More of Tracy’s Christmas present. January.
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise ~ Oscar Wilde
Everyone experiences trials. It’s part of our experience here on earth. Think of someone you know who has turned a trial into a blessing. What was their trial and how did they use it for their good and the good of others. Think of a time in your life when a trial ultimately became a blessing. If you are going through a trial right now, determine to express gratitude for it and ask your Heavenly Father to help use your trial to bless your life and the life of others. Sometimes we go through things to develop empathy for others, so that we can help them. If you absolutely cannot be grateful for your trial at this time, don’t focus all of your energy on it. Choose to focus your energy on the things that you can be grateful for.
I looked up the words to this song . . . third verse. And, I cried as I read it.
More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord,
More pride in his glory,
More hope in his word,
More tears for his sorrows,
More pain at his grief,
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.
I can’t really write about a trial I’m thinking of. It’s much too personal. But, know that I have many and I’ll write about one of them.
I can write about this one. [Wow. Nope. I tried. I tried writing about being raped, but couldn’t.]
I could write about having a child at age 17. But, again, way too personal.
I can’t write about being excommunicated. Again. No. Too personal.
I can’t write about bulimia.
I can’t write about embezzlement.
I can’t write about adultery.
I can’t write about incest.
I can’t write about masturbation.
I can’t write about cheating.
I can’t write about so many things.
Seriously, Tracy, I’m trying.
OK, then! I will be doing this exercise on paper. [Tracy, please send me my Journal! Today.]
I’m still thrilled about thinking more about gratitude and all that I’m grateful for. I know I’ve been blessed so many times, so many ways. I have loved that focus these first six days of 2013. And, I’m optimistic that things are going to be a whole lot better than last year. I’m not going to wait to hit rock bottom before picking myself up. My focus is on new.
New study in Sunday School
New little grand daughter
New attitude about gratitude
New thoughts on being a better visiting teacher
New goals for cleaning the basement
New goal about moving more
New goals on my spiritual needs
New goals about being kinder
New goals on random acts of kindness
New goal about being a better sister
For example, my sister, Eileen wrote me this sweet email.
I want to start the year off by telling you I am so thankful to be your sister, and that I love you. I admire you for lots of reasons–the way you completely love your kids and grand-kids (and make time for them and support them), the way you face life with humor, your strong work ethic, the way you keep going when things are hard….there are lots of things I admire about you!! I know you love Mom like I do, and I feel close to her when I am with you.
I hope you have a wonderful, healthy and happy 2013! Thanks for the darling Christmas presents!
Isn’t that the sweetest sentiment!
I can do that. I can express to my siblings my love and appreciation.
I can do this.