Gratitude

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Today was one of those days at church where you just don’t want to leave because the spirit was so strong there and you want to hold on to that feeling forever.  Every testimony, lesson, and song, was what I needed to hear and spoke right to my heart.  Our ward is so amazing and they have some of the strongest testimonies I have heard or felt. I have really grown to love these woman more than they will know.

Today in Relief Society the teacher gave the lesson from a talk given by Thomas S. Monson titled, “The Divine Gift of Gratitude.”  He mentions in his talk:

“Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings.

This is a wonderful time to be on earth. While there is much that is wrong in the world today, there are many things that are right and good. There are marriages that make it, parents who love their children and sacrifice for them, friends who care about us and help us, teachers who teach. Our lives are blessed in countless ways.”

If you turn on the news or even look on social media (if following news stations) you hear of a shooting here, or people killing someone, or even the protesting of the president elect.  How awful it is that there is no talk of good things happening around us.  We may feel at times that we have nothing going right in our lives, but we need to reflect every day on the things that happen in our lives and find the good that happens and be grateful for every little thing.

“Do material possessions make us happy and grateful? Perhaps momentarily. However, those things which provide deep and lasting happiness and gratitude are the things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our health, our abilities, the love we receive from those around us. Unfortunately, these are some of the things we allow ourselves to take for granted.”

I tend in my life to focus on the material possessions, and right now there is very few since my husband doesn’t have a job and we are living with his parents.  Especially at Christmas time where in the world we focus on how many presents we are getting our kids and making Christmas magical for them by going and doing things.  For us we have had a hard time with this but it has really helped me this year to focus on the Savior and that he is the reason for this season.  His birth is the reason why we celebrate Christmas and to reflect on everything he has done for us.  It has also helped me reflect on all the good things I have going around me like family, the gospel, and our health.

I want to end with this thought: “A grateful heart, then, comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives. This requires conscious effort—at least until we have truly learned and cultivated an attitude of gratitude. Often we feel grateful and intend to express our thanks but forget to do so or just don’t get around to it.”

I tend to get scared or worried when I want to express my gratitude to people that I don’t know.  But I know that when I have expressed that gratitude that I have felt a special love for them, as well as it helps me to feel more gratitude.  So don’t hesitate to tell those around you that you are grateful for them, let us all spread love by sharing our gratitude, because someone has said that “feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

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