The Things We Take For Granted

ThingsWeTakeForGrantedRecently, an elderly relative unexpectedly move in with my family. Initially, I thought him living with us was for him. After all, he requires a lot of our time, attention and care. However, I am starting to realize that God interrupted our life, not so much for him, but for us.

Now that we have a guest with limited mobility, we spend a lot more time at home. The one thing we miss the most is going out to eat at restaurants. It was one of our favorite things to do as a family.

This weekend, we all pouted about not being able to go anywhere. When our guest and I were alone, he said something that made me think.

I know y’all like to eat out and I want to go. I just want to be able to hold a spoon by myself, so people don’t laugh at me. When I can do that, I’ll go.

His words hit me hard. I know he struggles with holding a spoon, fork, etc., but never did I think how that would make him feel to struggle in public. Something as simple as holding a spoon or fork, we don’t think twice about. We just do it. However, what if we couldn’t.

I encourage you today to stop and thank God, for those simple things you can do. Those things that are so second nature, that you never saw them as a blessing.

Things like holding your own spoon, bathing yourself, dressing yourself, holding your baby or grandchild, putting on your shoes, combing your hair, holding a pen, signing your name, etc. Those things may mean nothing to you, but I promise you they mean the world to those who can’t.

I feel so blessed today! Remember, count your blessings, not your problems!

Have a blessed day!

‪~Keishawna
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I Have Learned To Be Grateful For Closed Doors

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This month I celebrated my thirty something 😉 birthday. As I look back over my life, I am grateful for so many things and one of them is CLOSED DOORS!

A decade ago, while in the process to buy my first home, I found one that had everything I wanted, except the color of brick. I shared with a friend that the house was too good to be true.

I asked, “Why would God give me exactly what I asked for?” She responded, “Why wouldn’t He?”

After a few days, I returned to find the home was no longer available. However, another house with everything the first one had, including the color of brick I wanted, was available to be built from the ground up.

One door closed, BUT a better one opened. I walked right through it and purchased my first home. Continue reading