So, I haven't been one to get on the 31 days of Thanks in November, just because I generally think it's shallow to do such a thing only in November, as we should be doing it all year round, but that, in itself, is even more shallow, because I've never ended up actually doing anyhting of the sort, ever. So, this November, in the Spirit of Elder Eyring's mantra, "Take time to write down the ways you've seen the hand of God each day", I think I'm going to do it this year. Also - it's 100% because of an awesome Elders' quorum lesson given today by Spencer Harmon. Thanks, Spencer!
Today I saw the hand of God pretty much all day long... and yeah... I guess I'm one of "those guys" who is someone I could easily see people hating because of various reasons, but mostly because I'm not afraid of acknowledging the fruits of God in my life when I choose the right... But it is what it is. I love the feeling that comes when I choose the right, and I love seeing the blessings of God come into my life, and I love that I know they come from God, and that it's His way of letting me know He loves me. By that token (and I'm sorry for rambling), but I also am grateful for the hard times. Even the hard times that seem to come because of righteous choices I make. With the proper perspective, I think one can see the hand of God in virtually everything in their life, and I'm guessing those people live as the people of Nephi lived when Mormon said of them, "and [they] lived after the manner of happiness.
So, I woke up early this morning, which, after going to sleep quite late and praying that I would wake up early was the first sighting of the Hand of God in today... The second was the fact that all 5 of my kids did the same, AND got ready for church without much prodding, AND we arrived to church only 30 seconds late, instead of 30 minutes. Good times.
This calls for a bullet-list.
- Waking up early in answer to prayer (after very little sleep)
- Kids waking up early too!
- Kids getting ready for church easily
- Arriving to church almost on time.
- Had a great lesson with the youth, got a few compliments on it.
- Didn't make a horrible fool out of myself during aforementioned lesson
- Was able to help correct my daugher's Nurse-maid's elbow before Priesthood (even though I caused it an hour earlier)
- Was able to leave Leah in nursery, after a fairly horrendous 1st and 2nd hour with her...
- Was therefore able to attend a fantastic priesthood lesson, and get a lot from it.
- I live in a neighborhood which is home to a lot of good friends who share my faith.
- I feel safe in my neighborhood.
- Was able to take a 3-hour nap during the afternoon, even with kids going crazy.
- I have a wife who lets me take a 3-hour nap in the middle of Sunday afternoon.
- Went to choir to worship and praise God even more.
- I have a voice which allows me to sing praises to God.
- People seem to appriecate previously mentioned singing voice.
- I had a great dinner with my family, as well as a long-time friend of Sarah's.
- I was blessed with a wife who seems to enjoy cooking for me and the kids
- Aforementioned wife cooks very well.
- I have kids who generally don't complain too much during nightly scripture study
- I have access to aforementioned scriptures everywhere I go.
- Had a great chat with my 11-year-old daughter during bed-time.
So, yeah... I had a good day today. Feeling the peace, love, and harmony that comes when one tries to follow the Spirit of God.
I'm pretty sure that I'll have some not-go-good days during the next 30 days, and I'll be as honest then as I was today.
Take care all, and keep being grateful!