Sometimes in my day to day existence, I miss noticing the extra little blessings that come my way. My niece moved in with my family a while back. I was just thinking this week about how much she has brightened our lives. JP brings a fresh point of view to our normal routines. She has a distinct sense of humor and a quick smile. Her laughter is contagious!
JP also motivated me to clear away the clutter on my piano bench so she could practice. It's been lovely to hear her sing and play. If pianos could be grateful, I'm sure mine would be. It's been an oft neglected instrument in my home... played only at Christmastime and not even then the past couple of years. She also plays her guitar. She has brought music back into my day! I guess that's more than just a "little" blessing. It's a huge one to me.
Yesterday, I had to call to remove my list from an upcoming Lisa Bevere event due to my budget. I was blessed with a scholarship ticket that some caring person supplied to my church. I almost said "no... that's ok..." I have a very difficult time accepting help from others. I don't mind giving, but I am not as gracious a receiver. It's hard for me, but once I said yes, there was this little burst of joy in my heart. I really wanted to attend this special event and was so discouraged when I thought I would not be able to. What a blessing some unknown person has given to me! I am so thankful!
I need to remind myself to be aware of all the blessings that come my way. Sometimes it may be the smallest thing to the giver, but it can mean everything to the receiver.