Friday, March 18, 2011

Appreciation & Expectation

"Mom, She's healthy...I took her temperature and it was 98.6"

"Uh, OK. Thank you for doing that...."

Amidst, the daily grind of taking care of children, house, husband, (and a dog) sometimes we don't realize how entitled we think we are to things we consider ourselves worthy or deserving of. As I was brushing the teeth, picking out outfits, putting up hair, and making breakfast, my girls decided to play doctor. Older girl asks my baby girl to lie down so that she could take her temperature and to breath so that she could listen to her lungs and back <grin> After taking her temperature, older girl runs into the bathroom to give me the wonderful news!

"Mom, She's healthy...I took her temperature and it was 98.6"

and what was my response????

"Uh, OK. Thank you for doing that...."

I wasn't trying to be sassy, I just didn't have an appreciation for that statement like I should have. I was too busy going about my daily business of cleaning, tending to, doing...
Why wasn't I giving thanks and making a joyful noise to the Lord that my baby girl woke up this morning, and she is happy and healthy? Why am I not on my knees giving thanks that we have breath in our lungs, a roof over our head and are safe and taken cared of? What makes me think that I am entitled to these things, or that I should not be more in awe of life, and the brevity and fragility of it? What keeps me from giving praise to the One who sustains my life for that matter?? Why do I constantly forget as soon as I look away? Forget the constant pouring out of gifts from my Heavenly Father?

James 4:14 (Amplified Bible)

Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].

I kneel. I repent. I thank. 

I receive!

He gives!!!! 
One more moment, another gift, another thing to be thankful for. 

All praise, all gratitude, lifting up to Him.

I will praise you Lord with all my heart!!

Psalm 34:1 I WILL bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.


  1. I love this one. So true. we dont see the gift of every breath...

  2. I do appreciate all that He does so I say, "Lord thank you!" Not even a second goes buy and I am complaining I need, I want, You Lord made me like this whay can't I have it......
    WOW, didn't I just say thank you? Am I really thankful? Do I really believe how blessed I am or do I even recognize it???
    Sure I do, didn't I just say it?? That's it did I say it with a sincere heart or was it on my good job for God checklist...

    That's your promise Lord, You said it in Your I expect Him to do His part...the truth is have I done mine...Matt 22:27 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.....
    Sounds easy enough, right.....