Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...and be thankful
It was 5:45 this morning. Snuggled in my favorite chair, I was just diving into some time alone with God when a whirlwind burst through the bedroom door. Clara slid sideways through the door like Kramer from Seinfeld wearing a Minnie Mouse costume and smile as bright as the noonday sun.
Part of my heart yearned to continue in a quiet place with God. The larger part won out. I matched her smile, threw open my arms and watched her run race speed from the door into my lap. I spent the remaining moments of my "quiet time" praying over her head and whispering words of blessing into her life.
As I did, I listed reasons in my head to be thankful for this moment:
Her energy infuses my heart.
Her enthusiasm dims the rough moments of my day.
Her effervescence fuels my attitude.
Sometimes quiet time isn't quiet.
Do thoughts of work invade your space?
Does your phone ring into your silence?
Do errands demand your attention?
Spend a moment thankful for the interruption...
a job that provides for your family
an abundance of family and friends
a full life
Gratitude extends small moments with God into big changes in our heart.