• Cara McLauchlan

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

“I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” Psalm 89: 1-2

What is “saving” you right now?

This question is asked regularly by one of my favorite bloggers, Anne Bogel. She writes about all things books and life in her blog called, "Modern Mrs. Darcy." She shares all the little things that are making life go well for her in the current season. She invites her readers to do the same by sharing what is “saving” them right now.

First and foremost, Christ will always be the thing that saves me daily. Yet if you think about “saving” in a broader sense, it’s an invitation to recognize the small stuff that is blessing your days. Truly, it’s an exercise in finding grace in your midst.

If I were to ask the question in another way, I would invite you to think about what makes your heart sing. What little things, when placed in the proper order of your day make your life have a nice hum?

For me, writing things down makes me feel lighter. It frees up my mind. Having somewhere to dump my thoughts, prayers, worries, fears, and ideas feels like combing through my spirit. I always feel more grounded and whole after journaling out my heart. I do this first thing in the morning to clear my brain. I feel like it gives me perspective and allows me to surrender things that aren’t serving me.

Moving makes me feel well. Regardless of how much, how strenuous, or how long, any sort of movement makes me feel right in my body. Instead of writing down “workout” or “yoga” or a specific thing, I make it a goal to have five days of quality movement. I like the freedom it gives me to not have to be forced into a specific workout but can move as I feel inspired. There are days that I like a more challenging workout and there are days when I need to stretch more. I’m making it a goal to listen to my body for what it needs, rather than punishing it because it was assigned.

When I’m organizing my day, I like to do the task I dread first. Make that difficult phone call, start the mountain of laundry, spend 15 minutes organizing that mess of a closet, have that conversation with your child about their attitude. When I start the day with the hardest thing, it makes the rest of the day feel a little easier. Everything after that feels like going to the beach.

What is the thing that makes your heart sing? It could be herbal tea, lovely music, planning your meals for the week, writing down victories, good hand lotion, something simmering in the slow cooker, or taking five minutes to breathe and pray.

By sprinkling in grace and care for ourselves as part of the day, we are saying to ourselves, “you are worthy.” Isn’t that what God would want for us as we walk out each day? As we unfold our plans for the day, God invites us to be reminded of His goodness with whispers in our hearts saying, “you are loved.”

What little things make your heart sing? How can you be intentional about weaving those into your day and schedule?

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