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Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are Paperback – October 6, 2015
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"If you've ever thought that you aren't one of the world changers, get ready to be proven wrong." --Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts
Everyone has had that moment--we see a need and we think, Someone really should do something about that, never imagining that we might be the answer. We don't have the time, the expertise, the money. We've got careers to manage, bills to pay, meals to prepare, and families to attend to. Besides, who are we to think we can change the world?
In this encouraging and empowering book, Deidra Riggs calls you to accept God's invitation to join him in making a difference right where you are, right now. She shows you that you were created with a purpose and with the capacities to fulfill that purpose. And she reminds you that while it's not up to you to fix the world, it is up to you to join God--and his people--in his redemptive work.
"Deidra tenderly but swiftly leads people to Jesus and to a better understanding of themselves." --Jennie Allen, founder and visionary of IF:Gathering; author of Restless and Anything
"Deidra Riggs helps us see how 'every little thing' we do matters." --Renee Swope, bestselling author of A Confident Heart; Proverbs 31 Ministries radio cohost of "Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee"
"This is a book for those of us who wonder if God still changes the world through ordinary people." --Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Surprised by Motherhood; community manager for (in)courage
Deidra Riggs is an influential blogger who writes at her own blog, Jumping Tandem, as well as DaySpring's (in)courage and TheHighCalling.org, for which she is managing editor. She has been a speaker for TEDx and women's retreats. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Nebraska. Learn more at deidrariggs.com.
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Deidra Riggs is an influential blogger at her own blog, JumpingTandem, as well as DaySpring's (in)courage and TheHighCalling.org, for which she is managing editor. She has been a speaker for TEDx and has organized her own women's retreat, hosting speakers like Lisa-Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, and many more. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Learn more at deidrariggs.com
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“The water held me gently, rocking me in comfortable assurance, and I was overwhelmed," she writes. "My throat tightened, and I would have cried if I could have figured out how to cry and be facedown on the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the same time. And so I breathed, and I surrendered to the waters and to the warm sun on my back and the glorious invention of that gigantic yellow life preserver. And the waters did not consume me.”
Fear is just one of the things that keeps us from living the life God has for us, Deidra writes. She also says we miss out when we “charge ahead with our own plans and on our own strength” without waiting for God’s leading. Or when we fail to pay attention to “the question that keeps bugging you or the calling you think you hear.”
But the message that hit closest to home for me is how far off the mark we get when we think we need another life, a bigger or better life, to find meaning or have purpose in what we are doing. Listen to Deidra here:
“You do not need to fancy up your life. You don’t need a bigger platform, or a more significant ministry, or a bigger house, or another circle of friends, or more members in your small group, or anything more than what you have when you lift your eyes from this page and take a good, long look around you. The gospel of Jesus Christ does not need us to make it anything more than it already is. What the gospel of Jesus Christ invites us to do is to be exactly who we are, in the places where we find ourselves, and to be infused with the salty goodness that comes when we surrender our lives and our agendas and our hopes and dreams to the power and control of the Holy Spirit.”
—Lynn D. Morrissey (CJF), author of Love Letters to God: Deeper Intimacy through Written Prayer and other books, contributor to numerous bestsellers, speaker, soloist, and journal facilitator
Following God’s leading is often the hardest part in making a difference. The opportunities to be a blessing are endless and without His leading it’s easy to get off track spending valuable time doing things He has never called us to do. One beautiful quote I love from this section states “We cannot truly surrender to the Holy Spirit without the Holy Spirit first breathing surrender into us…We want to live a life of significance, but we can’t live it until we release our hold on it.” (page 107)
Deidra concludes Every Little Thing with a challenge to take the next steps. One of my favorite line from this section states “I had to find my way back to feeling good about small.” (page 142) This is a sentiment I can relate to. So what do you do when you find yourself in a small place? You give God the glory. You praise Him for the small, for every little thing.
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