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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. I love the truth of everything-an-offering, but it slips through my fingers as the day wears on. Thanks, Deidra, for this extra shot of perspective with my morning tea.

  2. This post should play in our minds all day, everyday.
    Thank you for your wisdom.

  3. Deidre,
    This is absolutely beautiful. Oh how I forget the “heroes” of the Bible were human just like me. They had their flaws and failings and because of them, God was able to show His glory through them. I take heart that God doesn’t use seemingly perfect people – He sort of prefers the flawed, the fallen, the blind, the prostitute, the tax collector, the Christian killer. If He can use them, He certainly can use me. This week I have seen the good with the bad that you talk about. In the midst of a surgery wrought with complications, I have seen the loving, caring side of my husband who has seen me at my very worst and has gently loved me still. I’ve never had someone wash my hair and this week I felt like how the disciples must have felt when Jesus washed their feet. Joy amidst trial, light against dark, love upon hate. Like you said….if we each do our part.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  4. Keep my focus and keep moving forward. And kindness above all. Why is this sometimes so difficult?

    I needed this today. A heavy heart seems to be my thing these days and I grow pretty weary of carrying it around.

    • I needed this today as well. All is well, I think I’m going to repeat this over and over until I fall asleep.

      Thank you and God Bless!

    • Praying for you just now, Jennifer, that you would be conscious of the Lord coming alongside to shoulder your burden, whether in small or big ways.

  5. Having been up for 30 minutes with a cup of coffee in hand, I read this and felt myself breathe … deeply … gratefully … confidently. So beautiful. Thank you!

  6. Thank you for this wonderful reminder that God doesn’t expect us to have it “all together” for Him to use us. I pray my focus today will be UP and know that all is well.

  7. What an amazingly, beautifully written post! I start my day, every day,by coming out on my front porch, which is full of potted flowers and hanging baskets to pray to the One who made us, although I very seldom remember to breathe deeply. I, too, forget that most all of the people in the Bible that God used to do great things were just ordinary people like you and and me, and all the wonderful ladies who have commented so far thirds morning. I should really take that to heart and lock it away there, for, you see, I suffer from depression. Therefore, I almost always think that I am never good enough for God to do anything with, let alone something special. But I see that I must be wrong, thanks to you! I do have an amaxing support system that consists of my Mom,my Aunt (who is also my Godmother), my Grandmother and my sister. I also have the greatest group of prayer warriors and friend in my Sunday school class, butt, as was similar to someone mentioned in an earlier comment, and, probably most importsntly at this time, i have a Shelley. Weknew each other as kids and have now reconnected. She is the type of friend who sat down on my porch, literally, and put lotion on my dry calves and feet because i couldn’t reach them. If that diesn’t sound like something Jesus would do, i don’t know what does! She is the embodiment of selflessness, and i am so tjankful to have her in my life! I do stay away from the news, as it tears me apart inside. I do believe that i have bored ya’ll enough with my whole life here in this comment, I’m sorry, I never meant for it to go on so long, but thank you for bearing with me! God bless you all!
    Lorie

  8. I love this . . . “Do your part . . . Do your one thing.” And I especially favor “Be kind.” Such a simple thing yet sometimes slips out the door. Thank you for these lovely words which lift my heart.

  9. THANK YOU for this today! Sometimes it does feel like the darkness is closing in. So beautiful. I’m clinging to this this week.

  10. Deidra,
    What a wonderful reminder this morning. Thank-you for sharing your thoughts.

    Have a blessed day all,

    Penny

  11. Thank you deidra! This really touched my heart. God bless you always ❤️

  12. Deidra, you have no idea how much I needed this post just now after the day I’ve had. I know I’m no hero, and don’t pretend to be a hero, but WOW! God spoke to me through your writing today loud and clear. So thankful and typed with tears in y eyes because this is speaking much into my circumstances. Blessings, Joanne

  13. Just saying THANK YOU for writing so beautiful. Touched♥️. Needed for this words today. Breathe!
    Thanks for remember us to KEEP MOVING FOWARD
    Never alone with Him

  14. Deidra,

    What lovely poetry! Life can get noisy & stressful. In the midst of all the craziness & trials we face we need to remember that ALL is Well & God is in Control. It is good to take time to breathe slowly & look at All the goodness He has given us! Remember God can use you-YES you! He used Esther to save a nation, a prostitute to save some spies, changed a Christian killer into a Christ loving rebel. Everyone can do something-pray, cook a meal, visit people in hospital, send cards, etc.
    I love the John Wesley quote: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

    Blessings 🙂

  15. I bookmarked this last week because I was in a hurry but knew these were words I needed to hear. With heart broken and deep concern for people I love and for circumstances that affect many, I need to remind myself, “Take heart because Jesus did rise above it all. Take heart, for HE has overcome.” And that it’s not my job to “fix it.” That maybe my one thing is to “keep offering up every little thing in your ordinary life to the God of good things and miracles and hope.” Thank you for your insight and wisdom, Deidra.

  16. I have fallen in love with this piece. It makes me smile whenever I read it. Thank you!!!!