This morning, I woke up, I went to the gym, I came home to two toddlers who were arguing over a toy, I ate breakfast with my family, and my mother-in-law came over to play with the kids for a bit so I could head to a peaceful location to get some work done. It’s easy to look at all of those different activities and keep moving on with my day without a bit of reflection or thankfulness. Which, let’s be honest, is what I do most days. I take each moment for granted the majority of the time. Life moves so fast and I have trouble slowing down to reflect and be thankful.

What if we didn’t just move through the day with little thought about what’s really at work around us, but instead, we searched for reasons to be thankful for every seemingly small part of our day? I think it would look something like this: This morning the sun came out! I had the ability to breathe air and put my feet on the hardwood floors! Lucky for me, my body not only puts up with me dragging it to the gym, but it thrives when I push it and move it. I’m lucky and thankful that I have a gym to go to where the people there motivate me to reach my goals. After the gym, I was able to drive to MY house and watch my two amazing girls figure out how to navigate sharing. It’s not always pretty as they figure it out, but it’s beautiful to watch them learn, grow and overcome obstacles each day. We had food this morning! More than enough to feed our family. Also, I HAVE a family! That gift is my favorite of all.

It’s so easy to just go through our day without seeing the beauty in each and every moment. But there is beauty in each and every moment. Even in the hard moments, God is always at work. I recently heard this quote and it spoke to me, “Life is full of peaks and valleys. Learn to find the beauty in both.” It can be especially hard to see God’s beauty at work when we are in a valley.

I love this verse from Hebrews 12:28-29,

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

This verse reminds me just how big God is. He cannot be shaken, so we don’t need to let the valleys take away our “awe” of what He has done and what He is doing!