Small Things


This Christmas season has left me a bit worn out. I’ve been battling my first cold in a long time. The day we drove up to see my parents last week, I found myself shivering and utterly void of energy. Not a great way to start out our Christmas travels. Fortunately, the worst of the cold passed within 24 hours. Now, I am left with the annoying cough and stuffy nose. But I will take it. Dealing with the initial debilitating fever and sore throat made me so thankful for Mitch picking up a lot of my slack, especially during the night with Rebekah. My parents understood and let me sleep for like (I lost count) how many hours. My mom even made fresh-from-the-bone chicken broth. Now that is love! 

Today, I finally found some time to sit down and write. However, it took me awhile to get in the right mindset. I had to remind myself to shake off the small things. Full disclosure: I woke up terribly irritable this morning. And for no reason really. I guess my shoulder hurt. But I allowed myself to fall down the hole of everything is going wrong. Some days I really feel like I wake up “on the wrong side of the bed.” But, isn’t that just an excuse to act cranky? I still have a choice, right? Well, I messed up the coffee maker (coffee usually helps me shake of any crankiness in the morning). And on and on I allowed little things to steal my joy.

Thank you God for my patient, loving husband who can gently redirect me. Through Mitch’s love, I was able to refocus, reset, and realize how I was letting small things ruin a perfectly wonderful day. He brought me a heating pad, cleaned up my coffee pot disaster, and remade me a wonderful cup of coffee.

So, as I go forward into this wonderful day, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes:

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa.

Today, I set a bad example for Rebekah. I modeled childish behavior. Instead of rising above my silly mishaps, I let them bring out the worst in me. I was not faithful in the small things.

Is it just me, or does it sometimes feel easier to deal with “the big things” correctly than the small things? Am I alone in this? Because I am great during a crisis, but a messed-up coffee pot can really derail my day.

All of this musing really is leading somewhere. I promise. Over the past year God has been doing a number on my heart. But His work is far from done. This past month, He placed the adjectives humble and teachable in my mind and on my heart. I have a tendency to be a bit of a know-it-all. I also struggle with pride. Though I appreciate guidance and mentorship, sometimes I want too badly to impress others. I want people to think I have it all together–Ha! We are all a work in progress. In 2016, one of my goals is to be more humble and teachable. I don’t have all the answers. And that is okay. 

I do my best to speak from experience. But not always do I have all the answers. One of my passions is collecting and creating resources to strengthen healthy families. Mitch and I are always learning, growing, and seeking out and creating resources to equip us on this journey. In 2016, I will continue to share what we have learned, as well as review and share resources that have encouraged and blessed our family.

I also really want to know what resources and information would most benefit you. Please take two minutes to hop on over and complete a reader survey! Your responses will not only help me get to know you better, but they will let me know what you are interested in reading more about. Don’t forget to comment to be entered in a giveaway (which will close on January 1st). I will post the survey results early in January. (Which, by the way, is almost here?!)

Also, we will (still) be traveling over the next week or so. We are going to the National Conference on Youth Ministry in Colorado Springs. This conference always refreshes our souls, helps us create vision, and fills our toolbox with fantastic resources. I am excited to roll out some new things here at The Engaged Home.

7 thoughts on “Small Things

  1. Traveling plus illness is just the worst combination! I am glad you got a little pampering. Bone broth is the best! I think everyone struggles with bad days at times, and it is so hard to choose your mood when you really want to be in a bad mood. 🙂 Thank goodness for good husbands! Hang in there, Nathana! Love your New Year’s Resolution!
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  2. Girl, I’ve been sick for like a week now too. Ugh. I feel ya! And we had friends here visiting from Tuesday till today so I couldn’t stay in bed. lol I did sleep a lot on Monday when the cold was at it’s worst. I just felt bad to be coughing a lot while they were here. Anyway, I totally understand that it’s hard to let the little things slide. That’s me too! Sometimes I just have a terrible day where every little thing seems to go wrong and I am in a terrible mood. Then when I stop and think about what all went wrong, it’s doesn’t seem so bad! Anyway, I’m excited to continue reading about your experiences. Hope your holiday celebrations were enjoyable even with your cold!
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    • Thank you! To be honest, even though I am still fighting off some of the cough, I felt worlds better after 24 hours. Just getting over the fever and sore throat was a huge relief! I felt so useless! I am sorry you have been battling a cold. That is always tough when you have friends or family in town because you want to have energy to enjoy your time together. I hope you are feeling better too!

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