As I write this, Nathan is trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to put himself to sleep for his midday nap.
He’s normally very good at putting himself to sleep. But for the last couple of days, he has been going through a mental development milestone; leaving him cranky and confused. And when he doesn’t sleep according to his normal routine, this exacerbates his mood, and it becomes a vicious cycle of constant crying and unsettled behaviour.
But even amidst this unpleasant time, I’ve tried my best to find small moments of joy – whether it’s catching Nathan when he’s all smiles and coos, fixing up some ice cream to share with my husband for dessert, or reading a book. These are all little things, and we often don’t notice them or the sweet difference they could make to our lives. But if we look hard enough, we’ll find moments in our day which remind us how blessed we really are; and if we pursue them, they become even greater delights as we realise that enjoyment needn’t only come in the ‘big’ things.
So, I encourage you – wherever you are at in your busy day – to find time to fill with the little things you enjoy. I guarantee even the most exhausting or heart wrenching days can be brightened and soothed with such things! Write in your journal. Chat to a friend you haven’t spoken with in a while. Praise God for your blessings. Go for a walk. Bake a cake (and better yet, take it to a friend to share). Listen to your favourite music.
Eventually, the busyness will end. The crying baby will fall asleep. And you’ll be filled with gladness once more.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.