Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Houseless #100ThankfulWeeks


Fish in Hawaii Aquarium
Week 1
Nephew's Birthday Party
Week 2
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Week 3
Please Help
Week 4
Chores
Week 5
Almonds
Week 6
Stars
Week 7
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Week 8
Bed in Red
Week 9
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Week 10
Dramatic clouds
Week 11
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Week 12
Number 1
Week 13
Toilet
Week 14
Family Collage
Week 15
Harleigh in Hospital for Treatment
Week 16
Sign of the Fish
Week 17
SmartPhone
Week 18
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Week 19
Plane
Week 20

You’ve heard of #100HappyDays? Well, I stole the idea and adapted to fit my blogging schedule.

Every day is filled with reasons to be thankful. And yet the majority of my day isn’t spent being thankful. That’s got to change. God sent his son to save me - HUGE reason to always be thankful. And I’ve been freed to live a new life through Christ, released from fear, doubt, shame and self-reliance, equipped with love to serve others and blessed with all kinds of daily tasks and jobs to express my love. And that’s just the big stuff.

How about all the amazing little things each day? The simple, everyday stuff. The stuff I totally take for granted and just expect to be there. And yet stuff that so many people still don’t have - and may never possess. My God gives me so much and it’s time to praise him for all he’s done for me.

This is #100ThankfulWeeks to praise Him. I’m sharing one simple thing I’m thankful for each week. And I encourage you to swipe the idea and make it your own. And if you let me know when you post or what hashtag you use, I’ll be happy to share your posts. Because there can never be to much thankfulness.



Week 21: Apartment

If I lived in a house, I know I’d have reasons to be grateful for a house. And if I lived in a condo, then I’d have reasons to be grateful for the condo. But I live in an apartment and I am very blessed. It’s an amazing apartment with lots of natural light, a wonderful kitchen, plenty of room for furniture and more bathrooms than I ever need. And I’m so grateful for all of it.

But that’s not even the best part. What I’m really grateful for is the lack of yard work and home maintenance. No leaky basement to fix, no weeds to pull, no decks to seal, no flowerbeds to edge. No mulch, no herbicides, no weed-whackers, no rakes, no snow-blowers. Just a place to live. And I’m grateful to be free instead to focus on blogging, cooking and cleaning. All of which I prefer to yard maintenance. Or snow-removal. Or home repairs.

I’m also free to pick up and move at a moments notice. There’s no home to sell or mortgage to pay off. There’s no market value to worry over or fear of foreclosure. If I need to move for work or for any other reason, I am grateful to have the freedom to do just that. While I own nothing with an apartment, I am grateful for that very lack of ownership. It’s just a place to live until the next place to live.

Empty Apartment

And as places to live go, my apartment is far more than I need. Because really, all I need is something to keep my dry when it rains and warm when it’s cold. I don’t NEED multiple bathrooms or lots of natural light or a well-equipped kitchen. I don’t NEED bedrooms large enough to accommodate oversized furniture. And I certainly don’t NEED extra storage space just for Corning Ware. I really don’t. But I am blessed with all that and more. It’s not just a place to live - it’s an amazing place to live.

Meanwhile, someone nearby is searching for a dry spot under a highway overpass. Someone else is struggling to scrape together enough to afford a rent-controlled, one-room apartment. Someone else is hitting up everyone they know, hoping a generous soul will give them a place to sleep for the night. And when these people manage to find shelter, they’re not counting the bathrooms, admiring the kitchen or basking in the natural light. They’re just grateful to have a place. Any place.

Thank you for the excess of comfort you have blessed me with, Lord. Thank you for giving me a roof over my head, a place to sleep every night, privacy and security and more space and luxury than I deserve. When I am frustrated by cold floors, stained carpets, small refrigerator, noisy dishwasher or undersized water heater, remind me I already have far more than I need. Motivate me to be generous with all you've given me, to openly welcome those who need a place to stay and to help others find homes of their own.



Apartment, house or condo? And what are you most grateful for in the place where you call home?

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