Sunday, November 2, 2008

Giving Thanks Challenge



I saw this on TXMommy's blog and decided I wanted to join in. I hope I do the link right--but I guess Leah is hosting a month of gratitude. I know I didn't start on November 1, but I decided I really wanted to be a part of this and really think about all of my blessings.

I have so much for which to be grateful. As I sat in Testimony Meeting today I was filled with so much joy as I heard others express their gratitude--especially for the blessings of prayers being answered. One sister in particular really touched my heart as she expressed her gratitude for the sisters who prayed for her when she went to her country to try and adopt a baby. She wasn't able to get the baby and rather than be devastated she talked about how she knew Heavenly Father heard our prayers because she was able to deal with the disappointment. (I felt so ashamed for my feelings of disappointment and questioning when things don't go the way I THINK they should.)

I am so grateful for the power of prayer.






16 comments:

[Somebody Loved] said...

I know that being un-grateful is a sin... [“I do not know of any, excepting the unpardonable sin, that is greater than the sin of ingratitude.” Quentin L. Cook] This is one of my favorite months of the year when we talk about being Thankful... preparatory to the season where human love and kindness are widespread around the world. Isn't this a great time of year. Thank you for helping me to think about the things that I am thankful for.
ToOdLeS.ShEiLA

PJ said...

What an example of strength!

Fun challenge

Nancy Face said...

Such a wonderful reminder...I too am grateful for the power of prayer! :)

Klin said...

Great challenge. I've been thinking about the many things I feel gratitude for myself.

Chel said...

That was wonderful... and you know what, I think I needed to hear it.

love ya!

Mel said...

Thanks for sharing that! I too am participating in the "Give Thanks" challenge. What a wonderful time of year!

aubrey said...

what a great idea..i love the idea of listing what we're thankful for this month. i was sitting in testimony meeting and something someone said who bore their testimony just touched me and reminded me that Heavenly Father knows each and every one of us individually. it is something that we all know but sometimes forget in the hustle and bustle of life. so, i am thankful for that.

Crazy Mom of Four said...

prayer is amazing! What a great idea. I once had a "competition" with my AP in the mission on who could write more blessings and things we are gratful for, I won, I mean I was able to write the most down. Anyway thanks for the reminder.

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

It's easy to be grateful when you realize that there's always (ALWAYS!) someone who has it much worse than you. Keeps you humbled and things in perspective.

Melissa said...

I can't remember who the gal quoted, but last year one of the Sisters in our ward gave a talk and quoted someone (I'll see if I can find it) about how it isn't coincidence that Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are so close together.
We have Thanksgiving to humble us, remind us of all the wonderful things we have been given.
Then Christmas to open our hearts and turn us more towards our Savior.
Then New Years - a chance to make changes in our lives. To take what we learned at Thanksgiving and Christmas and apply it to our goals for the upcoming year!
I'll see if I can find the article...

Melissa said...

Okay... I couldn't find the original trascript, but it was by Glenn Beck and I did find a blogger who had it on his blog... I just might post it on mine too...
http://megamapmakerman.blogspot.com/2007/12/trinity-of-holidays.html

Suzanne said...

I too am grateful for the power of prayer. And I'm grateful for you!!! Thanks for the cool bookmark you sent me! :)

Ashley said...

Wow, it is amazing when we can be grateful for even times of heart ache. I know that we are never alone. There is always someone there to answer our prayers and comfort us in our time of need. It always reminds me of the poem, "Footprints in the Sand." I wish everyone had the faith and knowledge of this wonderful blessing and gift.

annie said...

There is always something to be thankful for... and always someone who has less to be thankful for but is more thankful than I am.

txmommy said...

I'm glad you are doing this, I will be happy to hear your gratitude each day.

Leah in Iowa said...

I've had a nice visit at your place today. It was fun getting to know you a little bit. I'm glad you joined in on the Giving Thanks challenge. Your list looks great! =) Keep it up!

~ Leah