Thanks for the Little Things


kissI woke up this morning, snuggled deeper into my nice cozy bed, and rolled over for one last kiss and cuddle with my husband before getting up to face the day. Thank You, Lord.

I climbed into a nice, hot shower and washed the sleep from my eyes. I wrapped myself in a soft, thick towel and opened my closet to choose my clothes and dress. Thank You, Lord.

A steaming cup of coffee in my favorite mug waited in the kitchen to clear away any remaining drowsiness. Thank You, Lord.

I curled up in my favorite chair with my well-worn Bible to spend some time with God. The morning birds sang outside my window. The earthy green fragrance of the early morning rain lightly scented the air. Thank You, Lord.

Soon, I heard the children stirring. My daughter bounced into the room, already chattering away, full of her plans for the day. My son sidled over and squeezed into the oversized chair beside me, offering one of those rare moments for a morning hug. My husband joined us, smelling of soap and aftershave. Thank You, Lord.

As we gathered around the breakfast table, steaming bowls of oatmeal, platters of crispy toast and fresh fruit spread across the table, ready to fill our stomachs and give us the energy we needed for the day ahead. Thank You, Lord.

A whirlwind of backpacks, lunchbags, briefcases, umbrellas and good-bye kisses, and the house settles into a deafening silence, both sudden and tangible. Thank You, Lord.

As I rinsed the breakfast dishes and loaded the dishwasher, I delighted in the potted geraniums on the kitchen window sill. I listen to the thunder and the patter of the falling rain outside. Thank You, Lord.

I wandered through the house, gathering dirty clothes from the hampers. I sorted them and threw a load into the washer. How does one family go through so many clothes so quickly? Thank You, Lord.

A friend called and invited me to lunch. What a treat! I vacuumed the living room floor and picked up a few toys, quickly restoring the house to tidiness. I put the clothes in the dryer, popping another load into the wash, looking forward to my lunch date all the while. Thank You, Lord.

Then I freshened up, grabbed an umbrella, hopped in the car, and headed out. There’s nothing quite like a nice lunch with a good friend. Thank You, Lord.

Later, when I got home, I found that the washing machine had overflowed, spilling soapy water all over the kitchen floor. What a mess! I quickly mopped up the suds and called the repair man. Thank You, Lord, that You are there, even when things go wrong. I know You will somehow provide the money for these unexpected repairs.

The door slams and the kids come trooping through the kitchen. Not on my freshly mopped floor! “Sorry, Mom. I’ll mop it up. Just let me drop my things in my room and get changed first.” Thank You, Lord.

Oh, no! I forgot to take something out of the freezer for dinner. I pop a package of hamburger into the microwave and spin the dial to defrost. Thank You, Lord.

The dryer buzzes. I fold a load of clothes and put them away. I head to the kitchen and begin to peel and chop vegetables. A hearty stew will be just the thing for this dreary, gray day. Thank You, Lord.

Before I know it, I hear my husband’s car in the drive. The savory smells of dinner fill the house. He saunters into the kitchen, whistling, and bends down to give me a quick kiss. “Must have been a good day,” I say. “Yep, a great day,” he agrees. “Dinner smells fantastic. I’m starving,” he calls over his shoulder as he heads to our room to shower and change. Thank You, Lord.

An evening with a rented movie and popcorn entertained the whole family. Thank You, Lord.

Another day is gone. It’s time for bed, and I’m asleep almost as soon as my head hits the pillow. But not before I take a moment to say, “Thank You, Lord, for all the varied moments of my day. Thank You for being with me, and reminding me of Your constant presence through the good and the bad. Thank You for all Your blessings in my life, both big and small. Help me not to take them for granted. Thank You for times of rest. Give me a good night’s sleep so I can wake up refreshed and ready for a new day tomorrow. Amen.”

– Debbie Ong

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One Response to “Thanks for the Little Things”

  1. Su Says:

    Interesting article.. Must be appreciated.

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