As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Counting My Blessings

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Sometimes I find myself too caught up in life's busyness, too consumed with the work that needs to be done, so frustrated with disobedient children that I forget to be thankful for the little things. Sometimes I am so focused on the way that one of my children plants his foot against his sister's head and shoves, while smirking viciously, the way that the insurance company still didn't pay their portion of the surgery bill, and the fact that there are way too many projects around the house that need to be completed. Sometimes I forget to just stop and be grateful for all of the small blessings in my life. So the other day, I decided to slow down, notice, and make a list of all the little things I'm thankful for. Here's what I came up with:

1. Fresh coffee in my favorite mug

2. Early morning Bible verses

3. Soft, green grass

4. A flower-covered arbor

5. 2 sets of sleepy brown eyes

6. A special envelope in my mailbox

7. After-school stories

8. A drive through the country

9. Puffy, white clouds against a bright blue sky

10. Hugs from my children

11. Homemade banana-berry smoothies

12. A bowl full of ripe, red cherries

13. A cute, little green tree frog clinging to the side of the garage

14. A kiss from sweet little lips

15. A kind salesclerk

16. Happy neighbor kids waving to me from the back of a four-wheeler

17. A stranger's smile

18. Little boys singing along to their favorite songs

19. A helping hand in the kitchen

20. Looking through old family scrapbooks

21. An improving medical report

22. A freshly-mowed yard

23. Squeals of delight as I chase a child around the house :-)

24. Adventures in Odyssey stories

25. A mid-week church service

26. Willing nap-takers

27. Bible stories

28. A big pot of chili

29. Gorgeous pink clouds at sunset

30. 3 little voices saying bedtime prayers in unison

What are you thankful for today?

1 comment:

  1. Yesterday I drove 9 hours to bring my eldest son to college for his second yr. This time minus the anxiety of the Freshman yr & what we were doing. I had the opportunity to reflect and to be in the moment with him. It will be several months until I have the opportunity to hug him again and talk while looking into his eyes. Being the eldest he is sort of my benchmark, to remember how quickly all the others will grow and we will not be parenting them day to day. But, I have to laugh, when in the moment with a little one who is misbehaving or overtired and cranky, it can be God's Grace which helps us to focus on remembering then and there this is only for a moment and this shall pass too. We are so not perfect but you have found a fantastic way to focus and look at the beauty which our Holy Father blesses us with each and everyday if we only look. Thanks for sharing! SO glad you had so many happenings to be thankful for. Be well.... Michelle