I read this post from a blogger that I am following. Know that you are blessed. This is a reminder to us all to be thankful for every good and perfect gift that God has given us.

Motivation, Perspective and Inspiration By:Carl Johnson II (Carl The Muse)

I have come to realize that some people in this world should not complain, we should not use words like struggle or stress because while we have experienced some things we know that we have not experienced the worst.

The family that eats every night and has shelter at night should never be at war, those parents and those kids should be happy and they should feel blessed and live a life full of love.

Who am I to say that I am struggling? My kids are happy and healthy, I just ate dinner, I am sitting here on this computer in the comfort of my home with my wife and family. Why should I ever fret? What more could I ask the lord for than I am already being blessed with?

Someone somewhere has a sick child, some family is hungry, some family is homeless, someone has lost some…

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30 Days Of…Day 4 “10 Things I am Grateful For”

I am a big advocate of gratefulness.  As I listen to people talk and watch some of the crazy “reality” tv shows, I see and hear a lot of un-gratefulness. Many people push and scratch to get more and more, better and better “things” but never really show any gratitude for what they already have.

Sometimes I watch House Hunters on HGTV.  Most of  the people are looking for bigger and better houses with huge walk-in closets, open concept, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and the top of the line everything. Don’t get me wrong I am not against having the best things in life, but what I am against is thankless attitudes they seem to have. Sometimes they don’t even seem thankful for the home that are moving from.

Today, I have chosen to list 10 things I am grateful for.

  1. I am grateful for my mother. I am grateful that the Lord has allowed us both to still be here for each. Be grateful for you mom, because you don’t when she may not be here.
  2. I am grateful for the ability to feed and clothe myself.  If you’ve never visited a hospital, or a convalescent home, or even an assisted living facility, there are many people who can not bath or clothe themselves and  they rely upon the assistance of the nursing staff.
  3. I grateful that I am mobile. I have activity in my limbs and I can feed myself, I can walk and run when necessary. Many people need the assistance of a wheelchair, a cane, or a walker, but I thank God for mobility.
  4. I am grateful for my home. On several occasions before my mom was unable to do so, she and I would go downtown Los Angeles to feed the homeless. Those experiences alway made me grateful for my home. My home is not a million dollar mansion with the latest and greatest of everything in it, but is a blessing and a gift from God that I cherish.
  5. I am grateful for a bed to sleep in. In relation to my number 4 above, the homeless people did not have beds to sleep in if they were not able to get into any of the Mission facilities located in the downtown area. The bed they slept on was the sidewalk or they would take cardboard boxes to try to make some cushion to lay on. I am thankful for a bed with covers and pillows.
  6. I am grateful for my place of employment. Having a job allows me to pay my mortgage so that I can have a home to go to and a bed to sleep in. My employment allows me to keep going and to keep thanking God.
  7.  I am grateful that I can breathe without the assistance of oxygen. Many people have lung and breathing problems and require oxygen on a 24 hour basis. I am grateful that I don’t even have to think about breathing, it just happens.
  8. I am grateful for transportation. I am grateful that I have a car that gets me back and forth everyday to my place of employment. I am grateful that I can get in my car and go wherever I want to go whenever I need to.  This may seem like a small thing for some, but there are those who have to walk miles to get where they need to go.
  9. I am grateful for family and friends. Family and good friends seem to have a way making life more tolerable. I know that sometimes family and friends have disagreements and misunderstandings, but I believe that it can be worth the little annoyances ultimately will happen with any relationship. Finally, the number 10 thing that I am grateful for is:
  10. I am grateful that God has given me the ability to love. I believe that love is a choice and I have chosen to love. Love means taking risk and sometimes it even means rejection. Because God loved us first, we should show love to someone in need of love.

I Corinthians 13:13 (Amplified)

“And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.”