Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thankful Thursday #7

Last weekend my son stood in our pantry door bemoaning the lack of food in our house. "Mom, how long has it been since you went to the grocery?" he asked (whined). My reply was that it had been about 10 days and I planned to go on Monday. I found myself apologizing for not having gotten there sooner; not having the foods he wanted in the house.
Monday I went to the grocery and stocked up. When I came home I sat all the bags in the kitchen and got ready to unpack them. That's when I looked in the pantry, and this is what I saw
It occurred to me that I was going to have to clean out the pantry before I could put the new food away.
That made me wonder about the refrigerator and freezer

Finally I looked at all the bags I'd just brought in from the car

What's wrong with all these pictures? 
I had a pantry full of food. A refrigerator full of food. A freezer full of food, and yet my son (and let's not just blame him, by the way) couldn't find anything to eat!?!
I am so incredibly blessed, and I don't even recognize it most of the time. More groceries than I can organize, and yet it's so easy to focus on what's not in the pantry/refrigerator/freezer.
I do this with my spiritual life as well. All the things that aren't right. Struggles I'm facing, but I can't see the glory of a Christian life and the hope of heaven because there are a few rocks in my path.
Lord, teach me to be grateful for your bounteous blessings, but first teach me to see.

link up at Grace Alone


  1. It is so easy for us to become complacent in our thankfulness, isn't it? Thanks for sharing the reminder to rejoice in our blessings rather than gripe if we don't find exactly what we want.

  2. Wonderful reminder -- just what I needed to hear today!

  3. This is such a good reminder to be sure. I know I have done the same thing as you... I think we in America are so spoiled at times. Just my opinion of course. Thank you and have a wonderful day :)

  4. You right; sometimes we don't see the blessings around us. What a great way (your photographs) to remind us who bountiful God has blessed us.

    Thank you for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

  5. Such a great reminder. I totally know the feeling of looking into my fridge and seeing nothing but condiments and expired gunk. A little organization always makes it better.

  6. Oh my goodness, EXACTLY!!!! We stand looking at a full pantry thinking there's nothing to eat, and it's just that there's nothing conveniently instant to eat!!! I love this post. xx

    1. Thank you so much! I am in awe of your challenge and love reading how your are doing with it. Thanks so much for the link up. You are really helping to think before running to the grocery.

  7. I love your closing prayer, "first teach me to see." Isn't that the truth about so many things! Thanks for sharing your insights.


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