It’s The Little Things

Lately my mind has been having some thoughts running through it.  They all seem to go to the theme of “it’s the little things that matter”.  So often we look at the big things, strive for big goals, try to do things that get noticed. Noticed big time.

When you do things for the family you want to get noticed. You go out of your way to make it big. Special dinner.  Add something new in a very conspicuous place.  Do your hair really different.

Same goes for what we do for others. Maybe out do yourself in a gift so everyone will notice.

There are all kinds of things we do to get glory for ourselves.  Time is spent on these things for others. Money is spent on these things for others. Grandeur plans are made, words spoken etc that will bring  the attention on what we just did for others. Maybe for hubby, for the kids, the neighbors, the church or at work.

Was it really for others?

I admit, we all like to get noticed. When I make a meal I like to get told thank you for the meal. I have a special husband who always tells me thank you for the meal, thank you for packing his lunch for work and thank you for pouring the bowl of cereal. It means a lot to me.  After being almost 30 years with my late husband who did the same I did not think another man did this, had not heard other husbands do it so thought mine was unique. God then blessed me with another husband who does the same. It is special, makes me feel good for the efforts I do and I want to continue to make things special for him.

Not wrong, but what if he did not do that? Would I still continue to  do it? YUP!

It is another story to other things.

Do we get glory for cleaning the toilets? Making sure the toothbrushes are replaced every 3 months? When was the last time your husband came and praised you for the new toothbrush? Or cleaning his whiskers off the sink where he shaved? Or cleaning by the toilet where he missed?What is your attitude when you do these jobs? Do you make sure he gets told you did it and look for praise from him or do you just quietly do it as part of your love as a wife?

How about in other areas? It is so easy to do things that bring praise and attention. We try to make things spectacular when we do, but the little things are what counts to God. God is looking at our hearts and attitudes as we clean, do anonymous things for others and as we take on positions in the church, work place and community.

He has said:

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Thoughts and intents? Yes! What are we doing it for? For HIM or for glory for ourselves. We all know people who do things just to get attention. However, what is our attitude as we do things around the home, church, work and community? Will we clean toilets for God’s glory? or not do it or do it grumbling because it does not bring our glory?

Sometimes we feel what we do goes unnoticed, but that is because we are looking for notice from the wrong source. Your kids will most likely not thank you for the clean underwear. Husbands will most likely not thank you for wiping the floor and sides of the toilet. However, God notices and HE is the one we need to please.

As you go about today think about  your attitude. Are you not doing things that should be done? Are you picking things that bring glory to you? It is the thoughts of God and the pleasing Him that counts, not what others say. He sees the little things and they count to Him.

He said:

Luke 16:10
” He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.

Luke 19:17
“And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’

HE will reward us. It is HIS praise and lifting up we are to strive for, yes, even when cleaning the whiskers or the toilet.

Itchy Rashes

How are all of you handling this cold weather? Texas is colder than normal by a long shot. Pipes froze, heat not keeping the place warm enough, fires burning in the fireplaces and wood stoves are part of the life in the winter.

As I sit here and want to do things but just can’t get moving in the cold I try to plan. My mind has been working on some ideas and bouncing them off my husband when he is around and can talk. Not a normal thing lately! Work schedule and now the cold have changed our time together into “fighting fires” that are happening around the house.

Since my surgeries I have been not able to do as I would like to be doing. My hands just do not work well, so sewing,  cleaning out the cabinets, getting curtains made and up etc have all been on hold. Things normally done are setting still. Rick has just not had the time and I can’t. This cold has them even less usable.

All this has given me thinking time. I spend more time helping my granddaughter with her doings by getting her paper and telling her what to do to make what she wants to make. She is a real craft doer and we click really well. She has been a life saver through the surgeries and even now with the limitations I have so I do not mind her desire to make and do for herself now.

Yesterday was one of those days. She was sick, but still wanted to do a craft. I had bought items that I can mostly tell her what to do since I am not able to do as much myself and yesterday she began right in on a “peacock”.  It turned out really cute and then she curled in the chair sick and I curled on the couch cold and a bit frustrated over frozen pipes and my heavy drapes not finished to get up and help keep some of this cold out!

A short time later she came to me to ask for something more to eat and I looked and she had red spots all over her hands and one cheek. They were really weird red spots though, so I grabbed her hand and looked closer. She said “Oh that is an itchy rash”. She had watched Little Bear and one of the bears got into poison ivy and got an itchy rash, so Scout had to draw her own itchy rash.  Another craft?

As my hands are healing I am getting my own “itchy rash”. I am anxious to get back to my sewing and doing more than straight lines and simple stitches that require no pushing, pulling, turning or cutting.

Last night I told my husband I sure would like to make all the girls Easter Dresses again this year. I did not make them clothing for Christmas and has been a bit since I made them all something. I think I can pull it off with Easter being late this year and will try to make something and see how it goes.  This is February and Easter is April, so there is a good chance I can do it as my hands heal. Time for a challenge that is enjoyable and not just fixing the fires of things falling apart around here.

Time to scratch that itchy rash!