This is Everett.

I’ve known Everett since he was a kid. A messed up kid. But a sweet one.

He’s always had a soft spot in my heart…you know, some people just work their way in.

And when you see them, no matter how messed up they are, you just want to reach out and hug them, and say, “Come on, when you gonna get a clue that this lifestyle isn’t for you…”

That crossed my mind every time I saw Everett.

I’d see him at Publix bagging groceries. I’d see him posting pics on Facebook partying with his friends. And yep, Everette got lost. Really lost. Lost to…

Drugs, Alcohol, all kinds of stuff you’d think he’d never get out of.

But then something happened.

Watch his video and know there is hope…even for the ones you think may never get a clue…

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If you’ve ever thought God has stopped looking out for you, or that He’s a tad too busy to take care of the small concerns you have, think again. I was so excited for my assistant, Tanya, when I read this on her Facebook page. I asked if I could share her story because I know there’s a chance that you’re facing the same thoughts and feelings she has.  Listen to Tanya’s story in her own words…

I love it when God shows His BIG love for me in the littlest of things!

Doing what is right or best isn’t always easy and can be hard. Sorting through all of the “stuff” that comes along with change produces it’s own emotional roller-coaster. That was my weekend.

Fast forward to this morning and I can’t find my necklace. Mind you – it doesn’t seem like a big deal and in the grand scheme of things it isn’t. But I rarely misplace things and it eats at me if I can’t find what I am looking for.necklace

So this morning I couldn’t find it – looked through bags, on the ground, the car, etc. Decided that it was just gone. Got to work, asked a friend to check around her house to see if it fell out of my bag when I was there yesterday. Nothing.

Got home tonight – searched again in all the same places hoping I’d overlooked it this morning. Still nothing. Sent a text back to my friend and asked her to look in another area of her house. Nada. I’d looked everywhere (even the trash) and it was just gone.

As I was laying in bed – praying about all that has been going on – right decisions made, believing that God’s got everyone’s back (including mine), in the middle of my prayers my necklace “pops” into my mind and the fact that I didn’t check in my purse.

No reason to check there because I just know I stuck it in my bag with my clothes yesterday afternoon.

I continue to pray and my room gets brighter.

I think maybe it’s a car outside, but no, it’s my phone – so I get up out of bed and mess with the phone and think to check my purse while I am up – and I find my necklace in one of the side pockets!

Here’s the point of this really long status – God knew it bothered me to have lost something that I valued – or to THINK I had lost it. And because it mattered to me and I matter to God; it mattered to Him too.

I didn’t just happen to think about that necklace in the middle of my prayers, prayers where I was praying for God’s provision and guidance. He knew my Doubting Thomas had reared its ugly head (again) and I needed reassurance.

Finding that necklace simply reminded me that God loves me so much and SO individually (sad how easy it can be to forget this)!

The God-of-All used my quiet time with Him to help me find that which I THOUGHT I’d lost. Isn’t it amazing that He loves us to this degree? Mind blowing when you think about it. Truly humbled and grateful!! The necklace is just a bonus!

Luke 12:7 NLT

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (Or a necklace!) Parenthesis added!

If you liked this post, you’ll love this podcast episode, How to Convince Yourself That Jesus Really Loves You. You can click here, or get it in iTunes.