At 6:30 this morning, she joyfully bounced downstairs, Teddy Bear in hand. Usually she crawls into my lap and snuggles while rubbing her eyes and letting her precious mind wake up. Today she skipped past the cuddles and went straight to the question she so confidently thought she knew the answer to. "Mommy, did they cancel school today?"
"No honey," I replied. "The heaviest snow isn't supposed to start flying until this afternoon."
Instantly the confident smile fell from her face, and in one swift turn she stomped off to her bedroom to get ready for school. I didn't even get my morning hug and kiss from her. She was angry.
To be six years old again…
I remember all too well those countless mornings in Idaho when my brothers and I would sit closely to the radio as we ate our Cheerios, hoping to hear a snow day announcement. And I recall the frequent temper driven stomping I did as I bundled up to make my way outside to our bus stop. I never understood how it could be a major blizzard outside and yet school would still be in session. Never mind that the roads were clear and it was actually only lightly snowing.
Funny how, even as adults, we tend to inflate a seemingly bad situation to be much worse than it actually is. We throw our own little emotional temper tantrum when we don't get our way. When our prayers aren't answered. When life doesn't go smoothly.
I wonder if God watches us the same way I watched my daughter this morning. Is He sad when we stomp off and forget to greet Him for the day? Is He shaking his head wondering why we are so upset about something that isn't worth throwing a fit over?
Gratitude has been heavy on my mind the past several months. One of the ways I've been able to cope emotionally through my husband's season of unemployment has been by switching my focus away from the perception of unanswered prayer. Instead, I've started intentionally looking for the everyday blessings and gifts God is consistently pouring over us.
So I was intrigued when I discovered the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. In the book, Ann reminds us that life is not an emergency. To live fully, we need to live with gratitude. We need to slow down and take it all in. We need to be thankful, obedient, loving children of God. That's our purpose.
Today is the first Monday of 2012. Each Monday throughout the year I will be posting my 1,000 gifts update. Will you take the challenge with me or join me on the journey?
- A new day, a new year, a fresh start
- My husband, a really good man, who loves me no matter what
- Two beautiful, healthy children
- Parents who love me unconditionally
- A healthy body and mind
- A comfortable home, filled with love and laughter
- Technology that makes life an adventure
- Running water
- Faith's heart for God and the way she innocently ministers to others
- God being powerfully present in my life
- God's guidance through the process of bringing good from our unsettling unemployment circumstances
- Peace with the uncertainty of what the future holds, and the understanding that God's plan is better than anything I could create on my own.
- The sound of my dad's laugh
For more inspiration, visit Ann at One Thousand Gifts.
What are you grateful for this beautiful day?
~Until next time, may God bless you with eyes to see His overflowing love for you!