Then I thought: I can't post that on social media. I need to say something more face book worthy, something like: I will read lots of books and snuggle with my littles; we will take a day to do something fun with some friends (probably the Science Center); we will bake some yummy snacks, we will sleep late(r); we will not go to therapy appointments, counseling appointments, school activities; we will just be together; if I'm feeling really brave we will play some board games; we may stay up later and watch more of the Olympics; we will watch movies and eat popcorn; we will stay in our jammies longer; we will linger over our meals; we will sing loud and off key, we will dance and we will laugh!!
The truth is both of these responses are 100% true. We will do all of these things, and perhaps more. Why is my first response all the hard things? Why doesn't the second thought come first? Why don't they tumble together like our lives really do? It's not that I'm a negative person, but somehow lately I am counting the wrong things. I'm counting appointments, meals, baskets of laundry, etc. I'm not counting my blessings. Those same things can be blessings - we get to eat 27 meals in the next nine days!! We are so blessed to live in this country and have so much yummy food available and affordable for us.
I hope this week brings lots of good things and I pray that life and God will continue to remind me to look for the blessings.
Philippians 4:8 NLT "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."
Excellence can come in the mundane and small. I tend to look for it in the grand and extraordinary, but an excellent cup of coffee, a perfectly formed bud, a clean kitchen, aren't they all excellent!!
If I look for it my children and husband do things all the time that are praiseworthy. When a big brother reads a story at bedtime to a sleepy (possibly even a bit whiny) little sister, Praise worthy! Excellent!! When a little boy cleans up the dogs muddy foot prints without being asked! Praise worthy! When a small child puts her clothes in the laundry basket instead of the floor. Praise worthy! When a struggling reader sounds out a hard word. Praise worthy! When a thoughtful husband replaces your windshield wipers without saying a word (at least not until two weeks later when I still hadn't figured out why they were working so much better ;-) ) Praise worthy! Excellent! When the same husband gets up with the kiddos and lets me get an extra hour of sleep on an ordinary Saturday. Praise Worthy!!
My final thought: when I think on those things that are excellent and praise worthy, my strength to do the next thing returns. My spirits lift, and the sun shines warmly on my soul. My soul is refreshed!! Excellent!!