Toilet brushes, Tooth brushes and Thanks giving

I arrived home from a week long mission trip to the Dominican Republic (DR) last Saturday night. So many things continue to swirl around in my mind. Ever since I returned home something will prompt me to count my blessings every day. This morning it began when I started scrubbing my toilet in preparation for Thanksgiving guests tomorrow.

I am thankful for the opportunity to clean my bathroom.
I am thankful to have a bathroom.
I have two bathrooms.
If you were to combine my two bathrooms, they would be the same size as many of the houses
that our group delivered rice and beans to last week….the same size that a family of four would
call home.
I am thankful that I have toilet paper and that I can actually flush toilet paper down my toilet.
The septic system is so bad in parts of the Dominican Republic that flushing toilet paper is a big NO NO.
I am thankful that, upon returning home, I discovered that lots and lots of leaves had fallen from the trees in my neighborhood and I really need to rake my yard.
I have a yard to rake.
I have a rake.
Last week, I watched women tidy up their yard by sweeping at the dirt patch outside their front door.
I am thankful for water.
Clean water.
I can shower whenever I want to.
I have soap to go with the water.
I have a wash cloth and a towel.
I have more than one
My water is hot when I want it hot.
My water is cold when I want it cold.
I can drink water from my kitchen sink or from the hose in my front yard.
I have both.
I can brush my teeth with my water.
I have a tooth brush.
I have toothpaste.
I am thankful for a car to drive and for gas that is not $15.00/gallon.
I am thankful that my seven year old son is not left home alone for a week because his parents are out in the fields trying to make enough money to put food on the table.
I am thankful that when I asked my son this morning what he is most thankful for, the first words out of his mouth were…”God, you, and Dad!”

I have so much to be thankful for!

“Let me shout God’s name with a praising song, Let me tell his greatness in a prayer of thanks.” (Psalm 69:30)

I encourage you to stop by Rachel Olsen’s blog and see what others have written about gratitude! Rachel Olsen

7 thoughts on “Toilet brushes, Tooth brushes and Thanks giving

  1. Kelli

    Glad to see your back! What a great experience and great perspective. We get so use to living comfortably that we forget others don't have it as good as we do. Our necessities are luxuries for others. God calls each of us to give to those in need and sounds like you got a great opportunity to serve others… Your ARE thankful girl if your praising Jesus as your scrubbing toilets!! That' further than I have gotten today!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Jenifer

    How awesome that you had the opportunity to go on a missions trip!

    I clean alot. I like to keep things clean and organized. However, it is not something I really enjoy doing. I can also get cranky if I am cleaning and no one is helping. But recently I realized Ineed to be thankful for the physical ability to clean. Thankful for the food we have to make the dirty dishes, for the clothes we have to cause me laundry, for the kids we have to make these messes. I am working on being more thankful for all of the blessings! Thank you for this post.


  3. Blah, Blah, Blah!

    Beautiful prayer! It's humbling to realize how much we DON'T realize. And even if we had nothing, would His grace be sufficient? Thank you for sharing your thoughts on gratitude!

  4. AveryHome

    I love your thankful list and the perspective that it has given me today. Praising God for your servants heart and your obvious love for Him! Really lovely post! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  5. Caroline

    Thank you for sharing your experience and your lessons learned! What a beautiful verse from Psalm 69 at the end. I've read it in a different translation, but it struck me even more than before this time. I'm writing that one down.


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