Thankful for Porcelain

Have you ever been thankful for porcelain toilets? My husband and I travel to many countries while visiting orphans in our care. Some encounters on these trips include filthy pit latrines or overflowing and non-working toilets. Therefore, we joke about writing a book called “Toilets of the World,” to share some of our more unique experiences without porcelain. And, we found a few rural places in India that the only option was a field instead of proper toilets. Poverty does not give the luxury of clean restrooms to many in the world. Diseases spread because of these unfortunate sanitation situations. When we travel somewhere new, I wait with baited breathe to see if we will have porcelain or not.

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Thankful

Are you wondering why I am bringing up toilets on my blog? In light of seeing the kind of poverty that does not allow for clean sanitation reminds me of how blessed I am to live in the developed world. Pit latrines taught me to be thankful for even the littlest things in my life. Therefore, I appreciate our toilets in this country.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

James 1:17 (NIV)

Webster defines thankfulness as “conscious of benefits received.” The Bible gives us many verses about being Thankful. For example, one verse comes to mind as I balance over a pit latrine in a developing country. The verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:18; “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Another verse that I think about is Colossians 4:2; “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” God instructs us throughout the Bible to give thanks often and in every situation.

Hoarding

In light of our current pandemic, I also appreciate toilet paper. As store shelves empty of this commodity, I remember many bathrooms around the world do not provide any paper. Thankfulness fills my heart when I find some to buy. But some people hoard the TP when they find it in the store in case they run out. Gratefully, God does not hoard His blessings from us. He gives them to us freely. Meanwhile, all He asks in return is to provide Him the thanks and glory. 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:1 (NIV)

I find it harder to be grateful when things are going well. Why do we forget to be thankful when life is comfortable? I try to find ways to help me to remember to give thanks. I decided to keep a photo of a pit latrine from one of our mission trips to Kenya taped to my computer’s side. This picture reminds me to give thanks in all circumstances. What do you do to remind yourself how blessed you are by God and to always be thankful?

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Prayer

Jesus, I am so thankful for my family, home, porcelain toilet, and all you have provided for me. Help me remember to praise you, and thank you for everything in my life. Amen.

Blessings,

Yvonne M. Morgan – author, blogger, and speaker

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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22 thoughts on “Thankful for Porcelain

  1. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    Stephen De La Vega

    It’s interesting that, with more, there is less thankfulness. Its so easy to take things for granted, including our health and abilities. But God is merciful in giving it all. Maybe sometimes we need to force ourselves to remember and give thanks. How much better it would be if it came naturally.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I know. I wish it was a lot more natural to be thankful. Maybe someday. Thanks Stephen and God bless

  2. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Thank you for this reminder to be thankful in all situations. That is easier said than done at times. I am thankful for His blessings.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It is so much easier said. I am always surprised how often I forget to be thankful. Thanks Melissa and God bless

  3. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Thank you for this reminder. And I so agree with Stephen De La Vega’s comment – how sad that the more we have, the less thankful we appear to be. And how that must break God’s heart.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It really must break His heart as He looks around and sees all His has provided us and we don’t thank Him. Thanks Ava. God bless

  4. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    There’s nothing like the smell and the awkwardness of a squatty potty (give me an open field any time) to cause one to remember the blessings of porcelain. How often we take for granted the incredible luxuries we have in our western prosperous world. Thank you for sharing these thoughts on gratitude, thanksgiving, gratefulness to our good God for every good thing he provides us, a detail we often forget to be thankful for in our daily lives.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      We do forget so often and how it must grieve the Father’s heart. I pray for all of us to be more aware of our blessings and offer our thankfulness at least daily. Thanks Melinda. God bless

  5. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    I have been to Asia with TP in my purse. Yes, you do miss the porcelain and the paper. Thanks for a good one, Yvonne! God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. I appreciate your thoughts. God bless

  6. Life has many difficulties and ways we must adjust to the “new normal. ” Gratitude for the little things is an enormously helpful way of grounding and keeping perspective. I admit, I’ve taken my porcelain for granted!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I think we all do. My prayer is for all of us to be thankful daily. Thanks Candice and God bless.

  7. Yvonne, I have been thinking along the same lines. And I am trying to say thankful for what may seem like small blessings, but in reality are incredible gifts when the rest of the world is considered. This would include things like having a toilet and toilet paper, but also having food on the table, a safe home, books to read etc. But my thoughts have landed most is on the fact I have access to running water. How grateful I am to turn on a tap and have water pour out of it. When we have travelled we have been in places where people have had no running water and must walk up and down hills to access water and carry it back in containers. So whenever I open a tap to clean dishes or have a shower I now give thanks. We have so much to be grateful for.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      You are so correct, running water is something else we should be very thankful for in our country. I have bathed out of many buckets on mission trips. Thanks for adding your thoughts. Thanks Anne and God bless

  8. Great message, Yvonne. I, too, remember no paper or porcelain toilet on my overseas travels. And I always remember how the Lord encourages us to be thankful “in” all situations. That’s a big difference between being thankful “for” certain things.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It is a big difference as you said. Being thankful in all situations is so much harder than being thankful for stuff. Thanks Karen and God bless

  9. Gratitude is really important. There is SO much we take for granted. I remember coming back from my first mission trip and being so grateful for things like running water and a warm shower and a toilet that flushes. I try to hold onto that gratitude still!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too and that is something that makes mission trips special, you learn about thankfulness. Thanks Jessica. God bless

  10. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Yvonne, thank you for bringing us back to the overflowing blessings we enjoy here in America. How easily we feel defeated when things don’t go as planned. We forget all the blessings the Lord has already poured out on us before we even eat our breakfast. Running water, clean water, having abundant water to flush toilets, this is something many will never see. Oh Lord, forgive us for our ungrateful hearts. Help us to see your many blessings and share all we can with others.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Melissa. May our hearts always be full of thankfulness to the One who provides. God bless and thanks

  11. I know what you mean about toilets and the lack of in other countries. My husband and t went on a mission’s trip in the Middle East and the sanitation standard was very different than what the the states has. But we were so thankful to be there, ministering the gospel to these beautiful people. Being thankful truly changes our perspective on our current challenges.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It really does change our perspective. Thanks for your comments Marcie. God bless.

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