We are so blessed and do not even realize how much we are blessed everyday. That realization has been made very real to me all day. I have a dear friend who is in the hospital with a bad heart. He had a heart attack almost a week ago. (his 3rd) The doctors want to do a particular surgery, but it could be dangerous. He is not sure he wants to take the chance and have it. We are blessed that we do not have this life changing decision to make.
I have another friend who is spending a fortune just to make sure her young child, and herself, are safe from his "father". She is a nervous wreck, because in the end she has no idea what will happen. I am blessed that I do not have to deal with that uncertainty.
We have been dealing with a dryer that has been going out. We know we need a new one, but where would the money come from? Tonight my brother went to look at something behind the dryer. He moved it only a little and a spark flew out. How blessed we were that he was not close enough to be electrocuted. How blessed we are that the dryer did not cause a fire while we were using it today. How blessed we are that it happened so we knew to unplug it so it didn't cause a fire.
We complain that we are too tired to clean our home in the evening, but we are so blessed to have a beautiful home to clean. And we are blessed that we are able to move, see, hear, think, and have 2 beautiful children in our home to "chase after" and teach, even if our bones and joints ache at night. At least we can feel the pain.
Sometimes I complain that I have no time, because I am always preparing lesson plans, but I am so blessed to be able to homeschool 3 beautiful, bright children because their parents have trusted me to do so. And very blessed to be able to teach other children in our homeschool group. I am also blessed that most of my "work" is IN the home. I do have some flexibility that my sister and brother don't have because they work outside the home.
I know I complain that "I need a vacation", "I am too tired to cook","I hate to do the dishes", "I want....", etc... But, the truth is I am blessed beyond all understanding. I don't deserve anything at all, but by the Grace of God I am blessed, and have much to be thankful for. In all that has happened all I know is that no matter what little disappointments I may experience, no matter how "big" they may seem at the time, no matter how much I choose to "wallow" in self-pity, I have nothing at all to complain about, ever. Most of us don't. I love to sing the song "Count Your Blessings" to my nephew. Those words have never rang more true....Just thought that I would share that with you.