Tuesday, June 23, 2009

BEAUTIFUL SMALL THINGS

Peace, be still, Jesus said as the disciples were freaking out in the boat. This past weekend the preacher ;-) pointed out that it’s easy to get caught up the in drama of storms. And furthermore, the storms we think we experience in our lives are not the only storms we experience. Perhaps more perplexing are the storms we create inside of us. What is it about the human condition that allows us to let someone or something steal our joy?!? We have a choice when it comes to how life circumstances affect us. This adoption process we are in may create feelings inside that have us focusing on negatives, feeling upset, stressed out, detracting from what positives actually exist! WHY DO WE ALLOW THE NEGATIVE TO GET TO US SO??? How about focusing on the small things, really appreciating the beautiful small things that could so easily pass us by if we are not paying attention. Things like little doggies licking our faces. Like spring bulbs finally poking through the ground. Like text messages from ones we love. Like a photo of our little bundle in ET from someone we don’t even know. Like a beer on the patio in summer. Like a Sunday drive in the foothills.

I think we just have to remind ourselves to stop every so often and remember that even with storms all around us, and inside of us, there is so much beauty in life. Sooo much. What a shame it would be to miss so much.

I pray that we watch for the beauty, that we enjoy and appreciate the beauty, and that we don’t let the drama of the storms steal our joy. Now more than ever.

AMEN!
Love to all,
smj

PS -- And by the way, while we are watching for those beautiful small things, we will take joy in the news we got today that document #2 has been retrieved! One more document and Jessica is hopeful that we can get in line by early next week to get a court date on the calendar before court closure in August.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

By the way!!! WHOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!! The Sandmans are doing a dance!

{B} said...

What fantastic news! Your small thing is such a big step...we're so excited for you!

Jen said...

Wwe had the same scripture in mass this past weekend...and today we got news, too!!! On to document 3 for you. Praying for court dates for both of us.

Heather said...

Great NEWS!!! We are always thinking about you and praying for your family!

Carrie S said...

That is great! You are in our prayers.
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Stacy said...

AWESOME News! We are so excited for you!!

Rebecca958 said...

Thanks for this post - it is exactly what I needed today. And CONGRATS on doc #2!!!!

Tanya and Tony said...

I am soooo happy for you guys! What sweet relief! There is FINALLY movement! I pray the 3rd doc. comes quickly with a court date on its heels!

Ryane said...

YAY for Document 2!!

Ryane

Anonymous said...

Chad, Susan & K, you are always in my prayers, but I'm going to pray even harder . . . that baby needs to come home. Love all 3 of you,
Janet

Anonymous said...

I hope and pray that this means an end to the waiting and a beginning to being a family living together.

The Albertsons said...

congratulations!!!!!

Anonymous said...

We are happy for you! I know it has been such a long journey and we will continue to pray for a court date. We hope to be right behind you by this Friday, maybe just maybe we might meet each other. Blessings to you both, Leslie McDermott

Lisa and Peter said...

Susan and Chad,

I have read your blog for months now, and your message of faith is truly awe inspiring. We are praying that you make it through court before the courts close in August!

Lisa

Carrie S said...

Love this post; it is so true!
Yay on doc # 2; we will be praying for you!

Colleen said...

CONGRATS!!!!! I reallllly hope that is so.

I liked your insight from the pulpit. I need to take the advice to heart myself.

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