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It’s true that I’m inspired by pumpkin pie. It’s delicious, it’s the perfect way to enjoy fall, and it helps me appreciate the little things in life.

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It also makes me want to confront the person who coined the phrase “easy as pie” and ask them to take it back. Or at least change it to “easy as ramen.” Because I’ve attempted to be the designated Pumpkin Pie Person at several Thanksgivings with similar results:

  • crust that doesn’t actually cover the pie plate and is overly flaky and dry
  • overdone edges even though I USED A FOIL RING around the top
  • hearing things like, “don’t worry, it’ll still taste good!”
  • annoying toothpick holes that don’t go away
  • general dissatisfaction with life


Appreciate the Little Things

Humble Pie and Appreciating the Little Things in Life

If you’re new here, let me catch you up: I’m not a baker. I don’t enjoy it. I don’t “succeed” at it. I’d like to hang up my apron this Thanksgiving and eat pie made by anyone else.

But I’m also thankful for my lack of baking skills. It makes me more appreciative of a pumpkin pie in any condition. I have lots of well-earned humility about the whole subject.

When we’re able to enjoy the small things, like a tasty pumpkin pie, we’re happier, healthier, and full of praise. If you’ve experienced some well-earned humility recently, take it as a chance to grow in gratitude.


Appreciate the Little Things

Why Being Thankful Is Important

Gratitude in small things isn’t insignificant. Being thankful, for things big and small, is a key quality for a Christian to have.

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Colassians 2:7

This verse floors me with how beautiful it is. I love the imagery of a tree firmly grounded in God, our branches growing strong in truth, sprouting leaves of thankfulness. Giving thanks is a natural response to God, because we know we’d be weak and withering without Him.

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

—G.K. Chesterton

Gratitude carries echoes of salvation. It accepts rescue for our failures and receives blessings by God’s grace. It’s not just a nice thought, or a happy feeling, it’s wonder at the gifts we’ve received from our Heavenly Father.

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There’s no room for discontent, offense, pride, or jealousy when gratitude makes a home in our hearts. Humility and being thankful go hand in hand.


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Appreciate the Little Things in Life

If you’re feeling particularly humbled by your efforts in the kitchen, or your parenting skills, or the pile of laundry that continues to haunt you, you’re not alone. This mom gig is tough stuff! The good news is that being humble is necessary in order to praise God.

The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,

Isaiah 2:17

The Lord is exalted when we’re humbled. The areas we struggle in are also the areas that can bring us to truly appreciate a helping hand. That’s how we know we can praise God in the little things, in the laundry that’s folded and the floor that’s vacuumed and the milk that’s spilled on the floor.

Moms can appreciate the little things in life because our lives are full of wonderful (and not so wonderful) little things. We know that there’s a blessing in the mess, and we’re so thankful for the God who gives us that gift.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28-29

This year, when I taste that perfect combination of pumpkin and sweet spices covered in vanilla clouds of whipped cream, I’m going to take it as a redemptive moment. We’re daughters of the King no matter how many pies we’ve overcooked.

How does God use your fails? What little things in life are you thankful for?

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6 Comments on How Fails Help Me Appreciate the Little Things in Life

  1. I appreciate your post and how you draw out the idea that “There’s no room for discontent, offense, pride, or jealousy when gratitude makes a home in our hearts. Humility and being thankful go hand in hand.” A great reminder when we give thanks to God for all things, big and small, and in all things, both good and hard, we will retain a sense of humility. Thanks for the post!

  2. Really liked this post. I have a ton of little (and bigger) fails every day, and God is slowly teaching me to be thankful for the wins and fails.

    My favorite part of your post was the line that ‘Gratitude carries echoes of salvation.’ Often, I overlook (forget) my salvation in the busyness of everyday life, but when I remember it, I’m much more able to be thankful, which changes everything.

    Thanks again for a great post.

  3. Love it! Well Earned Humility – what a great new way of looking at my burned cookies and flavorless soup. Thank you!

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