This morning I was led by God to do just that. This came to mind as I was preparing my breakfast. I like to have tea in the morning so I filled up the kettle with water from the sink (clean water, indoor plumbing) and put it on the gas range to heat (modern appliance). I went to the pantry and got a couple of Irish Breakfast tea bags (I caught a sale) and put them in my favorite mug. When the water boiled I poured it into the mug to brew my tea. While it was brewing I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (I had a craving). I then took out the tea bags, added some honey (I like honey more than sugar), and a little bit of French Vanilla soy creamer (I'm lactose intolerant). Afterwards I mindlessly said said grace for my meal. And that's when it struck me. I should be more grateful and truly give thanks.
You see, I complain, mentally about my situation. I haven't had a full time job in over a year. I've had to give up my apartment and move in with my sister and brother-in-law. So as not to be too much of a financial burden I'm responsible for purchasing my own food. Because my income is limited I use food stamps to buy my food. I complain to the Lord because I think "How can I do ministry in this situation?" Perhaps if I stopped complaining long enough I'd find out.
This is a hard time for me but I'm still very blessed. I'm writing this in the peace and safety of my family's home. That I can read and write is a blessing. Millions of women cannot. I have access to a computer and the Internet. Many Americans don't have that. These blessings are in addition to the ones listed when I wrote about making breakfast.
So today I will be grateful. I will give thanks for what I have and truly pray for the one's who do not have.