One of the biggest things I’ve learned through this season so far is that joy and happiness come in all different shapes and sizes, and it very rarely ends up looking like what you think it will. It’s easy to look at and get stuck on the hard things in life and miss out on some of the awesome and special ones; the small, every day ones that tend to slip through the cracks if you’re not paying attention. Because life is messy, and in the moment, the messiness usually tends to overshadow everything else.
Over the last month, we’ve experienced a broken washer, a broken exhaust system on my car, a sick puppy, and a leak in our ceiling from the apartment above us. I had been pretty sick myself, and experiencing a lot of pregnancy soreness. Cameron was running on little sleep and hadn’t yet gotten into most of the good parts of his new job. Yet still, in the midst of all of that, there was happiness.
I remember the moment perfectly. I even texted Cameron while he was at work to tell him. I looked around our apartment, still surrounded by unpacked boxes, and just felt so overwhelmed at how the events of the last few months had unfolded, and how God’s provision has truly been woven into every piece of our story. For the first time in a long time, I felt at home. I felt grounded. Friends, we don’t have much, but what we do have has more value than dollar signs can measure.
You see, happiness isn’t always tangible or monetarily valuable. This past season taught us a lot about that. I’ve discovered that happiness is found in the little, simple things; the subtle, daily moments and blessings. It’s in the sweet and encouraging note Cameron left for me this morning to read when I woke up. It’s in my puppy snoring, curled up next to me on the couch as I write this, and in our marriage that grows stronger every day. It’s in Cameron passionately telling me about his job and all of the responsibility, trust and value that is being put in him. It’s about friends celebrating his Birthday with us, and this beautiful baby growing bigger ever day inside of me. It’s in our parents letting us do laundry at their houses because our washer was broken, and in Cameron’s dad spending his Sunday helping us get and install a new one. It’s in my mom asking if she can throw me a baby shower, and in the excitement of finding out the gender of our baby. It’s in moments and experiences, in memories, in laughs and relationships.
Please hear me. That doesn’t mean that the hard parts of life disappear. Believe me, they’re still very present. But when you’re able to shift your perspective and put value and happiness in the smaller, simpler things, you’ll find that there’s much more to be happy and joyful about than you had ever noticed before.
God just continues to show up and bless us in this season. What a special feeling – to be loved, cared for and adored by Him; to see Him working in our lives at every turn. What do you give control over your happiness? Always remember that even when things aren’t going the way you’d like them to, God’s in the middle of it all. And there is still joy and happiness to be found in the midst of the struggles. You just have to see it.
If you missed my last post, be sure to check it out and catch up on the craziness (and amazingness) that has been our life recently! I’ve got some new content in the works for y’all – check back Friday for some fun (and cheap) DIY Fall Décor Ideas!