She sat on their leather sofa and placed her head on the arm rest. When she was younger, she used to daydream, a lot! Nowadays, just a few minutes of being seated, staring into space, letting random thoughts rush through her brain was becoming quite the luxury.
Her eyes moved to the plates with cookies, croissants and a pie. There were toppled plastic cups, a kettle and several vegetables. All of these were scattered on the floor, next to the white and violet dollhouse where they belong. The boy needed help in packing away. She had to do it very soon for dinnertime is coming up.
All throughout the day, she had to stop what she’s doing every few minutes to prepare or get something for each of her kids. The demands of the little ones were getting more frequent, bolder and louder. Feeling tired and frustrated, she sought the sanctuary of daydreaming. When her husband asked her, “What’s wrong?”, she felt like launching into a tirade of complaints. She remembered the situations and the attitudes that make her mad and sad.
But her memory also picked up an article that she read. “I can’t complain!”, it said. The story of the author’s friend stuck with her. Gone too soon. That woman would rather have the “problems” of keeping the house and raising the kids, than have cancer. That woman would rather pick up scattered little toys from the living room floor, or make a cup of milk right after lunch, or look for a missing pencil in a messy schoolbag, than have cancer.
Sighing, she knelt on the floor and started scooping up toys and placing them in the rightful boxes. There are times she wants to give up – on being a mother and on life. But, she knew there’s a purpose behind her being a mother and behind her existence. It’s all from God and for God’s glory. She’s still thankful that she could do all these things for her kids. She’s still grateful that she is alive, able to live for the Lord and for people who matter in her life.
Thankfulness is not discounting the difficulties and challenges of life, it is focusing on God’s presence and provisions despite all that we’re going through. (highlight to tweet)
Having a life filled with God’s love and my family’s love, for sure, I can’t complain! (article from scarymommy.com)
Here’s something to help us be thankful, an excerpt from the book Come Near to God:
Do you have any complaints that you turned into thankfulness? What are they?