Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Gratitude for being noticed

Today is Five-Minute Friday, one of my favorite days of the entire week.  This is a time where a group of us join together and just write for five short minutes without worrying about whether it is just right or not.  Then we link back over at Heading Home with Kate and try and make a difference with our words.  Today the Prompt is:



What do you notice in the world around you?  Do you notice the ugliness, or the blessings?  Is the glass half full?  Or half empty?  Do people love you or hate you?  
We all want to be noticed.  We want to be remembered, to be appreciated and most of all, to be loved.  Being noticed is so much more than visibly seeing something.  It is to connect to it with you heart.  Being noticed is being understood, not for what you can do, but for yourself.  Being noticed is powerful.  It can take a bad day and make it change to a good one in the blink of an eye.  
For years, I have gone to my daughters track meets.  They have all run in track, and not a single one is very fast.  As a matter of fact, they usually cross the finish line in last place.  I got very good at being able to find those girls on a field covered with hundreds of other kids.  I also go very good at noticing when they beat their own scores.  
One of the things we have gone over is how track is a competition against yourself.  You don’t have to be the best.  You just need to work on getting better every week.  Some weeks were hard.  They would come in last and be so upset.  But gradually, they learned to notice other things: how they felt physically, if they lost weight, if they did better than the last time, how their friends did.  They learned that coming in first was not the only goal.  Sometimes the goal was simply to clap and cheer for someone else.  They learned that finishing the race was the most important thing of all.
What a great life-lesson it has been for them.  They learned to participate even if they weren’t the best (or in the top for that matter).  They learned that trying is more important than winning.  And they learned to improve one moment, on second, one step at a time.   Perhaps it is something that most of us need to learn ourselves.  The only person we should ever compete against is the person we were yesterday.  Comparison is totally the thief of joy.
I have also noticed what amazing young women I am blessed to be a mother to.  I notice when they hold their heads up, their arms out and when they walk with Him.   

I notice. 


Now it is your turn.  What can you write in your own short Five-Minutes?  Don't forget to link back over to Kate's Place with the rest of us.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gratitude for Choice

May we be filled with gratitude
For the 
Right of Choice.
Accept the 
Responsibility of Choice,
And ever be Conscious of the
Results of Choice."
Thomas S. Monson

Sometimes, it is hard for me to be grateful for choice.  Maybe it is that I really wish that I could go backwards and not make the same mistakes.  I with there was a way to erase the past and put it so far behind me that I can't find it anymore.  I think that the hardest person for me to forgive is always myself.  Today I am trying to be grateful for the right of choice.  I know that it is the only path that we follow.  
When I am busy wishing that someone would tell me what to do, or make the choice for me, I realize that that would really fill me with resentment and even anger.  I don't want others to choose for me, I just want to do the right thing, at the right time and for the right reasons.  I know that although I get to choose, I don't get to choose the consequences.  Those are there whenever we make our choices.  
Today, I want to feel gratitude for the God-given gift of free-agency.  He didn't just "make" me do anything.  It is all my choice.  I sometimes don't understand His wisdom, I often don't understand His mercy, And I can't even begin to understand His grace, but I know it is there.  I know He loves me through all the bad choices as well as the good ones.  I know that He is there. As I fill my heart with gratitude, it helps me to choose to be a little bit closer to Him.  And that is one choice that I am so very happy to make.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Christmas is Coming!

A single photo 
– no words –
capturing a moment from our lives.
A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment
I want to pause, savor and remember.

A moment
that brings a smile to my lips, 
and joy to my heart.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sabbath Day Scribblings - Thankful Hearts

Colossians 3:15-17 

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
I love this season of Thanksgiving for all things.  It is a beautiful time of year.  This year especially, I am trying to let peace rule my heart.  I am trying to give thanks in all things.  I have so much more than I can ever deserve.  May your hearts also be filled with thankfulness on this beautiful day as we each seek to follow Him.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gratitude to Embrace

This is the path
God has made for you.
Embrace It!

Too often, we look at something that someone else has and wish for it.  We don't see the things are our own path that make it wonderful.  We see the mud and the rocks and the trials and the difficulties.  We don't see the vistas and the views and the mountain tops and the miracles.  This is my path, in all its craziness.  This is my opportunity to grow and to become.  This, right here and right now, is my very own chance to shine.  
Don't minimize your dreams because of what you wish.  Find a way to embrace who and what you are.  Remember that the Father loved the prodigal.  He forgave him and never gave up on him.  I don't believe He gives up on any one of us either.  
So embrace your path, embrace yourself.  Take a little bit of joy in the spot where you are right this minute.  I am betting, as you do, you will find the amazing blessings that He has given you.  I know that I have.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five Minute Friday - STILL

“Be still, and know that I am God” 
(Psalm 46:10).

Today is one of my favorite days of the week.   It is Friday.  It is a day when a bunch of people link up together over at Kate's Place for a Five-Minute Friday.  The rules are simple;  write for five minutes on the prompt, no editing - no worries, link up over at Heading Home with Kate, leave a comment for at least one of the people who linked up before you.  See, no problem at all.  
The prompt this week is:



My head pounds, my heart races, the what's, where's, when's, how's and what if's race through my mind in a loud cacophony of sound that I can't seem to still.  I can't slow down the beating of my heart.  I can't stop all the thoughts from racing around (like the ferris wheel at the State Fair), in my mind.  I can't stop thinking and I can't seem to just be still.  
I feel anxiety and depression like a dark stain on my heart.  Every waking moment, I fight to feel peace.  I fight for the still moments.  Sometimes, it is hard to focus on His words with all the noise in my head.  It is hard to find His peace in the chaos.  
The world races around me.  Everything seems to be moving way too fast.  Where can I turn for peace?  Where is my solace?  I open the books with His words.  I find one of my favorite stories.  I start to read.  I breath in and muscles start to relax, and breath out the tension of the day, then breath once again.  
Slowly, I start to calm.  
I find my center.  
I seek His words.  
I feel His peace.  
I am still.  


Now it is your turn.  What can your write in your own five minutes?  Don't forget to link back up with the rest of us over at Kate's place!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gratitude in my Flaws

I have too many flaws 
to be perfect,
but I have too many blessings 
to be ungrateful.

Yes, I really needed this thought today.   I think it is good to remind ourselves that even if we are not perfect, we all have blessings.  A long time ago, I had a councilor who told me that "There was only ever one perfect person in the world, and you are not Him!"  Those words were eye opening today.  I tend to stress about most things.  I try and choose what is right, but continue to make mistakes.  Where most people might grade themselves on an A - F scale, I grade myself on a pass / fail scale with passing as perfect and anything else as total fail.  
In stead of judging all my faults, I try and remember my blessings.   I have to remind myself when things are difficult, but it really is okay to not be perfect.  It really is okay not to make straight A's in every aspect of my life.  In spite of all my many imperfections, I have too many blessings to be ungrateful to God.  
This month, as we try and observe Thanksgiving, I want to remember and be thankful that I am flawed, and that is totally fine.  I believe that Heavenly Father does not expect me to be perfect just yet.  I think that He loved me and He knows me exactly as I am.  I believe that He knows me by my name and accepts me in spite of myself.
May we each find gratitude for our flaws.  May we learn to love ourselves in spite of them.  We are all imperfect, but He loves us anyway.  He blesses us even in our imperfection.