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In the Smallest Way
By Kristi Powers
Their faces all blur together.
I see her when I look in the mirror tonight.the girl who has lost all hope...her dark eyes haunt my thoughts, what can I say Lord? How can I bring her hope?
I see him when I wake up in the middle of the night. I wonder if he is awake and still praying and hoping those unwanted feelings will go away. The tears fall softly down my cheeks as I pray for him. Lord, why was he given these feelings? Why must he struggle day after day with those thoughts?
I "see" another young man when I watch a school play. I remember watching him year after year and hearing about what a special young man he was...all of his life ahead of him. Why Lord? Why did he end his life? What can those he left behind do with the all the pain and agony of not understanding. If only. if only he had reached out to just one person before giving into the despair and hopelessness.
I see her in my minds eye.one of the most outwardly beautiful girls I have ever known....but she doesn't see her beauty when she looks in the mirror. She only sees her failures and her flaws. Her insecurity shouts so much louder then the still small voice inside her. Why Lord? Why can't she see herself the way you do? Why can't she latch onto your Words when You call her your precious, precious daughter? Perfect in her flaws for You have made her.
I ask these questions of You tonight, and I search my heart for what You would say to me.
This is how you answer me.
"My child, there is no pit so deep, that My love is not deeper still. I see each of these also. They are so much better left in My hands then yours. For you see, I am at work....you may not see Me, you may not hear Me, but in My Word I say that I am close to the broken hearted. My ways are not your ways child. How quickly you forget that I have each hair on their head numbered. My love for them is endless and never changing. They only need to stretch out their hand from the pit they are in, and I will pull them up and hold on to them and never let them go.
There is nothing that goes unnoticed by Me. Remember my child, I say that for anyone who harms one of my children, it would be better for them to tie a millstone around their neck and be thrown into the sea. I take it very seriously when someone messes with my children. For I love them so very much. Trust me Kristi. Trust that I see and hear and know and My plan for them is one of hope and a future."
Within the quiet of my soul I then ask, "How can I help you Lord? What would you require of me?" And then I remember that it is in the little things of life that the big things are made. It is in the kindness of a small deed or thought that You are seen.
"Do you remember Kristi?"
"Yes", I reply, "I remember." Twenty-five years ago, and I still remember. I remember standing up for her.
"It was such a small thing, Lord, to stand up for her in gym class."
"But what happened Kristi?"
"It gave her the confidence and hope she needed, Lord. It was the small act of kindness that she needed to know how much You loved her Lord. Afterwards she was able to stand up for herself. To know she was worthy. That she was confident. That she was loved....just the way she was."
"And that, My child, is what I require of you. The hand for them to hold on to when the waves of life crash in. The lap to lay their head in and just cry when all of the world seems too dark to go on. Sometimes, but only sometimes, you will be the one to stand up for them, to say where the wrong has been done to them. To be My voice and to be their defender."
I take it all in as God's still small voice speaks to my heart.
"Kristi, there is one thing above all others that I would have you do."
"Anything, Lord, anything!"
"PRAY. For I hear your prayers and I answer. Maybe not in the way you would like, but I answer prayer. Sometimes I answer it in the smallest way.
As I finish pouring my heart out to God this evening, I put my laptop away and I gently lift the sleeping five-year-old that has been curled up next to me and carry him to his room. As I tuck him in his bed he opens up those large sleepy eyes and says, "Mommy, I love you. You are the nicest Mommy in the world."
I sit on his bed and smile. In twelve words, my youngest has made my night a special one. Twelve words was all it took to end my day on a joyful note...
in the smallest way....
Copyright © 2009 by Kristi Powers
Write Kristi and let her know your thoughts on her story!
Kristi is happily married to Michael and they have three boys. Her writing appears in seven inspirational books, including many in the Chicken Soup series, and their own book entitled: Heart Touchers. Kristi is also homeschool mom and fills her "free time" doing youth ministry and loves her job as a CASA volunteer!
To read more of Kristi's writing visit: http://www.hearttouchers.com/
Creation Q & A
Q: What do creationists mean when they say dinosaurs were re-discovered?
A: Most people have the idea that we discovered dinosaurs when scientists found and examined their bones back in the 1800s. But when you think about it, this idea is really based on the evolutionary belief that dinosaurs never lived with people.
According to the Bible, all land animals--including dinosaurs--were made on Day 6 of Creation Week. So they actually lived alongside Adam and Eve. Therefore, when some scientists say that we first discovered dinosaurs in the 1800s, we say that, from a biblical perspective, they actually rediscovered them.
Furthermore, the many "dragon" legends from cultures around the world are most likely stories about the creatures we now call dinosaurs. Dragons are actually referred to a number of times in the Old Testament. (The King James version of the Bible was published in the 1600's while the word "dinosaur" wasn't coined until 1841. That is why the word dinosaur doesn't appear in the bible!)
When someone asks you, "When were dinosaurs discovered?" you can start from Genesis and reply, "They were first discovered about 6,000 years ago, when Adam saw the first dinosaurs!"
What does the Bible have to say about dinosaurs? Where did they come from? When did they live? What did they eat? Where did the fossils come from? What happened to them? For answers to these questions, please see our page on dinosaurs at: http://www.HeartTouchers.com/Dinosaurs
Click on the Bible above or visit the web site listed below!
This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day. This section also includes a rotating
Question and Answer feature and a weekly Creation Comic strip from the people
at AnswersInGenesis.org. Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative
article that will help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area
Thought For The Day
"The man who sings his own praises always gets the wrong pitch."
Verse for the Day
"Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips." --Proverbs 27:2
Kid's Thought For The Day
"Squeeze the tube slowly, because once the toothpaste is out it's hard to get it back in."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"No need to worry about your teenagers when they're not at home. A national survey revealed that they all go to the same place --'out'-- and they all do the same thing -'nothing'." --Bruce Lansky
Coach's Thought For The Day
Too often we forget it is the players who do the competing. You never heard the word "I" so much as when coaches get together. Our challenge is to keep the focus off ourselves and work towards developing a cohesive team. We're all important to the overall effort, but none of us is irreplaceable. --Denny Raarup
Writer's Thought For The Day
"Forget the room of one's own -- write in the kitchen, lock yourself up in the bathroom. Write on the bus or the welfare line, on the job or during meals, between sleeping or waking. While you wash the floor or clothes listen to the words chanting in your body." --Gloria Anzaldua
Deep Thought For The Day
If it's such a "beautiful day in the neighborhood," then why is Mr. Rogers always wearing a sweater?
Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!
Inspired Audio is a brand new offshoot of HeartTouchers.com. Every week we will offer a different audio message that you can listen to right on your computer as you are surfing the net or just getting things done around the house. Be sure to come back and visit each week!
This Week: "Inside Out" by Jeff Williams
Over 185,000 people have listened to popular Chicken Soup Author Michael T. Powers' free inspirational message entitled: "Breathing Life into Others". If you aren't one of them just visit: http://www.HeartTouchers.com and click on the link to listen to the free streaming audio message.
Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business
"I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever!"
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