Friday, September 16, 2011

The Small Things

It's the little things that make the big picture of my life beautiful. Sure...there's big things too, but "big" things might not happen everyday...but little things do. Or maybe it's all in perspective. Either way, there have been some little things that have blessed my socks off lately and I'm in complete awe at how much encouragement can come from these small, yet extremely ministering things.

For instance, friends who will keep your kids at the drop of a hat. I can't tell you how blessed I've been by this on two occasions recently. They don't think it's a big deal....but you know...if you have kids and are ever in a panic about what to do when a situation arises that they can't be with you....IT"S A BIG DEAL!

What about the friend who made the bestest chicken stew in all the world last night and brought it to us? After an extremely tiring and emotionally exhausting week someone thought we could use a meal....I never knew how ministering a meal can be in a time of exhaustion...but now I do.

My preschool director is keeping a cabinet stocked with diet cokes and sweet and salty snacks for the teachers. I know it sounds crazy, but this small thoughtful act is not only appreciated, it's saving me $5 a week and allows me to leave the house a little later since I'm not stopping to get a drink on the way to school. This is a small and unnecessary act....but as silly as it sounds...I am thankful!

My hubby, who always has a plateful of stuff going on, seriously is the best guy around. He gave me 2 hours of quiet last night that I spent watching a movie I had recorded 4 months ago and doing laundry, but he knew I needed a quiet break. I'm thankful that he's sensitive.

As I look back over this list....I know to most it would seem like I'm making a big deal out of the "small" things, but I'm convinced that when you hear that small still voice urging you to make a phone call, make a meal, watch someone's kids, give someone a break or love on your spouse a little extra, that it becomes big in the hands of God. He is the master at making things minister to a person's heart. He's done this for me a thousand time and more. I'm eternally thankful for the people who listened to Him and helped make small things big blessings for me this week. It really is the small things.