Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
And broke their chains in pieces.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!  
Psalm 107:13-15 NKJV

Small, seemingly insignificant things can be deadly.

I was reminded of this a few days ago. My oldest son was rushed via ambulance to the hospital because of a wasp’s sting. We now know he shares the same allergy issues as my husband.

Ironically, my husband was stung many times throughout his life before that last sting nearly killed him some years ago.

Other “small things” are also deadly. Literally and figuratively.

Like that wasp, some things are no less deadly even when we fail to acknowledge their killing potential.

DEADLY b is for blessed devotional 2 7-15  Some of our habits may seem harmless, but when they keep us from becoming our best, we are the ones who are ultimately stung.

It is often little things that keep us from our greatest potential.

Procrastination. Inconsistency. Negativity.

A poor attitude. Lack of gratitude.

Some would argue that small things don’t make that big a difference. Besides, God forgives us of our sins.

And, yes, He does.

However, forgiveness of sins is not the same as God’s blessings and favor finding you when you choose to make better choices!  

Are you always with people involved in criminal questionable behaviors? Guilt by association may close the very doors you are working to open.

Or, are you justifying white lies to ease your mind? If you want to be blessed with greater responsibility it will require greater accountability.

Don’t allow little things or habits to become deadly. You will find a multitude of people and things eager to pull you away from what God has purposed you to do.

Instead, stay the course! Eliminate those things and habits that would kill what God is wanting to birth in you!

Small changes can produce radical results.

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A few minutes of prayer. A few moments alone.


A proper perspective.

Even the tiniest of steps will help you reach your goals if you take enough of them.

Don’t allow small things to kill off the best in you!

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Psalm 16:11 NKJV

By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


    1. So good to “see” you! Click on the “books by Lilka” under the heading and it should take you to my author’s page. I am grateful my son came through just fine. It was truly an eye opener on any levels.


      1. Thanks for the vote of confidence! Both books I’ve written will be available for the first time in hardback this fall at Barnes and Nobel, Books a Million and Hudson’s news stands. When I was writing it, I never really imagined anyone else would read it as it was kind of therapy for me to write each chapter at the time. Thanks for the support! I hope it blesses you! Much Peace and Love to you! 🙂


  1. Yes, and unfortunately, like those stings of your husband’s, we often think those habits, thoughts, etc are not deadly or dangerous when they really are. One of the many reasons to seek Abba.
    Another good post. Maybe you should consider writing a devotional book. Just a thought.

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    1. Thank you for that thought! I have actually written two devotionals, available on Amazon and my publisher’s website. If you click on Books by LIlka on my header, the link will pop up. I Just received good news TODAY about national distribution for at least one of them! Your kind words make me think I may be on the right track for the third (written but not yet published). I will definitely keep you posted…
      And a very big THANK YOU for always stopping by and checking it out. I am hardly the most prolific or consistent blogger and I really appreciate readers who have stuck it out with me 🙂 Your encouraging words are always greatly appreciated! B Blessed!

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  2. Once again you have managed to take a common subject and turn it into a most “valuable” writing. Your talent is truly a blessing: for us all.
    (you may blush now) 😊

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  3. “Some of our habits may seem harmless, but when they keep us from becoming our best, we are the ones who are ultimately stung.”

    Profound! Hope you son is okay – because the lesson you have shared here is “wow”! Thank you!

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    1. My son made out just fine, soon thereafter asking for food and if he could borrow the car!
      I am VERY grateful all is well. He received almost instantaneous treatment and prayers of many that made a huge difference compared to my husband’s ordeal. 🙂

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