(Dedicated to my mom who loved Thanksgiving and who taught me to be thankful for the truly important things in life like family, love, nature and Heavenly Father.)
It seems appropriate to be discussing blessings during Thanksgiving. The above song is from the movie “White Christmas”, but the words are timeless. It was during an especially difficult day that I remembered this song. As I listened to it, the words were like a lullaby soothing my soul. I used to watch this movie with my mom and it has grown more dear with each passing year.
As I have struggled with the daily challenges of life, I have tried to remember to “count my blessings” or look for the positive in my own life. Even on my worst days, I will look up at the stars, and be thankful that I can see them. When “my bankroll is getting small” and other events are worrying me, I take this day to simply remember all the positive that I have in my life: joyous memories, the ability to see a sunset or watch a storm roll in, to travel to incredible places, to hear exquisite music, to taste delicious food, to have friends around the world and most of all, to share in the warmth of family and loved ones.
Dear friends, I hope you will do the same. On this day, let us be thankful for the good in our lives. It takes only a few moments, but it will bring a smile to your face and a lift to your soul. Even when your cares press in upon you so much that you feel like you can barely breathe, if you stop and think about it for a while, you will begin to find the blessings. They are there, like small gems waiting to be discovered.
So tonight, as I lay there falling asleep, I will be counting my blessings instead of sheep…and I’ll fall asleep counting my blessings.
(Though this post was written a few years ago, it’s been changed just a bit and the message is just as important now as it was then.)