Bigger Hands

Renee Ann Smith —  June 30, 2014 — 13 Comments

This post is part of the Atlas Girl Blog Tour, which I am delighted to be a part of along with hundreds of inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!

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***Since Atlas Girl is Emily Wierenga’s memoir, I’m joining in the spirit of things
with a Memory from My Own Childhood . . .

My grandmother fed people.

  • The soup that simmered in her deep stock pot all winter long was ladled out to mailman and milkman and whoever happened by.
  • Sunday meant roast and gravy and melt-in-your-mouth biscuits for those who gathered round her table.
  • The typical bedtime snack for overnight guests would be root beer floats served in soda fountain glasses with silver Howdy Doody spoons.

Everything was special.

And everything was big—pancakes the size of the frying pan and every cup or bowl or plate heaped to overflowing.

But the best thing was that Nannie and Papa ran a general store,
and we grandchildren could binge for free.

All the Nutty Buddies and Necco Wafers and Mary Jane taffy and Birch Beer soda we wanted.

I learned young not to reach into the candy canisters and grab for myself.

Because Nannie’s hands were bigger.

They held much more than mine. If she served me, I was more than satisfied . . . as long as I followed her One Rule . . . 

Eat until you’re filled and leave the rest for someone else.

Never were we allowed to hide and hoard for later.

Though I was a hoarder at heart, the One Rule never bothered me. With Nannie, I never worried about having enough or running out or putting aside provisions for the future. Why would I?

My generous grandmother had proven herself more than capable of taking care of all that.
When I hungered for more, all I had to do was run to Nannie’s side,
and she’d make sure I was more than satisfied.

My grandmother was the Manna Principle in action.

“He rained down manna for the people to eat. He gave them the grain of heaven. Human beings ate the bread of angels. He sent them all the food they could eat.” ~Psalm 78:24&25~

Some things God gives us to give away.

But other things we receive as needed from His hand—
like the Manna that could not be hoarded but fell fresh as dew every morning.

This requires daily living in His presence.

And that’s how He keeps us hoarders close.

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But that’s okay.

Because His hands are bigger.

“And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.
Reach out and experience the breadth!
Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights!
Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.”
~Ephesians 3:18&19~


Thanks for stopping by today, sweet friends. Blessings!

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Emily Wierenga Atlas Girl***Did I mention this post is part of a blog tour? Emily T. Wierenga, award-winning journalist and author of 4 books, has released her first memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look. They say the book is like “Girl Meets God” meets “Wild” meets “Eat, Pray, Love.” I say the book is inspiring. You can grab a copy here.

This week I might be linking up with Inspire Me Monday, Sharing His Beauty, Mommmy Monday Blog Hop,Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Modest MondaysBook Notes, Make Your Home Sing Monday, Unforced Rhythms, Salt & Light, Turn It Up Tuesday, Teach Me Tuesdays, The Bloggers’ Digest, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Teaching What Is Good, What I Learned This Week, Titus 2sday Link-up, Busy Monday, Testimony Tuesday, Raising Homemakers, Deep Roots at Home, Imperfect Prose, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Winsome Wednesday, Wise Woman Wednesday, Three Word Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Walking Redeemed, Whimsical Wednesday, A Little R&R, Capture Your Journey Wednesday, The Barn Princess, Adorned from Above Wednesday Link Party, Whimsy Wednesday, In Him We Live, Words of Life Wednesday, Juana Mikels Wednesday Link-up, Hope in Every Season Homemaking Party, Thursday Favorite Things, Thriving Thursday, Hearts for Home, Throwback Thursday, Thoughtful Thursday, Cozy Book Hop, Booknificent Thursday, Tell His Story, Thought Provoking Thursday, From House to Home Link Party, Share the Joy Thursday, Time Travel Thursday,Thrive @Home Link Up, Grace at Home, Christian Fellowship Friday, Faith & Fellowship Blog Hop, Hearts for Home Hop, Faith-filled Friday, Fantastic Friday, Faith & Fellowship Friday, Fellowship Friday, Friendship Friday, Freedom Friday, Womanhood w/ Purpose Friday Link Up, Essential Friday Link-up, Saturday Sharefest, Saturday Situation, Sunday Stillness, and Heart Reflected.



Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

13 responses to Bigger Hands

  1. This was such an engaging review, Renee, and I completely enjoyed it!! I am linked up next to you at Time-Warp Wife and it was so nice to see a familiar ‘face’.

  2. This is such a great post! His hands are bigger and so much more capable of providing! (Visiting from Juana Mikels’ Link-up). 🙂

  3. Oh, this is such a beautiful message. This line got me:”I learned young not to reach into the candy canisters and grab for myself.” Thank you for this reminder, through the memory of your grandmother, that He can be trusted to provide all good things that we need. His hands are bigger indeed! Also, this post holds connected to me in a special way because I’m always stooping for manna… (blog name) 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Blessed to be visiting you from Holly’s place today. The review and word pictures you provided were worth the time. I love that God’s hands are bigger and of course more capable than our own. Blessings! Mary

  5. I loved reading your childhood memory! Such a beautiful story. 🙂 I love that your grandparents let you binge on goodies from their store – kind of took me back to my own childhood of riding my bike to the country corner convenience store in the middle of nowhere and buying candy. 🙂

  6. Enjoyed reading your post- stopping by from Coffee for your Heart.

  7. What a precious memory. I love how Gd uses grandmas to teach about his abundant provision. I had a grandma that fed my heart and my body with food that was both eternal and nutritient rich. I had to tell her goodbye this last January and I miss her every day. Your words reminded me of the sweet blessing in remembering her generosity and the sweet lessons she taught, so freely and easily, just like breathing.

    Bless you!

  8. I love this Renee, it is such a lovely analogy. His hands are bigger. We are blessed! Thank you for this sweet image of your grandmother and for reminding of the huge love of our God.

  9. This looks like a great book. Thanks for getting the word out.I truly believe that healing comes once we face our past. I enjoyed reading your childhood memories. Stopping over from TWW.

  10. Love these memories of your grandmother! Reminds me of mine! Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

  11. Love that story! I love the line “that’s how He keeps us hoarders close.” 🙂

  12. Oh, this is so lovely. Especially this: “Some things God gives us to give away.
    But other things we receive as needed from His hand—like the Manna that could not be hoarded but fell fresh as dew every morning. This requires daily living in His presence. And that’s how He keeps us hoarders close.” What a gift you received from your grandmother, this “Manna principle” in the flesh, showing you visibly God’s grace and provisions fresh every day. Thank you for sharing your story with Unforced Rhythms.

  13. thanks for this – i think i’m not a hoarder and then…I hoard. God blessed me through your post. Love the story, the table, the size of the pancakes. I blog on hospitality – mostly God’s and how we can be the “bigger hand” for those who haven’t met Him yet.

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