Wednesday, November 11, 2015

G.I.G.-Day 11

     It is a good thing that I have never been one to be inflexible about my plans, first, because it would do me no good, and second, because usually whatever causes them to be changed is out of my control anyway, and third, it often means the Lord is at work, and rolling with the punches put me closer to His will than my original plans ever could.

   Nevertheless, it is tricky sometimes when I have thoughts about the future, but know full well that the likelihood of things turning out how I pictured is slim to none. But, to live is Christ and to die is gain, so either way, I'm still winning, right? Today, it is all about the small victories.

Today I am thankful for:

1. Making people laugh. Most of it is at the cost of my own vanity, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you don't deserve to laugh at all.

2. Text messaging. I thought this was the *dumbest* thing when it first came out. Uhhh, why can't you just make a phone call and save your fingers? But once we got full QWERTY keyboards on our phones...well, the rest, as they say, is history. I love being able to respond on my own time! And talk to all my sisters (wherever they are) at once! And leave messages for my husband that he will actually respond to! Need I go on?

3. Change. I'm talking quarters and dimes, people. A kid brought a much handled baggie with about 47 cents in it to donate to our Operation Christmas Child project tonight and it almost made me cry. Your pennies *do* make a difference, little people. Never think otherwise.

4. Dental floss picks. Don't mock me! Those things are genius-I detest flossing, but those make it bearable. Because you know, I'm in my thirties and I tremble with panic that I could get heart disease from bad gums. Whatever, these are so much easier than the stupid string!

5. Cake mixes. I wanted to whip up some cookies to take my honey at work, and starting with a boxed mix (while many consider it cheating) is so.much.easier. I love a boxed cake, I will state that shamelessly. You want to make it from scratch, honey? Go on with your bad self. But I am going to Betty Crocker it up over here, thanks.

6. Frou-frou coffee. That's what an old Sunday School teacher called anything with espresso and milk. If you ever want to tell me you love me, bring me a mocha or a latte full of syrup and we will be friends forever. Or at least until it's gone.

7. Reading aloud. I made a commitment this school year that reading out loud to my kids would be top priority. It is a great way to start our day, and I love it.

8. Permanent markers. They just make me feel powerful. Is that wrong?

9. Catching the Fed-Ex man. If you have never heard the saga of mail delivery to our apartment, consider yourself fortunate. It is long and very sad, fraught with much gnashing of teeth and missing packages. The Lord smiled upon me-today I made it home just in time to catch the guy, he said himself, "Good thing I was dawdling, I already left the note on your door," as I accosted him at the door of his truck. Crisis averted! Which reminds me...

10. Amazon Prime. While package delivery is spotty at best, the promise of two-day delivery is irresistible. Procrastinators everywhere, rejoice!

11. Veteran's Day. I'm so glad I live in a place where, with all the things we all disagree over, we unite to honor those true heroes: our military service members. I am privileged to have been both the daughter of a vet, and then a wife. I know both those men would have gladly given their lives in exchange for our freedoms, and it humbles me. I am so thankful that we take today to stop for just a minute and utter our often thought but seldom said words of gratitude.

 Small things are the majority of life. What bits of daily-ness are you giving thanks for today?

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