to give our family & friends little thoughtful gifts, I believe that God loves to give us all these little gifts. A big smile & a sincere “Thank You!” is just the “icing on the cake” that inspires more giving. It’s a beautiful cycle. Thanks for sharing your gratitude story! You are brave & lovely.

  • Reply Heather April 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you! 🙂 Its incredible how this works! I love how you made it a cycle. That is a great way to look at it!

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