Have you ever wondered what kind of day you could have if you filled it with the little things that you enjoy? The simple pleasures and the little joys, just make life sweeter!
Recently, my husband and I had just that kind of day, and it was delightful. Since it was a federal holiday, he had the day off from work, and together, we both were “on holiday.”
After we woke up from our night’s rest, we were greeted with very chilly temperatures outside, but a very bright sunny day. It was only 28 degrees, but the sun was warm and beautiful!
The sky was blue and clear, the wind was blowing crisp, and the sunbeams were radiating through the trees, across the landscape. It was just the kind of day that artists paint, and poets pen.
My husband, Billy, and I enjoyed moving side-by-side, throughout the day taking care of lots of small practical things, then going on a walk in the afternoon, and making dinner together towards the evening.
I realized towards the end of the day, that I had actually prayed when I first woke up for God’s peace and His prosperity, (Ezekiel 34:25-31), over our day together, and this new season, but I didn’t realize at the time that the Lord God was actually answering my request and fulfilling the desires of my heart.
The things I enjoyed most were:
- The Relaxed Pace: Understanding that hurry and scurry don’t always produce the peace that our souls need, so instead, we moved at a steady and relaxed pace, and found that our time was both fulfilling and fruitful.
- Doing the Important Rather than the Urgent or Unnecessary: We took the time to take care of the practical things, that seemed small, but are part of the regular maintenance of our home life, and together, we enjoyed the results, as well as the process.
- The Unity of Togetherness: We realized that we only had a short time, just a set number of hours before it would be dinner, and we had previous commitments with the children for the later evening, so we were able to get the right adjusted perspective on what we both could do together. We both enjoyed our complementary functioning roles, and enjoyed the unity of being together.
I was reminded that in Amos 2:2, the scripture says, “How can two walk together, unless they be agreed.” And another in Psalm 133:1, that says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (NIV).
It really is pleasant to dwell together in unity. And it really is great to have the peace and blessings of God right in the moment. The spiritual blessings are the real joy.
When I asked my husband, what made our day so special, he said, that he decided not to have any expectations, and that made all the difference (James 3:13-18). And I say, Amen, to that!
So, remember to enjoy the little things!
Article Written by: Debbie Harper, Ph.D.