Crystal Stine
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Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” Crystal is a writer, speaker, host of the Write 31 Days challenge, and coach who shares encouragement at her blog, Connect with her on...

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  1. Thank you for sharing, Crystal. This is a great reminder of how much God sees in us even when we don’t see.

  2. I am glad that God sees the finished picture and though the pieces in themselves don’t make sense, the complete picture is perfect. Thank God that I am that piece that completes the picture. Each piece is so important

  3. Crystal,
    I feel like that little piece too. Do I really make a difference or do I just get in the way sometimes? Thank you for this wonderful and true reminder that we ALL play an integral part in God’s master plan…that without one part (especially the small ones) the body doesn’t function. Thanks for this reminder to start my Friday…

    • Thank you so much, Bev, for the very significant part you play, with your incredible gift of encouragement and affirmation!

  4. Oh Crystal, I just loved this analogy. I wrestle with my size in this world a lot both emotionally and physically even … my little voice that people often mistake for a child’s, my need to pull out a step stool every time I’m in my kitchen, my small social media platforms even though I’ve been blogging for nearly a decade … If I’m not careful, I can easily let my frustration with my smallness overshadow the meaningful. Thank you for this beautiful reminder about the significance and strength that’s in the small. I just love your heart friend, it carries such graceful, quiet wisdom that is never “in the way.”

    • I love how similar we are 🙂 You would have caught me standing on a chair in my office a bit ago to put paper in my printer because it’s just one of those many “out of reach” places I feel like I have to deal with every day. Your encouragement & friendship means so much to me, Angela!

  5. Thank you for that word Crystal, it was food to my soul. Sometimes I do feel like that I am that piece as well but God always reveals to me that I am the smallest piece that adds the most strength. I to have to look at myself and recognize my position as a gift from him. Be Blessed!

  6. Crystal, such encouraging words that my heart needs to hear this morning: “A little lost. Sometimes set aside. In a noisy world where fancier, shinier, and bigger get the glory, I sit in my small town and live my every day wondering if I’m noticed? Or worse, if I’m just in the way.” I feel that way alot too, but am trying everyday to believe that God has a plan for me, not everyone else’s plan, but one just for little ol’ me. Thanks always for being such an inspiration to me! Have a great day, Kim Stewart

  7. Crystal,
    I way to often feel like the little piece. Work can make me feel unwanted, lost, not useful. Then there are days when God shows up and reveals just how useful I can be there. He shows me that without me a lot of small projects would not get done. The task itself may seem insignificant, but in the big picture it is all important to getting the job done.
    Thanks for a wonderfully written piece!
    Blessings 🙂