It’s All About the Little Things Part 2 – What is this I’m Feeling?

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Hello again! Welcome to Part 2 of “It’s All About the Little Things”. I am so glad you’re here. I’ve subtitled today’s conversation “What is this I’m Feeling” because I want to talk about the physical and psychological symptoms which might alert us that it is time to address our little things.

A little thing, by itself, does not pose much of a problem. A single grain of sand can easily be brushed away. But a sandbag is difficult to carry. Our little grievances are the same way. The key is processing them before they pile up.

And Heaven forbid we decide not to deal with a big thing (or several) and simply stuff it away with our little things. It won’t take long for that pile to grow into something unmanageable. If we don’t process things, we give them power over us and none of us want that!

How do we know when we have stuffed away too many pesky little things?

God has given us a built-in alarm system to let us know when we’ve ignored our little things for too long. These physical and psychological symptoms motivate us to take necessary steps toward relief. They may feel uncomfortable, but they are designed for our good.

You and I may have different indicators which alert us that our pile of little things has gotten too heavy and needs to be addressed. Can you identify what some of yours might be? I have three big ones.

1. Difficulty breathing

This is different than a feeling of anxiety or breathlessness. This feels like my chest is too heavy to expand. It makes me pause too long after I exhale. I just stop breathing until I have to gasp for air. Have any of you experienced something similar?

2. Trouble focusing

This happens when many of the little things in my pile have a common theme. I have trouble separating one from another. Before too long, I catch myself staring into space, not able to focus on any of it. My brain freezes like a computer with too much to compute.

3. Negativity spill

Clean up on aisle 11! I caught myself spilling my negativity recently. I was speaking to someone on the phone and she mentioned something related to one of my little things. I found myself getting sucked into my pile and allowing the negativity there to dictate my response.

A pile of many lego faces: Photo by Carson Arias on Unsplash
Photo by Carson Arias on Unsplash

You know the feeling, right? The tiniest thing happens and you react way out of proportion. Why? Because that tiny thing was just one in a giant pile of little things and your reaction was influenced by the heaviness of it all.

Nobody else can see our piles. They don’t know the weight of what we’re feeling. Maybe we don’t even understand the gravity of it. But when we begin to see the fallout, we know we have a problem. Prayerfully we can be more mindful of what others are carrying as well.

My friend, do you have symptoms similar to mine? What are your tell-tale signs when your little things have built up and backed you into a corner? Do you know how to recognize it in those close to you?

Imagine if we could respond with grace and support when we see signs that others are feeling buried by their little things. What could be different in our lives if we learned to exercise power over our own little things before they gained power over us? If we know what it is we’re feeling, we will be able to stop and handle our little things before they grow any heavier.

How amazing is it that Jesus knows and cares what it is we’re feeling? Not only that, but He understands exactly what big and little things we’ve stuffed away and why. He has given us a blanket offer of assistance. He sees our symptoms and wants to give us relief.

“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

But what does that look like? Logistically, how do we dig up these things and let go? We have feelings, experiences and memories tied to our little things and some are more complicated than others.

Please join me here on the Back Porch this Friday for more conversation. I want to discuss some ideas for getting rid of of our little things for good! But for now, tell me what physical or psychological symptoms you feel when your little things get out of hand. Do you share any of the examples I’ve listed?

23 replies on “It’s All About the Little Things Part 2 – What is this I’m Feeling?”

First, I want to say I really enjoy your posts. Now in reply: for me I too have trouble focusing and can get very negative. To go under that negativity heading I start throwing pity-parties. Very woe is me. Once I get to that point, I realize I have been focusing on myself or my problems all along when I should have been looking to Jesus.

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Thank you for such a kind compliment, Katie! And oh, I can relate. I try not to attend my pity parties, but since I am also the hostess, they are hard to pass up. 😉 Thank you for bringing up this very real problem.

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Good Stuff! I had missed part 1 so had to go back and read that too. 🙂 I like to think of emotions as gauges that tell me when something is triggered. It doesn’t help to get mad at the gauges, but we have to figure out what sets them off. I think you’re exactly right, that the little things build up until there is a tipping point (the gauge starts to sound some alarm). I wonder if the little things build up without warning, because we just don’t take enough “down time” to think about and process the good and bad of each day in the light of who God is, who we are in Christ, and what things have eternal meaning. The world and information is just too much too fast, and I think many are manipulated by the speed of it all, almost addicted to the “likes” and spikes of news and information. We are heads down about the little stuff, until the kettle starts to blow. Thanks for sharing this! I think I’ll try to take today a bit slower, sip my coffee, pray, read, and just try to think about this more today. God Bless (Numbers 6:24-26).

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Amen! “The world and information is just too much too fast and I think many are manipulated by the speed of it all…” Absolutely! I think the definition of ‘down time’ these days is time to scroll devices without rush. It is rare to actually have silence for our eyes, as well as our ears. What is the saying? If Satan can’t keep us naughty, he’ll keep us busy? If we can’t stop the stimulus long enough to think and pray and have a conversation with God, we can’t grow, know and overflow with His wisdom. I think you’re on to something with your idea to take it slow today… slow, grow, know and overflow! 😉 Have a fruitful day!

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I’m going to pose a question to my family today, based on our conversation: What if we had open bibles placed in every spot where we currently have a charger? We have device chargers all over the house. Not only is this a good indication about what our priorities are, it is also good strategy. Just as the devices run low on power, so do we. We all need to plug in so we can keep working! ❤

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Num 6:24-26 KJV 24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

I’d never put this over against 1 John 1:7, ‘Walk in the light as he is in the light..’ I like the visual!

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Possibly even this can get to be too much input, and I just need quiet and time to process what I’ve read or prayed about. Can’t say enough about just having peace and quiet and slowly mulling over a passage and/or someone or something on my mind in prayer. Well, i’ll stop flooding your post with comments. Keep writing – I like the page.

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Yes! I have noticed that I often leave a retail experience with music in my head that I didn’t even realize was playing while I was in the store. I have also had the thought that, if my mind can regurgitate song lyrics that way, I’d love to have it replay God’s words instead. Thank you for reminding me!

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I think we can forever walk in the light of our Master’s eyes having zero negative feelings, zero weight. The Lord bears our burdens with his cross; “Take my yoke upon you- I will give you rest.” Stuff can’t pile up when we are shoulder to shoulder with him.

From the disciple whom Jesus loved: “Walk in the light, as HE is.” For 3 years the disciples walked open to Jesus’ physical rebukes and parables and miracles. He told them, “I am the light of the world.” Now though, “You are the light of the world.” Rest in him.

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Amen Arnold! You speak as though you’ve been more successful than me, lately, at consistently giving your little things to God. Way to be an example! Thank you for sharing. God bless.


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