My heart is full this Thanksgiving Day. I feel that grateful isn’t adequate enough to describe how I feel. I have experienced so much healing this last year.

Each one of us have imperfections, shortcomings and failings. I think one of the bravest things we can do is to face them. I have a testimony that one can work through them by going to the Lord in prayer. I know it’s the Savior who helps us make those changes as we commit to turn our life’s over to Him. It doesn’t mean it will be easy, but the peace one receives in doing this is worth every painful experience that may take place to get there. There is something remarkable that takes place in the soul as one takes responsibility for their own life, stops blaming people and circumstances for their unhappiness and opens the heart to healing, forgiveness and willing to focus more outward.

I’ve learned gratitude for me is more than just feeling thankful, it’s realizing God can make more out of my life than I can. It’s that feeling that comes when I recognize my prayers are being heard and that the spirit is working in me, refining me, and changing my heart. It’s the feeling I get when I’m finally able to let go and forgive. It’s the feeling I get when my children and grandchildren come and visit. It’s the feeling I get when I’m accepted by someone else, even with all my imperfections. It’s how I feel when someone has forgiven me. It’s how I feel when someone lashes out at me and the spirit helps me see their hurt under the pricks and thorns, while resisting the urge to become offended. Most importantly it’s how I feel knowing I’m enough just being myself and that God loves me beyond measure.

I’ve also realized that gratitude is a feeling that comes from Charity, the pure love of Christ. It’s what is given when we seek to bless the lives of those around us with no desire of receiving acknowledgement, praise or glory. It’s in being content with what I have been blessed with and seeking to bless the lives of those around me. It’s in allowing myself to be served on occasion too.

One thing I know for certain, for my blessing, trials and the refining power of my Savior Jesus Christ, I am grateful.

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