Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Gratitude Will Change You

All too often I find myself not being grateful for the little things I have in my life. Sometimes the big things too. It usually hits home for me when I hear someone talk about how grateful they are for all of the things in their life. Don't you hate realizing that you haven't been grateful for the blessings you have? Today is the day to start showing and telling your Heavenly Father how grateful you are for all things in your life. I mean, He is the one that has given us everything.

Prayer is such a huge factor in showing our gratitude to our loving Heavenly Father. We are advised to pray morning and night by our Prophet today and in times of old. In the Book of Mormon a Prophet named Alma was giving his son Helaman advice in Alma 37:37, and told him to "Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day." Doesn't that just make you want to pray? I learned a few reasons why we need to be grateful. the first reason is because it will make you feel more humble. We all a kick in the rear sometimes because we are not humble. By expressing gratitude, it will automatically bring out your humility. Second when we're grateful we realize how blessed we really are which in turn, will make you so happy and humble. And the last reason why we should be grateful is because it will bring a beautiful spirit into your life.

Did you know that we can pray and during the whole prayer just tell your Heavenly Father what you are thankful or grateful for? These are called gratitude prayers. Try it, it will change you.

Someone once told me that we need to give gratitude every morning but especially every night. The reason why is because we need to go to bed feeling the way that you want to feel in the morning when you wake up. Prayer full of gratitude will set the tone for your day. I hope that this could bless at least one of you. It will bless all of you who read if you just try...