February 8 – The Little Things

Holding on to the little things throughout the day are what can give us peace and contentment. Even in a season when things don’t feel so significant, having a daily regime or plan can create calmness. We are reminded to drink our water for optimal health, take in 30 minutes of exercise, and eat more vegetables. Perhaps your current daily routine is simply surviving online schooling with your kids, or perhaps you are retired and have a whole lot more time than you ever envisioned. Sticking to a rough routine can keep your mind fit and anxieties at ease. As we are creatures of habit, revolving our days around some elements of sameness can be a great way to power through a goal, or simply draw in contentment during a pandemic.

My days have been scheduled around my 14-month-old daughter. Bedtime, nap-time, snack time and bath time are all expected daily routines in our home. From an early age, studies show that children respond well to routine; with the expectation of what comes next, there is a feeling of safety and security that comes with schedule. As we grow into adulthood there can be pressure to becoming and doing something significant with our lives. As we all know, comparison is the thief of joy. It’s easy to feel as though your life, or season isn’t as glamorous as the next person’s, as we observe what others have accomplished. I’m reminded that it is the little things that we do each day that matter – our disciplines, our faith, our manners, our resiliency.

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
―William Martin

To be content whatever the circumstances, is the challenge today, and what I’ve spoken over myself as I take a small break from writing our devotions. On a personal note, ‘our little things’ will be a new baby that my husband and I will be welcoming into our family in several weeks – and we’d welcome your prayers as we deliver during this pandemic. I’m grateful for the love and support our church community continually gives our family, and the contentment of home this during this season. I look forward to continuing in this writing role later in the year. Yet, for this season, I’ll be stepping back to make room for a joy-filled, stay-at-home routine in our household!

I encourage you to keep pressing on, and taking each day in strides. Our mission field is where we find ourselves now, and each day has significance. Don’t lose hope.

“… have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:11-13 NIV

11 Replies to “February 8 – The Little Things”

  1. Thank you Brittany for your words of wisdom and encouragement during this pandemic. Praying that your busy routine, especially when the new baby arrives, will be filled with joy and good health.

  2. Thank you for your devotionals. Enjoy your break and your growing family. I pray you have a safe and healthy delivery. My your family be blessed and enjoy new routines as you welcome your baby.

  3. Thank you Brittany for your words of encouragement during this time. God will be with you during your delivery & congratulations on your up coming new addition to the family

  4. Can’t wait to meet the newest McCann!
    So much wisdom here, routine is the best for all! Keep intentionally being a wonderful wife and mom, we look forward to when you pick up the pen again, these devotions have been inspiring! Thanks for them! Prayers for a safe delivery!

  5. Really took to heart what you said this morning Brittany. Made me remember and be grateful for the fact that even though I can’t physically see my two grandchildren at the moment, I am fortunate to have phone calls from them and we do FaceTime. It is the small things that count. Blessings to you and your family as you await your new baby. Stay safe.

  6. Thanks Brittany for the time that you have taken to inspire us with your devotions. I have enjoyed reading them & reflecting on them.
    May God bless you & your family as you await the arrival of your new little one & after the baby arrives .

  7. Thanks for your words this morning about the value of little things. God’s best to you and your family as you welcome another valued little one into your home.

  8. Such exciting news and such wise counsel. Thank you Brittany for your contributions to our devotions and our daily walk. We will miss you as devote yourself to the “extraordinary “ privilege of building into these precious “little” lives. May God bless and keep you and your growing family as you serve him in the “ordinary “ and the “extraordinary” .

  9. Brittany, exciting news for your family! as we all work to find the extraordinary in our ordinary lives, God is waiting in the quiet to meet with us, to grow us and to bless us.

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