I worked in the kitchen this morning. I really enjoy working in my kitchen. Baking. Cooking breakfast and supper. Loading the dishwasher. I know I am blessed with so much. I’m very grateful to the LORD for the blessings He has given me. I know that all my blessings come from the LORD. They are not my own doing.
I am blessed to have food in the fridge and in the cabinets and in the pantry. I have cookware and dishes to prepare and serve our food. I have a stove/oven to prepare food. There’s a bowl of butter on the counter, and salt & pepper shakers. Little scented candles and a toothpick holder. Paper towels. A jug of purified drinking water. A set of steak knives. An electrical outlet which I use to run my mixer. I’m not bragging but saying what I am grateful for. All the little things that I don’t give much thought about most of the time. All blessings for which to be thankful.
I can go to the grocery store and buy any foods I desire, with many choices, like my favorite wheat bread.
It makes “saying grace” very meaningful. My grandmother ALWAYS blessed her food before she ate. She came from very difficult times. She lived through the Great Depression of 1929 and knew what it was like to “make do” with very little, with a bunch of kids to feed. She couldn’t always go to the grocery store to buy what she needed. She grew most of her vegetables and made bread and biscuits. She had chickens for eggs and for meat. Some of her blessings.
Not just the cupcakes that I made but the kettle on the stove which I use to make hot cocoa and hot apple cider in the winter time. And the dish of candy that husband and I enjoy on occasion. The container full of cooking tools. The scented candle on the counter that I like to burn. These don’t sound like “major” things to care about but they please me and I am grateful for these blessings.
Silverware flatware in the drawer with which to eat. Many people in the world eat with their fingers because they don’t have this blessing.
This is another blessing for me. This convenience really helps me because I have back problems and I’m not able to stand at the sink for very long, to wash all the dishes I seem to dirty up. And this dishwasher also has a sanitizer cycle which I am blessed to use. The other blessing is all the dishes that are in there that we use.
I think about people in the mountains here in the U.S. who are very poor and can’t just go buy whatever they want or need. People in third world countries either. Yes, I am so grateful for the many blessings that I enjoy, and this is just what I see in the kitchen. Every room in our home is full of blessings for which we are very grateful.
Most of the time, Americans are so busy with work and sports and vacations and going and doing that we rarely take time to fully appreciate and be grateful for the many, many blessings that we have. We don’t think about people in the world who don’t have even the simplest things. We don’t think that there could ever come a time in America that all the food and material things won’t be available for us. We don’t have a concept that some countries don’t have grocery stores full of food in every city, and that there aren’t hardware stores in every city, and clothing stores, and convenience stores and restaurants and fast-food drive-thru’s, or that it could happen here, that America would lose all that. I’m also guilty of allowing myself to get caught up in the busy-ness of life that I take these blessings for granted.
So today I took time to look at everything in my kitchen that are blessings for which I am grateful. The very fact that I have a home with a kitchen is a huge blessing.
Do you ever look at all your stuff (the little things that most of the time you take for granted) and have a heart full of gratitude for your blessings?
Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Not necessarily for others to know. I named mine for this post in hopes that it would remind you to count your blessings and give thanks to the LORD.
Thank You, dear Father, for all the blessings You have poured on me. I know it was You Who gave it all to me. I know that You are a GOOD FATHER and that You love me and want to bless me. I thank You from the bottom of my heart. Father, please don’t let me take my many blessings for granted ever again. I am reminded that it is not a surety here in America that blessings will continue, but I know that my God is on His throne and He watches over His children, the ones who have believed in His Son, Jesus, Yeshua.
I am grateful for blessings. I know you are too.
Another blessing I am enjoying is this cooler weather and the rain. It actually feels like autumn. Sweater weather at last. Have a terrific weekend.