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!
I awoke this morning knowing it was going to be a great day. It is. The sun is shining, my dogs are playing, my husband is hunting for his 6th straight Thanksgiving Day deer, and I have food cooking in the kitchen as I’m typing. I even got to go pluck the biggest head of cabbage out of our garden to fix for my family, and I’m delivering dinner to family members this afternoon. I am blessed beyond words, beyond anything I could say here.
I am thankful everyday. I am especially thankful today, the day that we give thanks for all of our blessings and honor the bond between the natives and those who took over their land. I am grateful to have a piece of land to grow our food on. I am thankful that my husband and I both have the ability to hunt for our meat, and that he’s wildly talented at it. (After all, he is part Native American) I am thankful for so many things… the roof over our heads, the food in reserves, the family we share it with, the friends we love so much, the blessings that aren’t only conveniences but essential to everyday life here… running water, electricity, soap. (yes, soap!)
We take a lot for granted everyday, thanking God for only what we’ve prayed for and gotten answers. Today I am thankful for ALL things, big and small. I’m even thankful for the little mouse in my kitchen that scared me last night as I was baking sweet potato pies. He provided much laughter thanks to my reaction when I found him seeking heat under my oven!
I am thankful for forgiveness. I am thankful for love. I am thankful for kindness. I am thankful for laughter. I am thankful for compassion. I am thankful for strength. I am thankful for my husband, my gift from God. I am thankful for Jesus. I am thankful I am a Child of God. I am thankful for His love and grace. I am thankful to share my blessings with you. I am thankful that you took the time to read this.
Share your blessings, don’t count them, just share them. I pray that we all have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day, safe travels, and merriment wherever we are! In Jesus’ name I praise and THANK HIM, Amen!
For risking your lives for the sake of ours…
For every day you’ve missed your loved ones because you’re stationed so far away…
For being so selfless to give of yourself, completely…
For defending our freedoms so that we may all be treated with equality…
For carrying the emotional and physical burdens that come with being a Veteran…
For your bravery and sacrifices…
For being true Blessings to all of us…
I thank you. May God bless and keep you in His hands while you fulfill your destiny, I pray in thanks for you, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Thankful. Thank Full. Hmm. Yes, I’m Thank Full this morning. As Thanksgiving approaches we’re reminded of the meals we look forward to preparing, time to share with our loved ones, the Christmas sales that are taking over the TV ads to be just as annoying as the campaign ads that just ended.
I’ve watched the announcements of major retail chains starting their sales on Thanksgiving night so people can get a head start on their shopping. Honestly, I don’t see where that will help our economy; people are going to spend the same amount of money whether they do it Thanksgiving night or the next morning. Quite frankly, you won’t catch me near these sales or stores, I prefer not to get trampled or subject myself to such greedy people. When I see the mad rush of people grabbing electronics, piles of clothes, things that aren’t completely necessary to life, all I can see is greed… grab all you can before anyone else can. But do you NEED these things? (I’m trying to understand it better, so if you can shed some light, feel free to comment)
I think we lose the true value of these holidays. I’m not thankful for the sales because material things can be taken from us just as easily as they’re acquired. I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy a meal with my parents, my husband, and hopefully some additional loved ones. I am thankful to have the food to prepare and share. I am thankful for the roof over my head and the heat that keeps us warm. I am thankful that I am loved.
During the upcoming weeks, please stop to be full of thanks (Thank FULL) for the everyday things we’re blessed with. Be thankful for the smile you give someone else that brightens their day. Be thankful for the bed you sleep in. Be thankful for the small things, the works of God, the blessings in your life, whatever form they come in. I am also thankful that I’ve been given the opportunity to type this to you and that you’ve read it. See, I’ve already prayed for you today, that you’d read this, that it would have a positive impact on you and that I’ll reach even more people today with these prayers of blessing and thanks.
Take time today to be full of thanks for the blessing of life, for another day to strengthen your faith in the miracles God gives us, for time to prepare for the amazing works in the holiday season approaching. Be thankful not only at Thanksgiving, but everyday, and you will be given favor in the eyes of God. Giving prayers of thanks shows God that your faith in Him is strong and He will continue to give you reasons to give thanks.
May peace be with you as you go about your day, knowing I’ve said a prayer of thanks for YOU (yes, you)! In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!
About a week ago we harvested the broccoli out of our fall garden. We had planted 125 seedlings in August and almost all of them produced tall, beautiful plants with rather large heads of broccoli. When we collected them from the plants it filled a tall kitchen bag full. We were so thankful for our blessings that we shared the veggies with our neighbors, family and my co-workers. It felt really good to bless others with our beautiful crop.
Clay told me that with the weather turning colder that it was likely that the bag we gathered would be the last of the harvest for the season. I was fine with that, especially considering the abundance we had. We’ve enjoyed our meals and have had thanks from the people who received our blessings. The feeling of having a successful garden is new to me, as I’m new to gardening pretty much altogether. I’m the person who’s amazed that I can plant a seed and reap the benefits all the while getting pleasure out of watching everything grow and mature.
Just an hour ago Clay came in with an armful of broccoli freshly picked out of the garden. Imagine my surprise since we were so sure our harvest was over! This is just another example of how we are blessed by sharing our blessings…. and since I declared earlier today that today is a GREAT day, we have been given greatness in return. Here’s the proof:
My lesson for today: If you share your blessings and believe in the Power of God, He will bless you with a garden full of whatever it is that you need. Keep planting your seeds of goodness, you’ll harvest your blessings long after you thought your season was over.
Thank YOU, Jesus, for all of our blessings, and especially today for our produce that provides dinner tonight and enough to share once more. In thanks and praise, I pray! Amen!
Some people who know me, who know of my past, know that I’ve not always made the best decisions for myself. They might tell you that since I’ve turned my life over to God and have started to spread His word that I am a hypocrite. You see, more than once in my life I turned my back on God, trying to convince myself that there is no God, no life before or after our life on earth, no heaven or hell. More than once I was angered by Christians who tried to “bible thump” to me – I didn’t want to hear it then. I thought that surely if there was a true God I wouldn’t be in the circumstances that plagued me.
I was wrong. Go figure.
I loved to be the life of the party. I wish I had all of the money I spent on alcohol and drugs. I successfully numbed myself to escape what life was handing to me. I turned to the wrong people looking for love. I hurt my family, my friends, everyone who loved me. I turned my back on them, and I turned my back on my faith.
I’m sharing this with you now so that you’ll understand that I have faults and I acknowledge them. I’m not here to stand on a soap box and preach hell-fire and damnation. I’m here to share with you the things I’ve witnessed first hand and tell you how I found my way back to Favor, back to God.
I’ve died 3 times, literally. My colon ruptured, my heart stopped several times, my organs left me with little “inners” left. I had cervical cancer and then developed severe cysts on my ovaries, so they’ve all been removed too. Not to mention my gall bladder and last but not least, my tonsils. My body has been through hell. So has my mind and my heart. I’ve been physically and mentally abused by people I had “relationships” with. My face has been shattered more than once and I suffer from migraines now. No wonder I tried to escape my problems drinking myself sick and using all kinds of legal and illegal drugs to cope with my problems.
What I’ve learned is that God didn’t turn his back on me. I turned my back on Him. I needed someone to blame. I was angry and hurt on many levels. It was easy for me to believe that not only had God given up on me, but that He must not even exist, because surely this God I’d learned about growing up in the Catholic Church wouldn’t have let such horrific things happen to me.
Guess what? I was wrong.
If I hadn’t gone through all of my trials and tribulations, I wouldn’t be sitting here now typing this to you. I wouldn’t be blissfully happy with unconditional, reciprocated love from my husband. I wouldn’t have the parents that love me like mine do, no matter how many times I’ve crushed their hopes and dreams. You see, I had to go through these things to mature, to make me realize that God isn’t the cause of the problems I’ve faced. He’s the Answer.
I’ve always had a 6th sense – premonitions through dreams, receiving signs that no one else can see, seeing Spirit with my plain old eyeballs. The more I receive God’s messages, the more signs I get that I’m on the right path – the path God paved for me to travel. Since I got baptized at our little white church in the country on October 23rd, 2011 I’ve had more prayers answered than I ever imagined. I’m here to witness to you that God works behind the scenes, even when we think He’s deserted us, even when we desert Him.
I hope that my experiences will help you identify how you can change your life for the better. I have learned to find inspiration in all things – my friends, family, reading, knitting, playing with Mia, etc. (This is Mia, my Angel)
Where do you find your inspiration? Can you acknowledge that if you open your heart and mind great things will happen? If you can, God will bless you with more than you ever knew existed. He has for me. He has for my husband. For that, I am thankful and I will continue to witness to you as the days pass and I am blessed more and more frequently, in abundance.
Enough of bad campaigning and lack of truth in advertising – the election is over – I elect to speak the truth here, to admit I was wrong, and to tell you how God can turn your life around… if you let Him.
May God bless you with comfort in knowing that He is on your side and that whatever adversity we face, we are facing to make us stronger in our faith. In Jesus’ name I pray for all of us, Amen!