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Thursday, November 28, 2013

12 Months to be Thankful for

As I sat and pondered what in the world I could write about on this wonderful and beautiful thanksgiving day... a thankful list came to my mind... Oh yes, another one of these.
Thankful lists are something everyone seems to write on thanksgiving but what about every other day of the year? Aren't there things we should be thankful for EVERY SINGLE day??
It seems to me that everyone's thankful list include some of the same things: family, a home, the gospel etc...
Although all those things are wonderful and I am thankful for them don't you think it starts to become a little repetitive?
Every year we seem to be "thankful" for the same things... but every year is a different year, so shouldn't there be more to our lists then just that?
What if our thankful list was more specific?
I am thankful for a loving family but I am also thankful for each individual member of my family.
I am thankful for my Dad and how hard he works everyday to provide for me.
I am thankful for my Mom and the new things she teaches me day by day and the way she keeps our house orderly and clean/
I am thankful for my little brother Richie and the fun that he adds to my life by being my best friend.
I am thankful for my little sister Ginger who always has a smile on her face and can brighten anyone's day.
A more specific thankful list becomes a more meaningful thankful list.
I have a lot to be grateful for and my list of thanks could go on forever and ever but the list I'm about to share with you is based on events that happened this past year and the accounts that I made in my journal.
December 2012: Thankful to be in all the right places in all the right time and also for the birth of my Savior and how that small event changed the world FOREVER.
January 2013: Thankful for the knowledge of Eternal Families. Thankful for the trials in my life that help me to grow stronger. Thankful for the atonement and its indescribable power.
February 2013: Thankful for the callings in which I have been given that help to strengthen me and push me to be the best me I can possibly be. Thankful for answered prayers and for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
March 2013: Thankful that I am able to see things in an eternal perspective so that I may be able to find and feel peace in all situation. Thankful for the ability to dream and that our dreams give us hope for the future. Thankful to have someone who allows me to experience things in life that I would have missed out on other wise.
April 2013: Thankful for music and my wonderful cousin who helped me record a piano instrumental CD for my soon to be missionary. Thankful for wonderful people and time well spent together.
May 2013: Thankful for the priesthood and the wonderful men in my life that not only hold it but cherish it. Tankful for missionaries and the service they provide. Thankful for temples that I can go to whenever I want and feel the peace that comes from regularly attending. Thankful for loving friends who give me love and support through every situation.
June 2013: Thankful for the power of prayer and that I can feel my Saviors love as I get on my knees everyday. Thankful for planes and for airport layovers.
July 2013: Thankful for second families. thankful for revelation and confirmations.
August 2013: Thankful for the mailing system and the person who created it because without the mailing system life would be so sad.
September 2013: Thankful for friends who are in the same situation I am in and that I can turn to them whenever I need them and know that they can help me out because they can relate.
October 2013: Thankful to be able to adjust to different situation and rely on my Savior to help me. Thankful for general conference and that we get to hear the prophets who are called of God speak to us and guide us in this ever changing and awful world that we live.
November 2013: Thankful that I am able to stand firm in what I believe in and to have the Holy Ghost as a constant companion in my life.
I am so thankful for each and every event that happened throughout this year. Although at the time I may have been wondering "Why me?"  I now know why certain things happened to me and I am thankful for the learning and growing that occurred.
Journal Challenge: Write in your journal everyday and list three things that you
                                                                                       were thankful for 
                     Happy Thanksgiving!