It’s hard to imagine anyone thinking I have “the perfect life.” (I giggled just typing that phrase!) But just in case I’ve given anyone that impression, I want to set the record straight. Right here. Right now.
This is a blog about why I smile. I share with you the happy parts, hoping they’ll make you happy, too.
But trust me: Things aren’t always all “sunshine and rainbows” around here!
I have bad hair days.
I lose my temper.
I let the laundry pile up.
I miss deadlines.
I lose things.
I let the house get way too messy.
I eat junk.
I run late.
I spend foolishly.
I get my feelings hurt.
I make bad decisions.
I waste time.
I have, on more than one occasion, found things growing in our fridge that I could not identify. I have been afraid to look under my child’s bed. I have lost things that weren’t even mine.
I get discouraged. I get overwhelmed. I get frustrated.
Many days I am surrounded by dirty dishes and sticky floors and overdue library books and at least one cranky kid.
But I am fully convinced that, even on those days, there is always something to smile about. ALWAYS. And that’s why I continue to post to this blog.
I love these words from Melissa Wiley, which perfectly explain the way I think and write:
“Every day is complicated, messy, and full of friction. And every day has glorious or cozy moments worth celebrating. I seldom bother to chronicle the friction and the mess because writing time is fleeting and precious—and childhood even more so. I’d rather capture the small joys that I might forget—or take for granted—if I don’t take time to set them down in words. I don’t want anyone to be under the impression that things are always perfect around here! Heaven knows we are anything but. Perfect, frictionless, orderly? Nope. Happy? Most of the time!”
My other reason for sharing “the good parts” with you? In Mark 5:19, Jesus said to a man He’d just healed, “…Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.”
My God has shown me great mercy, which I do not deserve, and He has done many great things for me. I want to share some of them here. He’s done much for you, too, and I want to remind you of that.
I want to daily look around me for blessings to acknowledge, for reasons to give thanks, and for excuses to smile. And I want to motivate you to do the same.
I am just like you, living with struggles, with sadness, and with sin. But together we can be on the lookout for the joy in everyday life…..the small victories…..the smiles and successes we might not notice if we aren’t actively looking.
So let’s keep looking!
“I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me…” (Neh. 2:18)
Thanks for stopping by!