Gratitude: Counting my Blessings
Today’s the day … the final gratitude challenge question day. However, this is not the answer to just one question … Gratitude is the answer to every question. In times of stress and darkness being grateful for the smallest things turns on the light. Focusing on the light rather than the darkness lifted my spirit and gave me hope. In times of happiness and joy gratitude multiplied my joy with contentment and peace. In my times of uncertainty giving thanks for the solid things I do know increased my faith and patience.
Taking this 30 day gratitude challenge has again opened my mind and heart and soul to the abundance in and around me. The opportunity to ponder the huge things and the small gratitudes day by day has given me such a lightness of heart and I’ve been happier, even when the crazies happen. I fear less and hope more. My eyes looked up from the paths of my feet; looked up at the light, and left the darkness behind (even if just for a short time).
My thought for the day is this: I will wrap gratitude around every thought, in every blessing and through every trial and every pain, and I will see the abundance of blessings overflow in my heart and in my life. I found gratitude in all times & places. I encourage you to seek out the gratitude in your life. And like one of my favorite hymns “Count your many blessings name them one by one. Count your many blessings see what God has done”.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak for 20 minutes in my church’s sacrament meeting; my topic was gratitude. Not gratitude in a general way but gratitude as a choice not only in good times but most importantly during the bad; when we are afraid, torn, battered or lost. The Lord commanded that we give thanks in all things and to have a prayer in our hearts at all times…easy to say, fairly difficult to do. But, when I try and I get it, even for a moment, everything changes. In preparing I asked family and friends their take on gratitude and universally the response was that it changes everything; negative vibrations to positive ones, opening my eyes to see what I have rather than what I think I lack. Looking back over times I’d classify as bad, very bad, and extremely, horribly, disgustingly, terribly bad and those that seem good all have turned out to be blessings; though while I was in dark and terrible moment, hours, days, weeks, months and years there was no way I’d have ever said it was or would ever be a blessing. But, God does know us, he knows what he is making of us…we are the gold and silver he is refining and asking us to choose to live with gratitude in our circumstances rather than thankful just for the good things is one way he is helping us grow in his image. Caveat, I still desire to be thankful all the abundance and the multitude of blessings I don’t deserve… and to you my family, friends who’ve become family, friends who will become family, strangers who will become friends I am grateful for you most of all!