This is going to be short and sweet today, as chasing a couple of candy-crazed children around the neighborhood tonight has me about wiped out.
Today I Gave: The gift of prayer. I always have my own little list of prayer requests going through my mind during the time of silent prayer in church. Today I made it a point to write down my prayers requests and put them in the collection plate. They are handed over to a prayer committee at church where a team from the church prays over them during the week. I thought about all the people and things that have entered my mind this week, requests big and small. I usually only submit a written prayer if I have something really big on my mind, but why should it be limited to big things? Part of my inspiration was this article I read recently in Real Simple, "Inside the God Box." It was a small box where the author's mother would write simple prayer requests to God. Some were big, some were small, but they all meant something to somebody. I like that idea, that all of our concerns are important to God.
Today I Received: Joy, pure joy. Is there anything better than watching your kids giddy with excitement? Elena's face lit up like the 4th of July when we let her trick-or-treat with a friend and his dad (Eli was holding her back with his pokey pace. And from biting it at least 4 times and dumping his entire candy bucket.). Eli was just so thrilled at the prospect of candy around ever corner. It's so simple right now to make them happy, and that makes me happy.