Monday, May 2, 2011


If you're like me, and found yourself complaining at some point this weekend (whether out loud or in your heart) because you had to:
  • Cook dinner for a hungry crowd, when you were feeling tired or not in the mood to cook
  • Clean up a very messy kitchen and wash a mound of dirty dishes and put them all away
  • Clean up a mess someone else should have cleaned up
  • Mop a floor that was soon dirty again
  • Wash yet another load of laundry
  • Look for missing church clothes

Then may I remind you (as I reminded myself!!) to thank God for all of these blessings!!  Yes, I said Blessings!  The fact that we have houses to clean, a kitchen where we can prepare a meal, food to cook, clothes to wear (other than the clothes on our backs) are all blessings that some families are no longer able to enjoy.  It was like a punch to the gut when I realized that I was complaining (mostly just in my heart) about doing things that these dear mothers who have lost their homes would LOVE to do, and simply won't be able to do for a long time to come!  Oh how easily we take things for granted!!!

A visit to Kelly's blog is definitely a Reality Check!  It is also a great reminder to:
  • Thank God in everything, no matter what the circumstances!  (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
  • Lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, rather than on earth. (Matthew 6:19-21)
  • Set our affections on things that are above and not on things on the earth.  (Colossians 3:2)
  • Remember that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away -- Blessed be the name of the Lord!  (Job 1:21)

Have you thanked God for your blessings today??

More often than not, our "burdens" are actually just by-products of our blessings!


Noel said...

So true and thank you for posting about the tornado victims the other day - your link was the first news I had about their need. Thanks :)

Anita said...

Yes, I have been reminding myself of that frequently this past week. Our own married daughter's home was destroyed but we are so thankful that they were out of town. Today I am enjoying a visit from her and her three little ones instead of mourning their loss as well. So many things to be thankful for!

tlmalcolm said...

So well said Elizabeth! It is the little things in life that give us the biggest blessings. Each day we are healthy, warm, well fed and surrounded by our loved ones is a day to be thankful for.

Katie said...

I definitely need that reminder every now and again. So thankful to have kids who make messes and wear me out by the end of the day. :)

mommyx12 said...

Amen. You said it so well.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Beautifully said!

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