Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Blessing of the Small Moments

“Let’s take the convertible for a ride,” Lonny says. “Top down.” We’re elbow deep in dishes because the dishwasher is out-of-order and the fix will have to wait for funds.

“Really?” I ask. “It’s winter.”

“I know,” he says. “Let’s go.”

I look at the mess in the kitchen and then at the sun streaming through the windows. It’s an unusual sixty-five degrees. I know I should be tending to the house, laundry, and chores, but I can’t resist the longing in Lonny’s eyes. I grab my jacket and we head for the garage.

 Isaiah and Gabriel are playing hockey on the drive. “Hey guys,” I say.  “We’re going for a ride. Top down. Want to come?”

“Top down?” they ask.

I nod and they rush to rest their sticks against the garage. Soon we’re buckled in, riding along the Mississippi, warm wind on our faces.

“Having fun?” Lonny asks. “The boys are.”

I look behind me and my small sons’ arms are waving in the air. Their mouths open wide and they’re singing. Loud. Together. Even with the wind in my ears, it’s a lovely sound. I look at my husband and his grin comes from his heart.

Thank you, Jesus.

In this moment, I’m filled. Filled with joy. Filled with peace. Filled with hope because the Lord is near. What-if worry is banished. Fear for the future flees. There’s no room. In this moment there’s the here and now and I’m thankful to the Lord for the beauty of this blessing and for the instruction He gave me to live this way.

When I’m willing to live in the moment, to live day by day, life can be so sweet.

We ride  for much of the afternoon and end up in a small town up the river. We stop when the sun dips low and the air grows cool. Main street sings of vintage charm in this sweet village, and soon we're out, admiring festive window displays. We walk slowly, unrushed, but I stop still when a sign in a shop window catches my attention.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but my the number of moments that take our breath away.

I’m blessed by the truth of it. I’ve lived this today. Standing here, several boys by my side and Lonny holding tight to my hand, my heart's desire is affirmed.

This year, I will live moment by moment. Day by day.

I want to live and breathe and appreciate what the Lord brings.

I will not let worry steal or fear destroy.

I move closer to the glass and suddenly I see my own reflection. My men gather around. I see us there, standing on the sidewalk, as we do in life. We're side-by-side together.

Oh, the big blessings of small moments...

Lord, let me be wise enough to see.

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34 (MSG)



I'm humbled and thankful to have contributed to Daily Guideposts 2016, and I'm excited to share that my son Logan contributed too - his devotion debut! It's a beautiful book. The theme for the 2016 devotional is "Abide in Me". What a precious thing, to read of the real-life, heart-deep,  meaningful moments of others and to let them help me abide daily in God's love.



  1. Looking forward to reading your posts here on Mondays. I've always enjoyed reading them.

    1. This truly blesses my heart, Kerry. Thank you...

  2. I'm excited to see what the new year has in store, and the changes we'll find here on your wonderful blog. xxoo Peggy

    1. Thank you, Peggy. Im always so thankful for your sweet encouragement - so uplifting! Xo back...

  3. Beautiful! I loved that you threw caution to the wind and went for that ride! That's not easy for people like us. ;) Of course, I love the quote, too. Happy, peace-filled 2016! May you have many moments that take your breath away!

    1. Tersea, first...thank you for being here over the years - encouraging and inspiring me in so many ways. I'm ever-so grateful. And the ride...yes! Sweetness in letting go. Praying take-your-breath moments for you in 2016 too...

  4. Love, love, love this post! I had the strongest desire to do the same thing--ride with the top down!! I could see everything unfolding in my mind. Unforgettable, Shawnelle.

    So honored to be a DGP contributor along with you and Logan. :)

    Much love~~~~

  5. Thank you, Julie. Let's do that this year - live like we're riding with the top down. Soooo blessed by your faithful friendship, and Logan and I are honored to contribute to GD along with you! Love you always...