Jeb brought home a beautiful bouquet of flowers the other day. One of the first things I do (besides putting them all in water) is break up the bouquet so I can have smaller arrangements in more places around the house! There is a single bud vase on my nightstand and it always feels so frivolous, in the BEST possible way, to have fresh flowers by our bedside. It feels extravagant and special.

Awake before all the littles, I turn to my side and can smell the sweet aroma of roses. It’s a subtle scent but my sense of smell has always worked on overdrive. The smell made me smile. I relished in the thought that I awoke without an alarm, neither the people nor the clock variety. It’s such a simple act, to awake on your own, but it rarely happens in our household. I savored the moment.

Too often I already feel defeated before the day even begins. Already thinking about the lack of sleep, poor quality of sleep, how much needs to be done, the grumpy attitudes, what I can prepare for breakfast, etc. But, the truth is that God’s mercies are new every morning. He gives grace for each day. He is faithful.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

When I concentrate on His goodness, and on all His provision I can’t help but be thankful. I’m choosing today to savor all the parts of the day. The good, the bad, and the ugly bits because there is grace and power awaiting every trial, at every turn. So, this morning I stopped for a second to smell the roses and it was sweet. What beauty are you faced with today? It is all around us, waiting to be seen – in a brightly colored leaf, big fluffy cloud, smile of a friend, the smell of rain (Thank you, Jesus!), or the warmth of a towel out of the dryer. Savor the goodness in today.

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