Sunday, September 20, 2015

Quiet Celebration Every Day


I’m joining the Five Minute Friday community with Kate Motaung this weekend…5 minutes, no rewriting, and a one word prompt…
Celebrate

Celebrate seems like a big word to me. Not because of its length or the number of letters in the word, but rather in what it means.
To celebrate – to observe with ceremony, to praise widely, to make known publicly. (Dictionary.com)
We celebrate major accomplishments with parties and holidays with big get-togethers. The word celebration even sounds fancy and extravagant. Society goes over the top with bigger and better celebrations, often for the attention it draws.

But perhaps “celebrate” doesn’t have to only mean bigger and better, and doesn’t only apply to milestones and big events.

What if there’s reason to celebrate every day, but we’re missing it because we’re looking for something cake-and-decorations worthy?

The little things deserve celebration too, but in a different way—a quiet, reflective, pat-on-the-back, praise God way.

Times when…

You move forward despite the fear that threatens to stop you.

You decide to face a new day even though the pain makes you want to hide in bed.

You step out in faith, following God’s lead, without being able to see the future.

You remember to turn to God’s truth before letting the negative thoughts and regret take over.

You put everything aside and allow yourself to relax and enjoy a beautiful day for the first time in ages.

Celebrating doesn’t mean adding more to your to-do list. It means stopping to acknowledge God’s work in your life…to see God’s beauty around you…to congratulate and cheer someone else on.

Most of the time, we don’t need a party—we need someone to say, You did great!...Good job!..I’m proud of you!

Other times, we just need to sit quietly with God in thanks and praise for the strength He gives us to keep moving forward, one step at a time.

What if we look for one thing to celebrate every day, no matter how big or small it may be? What will you celebrate today?

In Christ,
Laura 

Linking up with Five Minute Friday, Give Me Grace, Weekend Whispers, #RaRaLinkup, Sharing His Beauty, SDG Gathering, Playdates with God, #SmallWonder

6 comments:

  1. Laura,
    What a great look at the word celebrate. Yes we need to celebrate the little things too. And celebrating being in Christ - so awesome, isn't it. Good to see you again. I am your neighbour at Barbie's.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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  2. Love these words! "Celebrating doesn’t mean adding more to your to-do list. It means stopping to acknowledge God’s work in your life…to see God’s beauty around you…to congratulate and cheer someone else on." What a great way to look at celebrate. I have been blessed by your faithful part in joining us at Weekend Whispers. I have enjoyed getting to know you better and feel confident we will run into each other along the way.

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  3. Beautiful words my friend. I love the thought of stopping to celebrate the handiwork of God all around us. Have a blessed week.

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  4. I will celebrate a warm shower today because I feel sweaty from female hormones! I will also celebrate another day of rest with a sick six year old. In resting, cleaning, and loving we can see Our Father. <3, from a fellow FMF writer jcook

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  5. Love this, to remember to celebrate those small (yet huge) ways we get through the struggles of our days! So true!! I'll remember this next time I transcend strife!! Visiting from next door @#smallwonder

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  6. What an excellent point you make Laura ~ all inside of 5 minutes! I too, think of celebration as a "big word", but you really make such a good point that the every-day "little" things deserve to be celebrated too, just not in a cake and decorations kind of way (although cake is good too) ;-) Excellent post! Visiting you today from #RaRaLinkup and so glad I did!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!