Tonight my heart is full. Full of happiness in the little things. Tonight I got to do something I love with people I love. I was able to serve the children and families of the Ronald McDonald house with my couples bible study group. Because of that hour and half I spent with the families there I am a better person. In that one hour they showed me what it means to be truly grateful, and because of that I am more grateful and am truly thankful to God for placing in my heart a love for non-profit organizations. I have always loved them and I hope I always keep igniting that passion in my heart to reach out and help those in need. Because they need people like us to love on them, but more than anything they need a smile that reflects the love of Jesus and I truly hope I was that for one of those sweet babies tonight. When we left from serving them dinner it was not about all the smiles and the repeated "thank you's" we received, it was the smile and twinkle in that little boy's eyes when he saw that we had made tacos and then the mischievous lil grin he gave me when he came back for a third taco. It was the look of relief on a mother's face that some sweet people she did not even know had cooked her a meal that was not spaghetti for the third time this week. It was the gratefulness behind a mother's eyes when she saw the look on her daughter's face as she dived into the fresh strawberries. It honestly was those little things that imprinted my heart tonight and caused me to feel an unmeasurable amount of love. Our group went tonight in hopes to show them God's love and to encourage them and I personally walked away with more love in my heart than when I came in. I pray that starting this week, I remember to stop and be grateful for the little things in life... there is so much that I overlook in the everyday mundane life and I want to remember that if I stop to reflect on the little things that I will feel and see the handprints of God even more clearly.
So allow yourself to stop and be grateful for the little things- it just might change the outcome of your day.
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