It’s November Y’all! One of my favorite months of the year. A time for food, friendships, family, fun and did I mention food? November is also a time for reflection as we take time with family and friends to thank God for his marvelous blessings He bestows on us during Thanksgiving Day. But for me, this is personal.

As some may be aware, I recently lost a dear friend this past month. I miss her greatly and there is much to be said about her unpredictable, fun, loving nature and beautiful smile. But there is one thing I cherish most about her – she had an awesome ability to turn “lemons to gourmet lemonade.” In other words, she had such a gift in turning negative situations with such finesse and class that you will wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

With this newly-found appreciation and respect for this ability, I wanted to apply it to my life. I will be the first to admit that it has not been easy but it has forced me to be creative and most importantly, it has opened my eyes to appreciate the many, wonderful, outstanding blessings around me!

Too often I’ve spent much time wanting, pondering, wishing for things or situations to be different and missing out on the mercy and love that God has bestowed on my present situation. I was blinded with my own thoughts and desires of how things ought to be or feel.

Words cannot express the valuable lesson this has brought to my life. Life is beautiful! No, I do not have more money nor have my situations changed. The only change needed was me. Now I have such a deeper appreciation for what I have and what God has so richly blessed me with that to ask for more seems selfish.

I will not pretend, I have not mastered this – I am still learning. But to see the goodness, mercy, love and great care that God gives me everyday – it outweighs all my wants and negative situations. God has been so good to me! My soul shouts Hallelujah!

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being”. -James E. Faust

Thank You, Lord, For Your Blessings On Me

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