7 Reasons Why I’m Loving ‘Too Small To Ignore’

7 Reasons Why I’m Loving ‘Too Small To Ignore’

Hi there, and Happy Tuesday to you! ❤ In yesterday’s post, I shared some of the things I recently purchased at one of my favorite thrift stores, which you can see for yourself here! For today’s post, I’d like to share a more in-depth reason for why one of the books I got, called ‘Too Small To Ignore,’ is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

I usually find myself giving books a high rating, not because it was an extremely well-written book, specifically – my ratings and reviews revolve around what the book taught me, how it made me feel, and the impact on me. That’s what defines a good book for me! And it has been a good while since I found a book that was able to affect me so deeply, and I know that this was the Lord’s doing. 🙂 It blesses me so much when He uses other resources to speak to my heart!

Before I begin, I’d like to share a bit about me: I’m the oldest sister of five kids (there are three girls and two boys), and since Samuel was about four years old (he’s 6 now), the Lord has been teaching me to love children. Being a nurturing, loving older sister is something I’m constantly working on, a work of art He is consistently pursing within me. As well as this, I also have a heart for other children (especially Guatemalan children!), and since I read the first few pages of ‘Too Small To Ignore,‘ the Lord has made it real to me how important it is to Him that I love children as He does.

Whether I’m caring for my younger siblings, or working with children around the world, and one day having little ones of my own – He is teaching me to love them as He does, and I find that absolutely beautiful. ❤

So, as you can tell by the title of this post, I am sharing with you today the seven reasons why I’m loving ‘Too Small To Ignore.’ It is a beautiful book, and at only a third of the way through it, I eagerly anticipate reading what the rest of its chapters beholds.

Let’s get right into this!


7 Reasons Why I’m Loving
‘Too Small To Ignore’

1. Its subtitle. These seven words remind me of the part in the 10th chapter of Mark when Jesus brings that group of children, one by one, up onto His lap and invokes a blessing upon them. This book stresses the importance of how great the love of our Lord is for the least among us, and why they truly matter the most!

2. The real love the author feels for children. The reader can see it in how Dr. Wess Stafford speaks of his childhood friends, his own children, and the countless others he has had the pleasure of being with – it is absolutely contagious!

3. The awareness it brings to readers just how much children matter. For years, I have known of how tenderly Jesus cared for the children His apostles thought would bother Him. It turned out that those men keeping the young ones back was what ended up bothering Him! Throughout my adolescent years, and into adulthood, as well, my love for children has gotten so much stronger – especially with the birth of my three youngest siblings – and I can’t wait to work with children on the mission field one day, too.

4. The author’s focus and his call to us to ‘rise up and teach the next generation.’ He stresses the importance of including young ones in our lives now, and of not waiting until their childhood is over to teach them the great work they can do for the kingdom of God. Just as Jesus said in Mark 10:14,

” … Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

5. Learning of the importance to teach young ones about the Lord. In this book, Stafford shared the staggering statistic that 9 out of 10 Christians accept Jesus into their heart before the age of 18.

If an individual is not open to knowing Him past this age, there is only a 23% chance that he or she ever will.

This is one of the biggest reasons why the Lord has such a huge heart for children – it is the time in their lives when, if given the opportunity to learn of Him, will be open to accepting Jesus into their hearts.

This fact gives me even greater reason to love little ones – it is the most important time in their lives to be told about the Lord!

6. The author’s tips and words of advice. Stafford has such a unique, sound way of encouraging others to love kids, and this aspect of the book especially has been helpful to me. I desire to be the best big sister and encouragement to young ones that I can be!

7. His encouragement to those of us with/around children to do right by them. He mentions in one chapter that uplifting a child through praise and attention just once can impact their entire lives!!! Words and actions make or break a person, and the positive influence of others is extremely important to little individuals. One smile, one statement of praise … that encouragement could stay with them for a very long time to come.

 


Thank you sooo much for reading!

I hope that you may be convinced not only to check out this book for yourself, but also to simply be more open to loving little ones … for to such belong the kingdom of the Lord. ❤ ❤ ❤

— Maggie

Thrifted Favorites Haul!

Thrifted Favorites Haul!

Hey there, and Happy Monday to you!!

(It’s also Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday, so that’s pretty cool, haha. Happy b-day, Honest Abe!!)

I’ve been pretty quiet in the blogging world this past week, if for no other reason than I was just deciding between what to post. My family and I have been doing well; I had a fun, productive week; and I can’t wait to catch up with you guys!

How have you been lately? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

On Saturday, I went out on a girls’ outing with my mom and little sisters. We enjoyed going to a few stores, and I was especially pleased to find some of my favorite books and movies at a good price, ones that I’ve yet to own until now! That’s what I’ll be talking about today, as you have seen by the title. I do love a good thrift store haul ❤

Blogging Update: This past week, I updated my ‘About’ page (now called ‘About Maggie‘!), and created a whole new page about the blog itself. You can go check that out here! I’d love to hear what you think!

In the rest of this post, allow me to convince you why you, too, should give these books and one movie a try – if you haven’t already! I love all of them so much. (I also got myself a new bag on that thrift shop trip, and I may share it with you sometime soon in a what’s in my purse post!)

Let’s check this out ❤ Hope you enjoy!

Thrifted Favorites Haul

The first thing we have is a movie, which is one of my all-time favorites – The Holiday. This cozy romantic comedy is one that I’ve watched over and over again, because the main characters, settings, and overall plot are just fantastic! My mom actually owns the movie, haha, which is why I’ve had the pleasure of watching it multiple times, but I wanted a copy for myself as well, because then I’ll always have it on hand. As it is called ‘The Holiday,’ one might guess it’s a seasonal movie, which it is – but I happily watch it year-round!

 

This amazing book is one that I stumbled upon in the book section of one of my favorite thrift stores. Until the title caught my eye while I browsed the shelves, I’d never heard of it before, and it’s absolutely tragic that I haven’t. This is one of those books that should be read by most, if not all, for the awareness ‘Too Small To Ignore‘ brings to how important children are, and how precious they are in the sight of the Lord, is extremely powerful. I’m not even a quarter of the way through this book, and it has already driven me to tears multiple times!

‘Too Small To Ignore’ has opened my eyes to the beautiful position the Lord has me in my life – getting to be the eldest sibling to my younger brothers and sisters. Learning to love them with all that I am and sacrificing my free time for their happiness and joy is my mission, one that I plan on pursuing throughout their whole childhood, and into their adulthood, too. That is my prayer. ❤

(I also have to mention that the children at Hope For Guatemala have my heart, too! I can’t wait to spend time with them one day. They’re in my thoughts, prayers, and dreams. xx )

Do yourself a favor and check out this book. I am positive that you won’t regret it!

Lori Wick is a great Christian writer that has composed many wonderful fiction novels, and the one I got on Saturday (‘The Proposal‘) is one that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet! I did read a few other books in this series, and they were both a nice cozy read. If you enjoy Jane Austen’s books, then The English Garden Series by Lori Wick would be a great fit for you!

GUYS. This book is one that the Lord used to truly speak to me when I was about twelve years old, and it is definitely one that will always have a special place in my heart. Dinner With A Perfect Stranger by David Gregory is a quick read that will have a deep impact on every reader. Without giving anything away, I will say that the title perfectly describes what the book is about! Drop by your library today and pick up this read – it is an extremely powerful, delightful book. ❤


Thank you so much for reading! I love sharing little hauls from time to time, because it’s a nice way to share some of the things I’ve recently purchased. (: I hope you have a great week! Let me know in the comments below:

Have YOU checked out these books?

Happy Monday!

— Maggie

Little To Do List – January 19th, 2018

Little To Do List – January 19th, 2018

Hey guys! Happy Friday to all of you 🙂 ❤ When I woke up this morning, I knew that I wanted to share a Little Accomplishments-style post on my blog at some point today, because I love having a mini weekend celebration in this fashion … but then I realized …

I didn’t get much done last week!

I was rather disappointed, haha, but I also understood. My family and I have all been on the edge of our seats lately, as there were two different evenings we were sure my mom was going into labor, but then they didn’t end up being the real thing. I don’t mind that, and it was my fault I didn’t get my to do list in order sooner, haha. It was a bit of an off-week productively, but I’m not worried about it – it just gives me further ideas for the new week!

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How about you? Did you get lots done this past week, or was your to do list in hibernation, too? I hope that whatever you did, you are happy that the weekend is here now. I certainly am! I intend on setting stronger goals for myself over the next seven days or so (as you’ll see below), which is why I wanted to do a reverse Little Accomplishments today. lol Instead of listing what I did, I’m listing what I’ll do!

I hope that you enjoy! ❤

Let’s celebrate each and every week – regardless of how productive we were!


Little To Do List

Over the next week, I plan to …

  • finish reading ‘The Virginian.’ I meant to have finished it already, but then about a quarter of the way through the book, I met a few boring chapters, and it slowed my progress immensely, lol. Now that I’ve made it past that part, I’m back to laughing over the antics of the main character, how the narrator perceives them, and the friendships the Virginian shares with many of the other cowboys he meets out west. I’m about a week behind now on reading a book a week, but I know I’ll catch up at some point on this year’s reading journey.

  • continue practicing writing with my new markers. With the Amazon gift card my parents gave me for Christmas, I bought some Crayola dual fine/brush tip markers for mysef, where one end of each marker has a tiny tip, and the other is a brush tip in a similar color. One is good for detail coloring, which I’ve been enjoying doing in my new coloring book, and the other is awesome for practicing calligraphy – something I’ve always wanted to do! When I make good progress with that, I’ll share some of what I’ve written with you guys.

Related Post: Praising Him In the Simplest Of Ways

this is the tin they came in!
  • start reading ‘Hank and Jim.’ This book ended up taking forever for me to get from the library, haha, because it kept being checked out!! It’s this awesome biography written about the friendship between Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart, two actors whom I greatly admire. Hopefully, the novel will live up to all my expectations (which are only there in the first place because it took me over a month to get the book for myself, haha!), and I’ll let you know how I liked it in my next reading update post.

  • clean my phone. I’ve been meaning to do this for about a week now lol, and all it consists of is cleaning the exterior, then going through apps and photos. Come on, Maggie! Get it done!
  • bake and cook more. This to-do will actually something I must-do after my baby sister’s born, haha, because then my mom won’t have to stand as much and work in the kitchen and can instead take it easy after giving birth. As well as fixing dinners, I hope to make a dessert hopefully once a week. I made chocolate brownies on a whim this morning, and I am happy to say that they turned out great!
  • continue studying the Lord’s Word. Something like this probably isn’t necessary to include on my list of things to do, because I automatically do it throughout the day, anyway. Still, I did want to include it to even more deeply remind myself to pay attention to what He’s teaching me, because I never cease to learn something new every time I’m open to the beauty and wisdom the His Word contains. ❤
  • write more of what the Lord’s teaching me. As you saw in yesterday’s post, this is something I plan on doing as often as possible now. With the new notebook my dad bought for me, I can’t wait to get started!

  • play more games with Samuel. With so much attention being given to Elizabeth and my mom, and pretty soon the new baby, too, I want to make sure that Samuel never feels left behind. He’s still a little kid, and I am now making a greater effort to include him in things I’m doing, whether that’s a game, a conversation, or a new recipe I’m trying out. He enjoyed playing out in the snow the last couple of days (it was the most snow he’s ever gotten to experience, actually!), as you can see in the photo below. So, whether we’re outside or we’re playing a game inside, I want him to look at me as his friend and sister, not just his eldest sibling. ❤

  • enjoy the rest of January. I tend to not realize how easily we speed through a month until we’re suddenly in the last week of the month! Thankfully, that hasn’t happened to this month yet. However, this tendency shows how much I’m thinking too much about the future and reaching goals, instead of living in the present. We’re just over halfway through January now, and I intend on enjoying and savoring the last half. ❤


Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I hope that you’re having a beautiful day, and that next week will be beautiful for you, too. 🙂

Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU up to next week?

— Maggie