How Does God make Things Happen?  With YOUR hands.

Reads page 1 – page 2 of one of the best books I ever bought my sons.

How does God feed the poor?  With YOUR Hands.

Reads page 3.

The last page concludes that God makes things happen with big hands, little hands, weak hands and strong hands, but the point is made clear: God uses US to make things happen.

If a park gets built in an impoverished neighborhood where kids play with drug needles and rusty tires, someone had to use their hands to fund-raise for it.

If a new teen Mom gets a baby shower with things she desperately needs, someone used their hands to buy the Huggies.

I want my boys to understand it is their social and humane responsibility to help people who have needs in the most practical and HANDY ways. (<—See what I did there). =)

That is what I saw growing up.  I saw someone use their hands to bring us food once. And I was hungry.  And that food was GOOD.

Mrs. Fletcher was the last remaining Jewish woman on the 17,000 block of Braile years after white flight swept through our inner city Detroit neighborhood. She used her old, wrinkled, shaky hands to hand my mother the keys to her car after ours caught on fire in the driveway.  We drove around her light green, 1965 whatever-it-was to get back and forth to school and work for AGES.

I never doubted God existed when I was kid, even when things were totally and completely screwed.  I couldn’t.  I had too many people using their hands to show us God’s love.

You want to help people? Use your hands. Give someone money. Make them food. Pick up a phone. Write a letter. Give them your car.  Babysit their children for God’s sakes. Pray, yes. But, DO as well.

Use your hands.



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We love to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. For five minutes flat.

Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog’s footer}.

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt: Hands.?

Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday


  • Lisha Epperson

    I’ll call this a divine appointment Grace. I wrote my Five Minute Friday post thinking of you. Being shown His love is how we know His love. I can remember so many times when someone didn’t have to x,y or z , but did. Their actions were tangible expressions of His care for me. Even in some of the hardest times. We are His hands and feet on this earth. Of this I’m sure. Love connecting with you here.

  • http://sabrinajr.com/ Sabrina

    Thanks for this call to action, Grace. It’s a reminder that we actually need to ‘do’ things in order to help people and not just pay lip service nor utter the classic and misused line of ‘I’ll pray for you’. Jesus did stuff, touched people and was quite active. He didn’t only talk love, He literally was love. Through my doing, not only can I show love but actually be love to someone else.


  • Erica

    Wow, thank you for the reminder!

    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace Sandra

      We all need it. =)

  • Jerry


    • https://gracesandra.com/ Grace Sandra

      Thanks, Jerry!

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