It was an ordinary evening. Nothing special was going on. The kids were running around the back yard just being themselves.
The baby was playing with a ball.
E. was playing on the swingset with his green rainboots that he wears all day, every day.
K. was playing with her babies and snacking on a carrot stick.
And J. was practicing his soccer skills,
observing a caterpillar,
and taking his energy out on a tree with a stick, seemingly all at the same time.
I stopped to take it all in, and I realized I was having the time of my life!
It wasn’t a special holiday. Everything that was going on was very ordinary, but I was enjoying myself immensely!
I could have this much joy every day if I would only choose to.
I don’t need to wait for something special to happen to enjoy life. I can choose to enjoy every moment.
When I’m cooking an “ordinary” supper, I can stop and thank the Lord that I have food to prepare for my family and a stove on which to prepare it.
When I’m doing an “ordinary” dishwasher unloading, I can be thankful I have the luxury of owning a dishwasher.
When I’m changing an “ordinary” diaper I can be thankful for these little ones God has entrusted to me.
If I stop and think about the blessings God has given me, the ordinary things seem so much more special.
Just since that evening a few days ago, I have tried to stop and think throughout the day about God’s blessings and to make a conscious choice to enjoy what He has given me – not just on the special days.
What will you enjoy today, my friend? The smell of dinner cooking on the stove? The sound of good music on the radio? The love of your family on this ordinary day? The pretty things God has given you to decorate your home?
Stop. Look. Listen. Enjoy.
Everything we have is a gift from God. He loves us, and has given us “richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).
So let’s enjoy what He’s given.
Today’s Challenge: Take some time to observe what’s going on around you and just enjoy your life!
Sometimes we get so busy trying to get everything done that life just passes us by without our even noticing.
Instagram Challenge: Snap a picture of an ordinary moment that you enjoyed today. Use the hashtag #imperfecthomemaker to encourage other members of this community. (Follow me here.)
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