I'm often reminded to appreciate the little things, the small moments, the quiet treasures. Today I'm at Barnes & Noble, which in itself is one of my favorite things. Ever.
Right now, I am taking note of these things precious to me:
>> a free Peppermint Mocha sampler
>> The Avett Brothers' album
>> a new favorite pair of jeans a size smaller than I've bought in years
>> the simple encouragements from friends to write for NaNoWriMo, via text and Facebook
>> breakfast with my best friend when we refuse to run in the cold rain
>> flexibility and freedom
These things are good, and important to notice and give thanks for.
But there are bigger things happening. God is doing so much more.
Constantly being reminded to surrender my agenda, in the smallest things, is leading to opportunities I never even dreamed of. Though I have pushed off my seemingly whimsical dreams of a career in writing, God is showing me his plans are bigger and better. I always thought one day I'll write, I'll figure out exactly how I'm supposed to use this gift, I'll get over my fear one day. One day. One day. Well, friends, 'one day' is here, I'm afraid, and believe me, I am afraid. But God "guards the feet of his faithful servant," (1 Samuel 2:9), and his "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9). His promises are true... I'm not surprised, but I am refreshed and excited and thankful and so many other things.
How timely that NaNoWriMo is upon us. God was preparing me for this. He's leading me to something. Can't wait to get there, but thoroughly enjoying the journey.