The last few months of my life have been eventful to say the least; I received a new caseload at work, we moved to a new office, a dear friend moved away, my brother married a precious girl, an impending move and foot surgery on the horizon, plus upcoming changes at work, and a family vacation I leave for this week. I’m exhausted just thinking about it 🙂
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with life, to get caught up in the stress, worry, and negativity. But if we make a conscious effort to take a moment to pause, I think we can all see the little blessings that each day brings to us. It’s so easy to be thankful to God for the big ways He moves in our lives, but He deserves our praise for the little things too. I am trying every day to stop, take a breath, and find joy in the little things.
A few of the little blessings I received recently…
-An unexpected phone call from a friend
-A surprise “thank you” gift that was not necessary, but oh so appreciated
-Kitty cat snuggles. (Need I say more?)
-A text from my new sister-in-law, reaffirming why she fits into our family so perfectly. I won’t share because I don’t want to embarrass her. Or my brother 🙂
-An absolutely perfect cup of peppermint hot chocolate
-And just this morning, an unprompted “I love you most” from one of my sweet Littles.
Life isn’t always beautiful. Or easy. But if you challenge yourself, even just for a few minutes, you’ll find that there’s a little bit of beauty in every day. God knows we need those little blessings, and He gives them to us often. You just have to look for them 🙂
“O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
1 Chronicles 16:34 NASB
About the Author:
Ashley Ousley is a small town girl living in the Oklahoma City metro. She works for the Department of Human Services as a Child Care Licensing Specialist, where she spends her days working to help the children and families of Oklahoma have access to safe child care programs.
In her downtime, she is cat mom to her sweet kitty Jack, and she is a country music enthusiast. She is active in her church where she has been teaching in the preschool department for eight years. She’s an occasional blogger at Ashley Lately, where she writes about navigating life in her thirties.