Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~ Melody Beattie
I am short on time to make my Spiritual Sunday post, but I wanted to write something today. I am short on time becuase my husband Levi is home today. We haven't seen him in almost 2 weeks. He is working as a long-haul truck driver. He has been doing it for a year now, due to some job losses and financial issues. I am very grateful he has this job, even though it can be a hard life. Many people ask me about how I can do it. How can I stand having my husband gone for so long, raising four boys practically alone? I tell you it is not of my own strength that I do this, I am NOT alone. I give great gratitude to my Heavenly Father and to my Savior Jesus Christ, without the gifts and comfort of the Holy Ghost, I would not be able to bear it.
This quote is my one of my very favorite. It sums up my life I think. I have never had anything come easily to me in life, it seems that it has been a constant struggle. I'm sure it is that way for many people. I won't bore you with all my trivial trials and circumstances, but I can tell you one thing, that gratitude is clearly the key to putting it all in perspective. I can literally go through this quote and name examples of each of these points happening in my own life at some time.
I just wanted to express my personal gratitude for all the challenges, trials, and problems I have been given the oppurtunity to overcome by a loving Heavenly Father. He does NOT bring contention, sin, sorrow, or pain into our lives. But he does not always prevent them (because he can, he has that power). He allows the things of this world to affect us, to test us, and to try us. I am grateful for this blessing. Because of this I am stronger because I do not rely on myself but on a greater power. I have more faith, because I have tested it time and time again. Just when I have thought all was lost, he has made a way for me to solve, overcome, cope or simply to bear my problems with peace and understanding in my heart. I am grateful for his love, mercy, and wisdom and that has made all the difference.
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