“small” blessings

Sometimes the little things in life prove to be the biggest and best blessings and joys.

My youngest has an old soul as some would say.  He is goofy and crazy and rotten and young, but in certain things he has an understanding, a forgiveness and an almost wise.  When my daughter was sad a couple months ago about giving up her old bike (she could ride the new one, but it still made her nervous and the old one needed to go) he took the bike and said he would take care of it and moved it away from her sight.  So sweet, but not surprising.

Our cat is very sick and likely not going to make it much longer…all of the kids brought her their favorite comfort items and gently tucked them around her.

My youngest told me the other day that I was his best girl friend.  🙂

A few weeks ago we were coming home from a family outing and someone was throwing out a great air hockey table…which is now in our possession.

My two second graders had to write about someone they admire and my son chose his dad and my daughter chose me.  🙂

And of course endless hugs and kisses from all of them.  Life’s blessings are so sweet and simple, we just need to grasp them and cherish them.

And just to add a little turmoil to the life’s sweetness, but again on a very simple note…no crisis.  My lawn mower starter is my enemy.  It starts wonderfully for my husband but it doesn’t like me…and I do nothing different.  Oh well!  After 20…yes 20 minutes of trying to get it to start…would you believe the sky opened up and rained on me?  😛

 

Choosing Joy and Begging For Mercy

The past week I have been grumpy.  And not just a little…I have not been a pleasant person to be around.  I let people get under my skin.  I am not one to enjoy drama, rudeness or intentionally hurting someone’s feelings.  I am not one to think it is ok to forget common courtesies…letting people know of a change of plans, doing what you say you are going to do, basic politeness.  I am someone who actually listens to people when they talk…something I fear is going by the wayside.  So…I get frustrated when people don’t seem to extend the same courtesies, do thrive on drama and attention, don’t listen.  (sigh).  I think the listening thing hits especially hard because I am with little people all day long who are still learning that listening is what you are supposed to do.  Plus, I am not one to drone on … I am generally pretty quiet.  So when I do talk…to an adult…I just want to be heard.

Anyway, my first problem (my problem, yes me) is that I let this little stuff bother me.  People all around me are going through HUGE life crises or at least life changing events, people around the world are suffering and dying, and I am concerned that someone didn’t listen to me…wow!  Can someone say selfish?

My second problem is, while people legitimately irritated me over the past week (in the secular world view) I still failed to choose joy.  I let myself be effected and in turn effect others who didn’t want to see my grumpiness.  Surely, surely, surely I was not a pleasing follower of Christ and that is and should always be my first priority.  How many people didn’t/don’t pay Christ with common courtesy, on top of all else they/we did/do to Him, and in His last breaths He was concerned and prayed for them and us.

My third problem is that being grumpy is exhausting and not fun!  It made me miserable and those around me and then I felt guilty and it was just bad all around.  If those people in my life want to choose drama and attention, my response to them should not be grumpiness, but pity.  How sad if someone needs to be that self centered.  How sad to want to feel miserable all the time.

And yet, I felt miserable for foolish things.  And I AM NO BETTER!  I am sure I drive people crazy, say things I shouldn’t, am selfish at times and just generally don’t act like others think I should.

So in my grumpiness I learned, I need to get closer to Christ, be more like Him, be kind to others, be respectful without being a doormat, and generally not let silly things change who I am.

I CHOOSE JOY!

And I beg God to forgive me for being selfish, judgmental and down right yucky!