Wednesday, March 16, 2011

{small things}

how often do i miss the small things in life?

wednesdays are my free days... i go to work and then i'm done for the day.  i came home today, went for a run (first run in a while...), made some breakfast
*side note*  breakfast= amazing
peppermint mocha coffee, amish friendship bread, strawberries and scrambled eggs w/cilantro and hot sauce!

and then sat down to do some reading.

1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
   all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
   and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
   and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things 
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

psalm 103:1-5

those verses made me think.  how often am i thankful for small gifts?

how often am i thankful for the sunrise i see on my way to work?  or am i dwelling on the fact it's far too early for me to be out of bed.  am i even thankful i have that job?  how often do i focus on the fact running is hard and time consuming, and not the fact that not only do i have my health, but i'm healthy enough to just go run a mile and a half after sitting on my butt all winter?  how often do i complain about my car?  i have a car... that's more than a lot of people can say.  i wake up in a warm, comfortable bed with a roof over my head.  i have great roommates who i love.  i GET to go to school and have an opportunity to get a good degree and have a job that i genuinely like.

it's easy to be thankful for bigger things- a good meal, sweet precious children (i got to see my munchkins today... it's easy to be thankful when you have 2 kids beating on a door yelling 'aunt kellie, aunt kellie!" when they see you...), a kind word or hug when you need one, a good paycheck, time with someone you deeply care for...

i need to be better about being thankful for the 'little' things that really aren't little at all.  the fact that i'm sitting here, breathing, with the ability to type on a computer is not a little thing to be thankful for at all!

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