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Gratitude on a Sliding Scale

You may have noticed I’ve been posting every day this week, leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. Well, despite the name of my site, I’ve rediscovered sharing daily is no easy task! Hat’s off to my excellent blogger friends out there who regularly do this.

Kind reader, I’m fresh out of ideas. So, here’s a guest post I wrote a few weeks back for Rainer Bantau–The Devotional Guy. If you don’t already follow him, please check out his site!


My wife and I enjoy a show on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) called House Hunters. Each episode features would be home buyers working with a realtor to find their forever home.

It’s fun to watch folks, from different stages and walks of life, ticking through their wish lists. However, there are times when “Sky’s the Limit” thinking by a couple of twenty-somethings is a bit much.🙄

For example, there was the young wife who refused to consider any home with a chain link fence, because (to her) it made the outside of the house look like a prison yard. Or the couple who rejected a kitchen outright because it didn’t have high-end stainless-steel appliances.

I shook my head. When I was their age, I lived in a one-bedroom upstairs apartment and was glad to get it for $400 a month. Oh, and the neighbor across the hall cooked every meal with soy sauce.

Aren’t millennials grateful for anything!?

I spoke too soon. During an episode a week later, we were pleasantly surprised. Another young couple toured a house that seemed perfect for them. There was just one wrinkle: the washer and dryer were out on the screened in back porch. I thought for sure they would turn their noses up. But the young wife said, “I wouldn’t mind doing laundry out here. Growing up in Honduras, I walked down to the river to do the washing with my mother.” There goes my spoiled millennials theory.

Gratitude is connected to perspective

This is my take-away from the youthful Honduran housewife. For example, there are folks in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico who are grateful for a couple of new tarps and fuel for the generator. Meanwhile, I’m irritated when heavy rain blocks my satellite reception.

Here are a few of my favorite “gratitude in perspective” scriptures.


“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Jesus (Luke 12:15 – NIV)

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5- NIV

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 -NIV


Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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Warming Up to Thanks

Despite recent renovations to our almost 90 year old church building, there was no heat for worship service yesterday morning. The temperature outside was 23 degrees Fahrenheit.

It wasn’t that big of a deal; everyone simply kept their coats on. Except for one brother from Northern Germany who was comfortable in his short sleeves. 😀🏝

Our pianist played an introduction to the first hymn, like always, but when the organist came in something sounded off. Apparently, our non electronic pipe organ doesn’t like the cold, because it sounded like a street corner accordion! Hearing a properly tuned piano and an out-of-tune organ playing together grates on the nerves.🙃

Thankfully, sometime during the third hymn, the old organ began to warm up and sound right. It and the piano agreed to play in the same key.🙂

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

Psalm 107:31

I want to give thanks to the Lord. It’s a good idea. Agreed. But there’s a problem: my “thanker” is a little cold. I’m saying the right words but something sounds off.

Yet, the more I “Count my blessings,” as the old hymn says, I warm up to what God has done. Next thing you know I’m playing in perfect tune with heaven’s harmony!

Kind reader, as a wise mentor of mine says, “We learn by doing.” So let’s keep counting our blessings.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.