Saturday, January 13, 2018

Seeing the Small Joys

by Beth Vogt @BethVogt 

I can spend my days so focused on the one big thing that I hope will ensure me happiness … fame … or accolades … or some sort of self-satisfaction that creates an “I’m enough” feeling — however fleeting …

Or I can gather the small joys that make up the every days of my life.
  • Laughter shared with friends
  • Hugs given so freely by my still-can’t-get-over-the-miracle-of-her GRANDgirl
  • A favorite song that I play over and over again because it draws me closer to God, reminding me who He is … and Whose I am
  • A too-brief phone call with a long-distance friend that refreshes my heart, mind, and soul
  • A sunrise … or sunset … or clear blue Colorado sky
  • The silence of the house in the middle of the night when I’m the only one awake, writing — pursuing my dream — while everyone else is asleep, dreaming
  • The noise of family filling my house up to overflowing — making memories

Is it wrong to pursue the one big thing? No, probably not. But how many times have we trampled the small joys — ignoring them in our haste to succeed?

In Your Words: What small joys did you discover in your week?  


Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A women's fiction novelist with Tyndale House Publishers, Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, as well as a 2016 ACFW Carol Award Winner and a 2015 RITA® finalist. In 2016, she continued her destination wedding series published by Howard Books with  You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and Almost Like Being in Love (June). Visit Beth at


  1. Blessings, Beth! The small joys are the best ones for our souls.

    1. Good morning, Ingmar,
      I would have to agree with you that the small joys bless our souls in the best of ways.

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    1. Good morning, Marcia,
      May today overflow with the blessing of small joys!

  3. The small joys in my week were Monday and Friday. School was closed for inclement weather (I teach), so I got to spend two unexpected days with my girls during their last week before going back to college to start spring semester. :)

    1. Karen: Snow days are definitely small joys. I have a sign over my back door that states, "I <3 snow days." And your two snow days were doubly blessed.

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  5. Yesterday was sunny enough to go walking, and I discovered a new neighborhood lending library! Someone built one of those cute boxes with a door, mounted on a post, and set a bench next to it. I "checked out" Sue Monk Kidd's Invention of Wings :)

  6. My blessings often come in watching sunrises and sunsets. This week with the frigid weather we've had, they have been beautiful. Also the reeds along the road - golden frosted in white ice crystals swaying with the wind - were one of my highlights.

  7. Three small joys: Laughter as my daughters and I texted cross-eyed selfies one morning, my toddler grandson reaching out to me from his mama's arms, and Sunday night snuggles with The Hubs and a Hallmark movie.