Taken For Granted

Taken For Granted

“Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: ‘There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!’” Proverbs 31:28-29.

Last week I had a pity party. I came home from work and nobody said hi to me. The kids were all on their electronics or in their room, there was no one to greet me at the door. I wished in that moment I had a dog, at least he’d be happy to see me. I started making supper and then someone yells down the stairs, “What’s for dinner?”

I got upset. ‘Is that all I’m good for?’ I thought. ‘I’m more than just the house chef.’ My husband came home from work and I was all moody and teary eyed. When he asked me what was wrong I had to give him props for not rolling his eyes.

We sat down for dinner and my husband addressed it with the children that I’m not just here to make meals.

After I calmed down and got over my pity party, I had a talk with God and He reminded me of a couple of things. First of all, shouldn’t I want to be a blessing to my family by providing their meals? If I want to be a blessing for others, I should start with my family.  Yes, that means they shouldn’t take it for granted but it also means that I should do it without grumbling or without praise.

Secondly, I was reminded at how much I take for granted every day. How often do I not appreciate the people in my family and the things they do for me.

I am on a mission to live my life to be a blessing for others – and that needs to start with my family. God blessed me with this beautiful family that I get to see on a regular basis. Children that I get to be a part of their growth and a husband who always points me to Jesus. I can only hope to be as much of a blessing in their life as they are in mine.

I can only hope to be as much of a blessing in my family's life as they are in mine.

What about you? Are you taking someone in your family for granted right now? Are you having a pity party like I was last week? If that’s you (because that’s me), then let’s join together in being intentional today about letting our family know how much they mean to us.

Prayer: Father God, thank you so much for all of your blessings. I take You and Your gifts for granted all the time. I’m sorry for that. Help me to be more aware and to be a good steward of the people you have entrusted me with. Amen.

Discussion: What are some ways you try to be a blessing to your spouse or children?

This post is part of my series for June: Living Life to Be a Blessing. I hope you enjoyed it and that you have a wonderful day.  If you’d like, please feel free to subscribe via email!

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  1. Meg Weyerbacher

    I had a similar scenario play out at our home. I felt unappreciated after I cooked a meal and then the very next day when my husband cooked for me, he got excited about himself and I DID roll my eyes. God got onto me (in His gentle way) for my attitude. I quickly thought about the golden rule and realized I needed to step up to the plate and give the very thing I wanted which was appreciation and praise (as the verse says). This means even if I have to be the first one up to bat! At least I am recognizing it now, but growing hurts sometimes! Thanks for this, Chelsey!

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