The older I get, the more I realize that it really is the simple things in life that make us happiest. Things that sometimes go unnoticed because we’re so busy.

Like the beauty in a field of wildflowers as we’re zipping down the interstate.bluebonnets1 (800x600)The joy of new life.look at the babies (800x600)The thrill of a baby’s smile.Michael BabyOr a puppy enjoying her first snowfall.

Then there are those things that stop us in our tracks. Like when I woke up the other morning to this.front yard at dawnNow if you live I a place where you’ve been hammered with snow for the past few months, this is no big deal. But snow is rare in north Texas. Seven inches of it is record-setting. And the way I see it, this was God’s gift to me.

We haven’t seen any wintry precipitation all winter. So, about a month ago, I prayed and asked God if He might allow me to see a few snowflakes.

Last week, we saw sleet, freezing rain and, yes, a few snowflakes. Enough to appease this Michigander’s heart.

But you know, we serve a God who is able to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Believe me, this was beyond anything I imagined.

What makes you smile? Do you take the time to linger on those unexpected pleasures? Or is life such a flurry of activity that God has to stop you in your tracks?