Again, another North Shore photo - can you tell we like this area? : )
As I look back on the week, the one thing that sticks out most is humility. I have mentioned this in a past post (like I do sometimes) about how opportunities to bless someone goes right over my head at the moment. And then a couple of hours later I'm convicted as to what I DIDN'T do (or say) and then it's a "slap my forehead" moment and wonder why it's so hard for me to recognize the opportunities right away.
It happened a couple of times this week with my husband - he was very excited and proud about what he accomplished (and it really was a big deal), but because I was thinking of other things and busy with my stuff, I didn't give him the recognition I should have at the time. When I DID think about it after finally pausing with my own work, I tried to make it right by asking him more questions about it and congratulated him on a job well done. So, I did try to make it right (he didn't complain or anything like that), but what I'm learning is that I have to put "self" away more often and focus on what others need at the time. He worked at doing a good job and I looked past it being more interested in my work. So..............another life lesson. Less self, more others. In a past post I had said that my husband isn't very good at giving compliments. Hmmmmm............I wonder why?
I could say that this was just a little thing but it's not. Not really. In our homes we cannot save our best selves for company. We can't save our best selves for the outside world to see. We need to try to be our best for those we live with. Build them up, make them feel special and loved and appreciated. It's not always easy because those we live with are the ones who can wound us as well and we constantly have to get over one ill feeling when another comes along. But when we know that we are all imperfect people trying to do the right thing at the right time and sometimes fail at it (but then try to make it right) it's a grace-giving time and that speaks volumes. So, this is an area that I need to work at and hopefully I can get it right more often. : )
The second thing (which is TOTALLY different than what I just wrote) is that last evening I was watching a cooking show with Nigella (I hope I'm spelling this correctly). I believe she is British and I don't watch her program often because I guess I just don't think about it. But when I do I find I really like her style. She is very relaxed in her kitchen and while she works she always smiles. This certain program had her at home on a rainy day and she had said how important it is to slow down on days like that (which we are experiencing here at this time) and that when we go into the kitchen use it as an excuse to take our time with our cooking.
Well she motivated me. After church this morning, when in the kitchen, I first made a pot of coffee. And while it brewed and filled the house with that wonderful aroma, I got to work on our Sunday meal. Slowly. Cutting things up, working with my hands, cooking everything from scratch in a very relaxing way trying to enjoy everything about it. My kitchen is small but I had everything I needed. It was (is) a cloudy day, but our kitchen is bright. Sipping on my coffee felt special.
I think we are so determined nowadays to get in, get it done, and on to the next thing. And with some things I suppose that's a good thing, but it doesn't have to be with everything. I think we've lost the ability to enjoy the moment. The doing can be very enjoyable and meaningful.
So, I guess two take-away's from this past week for me are:
*look for ways to bless our loved ones - let them know that you see the work THEY do
*slow down and cherish the little moments that are given to you - make them special
I pray that you will have a wonderful upcoming week ahead. Let the Lord speak to you and learn from it (even if it hurts). And make the time to be the calming influence in your home. God bless.