It's easy for me to get lost in my own world. The good and the bad. Yesterday I was reminded of the blessings I'm lucky enough to be a part of. I'm coming to the end of my second year as a Teacher's Aide and while I am ready for summer I am sad to have another year come to an end. I'm fortunate to not only have a wonderful job and amazing co-workers, I also get to see glimpses of my own kids at school. Central Wisconsin Christian has blessed my own life in so many ways. Walking down the halls and connecting with students in simple ways like a smile and a hello, a quick little hug or a blurted out I love you from the cutest little ones, a high five or a tale of their latest adventures (something to me may seem simple but to them is the best thing EVER), and deeper still the Bible stories told that are taught by the teacher to wide-eyed listeners, the devotion read in our teachers meetings that amazingly always seems to connect in some way to what's going on in my own life, the uplifting praise and worship during the whole school chapels. These little things.
In addition to my wonderful work community, I also am fortunate to be a part of our local GEMS group. Awesome ladies to work with that I have made great friendships with. I feel like I'm still a newbie to this great group and when my daughter and I both joined I had no idea the beautiful changes it could bring to our lives. (I'll have to share more on the beautiful change it made in my own daughters life later) Connecting to these girls and watching them grow in their relationships with Christ can leave me breathless. I watched this group last night at our last meeting for the year and I couldn't stop myself from smiling. Watching them sing, dance, and have fun as they brought glory to their Lord and Savior was an inspiring sight. These little things.
It's these little things that can mean so much to me. These little things that wake me up to what's truly important. These little things that make me realize how simple life can be. I make it too hard, I make it more about me and less about HIM. If I could live life through the eyes of a child how much simpler things would be. Stare in wonder and amazement at the beauty of the works of an AWESOME GOD. Sing simply praises to him and let go of the worry and the pain. As Ann VosKamp writes in her book One Thousand Gifts; "To fully live-to live full of grace and joy and all that is beauty eternal. It is possible, wildly."