Thursday, November 4, 2010

Penny For Your Thoughts....

I love my walk to work!
Quite a few years ago someone sent me an email forward about a rich man that always picked up the heads-up pennies he saw on the street because they say, "In God We Trust", on them.  These pennies were a nudge from God that reminded him where to put His trust.  I have no idea if this is a true story or not, but I tend to think that all email forwards are 156% true, so don't listen to me.  (kidding)

After I read that forward, I have picked up every heads up penny I have come across; even if I am in the middle of a busy intersection (kids, don't try this at home).  What I've found over these last few years is that if I go out  looking for a penny, I almost never find one.  It always happens when I least expect it.  (This same concept can be applied to LOTS of things in my life...wink!).

On Monday, I was walking to work and was feeling a little blahtastic (I mean, it was a Monday, who could really blame me).  God drew my attention away from my prayer (whining) and toward the gorgeous fall leaves that were covering the sidewalks.  The colors were truly breathtaking (please see pretty leaf pic above).  How did I miss this before??  It was so super pretty that I totally forgot about my worries (whining).  And then, I saw something shiny amongst all the leaves.  As I got closer, I saw that it was a heads up penny.  It was the shiniest penny I had ever seen.  I bent down and picked it up.  As I usually do, I checked the year...2010!  Until then I hadn't seen this year's penny.  I immediately felt God saying to me that this penny represented a new start.  A bright, shiny new start.  I love new starts.  I love second chances. Okay...more like 20 chances.  But who's counting?? Answer: me.....not God.

I pray that I never miss these moments in life where God reaches out and speaks to me.  Hugs me. Heals me. I hope I am always able to see Him in everything....even on a Monday while I am praying (whining).

Do you pick up heads-up pennies too?  What are some of the little, unique ways that God reaches out to you?  Do you count how many times you've done the same thing over and over again?  Do you LOVE fall like I do!!?


  1. I don't pick up many pennies mainly because I'm tall (6'7'') and that is a long way down. Beautiful leaves do get my attention, though. So do awesome sunsets. And Krispy Kreme donuts.

  2. Ohhhhh, Krispy Kreme donuts....mmmmm (in my Homer Simpson voice). I am with you there. God totally speaks to me through donuts; at least that is what I tell myself. : )

  3. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are God's way of telling us he loves us and wants us to be happy. Or was that beer? I get all those sayings mixed up.

    Great post, Katie.

  4. Kate, I always pick up pennies because I believe that even small things have a value. I like shiny things too. Bonnie just found her wedding ring in the jewelry case I got her for Christmas. She had put it in there in the summer and remembered that when she put it somewhere she thought she was afraid she would not remember. She had looked in the case and had not found it but something drew her back for a second look. She wondered what beckoned her back. I think it was prayers that she would find it. The diamond was from her mother's ring.

  5. I often find God is sarcastic with me, but I'm totally cool with that.

    It makes me laugh!


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