Give Thanks — Clutter or Abundance?

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2010

With Thanksgiving Day just a few hours away, I assume we’ve all been quietly reminiscing on all the blessings in our lives, right?

Not you?

Oh, you’ve been too busy thinking about the HUGE list of things you have to do before tomorrow…don’t worry, I’m guilty too!

However, I’d like to challenge us all to GIVE THANKS today. And not only for the good things in our lives.

Give Thanks…

…for dirty dishes. They’re proof of a home-cooked meal.

…for dirty piles laundry. They’re proof of a family you love and care for.

…for dirty diapers. They’re proof a precious little baby.

Give Thanks…

…for the clutter in your home. It means your home is lived-in, used, loved, and comfortable.

…for sticky fingerprints on your windows and doors. It means you have children playing {or a messy husband!}

…for dust, dirt, and grime. It probably means you’ve been enjoying your life instead of cleaning, right?!

Give Thanks…

…for utility bills and mortgage payments. At least you’ll have a warm, cozy home all year long.

…for the mountain of gifts you have to buy. At least you have loved-ones to buy for.

…for any debt you have. At the very least, you’ll learn from your choices, and hopefully grow in the process.

Give Thanks…

…for the long lines at the store. They signify great deals!

…for blustery winter days. They signify Spring is coming.

…for the business of this holiday season. It signifies family, friends, food, faith, fellowship, and more!

In all life there is evidence of living.

Sometimes that evidence looks like clutter {OK, a lot of times}, but sometimes it looks like a reason to be thankful for the abundance in our life. So before you start attacking every mess, grouching at your kids or spouse, and forgetting the reason behind the holiday season, look around and consider…

Is all that surrounds you clutter—or abundance?


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  4. Kristen @ JoyfullyThriving


    So true, Andrea! I just talked about the same thing on Sunday at my website ( as I had a student, Jared, who told me that he was thankful for tuna – even though he didn’t like it!

    God is good! We have much for which to be thankful! A blessed thanksgiving to you and your husband!


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kristen, I loved your post too!


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    I think I’ll need to share this with my Thanksgiving guests.

    Dirty clothes also mean we have clothes to wear. What a blessing!


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  7. Holly


    Love this post! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Holly!


  8. Caroline Grossman


    I love this post. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your website 🙂