Wednesday, November 21, 2012

...In everything give thanks.....

“Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received. As we cultivate a grateful attitude, we are more likely to be happy and spiritually strong. We should regularly express our gratitude to God for the blessings He gives us and to others for the kind acts they do for us.” 

I really love thanksgiving, I love the feeling everyone has around that time and the gratitude, everyone seems to have in their heart, around that time. It seems I always need the reminder to be grateful at least for me. I have been incredibly blessed in my life and sometimes I don't notice and fail to recognize the blessings I have received, so I am incredibly thankful for the reminder. I also love that, when you think about it, you really can't be bitter or negative when you have a grateful heart. I feel a lot happier when I am grateful

......And Of course who better to thank than to God our own creator.
......and who is a better example than Christ himself...

The ways Christ showed gratitude and gave us an example:

John 11:41-He prays To give thanks to the father for being able to perform the Miracles that he performs. He teaches us humility, to recognize God's hands in all things.
Matt 15:36-Even Christ gave blessings on the Food to give thanks for it.
Matt 11:27-He gave all credit to God, saying all things comes from God, He is very humble, blessed with so many talents and attributes and never forgets to recognize the hand of God in his life.

.... And my favorite scriptures to remind me of thanks are....
Alma 34:38 - Give daily thanks!

D&C 59:7 - Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in ALL THINGS!
D&C 98:1 - Rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks.

My favorite quotes about gratitude:

“Gratitude is deeper than thanks. Thankfulness is the beginning of Gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thanks. Thankfulness may consist of merely words. Gratitude is shown in acts” – David O. Mckay

"When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives." - President Gordon B. Hinckley.

What better way to start off the Christmas season by giving thanks to our Heavenly Father who gave us his son! I am so grateful this season!

Happy Thanksgiving!