"Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings,
but it also unlocks the doors of heaven
and helps us feel God's love."
~Thomas S. Monson,~
~Thomas S. Monson,~
I am working on this. I am often grateful. I want to see the blessings in the world around me. That is one of the reasons that I started blogging. It helps me to recognize the gifts that surround me. And I am surrounded, each and every day, by thousands of blessings. I just don't always recognize them that way. Sometimes, the things that happen in life can seem so overwhelming. I get tied up in the day to day difficulties and I can't seem to remember to recognize the blessings in the midst of the trials. But still, they are all around me.
Yesterday morning, we woke up to a fresh coat of snow. It was glistening and white. It was frosty and beautiful. It was amazing. I love sitting in a warm house, with the fire burning in the fireplace and watching the snow fall outside my window. Winter has two sides for me. It can be a burden or a blessing. It all depends on how I look at it and on what is going on in my life at that moment. Winter itself doesn't change, just the way I look at it.
We have a loving Heavenly Father. One who can't wait to bless us. Who does bless us continually. But we have to be willing to open our eyes and behold the blessings. I know that I have had hard times in my life, but my point is that, even though things did not turn out quite the way I thought they would, in a very strange way, they have turned out much better than I have ever imagined. I have so much more than I dreamed.
It can be hard for me to focus on what I have. It can be hard to remember the blessings. But I can tell you, that when I do, I feel peace. I feel the divine gift of my Heavenly Father's love. I feel His tender mercies in the wonders that surround me. They have always been there, I just needed to stop and look and heal.