Friday, November 4, 2011

Thankfulness, Gratitude & Finding Joy In Everyday Living

With all the hustle and bustle of our lives around here it's so easy to forget to be thankful. To overlook the joy of the small things. To not share with other just how grateful you are to have them in your life.

As parents it's incredibly easy to get caught up in trying to catch up on the daily needs for our families, and in doing so we forget that what we're teaching our children is that those small, "insignificant" things don't matter. They aren't important enough to spend what little extra time we have doing them. In reality, that's not what we want for our girls. Which is why this month I'm going to try and talk about one thing wonderful, a memory, a moment, a special time in life that I feel thankful for having, grateful for experiencing and can look back on with joy in my heart.

Now the obvious choices are out there, you know the ones --- family, friends, job, etc. This isn't what I'm looking for though. I want them to recognize just how quickly you can alter your future and that of those around you with just a little kindness, sympathy, a hug, a smile or just a listening ear.

As much as I would love to have so many changes in my life happen overnight, I realize that isn't how it's going to work. That isn't God's plan for us. I want to rush through so many things, and I often times forget to slow down and actually take what's going on around me in. Today I'm thankful that when I'm rushed, overwhelmed, and stressed out my girls can see that. They may not know what they are supposed to do, but instead they follow their heart, and they wrap their arms around me. My leg, my waist, my shoulders - and they squeeze with all their might. The feeling of their little arms around me makes my heart smile.

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