The light coming through my bedroom windows invite you to come and sit for a bit. Soak up some light. Enjoy this morning moment.
When I bought the clock and heart displayed in Under the Bed, I bought something else.
I told a friend what I bought and he said, “That’s great! You might as well decorate your room in a beach theme”, knowing how much I love the beach, but that wasn’t it. I told him, “Oh no…this pillow will be in my beach house one day.”
He scratched his head at that.
In my previous post I said, ‘God is in the details.’
He really is. I don’t know your situation. Maybe you are asking Him to pull off something big. God can do big, but He may start out with the small. It took a lot of small steps to get you where you are today, so start with one small thing.
When I cleaned out from under my bed, it was a minor detail that lead to this morning moment.
What is your one small thing?
My daughter is at the beach.
She sent this photo lastnight.
She has no idea I bought the pillow. (Until she reads this) It is now my screensaver on my phone and the header of this blogsite. Planting seeds.
My daughter knows my heart and so does God. It’s the timetable of the unknown that gets us. All He asks of us is to believe and leave the rest to Him.
I believe the pillow and photo will meet. I don’t know the specifics, but God is in the details.
My daughter and I keep our bath towels in a wooden, tower cubicle. I used to roll the towels thinking that was the best way for them to fit.
It bothered me the way they looked.
Today, I washed towels and linens.
As I was getting the towels out of the dryer, I paused before rolling. It was like God wanted to show me a better way. I began folding them in a square.
I slid them into the opening and have never seen a more perfect fit! I smiled at how smart God is.
Are you wondering where God is?
Let me assure you, He’s everywhere.
Even in folding towels. It’s that simple.
I went to a Farmer’s Market Friday.
There was a lady there selling handmade necklaces and mosaic dinnerware. Out of all the necklaces on display, this one spoke to me.
It’s a mustard seed.
I smiled, paid the lady and brought it home. I haven’t worn it yet, but surely will.
What’s funny is I have it laying on my bedside table and just seeing it reminds me of faith.
It’s easy to lose our faith, or maybe it shrinks to the size of this seed. Even if our faith is that small, we can still move mountains. (Matt 17:20)
Faith is trusting God without knowing why.
Even if it’s the size of a mustard seed.
A form of letting go is to ‘let it be.’
To breathe in the early morning was to sit on the front porch with coffee and watch the birds feed from the bird feeder. Now my yard is still and quiet.
The bird feeder sits on the floor by the back door. The squirrels took the joy out of having a feeder. They are relentless in their pursuit of free food.
I was spending time and brain cells trying to out maneuver them, but this time darling, I knew to let go. The battle wasn’t worth the fight.
Then I saw a battle that needed a fight.
My daughter had a rough week with anxiety and depression. She was able to work through it, but it hurts my heart watching her have to.
God spoke to me during my battle with the squirrels. It was like He said, “Hey Barb. What would happen if you put as much energy into praying for your daughter as you are battling these squirrels? I’ll take care of the birds.” (Matt. 6:26)
God got my attention.
The yard is still and quiet.
The bird feeder sits by the back door.
Pick your battles. Choose what’s worth the fight.
I want God to do big things in my life.
He has done many big things for me over the years, but the big things are easy to notice. It’s the small, everyday things I tend to take for granted.
Over my life, I’ve listened to a lot of Joyce Meyer teachings. Her words stick with me. She is the only person that can yell and make me feel better!
Early in Joyce’s ministry, God prompted her to put her grocery cart back in it’s designated area after shopping. This seems so small, but to God it’s big.
It’s simple obedience.
I’ve stopped at this local store twice this week. Both times there was a shopping cart sitting on the sidewalk of the store. I grabbed it and walk it inside.
I do the same thing at the grocery store. Put my cart up and have even gone all anal and straightened the jumbled rows of carts in the cart return.
Maybe that’s make it easier on the next person.
Thank you God for keeping an eye on me with the little things. God begins small and gradually builds from there. We have to be ready for big.
A lot of small steps, (tests) lead to big.
This may be disguised as the shopping cart.
I’ve been reading about being kind.
That may sound silly, but I want to go beyond nice, and be consistently kind. We can be nice, but that can be turned on and off. To be kind is deciding to do more. To be thoughtful and give from our hearts.
I’m beginning to believe ‘goals’ are overrated. This thought is surprising considering I used to assist people in achieving their goals. That was my goal.
For 25 years I was goal driven, and climbed the ladder of what is called success, but I was miserable.
I let go of worldly success to go in search of heart-filled happiness. Goal complete.
Don’t expect any credit for being kind, but you might get caught in the act. You can read Matthew 6, and see what God says about doing good deeds.
They are to be done quietly and with no praise.
I was walking through a parking lot, making my way to a small Craft Fair. Walking by a row of parked cars, a gas cap to one of the cars was hanging open. I reached down, put the plug in, closed the small door, and continued walking.
While talking with one of the Artisans at the fair, I suddenly felt a tiny tap on my shoulder. Turning around I was faced with an elderly lady that was very excited! She said, “Thank you for closing our gas tank!” I had no idea anyone was in the car!
I smiled as I stood there a minute, caught completely off guard. Then hugged her tight and told her, “You are most welcome my lovely!”
Pondering the upcoming year, I haven’t pulled out my journal to make a new list of goals. My heart is content replacing the word ‘goals’ with ‘intentions’.
Thank you *Donna for the inspiration to be consciously kind. You did this for a year, and I’m following your lead. Its an action to impact people’s lives. A good start is when we can decide to be kind.