blessed, v.2

   I find it hard to see beauty in the midst of a hard day -- stubbed toes, too much homework, piles of dishes and chores to do, a room to clean, an email to respond to, harsh words spoken and a depressed mind.   I often wonder how I could consider myself blessed... dishes, annoying siblings and chores? - blessed?   Warm, soapy suds swish and pore over a greasy pot as I push piles of dishes into the sink along side it.  This is God's grace?

 The world has slipped my mind into a state of unconsciousness, an image of 'this-is-good.-this-is-bad'.  The media, world, blogging, books, etc. have put a clear, perfectly-framed image into my mind that portrays the 'lovely' things of life:  money, top-line clothing, a handsome husband and picture-perfect children, a Mac and the 5d mark ii, 1,345 followers, a Volkswagen, too many friends to count and a home situated in the best part of town.  I wait for things like these and when they don't come I don't feel blessed. 

Today, I don't wait for those things.  I accept and am blessed with the mundane. Jesus blesses me; He blesses me simply yet wholesomely.  He puts a greasy pot and warm soapy suds into my hands and I work and am satisfied with what I have accomplished.  I have piles of homework waiting, I have sources of learning at my finger tips.  I stub a toe and breathe out slowly and realize that life is delicate, fragile and intricate; I am blessed with a healthy body.

- whispers
- morning light
- blueberries and cream
-cinnamon and mango tea
- His love
- humbleness,
- humid evenings
- messy scribbles
- spilling ink
- misspelled words
- cold feet
- puddles splashing as a car zooms past
- water droplets hanging of clothes pins
- running down stairs.
- golden morning light
- achieved feelings
- music that makes my heart want to dance
- dirty back roads - barren and empty.
- humming out of tune
- morning sunlight quivering on the hardwood floor
- tiny dirty toes and feet
- waking up at 7:00
- sheets draped in sunlight
- delighting in the simple and messy

You and I are blessed with the mundane.



  1. This is such a great post! :) Your a great blogger. :)

  2. So true, thanks for the beautiful reminder, Acacia!


  3. your forgot twin theories! just kidding. love you, and you ARE blessed, to be so awesome!
    -jocee <3

  4. Amen! Very inspiring words, Acacia! :) I never really thought of it that way before.

  5. Thank you *so* much, Acacia, for writing this. As determined as I am to see the good in the little things, I needed to be reminded to find the good in the bad... not in just the small and insignificant.


    p.s. I wanted to tell you how much I love reading your posts... they are so inspirational, fresh, and lovely.

  6. this is so wonderful. i needed this reminder, definitely.

  7. beautiful post, acacia! I needed to read this today. also, not sure if this is something I just noticed or if it's new, but I love your header! how do you always manage to have the best blog designs?

  8. You have been blessed with such a wonderful ability to see God's love in everything. It's always refreshing to be reminded of how blessed we all are. Your list kind of reminds me of my '1,000 gifts' journal, where I jot down those little things that are the biggest.

    Oh, and I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who doesn't wear makeup. ;)

    xx's from Kansas ;)

  9. this is beautiful. thank you so much. it was a very good reminder. :)


  10. Very well written, and so true. Sometimes it's hard to see our blessings when we have so many "outside forces" in our faces everyday. It's the little things that truly bless our lives.

  11. yes - so true. it's easy to forget what's really essential and that every thing is a blessing.

  12. Very true, and wonderful pictures.