So here’s our blog name.
The trail leading to this name was a little haphazard and humorous but now, as I sit and think about it, it’s so good. Maddie and I are on the opposite ends of the spectrum of life. Hers with so many firsts ahead of her. Mine with so many firsts behind me. But what I would tell her, and am already telling my college-freshman son, is enjoy and appreciate where God has you right this minute. Breathe it in. Why does it take age to understand how precious and fleeting life is? These everyday, mundane moments are actually beautiful, grace-filled, gifts from God.
This morning as I went through my usual routine, I thanked God for the precious little things:
the sound of my high school-junior getting ready in the bathroom,
the smell of toast,
the stumbling, beautiful piano practice of an old hymn in the other room by my 14 year old,
the hum of the furnace,
my messy-haired 11 year old sitting next to me reading.
Just listing theses things makes me sentimental, emotional. They represent God’s provision and kindness and grace to me. And I am breathing in these moments like never before. I am looking for God in it all like never before. And I am finding Him there. I believe He is always at work and always present in the big and little moments of my life. The difference is whether I am looking for Him and listening to Him at every turn. I want to consistently and intentionally live like this every single day. The times God has helped me to be sharply aware and alert to His voice have been the most precious times of my life.
What has helped me? Consistent time in His Word, like really studying it. A purposefully grateful heart- making lists of what I’m thankful for often. Frequent conversations about what God is teaching me. Talking to Him about everything, big or small. Looking for ways to bless and serve those God puts in my path. These things transform my mind and in turn transform my thoughts and actions. It’s an amazing trip if I get on the ride! I’ve got to choose it. One day at a time.
So today I’m breathing it in. I hope you join us too!
Come breathe deep with us!