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Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 524

Today I am grateful that I got up and had the courage to exercise on the stationary bike for 30 minutes.

Today I am grateful for tea.

Today I am grateful that I have successfully navigated through 7 days of intermittent fasting and that I really do feel better. I am hoping to make it a habit. I am also grateful for the information and encouragement I have found with the Eat Like a Bear community. I’ve always that that is I were an animal I’d be a bear.

Today I am grateful for the perfect weather… not too hot and not too cold and for the flowers blooming in my yard.

Today I am grateful to get one more room clean.

Today I am grateful for my job. I enjoy teaching, helping students and the people I work with.

Today I am grateful for showers. When I was a kid there wasn’t always water. Sometimes, in the winter, the water could run down the ditch that filled our cistern. That meant you took what my mom called a “spit bath” were she might lick her fingers and scrub the dirt off your face before you headed to the school bus. Or she might heat up some water and give you a wash rag and tell you to scrub yourself. I am grateful for showers.

Today I am grateful for my visit with my friend Jamie. I have missed her!

Today I am grateful for scallions, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, spinach, feta and eggs with a dash of mustard dressing. It was so satisfying after a day of intermittent fasting.

Today I am grateful for my study of the gospel of Jesus Christ and my time in the scriptures. Today, as I was studying the first part of Alma 5, I was struck by all the questions regarding ” a mighty change of heart.” John even commented that Alma 5 is so much easier to comprehend when you consider each of Alma’s questions through the lens of “have I received a mighty change of heart?” Paul calls it “the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).” Peter calls it “divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).” How do we begin to obtain this mighty change of heart?

1) … “no more disposition to do evil…” (Mosiah 3:2)

2)… “awaken… out of a deep sleep…: through an invitation from the Spirit (Alma 5:7) and be “illuminated by the light of [Christ]”…

3) … “expand” souls as we “… sing [of] redeeming love…” (Alma 5:9)

4) “believe” in the “… holy prophets” and the “words of God” (Alma 5:11)

5) exercise “faith” to the end (Alma 5:11, 13, 15)

6) “humble” selves and “trust in the true and living God.” (Alma 5:13).

7) “look forward” with hope and “an eye of faith” (Alma 5:15)

8) “imagine” hearing the voice of the Lord inviting you to come unto Him because your works have been “works of righteousness”. (Alma 5:17). There is power in positive thinking.

9) “look up” (Alma 5:19). I remember Elder Holland, I think, giving a great talk about looking up.

10) work at having a “pure heart and clean hands” (Alma 5:19) Repentance and the Savior bring about a “purified,” “cleansed,” and “washed white” heart (Alma 5:21). The heart is a symbol for the entire soul. Have I fully committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ? We are only perfected THROUGH Him!

I know there is more, but I spent nearly 90 minutes on the first 26 vs. of this chapter. I concluded my study with this thought: A change of heart isn’t about our personal mastery, but learning to lean on the Savior as He makes us His master piece. This thought also gave me a deeper meaning to that infamous church film/poem The Touch of the Master’s Hand.

Today I will pick one of these things and ponder and act on it to bring me closer to a “mighty change of heart.”

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