What’s going on outside your window?

So much of my days are filled with this: 

 And this:

And this:
And this (which is so much more fun than the first three pictures!):
My life is lived tight within the walls of my little house–the cleaning, the cooking, the grading, the kids. Sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in my own little world and forget that there is a lot going on outside the walls of my house. 
This past week, my sweet neighbor and friend Amanda reminded me of the need to look outside myself–just by a simple text. All she did was remember that I had an important event in my life, an event that I was worried about and one that was going to have a large impact on my family. But it was the remembering that was huge. I thanked her for the text the next day and she brushed it off as if it was nothing. 
“I was just going to bed and I stopped and thought, ‘What is going on in the world outside my house that I should be remembering?'” 

She thought about me so she let me know. She took the time to think about the life outside her windows. Her text made me feel loved and cared about.

Her thoughtfulness really meant something to me and it challenged me to look outside the windows of my house, beyond the dishes, the messy living room, the endless emails, and the play-dough playtime. My life is FULL and BUSY and STRESSFUL at times. But while there is a lot going on inside my world, there is even more going on outside.
Who is getting cancer treatment?

Who just had a baby?

Who is homesick?
Who just had a breakup?
Who is struggling?
Who needs encouragement?

 It only took my friend a few seconds to send me a text but her simple act made a world of difference to me. It encouraged me on a day that I was struggling…and also encouraged me to look outside my world to see where I can be an encouragement to others–it only takes a minute to send a text, an email, a facebook message, or make a call.

What’s going on outside your window?