On the flip side, I've also noticed it's the "little things" in life that have the potential to lift my spirits and get me through the day.
Having my kids get along for more than 5 minutes...
(ok, that's a big thing!)
Sure, Disneyland and romantic getaways are great memory-makers, but they're not a part of our everyday lives. Psalm 118:24 says today is the day the Lord has made, and I really believe there is something special in each today I am given. So here are two goals I've made to remind myself it's the little things that count:
1. Take time each day to do something that makes you happy.
I'm talking about those little luxuries that recharge you...Take a walk. Run through the sprinkler with your kids. Try a new recipe. Write in your journal. And if you feel guilty taking 20 or 30 minutes for yourself, think of it as a favor to your kids - remember the saying? If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!
2. Take time each day to do something that makes someone else happy.
Hebrews 13:13 has always challenged me, "But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." God knows it's sometimes inconvenient to help others, and He is pleased when we make the effort. Or perhaps it's our kids who need a little more attention today than we want to give. Let me encourage you to stop what you're doing and call the friend who's been on your heart, or read that book with your four-year old. I'm sure you'll find out, like me, that those little things you do for others will bring you joy too, because it really is "more blessed to give than to receive."