November 2008 was one of the most blessed months in memory. Was it because God loved us more then? Was it because we truly received more blessings in that one month than any others on record?
No & no.
That year, I made it a point to post one gratitude daily; to actively focus on my blessings. Perhaps because I slowed down enough to take notice is why the blessings felt sweeter....sounds logical, right?
Well guess what happened? My blessings multiplied!
(Want a mini-experiment that proves gratitude increases your blessings? Next prayer you utter, make it one of gratitude and only gratitude. It'll become one of the longest prayers you've offered, and what's more is that your memory will be blessed with more and more recollections of blessings He's given you! What's more? You won't run out of things to thank Heavenly Father for, I promise.)
Not only did I suddenly re-recognize EVERYTHING as a blessing, but more came as I gave thanks & glorified the Lord.
My favorite blessing, however, that came from a month of daily gratitude was the closeness I felt with my Savior, Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father, & the Holy Spirit. It was phenomenal! When the month ended, and I discontinued the concentrated focus on gratitude, I was almost depressed. So hopefully, out of this month, I'll have the privilege of feeling that closeness again!
"And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments."-Doctrine & Covenants 59:21
Reminds me of my favorite Strawberry Shortcake toy box from my youth. At the bottom, below the sliding chalkboard doors, was Strawberry Shortcake & her motto:
"Take some time along the way to see what's nice about today!"
That is what is in the forefront of my mind as I have decided to tackle this experiment again this year!
I'm hoping that I will be able to see clearly how many more blessings there are to notice since the last time. Mostly, I'm looking forward to that closeness & the greater awareness I of Heavenly Father's hand in my life, during these experiments.
So there it is, this month's gauntlet.
Care to pick it up and go with me on this? Sounds like a pleasant time to me, to enjoy a 30 day long journey of gratitude with wonderful blog-friends like you!