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A Week of Thanks {The Basics}

November 26, 2014 by

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I’ve been sharing this week that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and reminding us all of the fact that we have so much to be thankful for.

We’ve looked at the gifts of Salvation & Eternal Life and how much we have been given in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Yesterday, I shared my appreciation for family, friends, church family, and my online community of readers and bloggers.

While I do love living life with a daily attitude of appreciation for these incredible blessings in my life, I never want to take for granted some of the blessings we consider to be smaller and simpler. Yet to those who lack them they are everything.

I am talking, of course, about food, clothing, and shelter. Do we take the time each day, not only to appreciate them, but to thank God for them?

Ironically, as I type this it has been a difficult day dealing with the challenges of our one working vehicle being down. We’ve faced several obstacles and more than our fair share of stress.

And yet….

We are so incredibly blessed!

According to this site

At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.

Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.

For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3).

I could go on, but I won’t.

After all, we’re supposed to be celebrating, right? We don’t want to hear all of these depressing statistics.

And yet, those statistics are people.

As the snow blankets the ground and the temperatures continue to drop, I cannot help but think of those who will face another cold winter without heat and adequate shelter.

As I plan my Thanksgiving menu, I cannot help but think of those whose stomachs growl endlessly.

As I complain about the loads of laundry awaiting my attention, I think of those who lack something that has become a chore to me.

This year, as we sit around the table with cherished friends and family, eating our fill and counting our blessings, let us remember those whose blessings are much fewer in number.

Let us allow our hearts to break for them.

Let us lift our voices in prayer for them.

Because what you and I would call the basics would be counted as blessings by those who live without them. Let us resolve to count them as blessings as well.

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” ~Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)

If you are moved to give out of your abundance, here are some of my favorite charities to consider:

Compassion International
World Vision
International Justice Mission
Reese’s Rainbow
The Salvation Army
Feed The Children
Haiti Healthcare Partners

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.’ ~Matthew 25:40

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25 Responses to A Week of Thanks {The Basics}

  1. itallmattersmom

    I, too, think about the homeless especially at this time of year. I wish I knew of better ways to care for them besides donations and prayer, but maybe the prayer does more than I know (praying for warmth and safety). As I see my couch covered in laundry to be folded i’m reminded of how much we have. (And how much I have to do today.) 🙂

  2. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    YES! How often do people overlook what they do have and pine for more. I am so thankful for the basics. Our family is comfortable and well cared for. We live on a tight income but we are blessed in so many ways.

    Thank you for sharing Heather and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    xoxo

    • Heather

      Our income is very tight, as well, but I need to remember that compared to most of the world, it is abundant. Thanks for reading, my friend. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Kristin Hill Taylor

    Such wonderful encouragement to think beyond yourself. I’m grateful there are people like you who put the holidays in their right place. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Three Word Wednesday.

  4. queenofthelandoftwigsnberries

    This is such an important message to spread…so many of us are blessed with an abudance of wonderful things (even my huge dreaded laundry pile) yet we ignore so many who need our help. Looking forward to volunteering and donating our time and money to those who need it this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. BeckyM

    So true, Heather! I recently heard a sermon about how it must hurt God’s heart to hear us complain about our blessings…like you mentioned laundry or even a slow internet connection, etc.

    Enjoy ALL of your blessings on Thanksgiving!!!

    • Heather

      That’s an excellent point, Becky. Thank you for sharing that with us. I often tell my children that when we complain, we are really telling God that we aren’t happy with what He has given us. This must not be so. Blessings to you and yours.

  6. Candace

    Wow! Those statistics… I love where you say “Let us allow our hearts to break for them.” This is truly what must happen for people to open their hearts and give. Like you, the snow reminds me of those who are so cold stranded outside without a home. It is absolutely heart breaking. Great list of charities!

    • Heather

      Those statistics break my heart, but I think it is a good thing when it motives us to give. Thanks for stopping by, Candace. Blessings to you and yours.

  7. Melissa Kent Krueger

    Hi Heather – you stopped by my blog last Friday for Five Minute Friday, but the holiday preparations kept me a bit too busy to return the favor until now. I hope you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving. We are truly blessed in this nation, aren’t we?

  8. Anita Ojeda

    Thank you for the reminder! I have my students play Free Rice–it actually puts rice into the mouths of hungry children whilst helping students learn vocabulary, math facts and other cool things–they love that their learning blesses someone in need.

  9. bonniesteinborn

    As always — great reminders of truth – be it spiritual or social! I heard the rest of your statistic list earlier this week — YES = We truly have MUCH for which to be thankful — Wonderful to see that many are reading your post — PTL:) I am thrilled for you —

  10. stoopingformanna

    Thank you for this reminder that the purpose for all that we have given is to share it… reaching out to bless so that others may know Him. Loved this!

    • Heather

      I think we all need reminders to shift our perspective once in awhile. Thank God we have each other to help us do that, right? Thanks so much for reading, Sharita. Blessings!

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