The ‘Small’ Things

small things blog I was roasting sweet potatoes today and I completely forgot that I ran out of cinnamon yesterday {first world pains, I know}. So, I was looking in the cabinets hoping that somehow I had overlooked another bottle of cinnamon in the back somewhere. Still no cinnamon.  Then I looked in my sister's cabinets (we're roomies). Still no cinnamon.  So, I said a prayer something like "please let me find some cinnamon."  I finished making the dressing and cutting all the other vegetables that go with the dish and hoped that it would taste the same without the cinnamon.  A half an hour later {they roast for an hour}, I add the chickpeas and go back to my room to do something and my sister just happens to come to my door to tell me something.  She leans against the doorframe with what in her hand? Cinnamon!! Like what are the chances?!! I said really quickly and probably way too excitedly considering we're talking about cinnamon {but you know how it is when you want your food to taste the way you're used to it tasting - I digress} "Is that cinnamon?" And she glances at it and says "Yeah." I ask her if I can have some and she says yes.  Then I say, "God answers small prayers." Has God answered a small prayer & you wished He would answer a big prayer? Focus on the 'small' things… Click To Tweet Have you ever prayed for something and God gave you the answer to your prayer? God definitely answered my 'small' prayer, even though I feel like I shouldn't pray over little things like that sometimes.  But obviously when He answers prayers like this, it shows that He cares about the little things.  Although...there is that small voice in my head that says something like "This is great, but I'd like some of the big prayers to be answered, too."  And while I know that this is not the correct way to look at this, that thought was in the back of my mind. First of all, how ungrateful! God does not have to answer any of my prayers - big or small. Second, like I said, it shows that He cares about the little things.  He is listening and knows what is going on in our daily lives. He cared that I had cinnamon on my sweet potatoes! Thirdly, what {other than impatience} makes me think He won't answer the big prayers? Big prayers require a lot more preparation on my part than the small ones. Big prayers involve a lot more moving parts and logistics than small prayers. I was prepared to handle my cinnamon prayer being answered.  I may not be ready for my bigger prayers to be answered yet. Also, If I am not appreciative of the small prayers being answered and dismiss them as 'small', then why should God think I will truly appreciate the big prayers being answered? So, I created this printable. the small things screenshot This is a good way to keep track of the 'small' everyday things God does for you. Sometimes we can get caught up in the 'big' things and what we feel like He isn't doing for us. This is a reminder that He cares about the 'small' things and is attentive to our needs.  You can print it out as many times as you like.  There are enough boxes for 7 days, so you can keep track of something everyday and look back over the list at the end of the week.  You can put it on your refrigerator or anywhere you will see it often as a reminder to yourself that God is with you and is taking care of you. God cares to remember the number of hairs on each of our heads.  Why wouldn't He care about the small and big things going on in our lives? This is a good reminder for me.  I can't be ungrateful and just focus on what I wish I had or think 'well, I sure have been waiting a long time for this or that, God just doesn't want me to have what others have'. I just have to remember to focus on Him and if He doesn't see fit to give me something I've asked for, there's a reason.  Sometimes it's hard, but He can help me deal with it. What 'small' ways has God shown you that He cares and is listening to your prayers?  Let me know if this printable helps you to focus on what you do have and not what you wish you had. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this printable.  You can also check out my Facebook and Instagram.  I would love to hear from you! ♥ Angela

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