Smiling Today

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I ran up the stairs today, two at a time.

I realize this means nothing to you, so I’m going to tell you why I’m feeling fairly giddy about it, and then I’m going to encourage you to go find something you’re giddy about, too. That’s the plan, anyway…

When I was growing up, I had a bedroom in the basement of my parents’ house. I ran up and down the stairs many times a day, and I always, always took two stairs at a time. It was just how I did it.

But then life happened, and I had a couple of pregnancies that ripped my hips apart, and suddenly, I was doing well if I hobbled to the top of the stairs.

And then….December happened, and I started exercising like crazy, and God did some awesome things in my life and my body, and suddenly, it’s just REALLY fun to walk! I’ll be walking around the house, thinking, “It feels so good to move!” And I’ll walk around just for fun!

So this morning at church, when I realized that I needed to grab something from upstairs before my Sunday school class started, I ran up the stairs, two at a time. I did it without thinking, and it suddenly hit me about half way up that it felt awesome just to run up the stairs! I got to the top, and I felt good.

Then I ran back down. And I still felt good. And God is good.

Every single day, there are tiny little blessings that bring joy, or make us feel good, or remind us that God is still at work, and still doing amazing things.

Today I praise Him for the ability to run up the stairs!

Three years ago, I read the book One Thousand Gifts, and I started making a list. I’ve written about it many times before, but I just have to say again, this habit is completely wonderful. I love it. I’m almost at 3,000 blessings, and that makes my heart feel full!

So I want to encourage you to stop and think, right now, about something you are thankful for. What’s blessing you today? What is warming your heart and giving you joy?

I know, I know – March has no business being so cold, and it’s hard to think of blessings when we’re grumpy about the weather. But as we talked about last Wednesday, we don’t need to join the throngs of people complaining about it.

Instead, I’m going to think about the fact that I can run up the stairs two at a time, and I’m going to feel joyful, and I’m going to smile. Let’s make it contagious.:)

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