Lessons From Grandma – Count Your Blessings

July 10, 2009 by

My grandmothers were amazing people.  I wish they were still here with us.  I have so many questions for them.  While they were here, they taught me so many wonderful lessons.  One of the most greatest of these lessons was to count your blessings.  My grandmothers had little in the way of money or possessions, but they were blessed beyond measure and they would let you know about it, too!  They had the wonderful ability to look at a challenging situation and see God’s blessings in it.

For instance, when my son was starting to really get around good on his own and asserting his personality, I was just at my wits end!  I asked my Granny what I should do about this unruly toddler.  She answered, “Thank God he’s healthy enough to run around like that.”  Not what I was looking for at the time, but after I thought about it, I realized what great wisdom was in that statement.

When I was growing up, there was an elderly woman in the church that thought she needed to be in every one’s business.  It drove everyone crazy!  I knew it annoyed my Grandma J, too, although she never said it.  One day, I asked my grandma what she thought of that woman meddling in every one’s lives.  Her answer was, “Thank God we’ve got interesting enough lives that she can have something to do.”  That’s a good way of looking at it.

So many times, when someone would complain about cleaning the house, one of my grandmothers would say “Thank God you’ve got a house to clean” or “Thank God you’re still healthy enough to scrub the floor”.   I think of that all the time as I’m staring down my list of cleaning chores for the day.

I am at a time in life that will go by oh so fast if I am not careful.  Sometimes, in the midst of raising young children and taking care of their constant needs and life lessons, its hard to see the blessings.  I need to slow down and get rid of the busyness .  No matter what happens, the blessings are there if I just look.

Comments (4)

 

  1. Chele says:

    Beautiful!! Exactly what I am talking about!! We definitely don’t see those blessings when we are too busy to notice! That’s why I did this! Thanks for joining in! :)

  2. Rae-Ann says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful post. I only came across your blog yesterday; as I am starting a deep declutter and cleanse of my home.

    I love the wisdom your Grandmother shared and how you have shared it with me.

    I’m off to start some cleaning now and I just know I will be doing it with a smile on my face this morning as I think of your Grandmother’s words.

    Thank you so much for sharing and touching my heart.

  3. Annie says:

    Oh, Marci, what a great reminder. Thanks for sharing these memories. It’s all so much a matter of perspective isn’t it? When I’m sweeping the floor under the kitchen table for the tenth time in two hours, (heehee) I forget. Then I get a kiss and a snuggle from my kids or a sweet thank you or a special moment and I remember… these days fly by so fast. Thank God for every moment, even the messy ones!

  4. Erika says:

    OH this was beautiful! What wise grandmothers you had. I’ve heard count your blessings all my life but to see it in action through your grandmother’s words was simply beautiful. Thank you ma’am I definitely needed this right now…

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