A reminder

I love my rose garden, I just don’t make much time to tend it. On the weekend we finally had some time to get out in the garden and alas a few bushes were looking very sad due to a disease. A trip to the garden store was in order. As I moaned to the attendant regarding the roses he responded “Isn’t it great to have a garden to play around in!?” I was so thankful for his reply, it stayed with me for the rest of the day as we tended the bushes.

IMG_3511Last night I sat doing a jigsaw (it is holidays in my part of the world) watching my daughter make a print. She loves writing in different fonts and is interested in presenting them in different ways. The other day she informed me that the writing I was looking at was the same as the Apple font! Anyway, her end product was beautiful and a reminder for me.

Photo credit: grace

Photo credit: grace

Photo Credit: grace

Photo Credit: grace

For different reasons, I have found it hard lately to find the time to write my blog and to read the other blogs and information I subscribe to. Also, my daily habit of reading the Bible had a break!

An interesting thing happened. I found myself thinking more negatively. I found myself not appreciating the beautiful things around me. I found myself being more easily overwhelmed. I found myself feeling disconnected.
I found myself not giving thanks.

I have heard many times that what we put into our minds, what we see with our eyes, and how we spend our time thinking effects us. Today I feel like I have just proven that! As I spent less time feeding my heart and soul, life became harder.

IMG_3416Today I want to remind you to give thanks.

Give thanks for the little things, give thanks for the big things.
Search for the little treasures, take more notice of the big treasures.
Feed your heart, soul and mind with encouraging things, positive things, happy things, true and pure things.
And, be thankful.

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Is it ok to be thankful for that?

My 8 year old has been in the habit of off-loading his ‘worries’ before he goes to sleep at night. Lately I noticed that off-loading did not seem to make much difference, so I decided to do the opposite and bounce back and forth between us things that we were grateful for.

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To start off with he couldn’t think of anything, so I started with “I am thankful for bedtime.” He then bounced back with “I am thankful for family.”
As I was lying on the bed next to him and the fluffy quilt had just been put back on the bed due to it becoming colder in our part of the world, I was grateful for the soft-feeling, cosy warm quilt. Josiah paused and looked at me and commented, “can you be thankful for little things like that?”

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I was quite surprised. As a family we have often talked about what we are grateful for and somehow in Josiah’s head it had to be something ‘big’ or there was a certain standard the thankfulness had to reach.

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This then reminded me of the way we can live life for the ‘big’ things and miss the little everyday things that actually make up life.

..the big moments are the tiny moments. The breakthroughs are often silent,
and they happen in the most unassuming of spaces.
(The Inbetween, Jeff Goins)

With my boy, I need to learn and practice that the thankfulness is not always for the big things, but for the little things that make up the world around us. Those little things that are so easy to miss and yet are so much of our world.

May you have time this weekend to be grateful for the little things and share them with those around you.

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