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!

‚Ä™~Keishawna
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Count Your Blessings, Not Your Problems!

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This morning I learned of a young man who made a post on a social media site and less than three hours later he was dead in a senseless act of violence. I am certain when he made that post he had no idea he would be dead a few hours later.

That made think about how we can sometimes take life for granted. We hold grudges, stop talking to people, and end relationships many times over something minor. Is whatever you are upset or offended about worth you missing precious moments with someone you love? Probably not!

Many times, hurting people hurt people. That person who hurt you is probably hurting. Maybe your act of love, forgiveness, phone call, apology or whatever will be the bridge to their healing.

Would you be devastated or have regrets, if you learned now that the person you are not communicating with had passed away? If so, it is time to redirect the energy used ignoring, dodging, and not forgiving to forgiving, loving and healing.

It may sound cliché, but tomorrow really is not promised to any of us. We sometimes think we have all the time in the world because of our age, but young people die every day. Someone did just this morning. Life and relationships are too precious to sweat the small stuff. Count your blessings, not your problems! Once you do, you may find you have more to be grateful for than thought.

I recently heard it said, “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?” If that were the case, how much would you have when you woke up?

I would love to say I would have a lot, but I would be lying. I sometimes take it for granted that I have a husband who loves me, a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to wear, a healthy child, good health, two vehicles in good condition, money to pay my bills, and so on. Someone is praying for the blessings we take for granted.

Years ago, I started a gratitude journal and every day I had to write in it one thing I was grateful for. Each day I would review what I wrote the previous days so I was always reminded what was going right in my life. Maybe I need to go back to that.

I encourage you to stop right now and count your blessings. If you want, comment below and share them with the world. If you think you don’t have anything to count, you are alive and that in itself is a blessing and a gift.

Be encouraged and remember, ‚ÄúAll things work together for good to them who love the Lord.‚ÄĚ Romans 8:28

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Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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