Yes, I said it.  I got to clean my house.  Not slang, as in, “I’ve really got to clean my house because it’s filthy”.  I GOT to clean my house today.

See, I will be the first to admit that house chores are not on the top of my favorite things to do. Luckily, I’ve been blessed with a helpful husband who does more than his fair share.  However, today I have learned a lesson… so I’m sharing it with you.

I have a house to clean.  Not “I have to clean a house”.  I have a roof over my head.  It has electricity, running water, and all kinds of cleaning products to use.

I also have bronchitis.  I’ve been told by the doctors in the ER that I have to stay inside, in a warm room, and to drink plenty of fluids while taking the prescribed medicines they gave me yesterday morning.  Instead of sitting here sulking, I decided to turn it around.  I have time off from work due to the holiday week. I don’t have to worry about missing any work time since I’m off already, whew!  I have time to recuperate.  I have the house to myself today because my husband is out hunting so we can use the new meat grinder my parents gifted us for Christmas. (He’s only a little excited to make deer burgers and sausage)  I’ve taken the time inside, by myself, to do a little catching up on all things: emails, phone calls, laundry, dusting, and now I’m cooking Turkey Soup (boy the house smells great!).

I didn’t have to do any of these things.  I’ve been blessed with the ability to walk, see, move about freely… I have the tools necessary to do the things I’ve accomplished today, and moreover, my husband will be happy when he comes home to find that he has a clean house, clean clothes, and a warm meal waiting.

I’ve decided to change my perspective about a lot of things as of late.  I’ve changed how I view people’s criticism of me and my walk of faith.  I’ve changed how I let other people’s moods or actions affect my moods and actions.  I’ve changed how I look at the gift of each day, the sun shining, my dogs barking, my new puppies crying (and opening their eyes now, at a week and a half old), my dirty house that I get to clean, my old VW station wagon that is paid for and runs like a champ, the job I get to return to after this reprieve.  It’s all in how you look at things that can make or break you.

I have so many blessings that I can’t begin to count them.  They come in all forms: people, moments in time, experiences, gifts, breath… I could go on and on, but you get the picture.  Today I thank God for every blessing I have, that I “got” to clean my house, and that I “Get It”.  I hope you “get it” too.

Enjoy your day… I know I am.  In Jesus’ name I thank HIM, Amen!

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Two little peanuts cuddling… and this is how I found them, not posed for cuteness