How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
What we do with this hour, and with that one, is what we are doing.
- Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
What I'm Trusting:
That little things add up to big things. Showing up to pray, to learn a Bible story, to teach a Bible story. Writing a note. Listening to a friend. Putting in my daily miles. That the things I do faithfully add up to a valuable life. I remember when the boys were little and they were saving up for something, they would go by every evening and snag the change Dennis emptied out of his pockets into a little tray on his desk. Pretty soon they'd have a stash. I trust that God is doing this with my days, if I live them wisely.
How I practice Gratitude:
This week I'm working on receiving. As I make an effort to pay attention to all the good that God brings, all the grace, I just want to receive it joyfully and gratefully—in whatever form it comes. This is a new practice for me, because I'm usually into controlling the form in which God's goodness arrives. A reminder I keep on my bureau says, "Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."
What Inspires me:
Service. My friend Brenda is amazing at acts of service. I've been caught up in her current project, which is furnishing several houses and apartments where our church will host missionaries who are staying in our area. I love the way she looks at every detail—every corner of the room, every cabinet and drawer—and thinks with love about the person who will live there: What will they need? How will they know they are cared for and welcome?
Honestly? Sunshine! It may have been 20 degrees this week, but it was sunny! I'm soaking up all the sun I can get. Rearranging furniture in my house so I can sit near a sunny window. Hanging my head out the car window. And happily putting in my daily miles in my neighborhood! Thanks, cold gray February, for going out on a sunny 56!
What's your TGIF this week? I'd love to hear from you.