Friday, 10 October 2014


This is not the post that I had planned to write for today's 31 Days of Everything Home, but while I was browsing Instagram and other blogs this morning, this quote below from 'Incourage' stood out to me. It's been playing on my mind for the whole day.  

As Christian wives, Mothers and Homemakers, we truly desire to live lives of genuine gratitude to God; setting the example for all those who look to us for guidance and encouragement. But it's not always easy.

Stresses of the day; external circumstances beyond our control; eyes that sometimes covet the next persons lifestyle; lack of sleep; sickness; lack of finances; marital conflict; greed and selfishness; continual children's squabbling. I could go on. So many distractions to rob our souls of the peace and contentment that is ours in Christ. 

Perspective. The words above, to me, remind me about the importance of perspective. How I see my life. How I see myself, my marriage, my children, my home, my Church family, my ministry - everything in my life. Do I begrudgingly give of myself to these relationships and opportunities, feeling robbed of 'me'? Or, do I see it all as so many beautiful blessings that I 'get to' enjoy each and every day? Some as answers to prayers; most as the outpouring of His undeserved love and grace in my life. Oh how He loves us.

As I pondered the words 'get to', I began seeing all these things that are in my life as a privilege. 

I am a privileged child of God; 
you are a privileged child of God!

I thought about all the things that I 'get to' do that many others would only dream of ...

I get to ...
  • tuck four children in to bed at night, safe and sound
  • clean a beautiful home that provides shelter, comfort and fun for us all
  • clean and bath two cats and one dog who have brought us much joy
  • learn from my many mistakes
  • prepare yummy and healthy meals each night for my family out of the pantry, not the rubbish bin
  • clean a bathroom that has a shower and a bathtub and products to keep us clean
  • do weekly shopping just down the road and bring it home to a cold fridge and freezer
  • have enough provision to need to work out a budget each week
  • make this house a home
  • wash clothes in a machine and hang them out in a clean space, and put more than one set away in clean cupboards
  • serve, love and support a man who loves me beautifully
  • teach, train and equip my children in the ways of the Lord
  • spend many hours helping kids with homework for their future opportunities
  • use my voice to sing to God and be a part of our Church Music team
  • spend many hours studying to be able to work at a later stage in life
There are so many blessings He gives me, gives us, gives you. I pray that I always have an attitude of gratefulness and 'getting to' do these things. 

Have a beautiful weekend praising God for all His blessings!

If you've missed out on the previous 31 Days of Everything Home posts, then here they are for you to read with your favourite hot drink in hand, enjoy! ...


  1. What a great perspective we should all take to our days. It's so easy to focus in on the 'have to' and lose sight of the 'get to'.

    1. Hi Kathryn, it's nice to have you visit! Thank you for your comment :)

  2. Elisha, you left a comment on Lin's A {Tiny} Cottage In The Woods post on my blog a couple of weeks ago. I've been slowly working my way over to your blog to pay you a visit and thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. So, I've been reading your latest posts and enjoying the photos of the chickens with your children. The smiles on their faces says it all (the smiles on the kids' faces, not the chickens. . .LOL). When I read this particular post I was quite struck. It so very much honors our Lord and is a wonderful reminder to me to count those things in my life that may not seem like blessings -- like rubbing stain remover on clothes and scrubbing the toilet. Well, am I not blessed to have clothes to wash and an indoor bathroom to clean? Thank you, Elisha, for prompting me to praise Him. Hugs, Nancy

    1. Hello Nancy, it's so nice to meet you. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment here. It encourages me greatly. I enjoy seeing my children with the chickens too. Every day they excitedly run outside to check if there's eggs - it really is the simple things in life that are the best. Can you imagine what a chicken would look like if it smiled? LOL! I'm so glad that you were encouraged to praise God; we are to encourage each other in these things often. He is most worthy of all our praise. Blessings to you Nancy :)

  3. Love your graphics & the sweet spirit that comes through here at your blog. Thanks for visiting me at Doorkeeper. Blessings!

    1. Hi Renee! Thank you for visiting me here too! Have a great week, blessings to you too :)

  4. Elisha, I love your list of blessings! Thank you for reminding me that I share those same blessings too! Have a lovely week and thank you for sharing at the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week!

    1. You're welcome Jes, I do enjoy your blog very much! Have a lovely week :)


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