Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Count your Blessings

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I sit here with a full heart. How do I adequately express the gratitude that is in my heart? How do I express enough thanks to myna father in Heaven for the great life I have? For all the many wonderful blessings I have received? I try to express my gratitude each day. As I have done so, an amazing transformation has taken place in my heart. Anger, resentment, jealousy, hatred cannot exist in a thankful heart. The more I give thanks, the more I am blessed with, and the more gratitude I have for what I have been given.
I have thought a lot about the song "Count your blessings". The words are clear as what we need to do. When upon life's blessings you are tempest tossed. When you are discouraged thinking all is lost. Count your blessings, name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
I have taken tht challenge to heart. When I truly stop and count my blessings, actually write them out, I am in awe of what I have been blessed with. I am in awe of what The Lord has given me. I am grateful for all the many blessings that I DO have and quit focusing on the things I don't have in my life.
Aren't the scriptures, Christ's teachings, amazing? They lay out so clearly for us what will bring happiness and joy into our lives. God isn't wanting us to express our blessings for His sake, but for ours. He knows if we focus on all that we have, all that we have been given, all the tender mercies that He has sent us, that we will be better off.
We will find gratitude and the good in our lives. We will realize we have been given so many gifts that we wouldn't ever trade by our Savior. We would see the good in our lives and not envy the lives of others.
This month, I have tried to focus on my daily blessings. I'm grateful to take a breath without struggling because I have been struggling to breathe lately. Boy does it make me grateful when air comes easy. I'm grateful for great doctors. Sure, I'd rather not be sick but I'm grateful for amazing doctors to get me well. I'm grateful for the meals brought in our home so my family has a good hot meal to eat even when I cannot provide it. I'm grateful for those that drive me everywhere because I cannot at the moment. I'm grateful for all those that do for me, especially when I cannot do for myself. How can I be angry that I am sick when The Lord has met every one of my needs through others. He has brought people along to help with Hayden, meals and doctors. I amso very grateful!

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