Lately things in our life have been less than ideal. We are under stress that I imagine will last into Spring and maybe beyond...
Yet, despite all of this I am choosing to find the good in my life.
I am choosing to Believe that everything my family and I may go through in the next 6 months has a purpose.
I choose to grow and become a better woman.
I choose to be grateful.
Last Sunday night as I was sitting on the couch making menu plans for the week, it dawned on me I should start a gratitude journal. Years ago I had kept one and loved it! Thanks to author Sarah Ban Breathnach and Oprah Winfrey I have a book filled with the sweetest little memories of my children and my life that brought me joy and peace no matter what kind of day I was having.
So, I started a gratitude journal that very night.
The next day while I was reading through my favorite blogs I read a post by Lee Clements. The title of the post? GRATITUDE. I smiled and nodded my head as I read her lovely words. She shared about her gratitude journal and how Sarah Ban Breathnach had been such an inspiration to her. Wow! I couldn't believe it!! Less than 12 hours before I had been thinking about the very same thing.
About an hour later I picked up our church magazine the Ensign. The first page I flipped to read something like this..."100 reasons you should keep a gratitude journal".
Then I turned the page and their was one of my favorite church leaders Henry B. Eyering and his talk on gratitude.
Now I know gratitude is a hot topic during this season. But I don't believe in coincidences. I believe that because my Father in Heaven knows what's ahead for me...He is trying to gently remind me what's truly important.
We are not our things. We are not our house, our cars, our clothes, our stuff.
What's important in living a good life is family. It's love at home. It's prayer. It's knowing that we can weather any storm because we have one another.
That same night I was baking a few treats for our Seminary Christmas party. I had 2 packs of saltine crackers on a cookie sheet and was spreading them around in oil. I stopped for just a moment and couldn't believe what I saw. On one of the crackers was the most perfect heart baked right in. It was perfect. And no, I didn't get a photo. I was too busy showing everyone and laughing. We all thought it was just so cool. I thought it was more than cool. I knew it was another sign. I knew it was the Spirit witnessing to me that I was on the right path. That as long as I keep my heart filled to the brim with faith and love and gratitude...then everything would be okay.
"Peace I leave with you;
my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives
do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid."
~ John 14:27 ~
~ John 14:27 ~