When we think of the word celebrate, often times we think of birthday parties, a graduation dinner or a wedding reception. Moments that matter and deserve attention. And, while those are all things deserving of a celebration, today I want to talk about celebrating the little things that we so often overlook.
Dictionary.com defines celebrate as this:
- To observe or commemorate with festivities or ceremonies
- To make known publicly, to proclaim
- To solemnize
There are a million little things that happen throughout a year that are worthy of celebrating.
A new job, a raise, passing a mid-term- these are all cause for festivities!
Your child going #2 on the potty, making it all day without yelling at your kids, making dinner without burning it- these are brag worthy moments; opportunities to publicly proclaim how good you are doing!
Making it through the first year of motherhood, graduating with your AA degree, paying off your car loan- these are moments to solemnize (pray over or commemorate with a ceremony such as burning the loan papers ;))
Not waiting for a major life event to celebrate invites joy into the every day. It makes the mundane fun and the ordinary special. When our kids grow up, we want them to remember us as the mom that was joyful. The mom that made a big deal over the little things. The mom that smiled even when times were tough. The mom who celebrated as often as she could!
Even in the midst of difficult times, there is always something to celebrate!
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; celebrate His lovely name... Psalm 135:3
How can you be a mom who celebrates? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments!