Thankful For Imperfections

Today, as I spend time cleaning and cooking in order to prepare for Thanksgiving day at my house, I had to remind myself to be thankful. Thankful for imperfections that could otherwise make me crazy.

  • The couch we want to replace. At least we have a couch for company to sit on.
  • A fridge that needs to be cleaned out. We have food to fill it.
  • The dirt on the walls. We have a roof over our heads big enough to house many guests.
  • The charcoal from the wood stove my daughter used to draw on the carpet with Saturday. We do have a cheap way to heat our home and the carpet cleaner on loan from a friend cleaned it right up.
  • Floors that need mopping. There will be many little feet running on them in a few days. Cousins bonding and playing! Not much better.
  • The old riding lawn mower that picked up leaves for me yesterday. 4 hours of leaf picking up on the mower. Can’t imagine how long it would take to rake by hand.
  • Messy children’s bedrooms. They are busy making memories!
  • Peppermint creamer. ‘nough said!

There are so many things to be thankful for every single day. While I don’t want to focus my attention on thankfulness for material items, we should be thankful for what we do have, even if it’s not perfect. It’s a blessing regardless.

Micah 7:19, “…he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”




  1. Melinda, it always great to hear someone share their thankful heart this time of year. Your words are a witness of someone who feels extremely blessed. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving! Blessings!
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  2. Melinda – I came to your site from a comment you made on socialtriggers (your photo thumbnail intrigued me). I wanted comment on this post because I am Thankful today too, but I have no husband, no children, and no family to speak of, so enjoy your chaos :o) I am recently homeless, my only family is with me, my two beloved dogs. After several weeks I met a Pastor and his wife who are teaching me about Christ and they have allowed to stay in a vacant rental property of theirs. I am so grateful. Yesterday I had dinner at their house. This is a brand new journey for me, and I too feel often like running out the door, but like you, I plan to stumble along and be thankful, and I cant wait to read more of your blog. I have often dreamed of living in the Pacific northwest because I LOVE rain, but alas I live in Florida, where it is sunny, and warm, and dry :o)
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    • Welcome and thank you Kathleen! I’m so glad to have you here and for the blessings this family has been for you!

  3. Sue @ Suluban Cliff

    Hi, I have stumble upon your website accidentally and it’s really nice to read that you have been so blessed. I just got to know Jesus recently and I hope I can do know Him better and get blessed by His words.

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