I love my front window. It faces the afternoon sun. And although in the summertime it can be unbearably hot, requiring the blinds to be closed most afternoons, during the fall and winter it is a beautiful spot to soak up the sun. On a chilly fall day or blustery cold afternoon you can most often find me sprawled in front of that window. Soaking up the sun. Warming my bones. Stopping for just a few moments in a busy day to find some rest, take a break.

And as this past winter continued to lag on, I found I looked forward even more to the time each day when I could lie for a few moments in the sun, enjoying the feel of the warmth on my skin, aware of the renewal it offers my body and soul.

Yesterday I began to ponder how important it is to find these spots in the sun. These moments of rest and reflection. And I’ve started thinking about other things that renew me:

An encouraging word from a friend.

A kiss from my husband as he walks out the door each morning.

A hug from my daughter as she leaves on the bus.

A few quiet minutes to read my Bible in the morning.

A warm cup of coffee.

A dinner at home, all together as a family.

And as all these things passed through my mind, a little of the mundane, day-to-day stress lifted. If I would just remind myself of all the little bits of sunlight in my day, it would encourage me to face the not-so-lovely things, too. Motivate me to face the things that can be taxing, the things that make me weary.

I want to spend more time in the sun, experiencing the good — however small — in each day.

What is a spot of sunlight in your day today?