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Some of my stories are published in:
A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Are you Big or small?

As I've mentioned many times in my blogs, I'm a tiny woman, barely 5 foot one. Most of the time it's not a problem, except when I need something on one of the top shelves in my kitchen. So, I have a height challenge. Things could be worse.
I'm tiny. . . short.
But I hope I'm never referred to as "small."
I've known "small" people. Those are the ones who can't get over offenses and become so self-absorbed as a result that no one wants to be around them.
Paradoxically, "small" people have big egos and big hurts.
"Big" people live above small slight and difficulties. They've experienced grace from God and others, and as a result, they are willing to give grace to others. I know some Big people.
In everyone of us, as Believers, there resides both a "Big" and a "small" person. Sometimes we are small one day and Big another day.
I've thought about keeping a personal calendar and marking it with the letters "B" for big and "s" for small for each day that I live. Then, at the end of the year I could count how many "Bs" and "s"s I've collected. Just for my own curiosity.
I'm glad God doesn't keep score of my Big and small days. Wouldn't that be awful?
And wouldn't it be awful if we kept score of other peoples' "Big" and "small" days?
You don't, do you?
I have to admit, I do, sometimes.
But on my Big days, I tear up those score sheets.

"Love. . . keeps no record of wrongs." (1st Cor. 13:5)


  1. "Small people" now means something different to me. Thank you for the reminder that height has nothing to with who a person really is. I hope that I can always strive to be a big person in a five foot frame.

  2. Diane, years back there was a song called "Short People," that said something similar. The first line went, "Short people got no reason to live." Not a very Christian message, but the sentiment was that "short" people are small in their attitudes and actions.

  3. You may be petite, Dena, but your writing is large. Great post. Thanks for encouraging all of us to be BIG.

  4. Well said, Dena! And beautiful pictures! Wow! Took my breath away.

  5. Thanks, Sandi. Those mountains do indeed "speak His majesty!"

  6. Dena, how exquisite! Yes the photos, your heart-spilling post and your bio. I was gripped by the warmth and extended welcome to readers and I look forward to journeying with you. Thanks so much for the warm welcome!

  7. Thanks, Bobbe. You must have the gift of encouragement, because I now feel like trying even harder to write something of significance!