I am very impressed with all the photos on Facebook. I hope you continue with that one all week. I don’t think we ever take enough pictures. There are days that are hard, frustrating or I simply just want them to be over with. I will sit down and start scrolling through photos from the past. It isn’t long before a smile starts to surface on my face. It doesn’t matter if they were pictures of a bad day or a good day, they are enormously encouraging. They are perfect little reminders that God was with us on THAT day. That He brought us through that time of our lives and He is still right here beside us ready to walk with us through the next thing.
I know there are several reading that have lost a loved one and we don’t know why that happened. Their time with you was cut short and that pain may feel so heavy on you right now. To you, I am very sorry for your loss. There are things on this side of Heaven, that we just sometimes don’t understand. I want you to know that God is still in control of the universe. He STILL hears your prayers. And most of all, He can still cause your heart to feel joy again.
That may feel like an impossibility to you right now. But it is true. Today’s activity is for all of us, but I hope that those of you that have experienced loss, will truly take this one to heart.
It is one of the first steps to feeling joy again.
As we continue today with looking with eyes to see things differently, I want you to think of things that bring a smile to your face. I love that song from the Sound of Music, My Favorite Things.
Activity: My Favorite Thing List
Let each member of your family make a list of their very favorite things. They can be a favorite memory, or a smell, but they need to be specific. Be creative but comfortable. Your list should be a reflection of you. Whether it’s on pretty paper, construction paper, with colored markers, on a dry erase board or on an app in your phone. Whatever makes you happy. Whatever is comfortable for you. Just start the list and see how far you can get. If you feel comfortable sharing them with us, we’d love to enjoy them with you. But I hope you will share them within your family together. Talk about them, together. If necessary, cry about them, together.
Here are a few of MY favorite things:
- Afternoon naps during the middle of a huge thunderstorm when the rain is pouring down.
- The first cup of coffee in the morning in my favorite ivory cup.
- The first green chili relleno of the season, with extra jack cheese.
- The smell of the dessert after a rain.
- The sound of belly giggling.
- The purring of my cat on my lap.
- An unexpected package for me in the mailbox.
- Standing in the sunshine, on a cold winter day.
- The smell of popcorn popping.
- Tall Cosmos waving in the wind
Write as many as you like, but let each one be a true representation of you. Something that really makes you smile. It can be an old memory, or a new one. As you write, remember to have fun and enjoy this one. 🙂
A. Pumpkin Recommends…
Ruby’s Beauty Shop
This has always been a favorite. I love the relationship between Ruby & her little brother Max. He can be such a pest, but the perspective that the grandma brings in is so precious. A definitely delightful book.