In the past few years I have made a conscious effort to be aware of the little things that God does for me on a daily basis. It’s often easy to recognize the big things that He does. I mean really, how hard is it to notice when God steps in and does the miraculous on a large scale. That for me is easy. But I have been really concentrating on the little things that in the past I have just taken for granted.
This all started for me when my wife came to me and took me by the hand. She looked me eye to eye so I knew it was a serious moment. I was braced for some sort of news, whether good or bad I wasn’t quite sure, but I knew it was something of importance because she wanted my full attention. She looked at me and said “I love you”.
I was in complete shock. Don’t get me wrong, my wife and I have a wonderful relationship and hearing those words is not an uncommon thing. But the way in which she did it told me with certainty that it was being said this time with a special significance. I responded the way most husbands would, with a questioned look and the words “what brought that on”? Her answer is what started me on this journey.
She said it was because of all the little things I was doing for her. I had been home with a few days off so I was helping with all the typical house chores like dusting and vacuuming and laundry. (She hates doing laundry) I was also cooking the meals. She wanted me to understand that she recognized my efforts and was extremely thankful.
That was it, the start of a new way of thinking for me. It’s the very reason I wanted to record the old hymn “Count Your Blessings” because that’s exactly what I began to do that day. Here’s an example.
I think most of you know that I own a studio in Nashville called The Vox Box. I have had the studio for over ten years now and have been very privileged to work with a lot of wonderful artists throughout the years. In the past couple of years I have scaled back my involvement in the studio considerably, but I still work quite a few hours on top of my travel schedule.
I knew that because of deadlines on projects I have been working on that I would be extremely busy over the next few weeks. It’s very common during most recording projects to hit a snag or two during the process and that is what has taken place on the project I am currently working on. So now I am trying to take every spare moment to make sure I meet all of my promised obligations before leaving for the Christmas Jubilee! I explained to my family that I would be working a lot of hours and would not be able to do all the things that I normally would do with them.
So as I was sitting at the recording console one day this past week I got a text from my daughter Kylie. She asked what time I would be able to break for lunch. I told her about 12:30 and she said she would have it ready. When I got to the house she had prepared a wonderful lunch and I was able to be back in the studio within 30 minutes. What an incredible blessing! But it didn’t stop there.
That night around 6:00 my wife called my phone and said she was on her way home and she asked if I had planned anything for dinner. I explained that I had not because of the studio work so she said she would take care of it when she got home. My phone rang again at 6:20 and it was my wife. When I answered I fully expected her to give me a rundown of what time dinner would be and what the plans were for the evening. Instead she told me that dinner was ready and they were waiting on me. I was shocked. There was no way she could have made the drive home and had time to fix anything. But all of my questions were answered when I walked thru the front door.
Tam was grinning ear to ear with a smile that only a Mom can have! Our wonderful daughter had fixed an incredible dinner for the whole family. She had done everything herself, including an incredible dessert. My wife and I were so proud, but even more than that, I realized just how blessed I am to have a family who supports what I do and helps me with the craziness of my schedule.
So I shared all of that to ask this. What are some of the little blessings that God has given to you?
Until next time…..