November 13th

13 November 2014

IMG_3098I’m extremely grateful for pillow talk. I love talking at night with dear Christopher, sharing our thoughts, victories, struggles, funnies. Chris and I are far from fantastic with diligent scripture/gospel study, though we do usually at least have some sort of spiritual thought type thing. I’m grateful for the peace that the gospel brings. Husband shared these words with me by President Uchtdorf:

“Perhaps focusing on what we are grateful for is the wrong approach. It is difficult to develop a spirit of gratitude if our thankfulness is only proportional to the number of blessings we can count. True, it is important to frequently “count our blessings”—and anyone who has tried this knows there are many—but I don’t believe the Lord expects us to be less thankful in times of trial than in times of abundance and ease. In fact, most of the scriptural references do not speak of gratitude for things but rather suggest an overall spirit or attitude of gratitude.

It is easy to be grateful for things when life seems to be going our way. But what then of those times when what we wish for seems to be far out of reach?

Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.”

I am thankful that the Lord puts such wonderful people and blessings and experiences in our path.

And goodness, after months without a functioning washer (thanks to my sister for letting us borrow hers), we found a cheap used one that works great. Hooray! I wonder how long our clean clothes will sit in the baskets before I put them away…

Chris and I watched How to Train Your Dragon 2 and I thought it was a gem. Dragons and people can live in peace! Amen. And of course our movie was accompanied with Whirly Pop (get one) popcorn with coconut oil. Yum. Grateful for moments like that.

Oh, and I’m especially grateful for a certain girl’s comment on Facebook that made me feel much much better. She wrote it just when I needed it and I’m grateful for the spirit that guides us so we can help each other.

I’m grateful for the time I have to play music and that we have a keyboard so I can play piano. It’ll be lovely to have a nice old wooden upright piano someday, but no space for it now in our lovely home which I love so much.

Grateful for the beauty everywhere!

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