Well, I just can't seem to catch a break this winter season!
After 5 of us battling the flu over Christmas/New Years, we had about 2 weeks of health before I caught another bug that developed into a lengthy case of bronchitis. Slowly, each of my little ones are coughing and sneezing their way out of the healthy zone.
I will admit: I am exhausted and annoyed that despite all the hand washing, sanitizing, and bundling, I have had more sick days in 2013 than healthy by far! All I want is a few hours of sleep, uninterrupted by my cough, my teething baby, my fevering 6 year old, or my other two little dreamers. All I want is the energy to be able to do the "basics" around our home, instead of just falling back to survival mode, which is a setting we know all too well around here.
Confessions aside, I have a choice to make. I can choose to act how I feel, or I can choose to actively love and find the good in this season of life.
I have been chatting with a good friend about finding the little moments in each day when God is giving us a gift, big or small, instead of being so distracted by our circumstances to stop and breathe. I remember once when I left a few little encouragement notes for my husband to read when he got up one morning. I stayed up late, wrote some thoughtful messages that I knew would encourage him during a discouraging season, and tucked them in places where he would normally look during his morning routine. I woke up to find all of my notes still tucked away, unopened. Later, I learned that he had woken up late for work and rushed around to get ready, completely missing the encouragments and love notes waiting for him.
I am like that a lot. I rush around, checking things off my list, feeling overwhelmed with my responsibilities and my energy levels. However, when I rush around, I miss the little mercies that I get from my Creator each and every day. I am thankful for my friend who I can text and say "I'm wanting to have a bad attitude," who texts back, "Let's pray that you see His mercies, big or small, today." I'm thankful for a God who doesn't let our circumstances stand in the way of His neverchanging goodness and faithfulness.
So, instead of complaining, I want to celebrate my little gifts that I received during my break from health!
1. No one cried during breakfast, which is EXTREMELY rare, and much appreciated due to a headache!
2. My boys actually cleaned their room when they were asked, without getting side tracked.
3. I called the dr. about my oldest, who is fevering and coughing, and they were able to get us right in!
4. We had the very first parking space at the dr.'s office.
5. My kids have been napping all at the same time for an hour and a half so far!
6. I grabbed a box of pasta and a jar of sauce while grocery shopping last week, which I NEVER do...but that's what's for dinner tonight!
7. I'm able to teach my oldest son, who is miserable with his cold, to look for the little mercies in his day, and he happily found 3!
In every season, I will praise Him and in every season I will tell of His good works. Look for His little mercies and I think it will put a smile on your face! (I wish it also acted as concealer under my eyes...but I digress!)