#gratitude

Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 25 - Today has been a bit of an usual day.  It started with aches and pains that made it hard to feel motivated to get out of bed.  I eventually got the energy to power through the discomfort and grabbed clean underclothing and headed to the shower.  One problem.  They were NOT clean, those pesky underclothing.… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 25
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 23 and 24 - It’s been a couple long days and I have not been able to get to my computer to recognize my grateful things. I decided that it would be a good thing to thank the people who have changed me for good in many positive ways. First, I am thankful for my husband.  He was gone… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 23 and 24
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 22 - Today I worked at being present by looking for the little things to be thankful for. Today I was grateful for tea. I am grateful tomato soup, after a long day, to warm me up. I am grateful for the chance to run home for a few minutes this afternoon, and that I didn’t have… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 22
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 21 - Today was an other long day… lessons, school, rehearsals, and a band concert.  Still… being a long day didn’t mean there weren’t little miracles here and there. Today I am grateful that when I came home there were a few Christmas decorations up, thanks to my oldest daughter making time to hang them. I am… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 21
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 19 and Day 20 - It’s been some cray days.  Concerts both nights, in addition to teaching and school… and the week has only started. Yesterday I was grateful for the heat pad in my bed.  My husband was gone and I had nothing to bounce my heat off of. I was grateful for the scriptures I read, they brought… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 19 and Day 20
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 17 and Day 18 - Yesterday was a very long and frustrating day.  I got home so very late and was too tired to write.  Even though it was a frustrating day with many things going wrong, I was able to think of a few things to be grateful for when I said my prayer at the end of the… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 17 and Day 18
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 16 - Wow… long day. Today I am grateful for the kids that stepped up and helped me with all my craziness today. I am grateful my husband made the concert tonight in support of our daughter. I am grateful for the rain.  Not only do we need the moisture, the rain helps ease the lack of… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 16
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 15 - Many years ago, when my oldest children were little, we didn’t have much.  We barely were able to meet our bills and feed our family.  The holiday season wasn’t a joyous season.  It was a stressful season.  The materialism of Christmas was overwhelming.  Then, a lovely family introduced us to St. Nicholas Day.  From that… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 15
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 14 - Today I am grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ.  I have been working on being clear in my conversations with others that i believe in Jesus Christ.  Today I had more than one opportunity to declare my belief in and dependence on the Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is the reason for the season! Today… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 14
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 13 - I love this quote! Today I am grateful for… … voice students.  I love them as people and I love that it gives me a little bit of money to help out my family. … my little electric teapot.  I got it for school.  I love that can drink herb tea all day, especially because… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 13
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 12 - I started the day with a full schedule… however… I had many students not show up.  Rather than being bitter that I had things scheduled and I will now lose out on the money, I am grateful.  I am so tired from  our whirl wind trip to Utah.  It’s nice to get a little break.… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 12
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 11 - Wow!  Long weekend! Things I am grateful for before I tumble into bed… … we made it home safe after 13.5 hours of driving, icy, crazy drivers, fog, etc. … my bed!  I forgot my pillow and I didn’t sleep well on the hotel mattress and nasty pillow.  I am so glad to be home,… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 11
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 9 and Day 10 - I am on the road. We made a quick trip to Utah for the most amazing family event. However, two 13 hour days in a car and one day of family activity makes it hard to post. Add to that a lack of internet… But I need to keep up. Today is day two of… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 9 and Day 10
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 8 - I am coming to realize that a person really only has two choices in life – to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and a giving spirit or an attitude of bitterness and arrogance. I am discovering that a grateful person is a happy person, no matter what their life circumstances may be. I am discovering… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 8
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 7 - What a cool thought… gratitude is the memory of the heart.  If it’s true, we all should work on creating more memories of the heart.  Today I am grateful for… … a job I love to do.  I love the kids I work with, the co-workers I mix it up with, the creativity involved, ALL… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 7
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 6 - I am grateful for people who create cool quotes for me to share and that inspire me. I am grateful for the opportunity to develop a thankful heart… it’s a work in progress. I am grateful for help setting up the sound shell and the sound equipment for the event on my stage coming up.… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 6
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 5 - This quote spoke to me today. This is what I am hoping to achieve… a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming.  Goals are good. Today I am thankful that I feel better… well enough to go help at school, teach a bunch of lessons, and make dinner. I am thankful for my voice students.  Not… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 5

Gratitude makes room for hope… real hope.  It fans the fire of hope and keeps the fire of joy and laughter alive, warming the soul.

Gratitude is the light that allows us to see in an ever darkening world.

So, join me!  Let’s be thankful to God for 365 day in a row.  Join me in thanking God when the sun shines down on us and when we find ourselves weathering the storms of life.  Let us thank Him for all His goodness in the good times and in the hard times.   Let’s thank Him when He strengthens us and when He restores peace.  Join me for the next year as I ponder on all of His goodness, tender mercies and blessing – large and small – that He showers on our lives each day.