Fledging your kids, whether they are 5, 25, or 50, means making the most of small moments. I’m excited for Kim Chaffin to share a story from her new book Simply Blessed and to host a give away of a copy of it! Comment at the end of the story about a small moment you’ve been blessed by and you’ll be entered in the giveaway! Entries open until Jan. 1. Congratulations to MJ Smith from Colorado for winning Susie Finkbeiner’s A Song of Home.
I am a firm believer that it is the little things that bring us the most joy. A wet bath towel left on the floor was one of my biggest pet peeves as a mom. One day God used a wet bath towel to fill me with overwhelming joy.
When my son left for college we were told that when he came home for Thanksgiving that the time away at college would change him. Nothing against us, but in his short time at home he would want to spend time with friends. One of the best pieces of advice given to me was to make the most of the little amount of time we had with him and not to take it personally, if he did not want to spend every moment with his parents.
He was a college baseball player so he had to get in his workouts. I was thankful for the time we got to spend with him around the table on Thanksgiving. On Saturday morning he surprised me when he said, “Mom, I need to get in a workout. Would you work out with me so we can spend time together?”
I was in my workout clothes in record time. We had forty-five minutes to talk and I was so happy. As soon as the workout was done he was into the shower and then out the door to see his friends.
My happiness was temporarily interrupted when I found his wet bath towel lying on his bedroom floor. As I reached down to pick it up I mumbled to myself, “Seriously, how lazy can he be?” In that moment God stopped me in my tracks.
As I held the towel in my hand He reminded me of a friend who had lost her son before his first birthday. What she would have given to pick up a wet towel that her son had left on the floor. In that wet towel, a very little thing, I found overwhelming joy. I had a healthy son who left a wet towel on the floor for me to pick up. I was a full-on bawling mess of thankfulness as I hung that towel up. One of my former biggest pet peeves was now one of my biggest joys.
We are all so busy and forget to look for joy in the little things. The joy of a mess left by our kids, the joy found in the most unexpected places. I believe with my whole heart that God wants to meet us in those moments. In our daily often-mundane moments of life God is there with all kinds of heart-touching lessons as we take the time to look for them.
It is in those simple real-life lessons that God led to me to write Simply Blessed, a 31-day devotional. The thirty-one short stories remind us to look for the joy of the Lord in all areas of our life. From a pile of ironing, a day trip in the mountains, to the mess under our couch cushions, Simply Blessed reminds us of the true character of God.
I hope my story of a wet towel has brought you joy. May it be a reminder for you to slow down and look for the joy of the Lord in the little things.
Simply Blessed is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. $1 per preordered book on or before December 31st goes to Generation Alive. GA is a nonprofit that teaches kids the importance of serving their community. $1 will cover the cost of 4 meals servings, packed by youth who are learning that they can do something to create change.
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