I was standing at my kitchen sink…tidying up for the third time that day…and I looked out the window and what I saw grabbed my heart. I saw what I've seen so many times in the year we've lived at our new-to-us home, but it struck me differently in that moment. I saw a fenced-in yard with mature trees, a playset, a large stamped patio, a beautiful little girl swinging and at that moment, the tears just streamed down my face.
You see, I had just read “Eat the Cookie, Buy the Shoes” by Joyce Meyer. It's a book all about celebrating what God has already done in your life, taking time to celebrate when you reach a milestone, break an unhealthy habit or simply begin a new healthier one. It's about taking the time to breathe it all in and realize we are on a journey. We will always be pressing on to the next thing, wanting to be better at this, to stop doing that, missing someone, or dreaming of someone who isn't here yet.
But this moment is worth celebrating.
What dream are you living right now? Years ago my husband and I dreamed of becoming parents…now we have a precious daughter. Last year when we decided to downsize our home we had a long list of things we hoped for even with our smaller budget. We saw house after house after house, in search of the one we're in today and had a wish list that included the fenced-in yard, lots of mature trees, a playset, a window that looked out into the backyard, and a large patio for our child to play safely on and enjoy her ride-along toys. God has blessed us and I could have missed that moment if I hadn't taken time to give thanks and just take it all in.
My Happy Marriage Challenge today is for you and your hubby to get some time together to make a list of all that you have or that you are experiencing now that you once only dreamed of. Take time to celebrate those dreams-turned-realities and most importantly, take time to offer thanks to God for all He has done.