Snuffy Little Chickens OR Facing Our Giants

Got any giants in your life?“We can certainly conquer it!” Num 13:30 #InspireMeMonday via @caregivermomBut Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” Numbers 13:30

I have no idea where Karina got it, but I turned around in surprise when I heard, “Snuffy little chicken!” Her lip stuck out, her brow furrowed, her hands smacked on her hips. She was trying to put the chair upside down on the table, and it would not cooperate with her efforts.

“What did you say?” I asked.

Big sister Larissa collapsed into a laughing heap on the floor. “She said ‘snuffy little chicken’!”

“What does that mean?” I asked my frustrated two-year-old.

She shook her head and muttered to herself as she manhandled the chair into the position she wanted. When I repeated the question, she just looked at me with a puzzled expression, shrugged and went back to her stuffed animals that needed swaddling on the couch.

Over the next few weeks I heard “Snuffy little chicken” assigned to things that frustrated Karina. I would watch her chubby cheeks puff out or her forehead wrinkle with determination. Often she did not want help, and she did not really want her predicament to be acknowledged. Snuffy little chicken was something to be dealt with and conquered.

“Snuffy little chicken” was a book that wouldn’t fit in the bookshelf, or the toys that wouldn’t fit in their box. But what this phrase was NOT, was an excuse to fail. It was a challenge. This little toddler would label her problem, and then set out to master it. I loved watching her figure things out and keep at something until she got it.

After a couple of months of using that word, it disappeared for good. But not from my vocabulary. I love that phrase and even more, the idea that she saw the problem, but didn’t let it defeat her.

“Snuffy little chickens” remind me of Caleb and Joshua, the two spies who wanted take the land in spite of the giants and obstacles. Every other spy was scared of the things they had seen. Joshua and Caleb didn’t ignore the giants, they just knew that God could help them overcome any challenges they faced.

Do you have any challenges in your life that you need to face with God’s courage to guide you?

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  • Love that…snuffy little chickens!

    Getting through the day…heck, getting to my FEET is a challenge, and every keystroke hurts.

    But it’s all about just doing it. Doing this, and then doing the next thing, and the thing after that.

    How I ‘feel’ is the snuffy little chicken’. It doesn’t matter how I feel, or how much something may hurt. At the end of the next hour, that hour will have passed without regard to my feelings. It’s up to me to intentionally do what I’m supposed to do, to keep going.

    And do it again in the hour following.
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  • Snuffy little chicken. LOVE the challenge named and the acceptance of the challenge she rose to overcome.

    So glad I found you. Susan

    (I host #DanceWithJesus Linkup each Friday at SusanBMead.com/blog-2. Please join the dance!)
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  • Word of wisdom born in a small heart.
    Thanks for bringing them to us on a Monday morning!
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  • I like that, Carol! A lot of us would say something purely to vent frustration, not to challenge ourselves.

    Yes, I’ve had a recent challenge that required God’s courage to get through. It’s in my blog post, so I won’t spoil the surprise. 🙂

    Have a wonderful week!
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  • Amen!
    Snuffy little chickens!

    no matter what we face – God never leaves us and empowers us to overcome!

    Blessings 🙂
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