All the Little Blessings

This is the first of hopefully many guest posts in this space. Alesha from Alesha Blessed is my guest today. Alesha and I go way back to the days of the Influence Network and before Toby. I’ve followed her online for years and she posted something in her IG stories a few weeks ago that stopped me in my tracks. I asked Alesha to share it here because it moved me so and because the voice she heard has echoed in my heart for years on my infertility journey. Thank you Alesha for sharing here and please show her some love and follow her on social media. She is on IG @aleshablessed.

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ALL THE LITTLE BLESSINGS

He said it so clearly. Whispered it into my heart in that moment…

“Don’t get so hung up on waiting for the answers to the big things you are praying for, that you forget to stop and worship Me for all the little blessings I’m sending in the meantime.”

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We were simply trying to get two new keys made for our van.
THE van.
The one from a short list of things my husband had been faithfully praying for every day for nearly two years.

God had answered.
He’d answered that big prayer and two weeks later, we were still overjoyed and in awe. Still thanking God for it every single day.

But deep down, a part of my heart was also starting to look ahead at the next big thing we’d been praying for.
Longing.
Anxious.
Wondering.
Almost as if that one answered prayer sparked more discontent in me, rather than ushering me into the eternal gratitude and trust I thought it would.

For a few days, I was feeling this tug.
Overwhelming gratitude for this long-prayed-for gift contrasted with urgency and fear surrounding that next, looming request.

And in the middle of all my oh-so human emotions, we were trying to get two new keys made for our answer-to-prayer: our white, 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Turns out, these particular keys are expensive. Three hundred dollars expensive, if you just walk into the Dodge dealership and pay them to do it. But my husband ordered our own, much cheaper keys online, then researched, asked people, and made phone calls until he found someone willing to program the keys he’d already bought for just under a hundred dollars.

We were feeling great about that deal, and so, on a Monday evening, my husband headed out of the house, with two waiting-to-be-programmed keys in his pocket. Then suddenly, fifteen minutes later, he was back.

He laughed and shook his head as he told me how he had seen our neighbor from the unit beneath us and how they had begun talking about our shiny new van. That neighbor happens to be mechanic,  and when he found out where my husband was headed, he insisted he not go.
Insisted.
He had a friend who could do it for less.

So my husband headed back upstairs to wait.

About twenty minutes later, the friend arrived, programmed both keys in about ten minutes, and refused to let my husband pay him anything.

We were stunned.

What were the odds of all those events lining up just so?

The next day, I ran it over in my mind again, shaking my head. Marveling. And the words didn’t quite form all completely, but they were wandering around in my heart something like this…

“God, thank you for that blessing with the keys. Really. Thank you. I’m so amazed at how You worked that out…but....but it was just one hundred dollars. We could have managed that. What we really need is...”

And God interrupted that stirring thought before my heart and brain had time to fully form it into words.

“Don’t get so hung up on waiting for the answers to the big things you are praying for, that you forget to stop and worship Me for all the little blessings I’m sending in the meantime.”

It almost caught my breath away.

“Don’t get so hung up on waiting for the answers to the big things you are praying for, that you forget to stop and worship Me for all the little blessings I’m sending in the meantime.”



As I look back over my life, I can see dozens of times I’ve refused to divert my focus from my “big problems” long enough to worship God for the small ways He was blessing me right then.

What opportunity missed!
What blessings wasted!
What love I’ve refused to accept!
What joy and peace I’ve forgone!

Yet, our good and gracious God has continued to bless me with so many of those “small things” and “big things” anyways.

Friends, we serve a wonderful, gracious, and generous God.

Can you look around and see His goodness in your life today? Can you?

Just maybe, His words for me that day, can be words, from Him, for you, today.

“Don’t get so hung up waiting for the answers to the big things you are praying for, that you forget to stop and worship Me for all the little blessings I’m sending in the meantime.”

Be blessed