by Kari Diane Pike
The many "I am grateful for" posts on Facebook this month gave me a great deal to think about. I take far too many blessings in my life for granted. So, I set a goal to be more observant and show gratitude for those blessings. Why does it feel like the entire universe conspires against me whenever I set a new goal?
Let's just say that one panic attack and days of prayer gave me a fabulous opportunity for growth. I learned that the Lord loves me and is mindful of my every need -- and the needs of my family. He blesses me beyond measure. Even when I turn to him for something as seemingly trivial as what to prepare for dinner, he will help me figure it out. I learned (again) that even though I am just one puny mortal amongst worlds without end, he loves me for who I am and who I can become.
I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, and I love Him! Every effort I make, no matter how small or unsuccessful it may appear to me or the rest of the world, counts in His eyes. No effort goes unwasted.
When I am in need of an answer to a problem, all I have to do is turn to the Lord. I begin with prayer and then open my scriptures. The answers are all there. Sometimes I find the answers written out word for word. Most of the time, however, the answers come as brilliant flashes of insight. I learned that even though asking what to make for dinner may seem trivial to the world, it is an important part of my calling as a wife and mother. The Lord helps me become strong and blesses me with the ability to fulfill all of my callings -- especially the most important one -- the one from which I will never be released.
Today, when my to-do list seemed unconquerable and I was tempted to run and hide, I remembered these lessons. I asked for work in order to help my husband care for our family's financial needs. I was blessed with several new contracts. I prayed for the health of my chidren and they have schedules filled with school and sporting events. The list goes on...I guess what I'm trying to say is that I can either complain about the "stress" or express gratitude for the blessings manifested. I wouldn't want to give up any of them! I really do need to think about it when I hear "Be careful what you pray for!"
May God bless you and yours!