Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blessing Wednesday

Wow. Just assigned a history report to my son. He has to make a list of inventions that have happened in the last few hundred years, pick one, and write about the impact it's had on his life. Suddenly I was very thankful for:

1. Running water. When I'm thirsty, I only need to lift a handle. And it's clean. Amazingly, some places in the world still don't have this luxury.

2. Indoor plumbing. I live in Michigan. It's winter. Nuff said.

3. Electricity. Keeps me cool in summer, warm in winter. Let's me read till 1 in the morning and brews my coffee the next morning to help me wake up. Loving this one.

4. Washing Machine. Don't even want to imagine lugging my unmentionables down to the river each week...

5. Stove. I set marshmallows aflame and char hot dogs all summer long. So glad I don't have to cook over an open fire regularly.

One thing that stood out to me as I made this list is I'm not simply blessed to live in a time period after these things were invented, but in a home that has them. Not everyone is afforded these luxuries which to us are everyday common items. So today, when I tackle my Mount Laundry, I'm going to try and complain a little less. Because when I really look around me, this list grows and grows.

Okay, your turn. What invention are you most thankful for?


  1. I love the fact that we learn/are reminded of things through teaching our children! Great report idea! Being in South Africa, I'd have to say, I'm grateful for adapters for outlets, so my hairdryer works!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Life Lessons! I know exactly what you're talking about. I struggle with sticking to my agenda at all costs, sometimes! You bring up a great point: just because something SEEMS right, doesn't mean it is.

    Have a super week! Hugs & blessings! :)

  2. I am thankful for my refrigerator. It keeps things cold that might spoil. I have this horrible phobia (maybe) about spoiled food. Blech! Freaks me out.

    I'm also thankful for space heaters that keep my feet warm under my desk.

    Electricity that keeps my computer charged so I can write and I don't have to use ink and my own writing, which I can't decipher. So computers too. :)

  3. So true - the whole being thankful that not only do you live in a time period when these things exist, but that you have them. I work for a homeless ministry - so many things that are normal to me, things I'd consider necessities, would be luxuries to the people we work with. Crazy world.

    That said, I soooo agree with Jess...I LOVE my space heater at work. Keeps my toes toasty.

    I'm also thankful for the invention of contacts. I have crooked ears so glasses always look hilarious on me!

  4. Hi Susan! I'm thankful for my computer. :-) Without it, I'd be handwriting my stories, and I am such a perfectionist that I can't tolerate my own handwritten scratch. Instead of progressing with my work, I stop to recopy everything for the sake of it looking neater. LOL! So without my computer, I'd probably go through a lot of paper and never get anything done!

  5. Maria - so glad you made it safely! And I agree, I need my hairdryer:)

    Jess - I share your phobia about spoiled food. Hubby typically shakes his head at me.

    Melissa - Amen for contacts! I am blind as a bat and hate the feel of glasses on my face! I can't picture you looking hilarious though - you're too cute.

    Gwen - I agree with you and Jess on the computer. My thoughts come out too fast for me to handwrite them, and when I try I end up with chicken scratch too. Computers not only make it neater, but allow for much easier changes!

  6. My vehicle, the dirty, smelly, kid-paraphernalia-littered Tahoe. I really would hate having to hitch up the horses whenever I need to go to town. My fridge, my frozen pizza, my electric sewing machine because sewing stitches by hand is a pain, already-made clothes that I can buy off the rack, TV, Radio, MY COMPUTER!!

    Yeah, you're right, Susan...the list can go on and on and on and on...