It’s the Thanksgiving season, a time that shines on our blessings because we tend to live more in the spirit of thanksgiving. Tonight my heart is full of gratitude for a loving Father in Heaven who has blessed me in so many ways. He has given me a family of my own to love and cherish. I am so grateful to be a wife and mother here on earth. I am thankful for a husband who adores me and is blind to my faults for some strange reason. I am grateful for my four children who bring me incredible joy. They are really good kids, too. I also feel incredibly blessed to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Such a wonderful church! Having the gospel in my life means everything to me. It gives me purpose and direction. I know who I am, a daughter of God. I know my savior is Jesus Christ. Having a savior is a HUGE blessing; someone to be grateful for every. single. day.My husband and I were asked by our bishopric to give the talks in Sacrament meeting next Sunday (Sacrament meeting is the family meeting at our church, when we partake of the sacrament). The topic we were assigned was, of course, gratitude. That will give me a lot to ponder and study throughout this Thanksgiving week as I prepare my talk.
♥ I think gratitude and joy are connected. What do you think? Maybe you can help me with my talk! If you have any thoughts about gratitude you’d like to share with me, please leave a comment. ♥
It snowed for maybe thirty seconds this morning, before turning back to rain. We definitely have snow in our mountains, though. Seeing the first snow of the season has made me want to put away my fall decorations and pull out my winter ones, which are also my Christmas decorations. But I’ll wait for my youngest daughter to come home for Thanksgiving. She loves to help me decorate our home.
I was going to post my bucket list today, but I need a little more time to put it together. Instead, I want to share my thoughts about gratitude. There was a lot of gratitude expressed today at church. There are some families in our ward (congregation) who are struggling right now. Some of our members are battling cancer and other serious health issues. Yet, despite their trials, they are grateful for the blessings in their lives. Our ward family is always there for one other. There is so much service and love extended in times of need, so much friendship in our everyday lives.
I have realized in my own life that I’ve been blessed even in my darkest moments. First of all, I am never alone. Whatever I am going through, my Savior has already felt it. I also have an amazing husband, four wonderful children, and some true friends who stay connected with me across time and distance. I also have the gospel in my life, and what a comfort that is, to know who I am, why I’m here on earth, and that there is a way home to my Heavenly Father.
“A grateful heart… comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives.”
~President Thomas S. Monson
Gratitude is a blessing in and of itself. That’s because a grateful heart is a happy heart.
♥ What are you feeling grateful for at this moment? I am grateful to each of my readers for their friendship and support. Thank you! I wish you each a beautiful week, full of blessings, big and small. ♥