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One of my daughters exudes energy from the moment she gets out of bed. She takes after her dad in that area. Unfortunately, my other three children take after their mother 😂 It doesn't matter what time I go to sleep at night, I can get 10 hours of sound sleep, but first thing out of bed? Don't talk to me until I've had at least 2+cups of coffee~i.e. noon. 😂 Just kidding (but a little serious) So I stumble out of bed and downstairs to pour my first cup. My husband (bless his heart) gets up at 5:30am every day to drive a bus and always makes himself a few pieces of toast before leaving. Inevitably, every morning, even in my grumpy state of grogginess, I notice that there are crumbs EVERYWHERE (I'm a little OCD about cleaning. That's another devotional in itself) and as I'm wiping down the counter and floor (before any coffee, mind you) I am muttering to myself~'I could make a whole loaf of bread out of the crumbs he leaves behind'. Why do we as humans, and especially women, tend to look at the bad in situations instead of the good, especially with those we supposedly love the most? God had to really nudge me over this. In fact, He nudged my heart so hard that I almost fell over. I was cleaning (again) and as I washed our telephone down He brought to my mind all the times my mom would come to stay with us and how somehow she always managed to get makeup caked on my phone during her visit. It would drive me crazy. I would wonder how in the world that was even possible and yet, today I miss it terribly. I would give anything for her to be here getting makeup on my phone. The next morning I looked at those bread crumbs a little differently. I thanked God they were there. I thanked Him for a husband who gets up so early to provide for his family. I thanked Him for a husband who loves me so much that he tiptoes downstairs so I can get an extra hour of sleep. I thanked Him for all the thoughtful things my husband does on a daily basis and purposed in my heart not to let the little things that irritate me outshine all the amazing reasons I love him. When your heart tends to focus on the bad (which is way too easy to do after 30+ years of marriage) ask God to change your heart, not your husband. Take the time every day to thank him for at least one thing you love about him, even if you feel like you can't think of anything at the moment 😂. God will show you the man you fell in love with and before long you will be thanking Him for those bread crumbs too.