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

Her First Week Home

Her First Week Home

Hi there ❤ I hope you’re doing well! The last couple of posts I’ve shared here on Dreaming of Guatemala have been centered on my family and what we’ve been up to, since we have just welcomed the littlest member of our family home! Sweet Isabella is absolutely loved by all of us, and I am truly looking forward to watching her grow up with the rest of my little siblings.

I haven’t mentioned the age differences between the five of us in many places on my blog, so I thought I’d do it again right here: I’m 17 (turning eighteen in April!), Joshua is 14, Samuel is 6, Elizabeth is nineteen months (turning 2 in June!), and Isabella is one week old.

Sometimes, the age gaps cause problems because we’re all at varying stages developmentally, haha, but as a whole, I absolutely love it! Being the leader of the clan is so much fun:)

As you can see by the title, little Isabella has been home for a week now! We love getting to spend time holding her and squealing over her adorable facial expressions. ❤

 

it’s so cute when she’s awake and glances around the room, haha.

During her first week home, we got different things done.

  • I drove Isabella, my mom, and Samuel to a quick doctor’s appointment early in the week so the doctor could make sure Isabella’s jaundice wasn’t getting worse (thankfully, it isn’t!). After that, I bought some pretty room decor from Target. (I’ll be sharing a desk tour as an upcoming post soon!)
  • I went grocery shopping at Walmart by myself mid-week! It was my first time driving somewhere by myself, and while I was anxious about that, everything went really well.
  • My mom had a postpartum appointment at her doctor on Friday, so I drove her and Isabella there. It was a short appointment, and it went really well, too. We stopped by a few thrift stores on the way home and got some toys for Samuel and Elizabeth. 🙂
  • I’ve been taking Elizabeth outside more recently because she really enjoys getting to explore the yard. As long as it isn’t really cold or rainy, I do it as much as I can.
love how this pic turned out!
  • I’ve been blog-reading on and off, and I just finished responding to comments today. I want to get a better schedule in place so I can keep up with the blogs I enjoy reading! ❤
  • Yesterday morning, my dad took us kids to Trader Joe’s (we hadn’t been in months!) while my mom stayed home with Isabella. (Car rides aren’t comfortable for her enough yet.) We got Smashburger for lunch (it was our first time going there, SO good!), and later in the afternoon, we also went to a park together, but the wind was too cold, so we couldn’t stay long.
  • I did redo my whole desk!! I can’t wait to share it here 🙂

That sums up our week! I hope you enjoyed reading. ❤ I’d love to stay active in the blogging community, but just know that if I suddenly disappear for a few days, it’s because I’m obsessing over how much I love this little one.

Happy Sunday!
Have a beautiful week 🙂

— Maggie

Organizing My Priorities For 2018

Organizing My Priorities For 2018

Hey guys ❤ I hope that this Tuesday has gotten off to a beautiful start for you!

I am extremely happy to report that yesterday evening, my dad brought my mom and Isabella home! I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to have them here now – it made me so sad to not be able to see them. I’m so thankful they didn’t have to stay at the hospital any longer!

Health Update: My mom and Isabella are both doing very well. My mom’s recovering beautifully from the surgery, and we can also all tell that Isabella is happy to be home. ❤ She’s such a sweet baby!!!

Today’s post is going to be about, as you can see from the title, organizing my priorities for this year. While I do love taking things one day at a time, I would also love to have a basic, structured idea of where I should be spending my time. I know that would be a huge help to me!

This is going to be a thinking out loud type of post, so if you’re interested in following along to see how I’m planning to spend the last semester of my senior year, I’d like to invite you to come along! 🙂 ❤ I hope you enjoy.


My Priorities, Organized

This Year:

  1. Take care of my family.
  2. Finish high school.
  3. Make healthy choices.
  4. Save money.
  5. Continue to blog.
  6. Make important decisions.
  7. Continue my education.

This Month:

  1. Stay well.
  2. Read more of the Bible.
  3. Interact more with my siblings.
  4. Bake/Cook more.
  5. Redecorate my room.
  6. Listen to new music.
  7. Participate in a blog challenge.

This Week:

  1. Help my mom with housework.
  2. Make meal plan and grocery shop.
  3. Work on my schoolwork.
  4. Buy a frame for my new wall print.
  5. Shop for new room decor.
  6. Keep up with blogging.
  7. Read Hank and Jim.

I would do a list for today, as well,
but I’m honestly not doing much today, haha! ❤

So there you have it! These are the three awesome lists that I plan to refer back to throughout this week, month, and year, too. My family is my #1 priority right now, and then comes my schooling, my entrance into adulthood (haha), and then everything else. I am so thankful for and blessed by all that the Lord has given me, and I don’t want to take any of it for granted for one second. ❤

Thank you so much for reading!

“This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Psalm 118:24

— Maggie