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
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.
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)
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