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

Blogging Challenge – Day 4: About My Family

Blogging Challenge – Day 4: About My Family

My siblings and I all look alike. I can really only see the resemblance through pictures, but man, when we’re out and about, we always get comments about how we look the same, hahaha!

So, let’s jump right into learning about who everyone is, as well as a little bit about our wonderful parents. ❤

You can read about what this blogging challenge is here.

About My Family

I am the oldest child, which is honestly pretty cool! I can be (and usually am!) the good influence, the leader, the future chauffeur of all their first dates … HAHAHA! Nah, I’m going to be an awesome big sis. If I ever do any chauffeuring (and I probably will), I’m gonna be a great one and not embarrassing at all. I think.

So anyway, I am seventeen and the mature (hehe) teenager around here. I love the arts, being creative, spending time with my family, competing in games, baking new treats, and having quiet time with the Lord.

Joshua is thirteen – that’s four years younger than me. When we were little, we were inseparable, but personality differences have drawn us apart in more recent years. He has been in my prayers often, and I am so thankful that we’re beginning to be closer again. ❤ He loves being outside, riding skateboards and bikes and scooters, gaming on a variety of devices (PC, tablet, Wii), experimenting with science, and joking around with all of us. (Watch out for his pranks!)

That picture is from when Joshua and I were about the same age that Samuel and Elizabeth are now!

Samuel is five; I was eleven and Joshua was seven when he was born! The age difference is wild, but I absolutely love it. Because I’m a great bit older, I have to really search to find something that interests both of us, but when I do, I love getting to play games and do activities with him. He loves being silly, playing games, watching kid movies and TV shows, and spending time with us – especially baby Elizabeth!

That brings me to the last kid around here, and she’s the most adorable little munchkin you shall ever meet, I dare say. Elizabeth is ten months old, and I couldn’t ask for a sweeter sister. I love being with her and taking care of her, and it brings me joy to know that she is nearly as content with me as she is with our mom. ❤

I took that photo yesterday morning after Elizabeth had just gotten up, and Samuel was playing Minecraft while sitting next to her. Isn’t she sweet?!

Now, on to my mom. Many of you have heard of her blog, Living Lighter in Atlanta, but if you have never visited it, it would bless me if you did! She is not only my mother, but also my best friend – not to mention my teacher! Even if we weren’t related, I’d still want to be her friend. 🙂 I can’t express to all of you how thankful I am for her! She is always so kind and loving to me, even though she’s constantly juggling taking care of all of us and keeping a clean house. I admire her greatly 🙂 ❤

My dad, who I for some reason don’t write about very much on here, is the best dad I could ever ask or pray for. He loves all of us to pieces, has a great sense of humor, is hardworking, loves a good competitive game, and is very interested in classic cars and how vehicles work. I love him so much. ❤

So, that’s it for us! If you have any more questions about any of us, make sure to leave them in the comments below!

Can you tell us about YOUR family?

— Maggie

The Four of Us

The Four of Us

Recently, someone thought that Joshua and I were twins.

A few years ago, someone thought that I was his mother.

I’m sure that multiple people have thought that Elizabeth is my daughter.

This is the life of the eldest child in a group of four siblings that are very different ages.

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The comments, remarks and assumptions can be quite awkward sometimes – but I wouldn’t change these age differences for the world.

Without these three hooligans beautiful siblings in my life, I would be a completely different person; much more quiet, much lonelier, much more selfish … I’m pretty thankful for them.

True, we have our differences, and oftentimes, the range of maturity levels clash. But we’re all learning to accept each other the way we are, to understand where each person is in their walk in life, and that has brought us so much closer.

Would you like to meet all of us individually? Come read below!

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Like I already mentioned, I’m the oldest! I have a passion for sharing God’s love, photography, and trying new things (especially new desserts). You can read more about what my hobbies and interests are here.

My first younger brother, Joshua, is the closest to me in age; we’re about four years apart. I used to be able to call him my ‘little’ brother, but man – he suddenly got so tall this past year! He’s a really sweet guy, and he loves sports, science, games, and movies! We easily squabble and get on each other’s nerves all the time, but underneath all of that, we love each other. Oh, and by the way, he has own gaming channel that I run for him – you should go check it out if you want a good laugh!

Samuel is my second little brother, and he’s still small – though goodness knows for how much longer that will be! At five years of age, he loves playing pretend, being silly, watching TV, and learning new things – right now, he’s learning to write! He’s the most adorable, kindest kindergartner you’ll ever meet.

The youngest member of our squad is baby Elizabeth. She’s a spunky 7-month-old with the fluffiest hair ever! Her facial expressions and vocalizations are the cause for much laughter and joy in our household. I love getting to watch her grow up! I’ve always wanted a sister, and she was well worth the long wait.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this little post about us! I quite enjoyed writing it.

— Maggie