The last few weeks I have been periodically asking the children to share some things we take for granted that others might be praying for and their responsive have been wonderful. Remember our blessings at this time of year is so easy, but it's something that is so vital all year long. As they were expressing their thoughts it made me think about how much gratitude I feel for being able to create and share here on my site. It has enabled me to learn new skills, make wonderful friendships and enrich my life in ways I might not have done otherwise.
In honor of all that I created another set of gratitude lists this year. Each group of lists has a different feeling and theme, for lack of a better word. This year I just wanted something lovely where I could just write. Some pages are more detailed and others very simple, but that is how my life is so you get a reflection how what I was feeling in the evenings as I would sit down and create.
I think it's time to sand the table and give it a new coat of paint. It gets a great deal of love and abuse in our home.
"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.
"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. To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.
My sincere prayer is that we may, in our individual lives, reflect that marvelous virtue: an attitude of gratitude." (Thomas S. Monson, "An Attitude of Gratitude", General Conference, April 1992)
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