Saturday, November 2, 2013

Seeking Gratitude

November seems to be a really popular month for everyone to think about, or even post on social media, things they are thankful for. Not only is this a great idea, but it also helps us to realize how many wonderful things and blessings we actually do have in life. We seem to notice more and more of what we do have, and forget about what we don't. We can become more positive while we shift our thinking away from the negative. Thomas S. Monson said:
"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues" ("An Attitude of Gratitude," Ensign, May 1992, 54)."
I also try to see events in my life for what they usually are: blessings from a loving Heavenly Father. There are so many things for us to learn and enjoy. Often, our greatest blessings come during or as a result of trials in our life. Frequently, the answers to our prayers are direct blessings in our lives. There are so many things in our lives that we have, and often take for granted, that we need to realize and be grateful for. David B. Haight taught:
"It’s so easy in life for us to receive blessings, many of them almost uncounted, and have things happen in our lives that can help change our lives, improve our lives, and bring the Spirit into our lives. But we sometimes take them for granted. How grateful we should be for the blessings that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings into our hearts and souls. I would remind all of you that if we’re ever going to show gratitude properly to our Heavenly Father, we should do it with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength—because it was He who gave us life and breath" ("Were There Not Ten Cleansed?," Ensign, Nov 2002, 24)."
Think of as many things as you can that you are grateful for in your life. They could be family, friends, your job, your home, food in your pantry, a testimony of Jesus Christ, or simply the beauty in the world around us. Write down your ideas in a journal or somewhere you can see them often and add to the list daily. I think you will be amazed at the ways you have been blessed in your life.

I am most grateful for my testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is through Him, and Him alone, that we can not only repent from our wrongs, but also be healed from all pains, sorrows, heartache and shortcomings in our life. He is our redeemer. I am also grateful for friends and family who are often the answers to my very prayers--sent to me in my time of need. I know that we can lift and help others as we desire to serve our God. There are so many things in this world--if not everything--that is a testament of our Father and His love for us. Even amid horrible trials, there are things we need to learn, beauty to be found and people to save.

We need to be grateful for what we are given and express our gratitude in prayer. We teach our kids to say please and thank you; we also need to exercise this when we talk to God. We need to teach our children by example to say please and thank you in our humble prayers.

Be grateful. Focus on the positive. See the blessings around you. Feel of His love for you.

For some more inspiring blog posts:
Dreaming About Someday
Babes in Hairland
Or So She Says...

© Wendy 2013


  1. my post in december might be the blessings i took extra notice of this month. i love taking time to notice all the little things we have. thanks for the reminder.

    1. That's a great idea, Aubrey!

    2. I've really been trying to work hard at this lately. I try find "random" things during the day that I am grateful for and see how much I can come up with. Some days it's easier than others. But I am most of all grateful for the gospel in my life!

    3. Love it, Becky!! The gospel is what makes everything else turn, the center of all that is good! :)