Last week I shared about God showing up in pennies and pencil drawings.

And I said there was more to come.

Today I want to share “the rest of the story.”


After looking at the photograph of the heart with angel wings, I told the students and secretary about Adrienne’s tombstone being in the shape of a heart and having the words,

“Gone to be an angel”

on the back of it.

I then left the school to go work with students in another building.

Later in the day, I returned to this school to meet with the counselor about some testing results, and as I was walking in the hall one of the students from earlier in the day passed me and said that her friend had made me something else.

I smiled and told her where I would be in the building for the rest of the afternoon.

In just a few minutes, I saw this student coming towards me with a huge grin on her sweet face,

but I was not prepared for what she would place in my hands.

She had drawn the heart with angel wings again and added the quote,

“Gone to be an angel,”

but the unbelievable part of this story is that she had cut it out around the words in such a way that it looked like a white cloud in the shape of a thumbs up!

I looked at her and said,

“Did someone tell you about the thumbs up cloud?”

And she looked at me as if I had lost my mind.

I went to the window of the secretary’s office and held it up, and I wish you could have seen her face!

She literally had to sit down and put her head on her desk for a minute.

If you have never heard the part of Nick’s story that includes my mom seeing a thumbs up cloud, please let me know.

I will find the link and share it with you.


This morning I woke up to a text from a KCU student who is now married and lives several hours from here.

In the text, she included the photograph below:


As I looked at the heart on her leg, I was reminded that God’s love is everywhere and that often He only provides enough light for the next step, the next moment.

I’m in a different kind-of season in my life.

A quieter, more reflective season where God is calling me to people and places one at a time.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing enough or being enough, but I’m learning more and more every day that love can be big and bold or love can be small and subtle…………….

but love is still love.

So today, look for His love in the clouds,

in the rays of the sun,

on pieces of paper

or patches of pavement……

then share His love with the next person you meet each step of the way.

That’s it.

Share love.

It doesn’t have to draw a crowd.

It doesn’t have to wear you out.

It doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone.

Love just is.

We love because He first loved us.

He loved this world into existence.

It’s now our privilege to love this world while we exist.