When You Think You're Finished, GIve Thanks

“Americans are rushed, even in the bathroom,” Dr. Rhee explained. 

Because of frequent urinary track infections, I was referred to a urologist. He gave me several practical suggestions, including this unique one: “When you think you have finished what you came in the bathroom to do, don’t move until you’ve said the Pledge of Allegiance first.”

I laughed. But I started making it my practice because UTIs are not fun and urologists are expensive. And the good news is that I’ve been UTI-free for nearly a year. But the Pledge, as much as I appreciate it, got old after awhile, so I decided to mix it up. It takes less than 15 seconds to say the Pledge, so I came up with a few similarly timed options for my “Don’t be rushed in the bathroom” drill.

Thank God via Bible verses. For example: Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old (Psalm 139:14-16).

Quote a thanksgiving poem:
by Ralph Waldo Emerson 

For each new morning with its light, 
For rest and shelter of the night, 
For health and food, 
For love and friends, 
For everything Thy goodness sends. 

Sing a grateful song: My latest favorite is the chorus of Ten Thousand Reasons by Matt Redman 

Pray for a person with extreme physical challenges: This week I am praying for my new friend Lori. She is an amazing young mother with multiple medical issues. Lori, a vibrant Christian, receives nourishment via feeding tube.

Praise God for my healthy body: My mom had two colostomies and an illiostomy over the course of her lifetime, so I took note early on that gastro gratitude is good.

It’s often said that thanksgiving should not be confined to one day a year. Here’s to making sure it’s not confined to one location either. 

My heartfelt prayer is that your thanksgiving will go to the toilet…and the pantry, and the closet, and the garage, and….


  1. I love how you create so many opportunities to praise the Lord, Kim. And the results definitely show in your life.

  2. Thank you, Gail. I have learned, and am still learning, the art of gratitude from so many people and experiences. I appreciate your encouragement, and I do pray that my gratitude to God is always evident! (And thank you for what you are writing about on this topic at www.biblelovenotes.com !

  3. Well, I must admit, this is the first time I've seen Give Thanks and Bathroom in the same challenge! Now THAT's creative!

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Day...not just while you were in the bathroom. :-)

  4. Thank you, Vonda! Yes, this was a unique post...but then I seem to have a unique outlook on life! Someone once described my writing as Dave Barry meets Billy Graham and perhaps this post illustrates that combination!


Each week I write a BOG (Brag On God) post. My prayer is that my words will invite you to brag on God, too. And together we'll make God smile.