Write31Days 2016

Embrace Day 16 // Five Minute Free Writes “Little”

My grandson loves to play in the dirt. One of the things I’ve noticed about him is that he can be in a backyard full of beautiful flowers, green grass, other kids, and he will divert his attention to the dirt.

What is it about children and their quest to get their hands dirty? I see absolutely nothing beautiful in it. Is it simply the “boys will be boys” attitude, that boys are rough and like to get their hands messy?


As I’ve watched him though, he doesn’t just like to play in the dirt, among the rocks. He pays careful attention to it. He picks up those little rocks and examines them so carefully, so focused. Perhaps he is asking God to show him the purpose of the rock, the beauty in the rock.

This is how life should be. We must take the time to stop and notice the little, insignificant things in our lives and ask God to show us the purpose in it, the beauty in it. It’s those things that, to our human eye, appear to be of no value, scarred, dirty, out of control.

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For me, it’s the overwhelming pile of laundry. What beauty is found among these little baskets of unfolded clothing? If I look closely enough, the beauty is that I have a God who provides the clothes on our backs.

Or how about the weeds growing in the back yard? I’d much rather feast my eyes on the blooming flowers, but the weeds, they get my attention. The are rooted in soil that allows them to grow. Even though I don’t necessarily welcome them, as I cut them away from the blooms I am reminded of all of the good soil God has given me with which to root my life, as well as the ability to prune and be pruned so that I can become more like him.

I may not see the greater beauty all of the time, as it’s crowded out of my life by so many other things. But I’m intentionally focused on finding beauty in the little. For I know that beholding the small is where beauty is found.

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What little, significant thing are you noticing beauty in today? I would love for you to share with me in the comments below.

embrace_150This post is part of a 31 Day series entitled Embrace, where I will be sharing images, quotes and words that I hope will stir your soul. You can find each post in this series here.Ā Together, let’s embrace every day and the beauty that each one holds.

10 thoughts on “Embrace Day 16 // Five Minute Free Writes “Little””

  1. Karen Sebastian says:

    Love this gentle reminder to find beauty in it all. Keep up the amazing work! You inspired me today.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Karen! So thankful to hear this post inspired you.

  2. June says:

    It’s challenging to find beauty in the mundane and the messy isn’t it, Barbie? But we are doubly blessed when we do! Love this post, friend!

    1. Barbie says:

      Oh yes, very hard. I have to be very intentional about it. Always blessed by your visits June!

  3. Robin says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I need to remember to look for the beauty in the little things too.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Robin. I’m thankful for your visit.

  4. SUSAN says:

    We just went on a road trip through the pretty state of Ohio – I saw lots of beauty. The fall colors, the grandiose Ohio River, quaint towns. We never once went on the interstate on our way home…it was lovely!

    1. Barbie says:

      Sounds delightful Susan!

  5. Robyn says:

    It is kind of like ‘stop and smell the roses,’ except looking at things that are not necessarily always beautiful, like roses are. It’s more like looking for the rose among the thorns, or in your grandson’s case, the dirt. Thought provoking post.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Robyn!

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