These Ordinary Extraordinary Hands

We often take the simple things-those small seemingly insignificant things in life for granted.  I like looking beyond the small to see the power of what small can do!  Today’s Five Minute Friday word is HANDS.  Here is what I have to say (in the form of today’s free verse poem called “These Ordinary Extraordinary Hands”):



 These Ordinary Extraordinary Hands:

My hands

He says my hands are small,

as he holds them up to his.

I smile and think-

These hands, these seemingly small and delicate hands,

do Large things.

And I marvel at them now

Just thinking of all the ways in which they’ve served me

and served others.


These hands turn simple ingredients like flour, sugar and butter

into glorious meals that fill the tummy and fill the kitchen-

with delectable aromas and sheer satisfaction.


Easy homemade coffee cake recipes

It is soo good. So grab your baking materials and let’s get started! : Recipe HERE



These hands rip, pull, shape and mold

peony flower

A hot pink peony from my garden

Garden landscapes-

Planting Seeds

and Harvesting Miracles.



winter pears




These small, delicate hands strum chords on my steel stringed guitar,

Making beautiful music until they are sore and callused.


Dad and I with our guitars

Dad and I with our Guitars-his a Yamaha, mine a Seagull



These hands speed along like magic to the clikety clackety tune of knitting needles-

Weaving single strands of yarn into scarves, hats, socks, blankets,

And prayer shawls for people in need.


Now that's better (no more invisible arms)!  This chenille poncho is a reminder to me of what can happen when you don't give up too soon.

A poncho I knit.  To make your own “Perseverance Poncho” see the pattern by clicking HERE



These hands hold paint laden brushes-mixing, blending, stroking and stippling-

Creating Worlds on blank canvases.


An oil painting I did a few years ago.

An oil painting I did a few years ago.



These hands write words that come from the soul-

Spilling out like flowing water from wellsprings of inspiration,

Quenching dry and thirsty paper.


These small and tender hands have rescued feral cats

and held their newborn kittens.

They have nurtured frightened creatures-

and uplifted hurting People.

They have cared for sick and reached out in love

To tend to that which needs tending.


Here are both of Fluffy's babies at exactly 1 week old!

Here are both of Fluffy’s babies at exactly 1 week old!



These ordinary extraordinary hands…


He says my hands are small

as he puts my palm in his,

and I smile inside with Knowing-

Now aware of their GRAND smallness.

These hands may be small,

but they have made a difference.

Turning Nothing into Some-thing,

Creating bits of magic.

Just like their Creator’s hands.


©Rebekah Ann Stephenson 2014


Part of this post was inspired by one of my favorite Jewel songs called “Hands”.  I am including the video below if you would like to hear the song (or just click HERE).


I am grateful for my hands today, as without them I wouldn’t be able to do the things I do. There is always so much to be grateful for!

 What do you use YOUR hands for?  Leave me a message or comment if you’d like to share as I would love to hear about your hands! 😀

Thank you for being on this journey with me as together “We Live Inspired”,

<3 Rebekah




To read more poetry by Rebekah, click HERE



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12 Responses to These Ordinary Extraordinary Hands

  1. Pattyann says:

    Oh, I love this one. your words and pictures are wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Sandra says:

    I do not know what will I do without my Hands!!! They are everything to me

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      I know! Really awe inspiring when you think about it. One of those things we can take for granted. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Sandra!

  3. Beautiful combination of thoughts, words and photographs, Bekah. When I used to teach storytelling workshops, I would often elicit stories by asking students to remember hands and tell the stories they evoked. So many amazing memories came of that. Hands – such a blessing.

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Thank you Cathryn! Ooh , I didn’t know you taught storytelling workshops! I would have loved to be in on one of those. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a thoughtful comment. Much love.

  4. Kelli Moore says:

    Wonderful. The things you are doing with your hands, your poetry, your art, your passion. Thanks for sharing. I so enjoyed reading your poetry.

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Thanks for visiting Kelli! I am glad you enjoyed my poetry. I loved all of your words. Such a lovely comment.

  5. Emma French says:

    Hi Tinkerbell
    (I had to call you that because seeing the photos of you reminds me how faerie-like you are, and I just love your glitter on this site!)
    This is a great piece – it shows just how multi-faceted your creativity is. It’s especially nice to see the photo of you with your dad, and also the adorable tiny kittens! I love the Jewel song too… xxoxxxo

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Hello there sparkly mermaid 😉 ! Cool-I like being faerie like! :D. I am glad you enjoyed this and also the photos. I truly live to create, so thanks for your kind comments. <3 Lots of Love, “Tinkerbell”

  6. Emma French says:

    Hmm – the stress blog is not actually my piece.
    Here’s the link to mine:

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Thank you Emma! I imagine on a site with multiple writers that it makes the CommentLuv plug in not work quite properly.