HAVE YOU RECEIVED ALL THAT HE OFFERS?
GIVING GLORY TO GOD
When we walk with the spirit of gratitude in our hearts, it will bless our lives. We are then walking on higher ground....we are walking with Christ.
“In every age we are faced with a choice, We can trust in our own strength, or we can journey to higher ground and come unto Christ.” ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin
On your ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ incredible events will be experienced along the way. What you see, dwell on and are grateful for will increase as you give glory to God for each life change, event and tender mercy.
Do you see the hand of the Lord in your life?
Celebrate each moment that comes and know that it comes from Him who gives us all. True worship includes being aware of the blessings offered. Do you see his hand in what you are experiencing and accomplishing? Have you received all that He offers?
...AND A MIRACLE FOLLOWED
President Thomas S. Monson, shared an account from the Book of Matthew in the Bible, it is my favorite account of gratitude, this is an occasion where Christ expressed gratitude to His Father. President Monson related it this way, “As [Jesus] traveled in the wilderness for three days, more than 4,000 people followed him and traveled with Him. He took compassion on them for they had not eaten during the entire three days.
His disciples, however, questioned when should we have so much bread in the wilderness as to feed so great a multitude? Like many of us the disciples saw only what was lacking. And Jesus saith unto them, how many loaves have ye? And the disciples said seven and a few little fishes.
And Jesus commanded the multitude, so sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes and gave thanks and brake them and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.
Notice that the Savior gave thanks for what they had. And a miracle followed. And they did all eat and were filled. And they took up all the broken meat that was left, seven baskets full.”
Because Jesus gave thanks for what they had, even though it was obviously not enough, 4,000 people were able to eat until they were filled. Notice that there was meat left over, the same amount that they started out with. They were blessed with enough and some to spare.
We’ve all experienced times when our focus is on what we lack rather than on our blessings. Said the Greek philosopher, Epictetus, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
GRATITUDE LEADS TO GREATER HAPPINESS
Gratitude is a divine principle. The Lord declared through a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph, “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things. And in nothing doth man offend God. Or against none is His wrath kindled save those who confess not his hand in all things.”
Power comes into our lives when we focus upward to Christ and have developed abilities to see what our Father wishes us to see. If we remain stuck in sadness anger or bitterness caused by past events, we forfeit the light that could lead us forward.
Think through your day...can you see evidence of what God has done for you or someone you love? It’s so easy to get caught up in the events of our day that we might not see His hand in our life. Hopefully we recognize each blessing and ‘gift’ as evidence that He is wanting us to know that He knows you and He knows your needs....and is taking care of you.
Gratitude requires an awareness of what is around us, we need not only to feel it but we also need to express it.
“I have found that, rather than dwelling on the negative, if we will take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness.” ~ Thomas S. Monson
Great men have always recognized the greatness of God and their dependence upon Him, and they have with regularity rendered to Him gratitude and thanksgiving. ~ Marion G. Romney
Do you see his hand in what you are experiencing and accomplishing? Have you received all that He offers?
THIS WEEKS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
1 - One way to remember what we are grateful for, as well as the goodness of God, is to write it down. On your Journal Page, write down the moments that you saw the hand of the Lord in your life. Find ways to recognize and remember God’s kindness.
2 - Write in your ‘Sacred Journal’ a letter to Heavenly Father giving thanks for your blessings. You might pray and ponder on these questions, ‘Did God send a message that was just for me...through a blessing or tender mercy? Did I see His hand in my life? Write out the thoughts that come. Watch this week for those messages.....what is He telling you? Give thanks for the miracles that have come.
Continue to write anything that comes into your heart that you would like to share with Him.
3 - I invite you to share, in the comment section of this Whisperings Blog, your thoughts and feelings about any experience you have had as you travel along on this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’. We would all love to be inspired by your experience.
Find the Journal Page, the Journey to Bethlehem Map, and Sacred Journal Page under ‘Journey’ in the navigator tabs.
Choose the Higher Way and Live in Gratitude!