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cleaningI know that I talk about the little things quite often. And the power of living in the Now. And the joy of living fully.

But it’s one thing to talk about stuff, it’s another altogether to live it for real. Because the other week, I was rushing through my Tuesday cleaning routine, wiping my counters haphazardly, hating every minute of it, wishing I was outside enjoying the sunshine and playing in the dirt. I got the job done in record time, but the house was far from sparkling clean, and I had no sense of accomplishment, nor of God’s pleasure.

I grabbed a quick sandwich before heading out in the sunshine to finally play in the dirt. I perused a couple of articles online while eating, because the queen of living in the Now, she is also at times the queen of multi-tasking. And it’s mostly not a good thing, because I forget to delight in the moment. But God somehow used it on that day; I came across this little quote that changed me forever. Eleven words.

“Do the little things as though they were the big things.”

Like washing dishes. And scrubbing toilets. And responding to an email. And waiting in line. And paying my bills. And making the bed. And parking the car. And making the coffee. All seemingly insignificant. All potentially life-changing.

Yep. Because that’s the what if principle.

Because washing dishes can turn into an intercession moment in which someone’s life is changed. And scrubbing toilets can give me the satisfaction of having done a great job, which could give me the confidence to dream big.  And go change the face of hunger in the world. And responding to an email could bring kindness into someone’s day, and waiting in line can turn into loving on the person behind me. And be used of God to avert a suicide. And paying my bills, well, that’s simply delightful because I get to thank Him for His provision! Making the bed while I commit my day to Him might prepare me for what comes, and parking the car? It’s an opportunity to take a deep breath. And making coffee, it can remind me of the joy of the ordinary.

And that is really the point: life is made up of ordinary moments. The graduations, and the interviews, and the births and the deaths, they are the book-ends in my library of life events, holding all the other books of my life together–all the ordinary moments of my life. All the small things of my life. All the big things of my life.

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And if I do the little things as though they were the big ones, I live for real. I give my heart, energy, concentration and joy to the moment that I am in.

And that is very, very big.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

one-thousand7#916 My new coffeemaker

#917 The Lord’s touch on my husband’s body

#918 My kids coming home and making pizza for us!

Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 HomeSDG, Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing HomePlay Dates with GodMonday Musings, Hear it on Sunday,Inspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s StoryInto the WordIn and Around Mondays,OYHT, Gratituesday,Titus2Tuesdays, ExtraordinayLessons from IvyDenise in BloomSweet BlessingsFaith Filled Friday, Finding JoyWholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word, Reclaiming a Redeemed Life

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