Pennies from Heaven

Pennies from Heaven

Like many of you, I grew up hearing the little chant “See a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.” I did pick up pennies then, even when I was a little kid, tucking them into my pockets where they were soon forgotten.

When I became a Christian and came to understand that there is no “luck,” but there is the will of a loving, sovereign God, I did not give up my penny-pinching, penny-picking-up habits. If anything, they increased! American pennies, thankfully, still include the words “In God We Trust.” Each time I plucked a penny from the floor of a grocery store, or the wet pavement outside of my car, it reminded me In Whom I Trusted. I’d spend my days praying, and he’d respond in my heart and mind, through the Word or worship music or sometimes . . . with a delightful glint of copper. Call me crazy, but it signaled to me that he was paying attention. “The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us” (Psalm 115:12, ESV).

How happy I am that I had not selected found quarters as an affectionate nod from the Lord—when people drop a quarter, they stop to pick it up regardless of luck! A gentle nudge to my heart taught me that yes, when you look for only big blessings, large interventions, significant and positive changes in circumstance, you miss most of the blessings. Most blessings are small, things that we and others might even forget or overlook, like a dropped penny.

A close-in parking spot on a wet day. A friend who asks you to walk with her. A new recipe. A chance for renewed health. A fine waived. A child’s enthusiasm. I began to open my eyes, not for pennies, but for the small blessings that God dropped into my days, nearly every day, to speak my love language, the one that says, “I am here. I have remembered you. I will bless you.”

The big gifts, rare as they may be, are from him. But so are the small ones, and if I look for them, I will see them all around me, all the time, as a constant reminder of his love.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

From my devotional, The One Year Experiencing the Love of God, published by Tyndale House Publishers.  Please leave a comment, below, to be entered into a drawing for a copy of the book!

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16 Comments On This Topic
  1. Lori Thomas
    on Apr 10th at 11:30 pm

    What a lovely post. I remember being taught that dropped pennies are from angels.

  2. Abby Breuklander
    on Apr 10th at 11:47 pm

    Oh I love this! It’s so easy to overlook the small blessings when I’m to busy looking for the big ones.

  3. Arletta
    on Apr 11th at 12:01 am

    Love it! I was told when you pick up a penny you need to pray for the first person that pops into your head. I’ve taught my daughters to do this as well.

  4. Gail
    on Apr 11th at 12:18 am


  5. Diane Buie
    on Apr 11th at 1:03 am

    Thanks for reminding us to be more aware of small blessings in our lives!

  6. Linda McFarland
    on Apr 11th at 1:10 am

    A wonderful reminder of where our blessings come from. In God We Trust! YES! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  7. Judy Weaver
    on Apr 11th at 2:01 am

    What a great reminder of the small blessings we so often can take for granted!

  8. Chris
    on Apr 11th at 4:33 am

    Thank you, Sandra! I love the small things especially when Spring is on it’s way. Birds singing, tulips pushing up to the sun, and baby calves kicking and running. They all speak of God’s love for us, that He has sent us a smile.

  9. Gini Lee Kalkwarf
    on Apr 11th at 6:36 am

    I absolutely love your word pictures!! And, I love you, too, my dear friend! <3

  10. CordiallyBarbara
    on Apr 11th at 12:47 pm

    Mmmm. I think this is going to alter my perspective on pennies. I admit that I often don’t stop to pick up coins because it’s work to bend over! Hahaha. And I know, I’m young. But it takes time and effort to stop and pick up a penny.

    Just like it takes time and effort to consider how we are blessed. We need to stop to appreciate what we have, I think. Anyway, thank you for this reminder!

  11. Cindy Prescher
    on Apr 11th at 3:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing this.

  12. Loraine
    on Apr 11th at 9:58 pm

    Love this post Sandra. I try to remember that little blessings pile up a lot faster than big ones!

  13. Pat R.
    on Apr 13th at 8:23 am

    I love this Sandra! I am so thankful for those little blessings from God.

  14. Ashley
    on Apr 13th at 10:58 am

    This was a wonderful reminder of how God blesses us! Thank you!

  15. Anne L.
    on Apr 14th at 11:09 pm

    This is such a sweet thought!

  16. Carol
    on Jun 12th at 2:05 pm

    “Most blessings are small, things that we and others might even forget or overlook, like a dropped penny.“. In everything give thanks! Great reminder, Sandra! Thank you!