Gratitude makes my world brighter!

gratitudeGratitude makes a good day.

Gratitude makes my world brighter. It helps me to have a good day.

When I start my day off with prayer and remember to thank God for all my blessings, and thank Him even for the hard things, it helps my day be brighter and my burdens lighter. It helps me to see my trials and the hard things in my life as opportunities to grow and learn rather than miserable things to get through. Thankfulness makes my heart light and my vision bright. Being grateful is not like wearing rose colored glasses. It is more like being able to see things as they really are – being able to see the big picture.

I don’t think God sees my trials as negative things. They are probably the very things that give me the chances I need to grow and become more like Him. I can cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

Blessings and Tender Mercies

blessingsRecognizing blessings.

Tender mercies and blessings from God are evidence of His love for me. I often miss them!

I need to remember to actively look for tender mercies. Recognizing Heavenly Father’s love is easier if I remember to review my day every evening. I am more likely to recognize God’s love if I write in my journal. I am more likely to see tender mercies when I have a grateful attitude and when I pray and remember to thank God. Remembering God’s love comes when I take time to ponder and meditate and spend some time with God.

Tender mercies from God are great treasures! I can treasure them up in my heart and write them down. I can keep them in a safe place. When hard times come, and they always do, I can take out my journal and read about all that I’ve received from God. As I read, I remember my blessings and I remember the feelings I had when they happened. My blessings help me and sustain me and remind me that God loves me and that I can get through difficult times.

Then I remember gratitude…

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Here I am working full-time, taking care of the kids, making dinner, doing laundry, grocery shopping, having family home evening and family prayers, planning the vacations, cleaning the house, etc. As I make dinner yet again after a long day at work I silently complain about my loved one who doesn’t help out around the house.

Then I remember the tools I am learning in support groups. Where is my attitude of gratitude that I have been cultivating? I am thankful for my energy and ability to work hard. I am thankful for my legs and arms that support me as I make this dinner. I am thankful for my eyes that see my adorable children.

As my gratitude list grows my mood lightens and my mind is more at ease. I have more energy and feel more in control of my life. I notice that I am enjoying this task of making a delicious dinner for my family.  I call them in with a smile to help me finish up and set the table. Gratitude helps me to be happy, feel peace and to see things as they really are.