Every day I thank God for my blessings – of which my family is one of the biggest. And as much as I love them, I am happy to say that God has worked greatly in my heart and mind so that I no longer make my family an idol. But this morning during my quiet time with God, I had a moment where I felt truly humbled for the grace He shows by allowing me to enjoy such a loving and dedicated family.
In that moment of grace, I felt overwhelmed. I got up from where I was sitting to refill my coffee cup and breathe. As I did, I walked through our family room and glanced at the large coffee table. And I smiled, thinking of the rare occasions that we decide to eat dinner there instead of at the dining table. We pick a movie on Netflix and all gather around the oversize coffee table, using our sofa throw pillows as our seats.
Thinking of those moments made my heart fill with unexplainable joy.
I began to think of the other little moments that seem so insignificant yet end up being the best memories. Like the times when Mark and I drive our scooters and each have one of the girls ride on the back and go out for yogurt.
Or our 2 hour road trips back and forth from Scottsdale to Flagstaff that always spur great conversations – some fun and silly as we pretend to be different characters or speak with different accents. Some serious and deep about the love of Jesus and how we live out our faith. And some about our dreams, hopes, and goals. The picture I used for this blog post is from such a moment!
Or just the sight of my daughters as they come into our room to hug us goodnight. It still melts my heart to see the love Mark has for them and the way they love him back.
A hundred other little things ran through my mind, but what really hit me was the peace that flows through my heart. The peace is there NOT because of the memories themselves or the little unit of 4 that creates the memories.
So I finished my quiet time in joyful reverence to the One who allows such blessings. I walked through the house, remembering little moments in each room. And I was convicted to write about it immediately. Because I want to encourage you to do the same.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 tells us to “Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Walk through your house today and think of the little moments that add up to Big Love in your own family. Whatever memories come to mind, lay them at the foot of the Cross – knowing God is the provider of such moments. And offer your sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for these blessings. It is my hope that you feel the same sense of joy and peace that I did today.
Feel free to share your favorite “Big Little Moment” in the comments below. I’d love to read about the moments that make your heart sing!