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Happy Thanksgiving

Well It is almost Thanksgiving…. So Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone. I sure it will be an awesome day for you sent with family and friends.

I enjoy writing poetry and the other day while clean I came across a poem I had written some time ago while feeling a bit blue. I think I will share it with you…

Here it is…..

Counting Blessings

I'm feeling a bit blue today, my heart is heavy.

I'm falling in to a deep, dark pit.

The walls slowly closing around me.

I hurt.

I want to disappear.

I want the pain to go away.

But how?

In despair, alone, I cry.

I grumble, I complain,

nothing is ever going to be all right again.

The more I murmur, the darker my pit becomes,

ever enclosing, around me

No one cares, so why should I?

This life isn't really worth the pain.

And where is God, anyway?

I begin to doubt His reality.

Darker and darker my thoughts become,

pit is smaller, my heart is heavier

I can't breathe

I hurt

I want to disappear

I want the pain to go away.

But how?

In despair, alone, I cry,

And then I thought I heard someone say…

"Have you counted you blessings

which you have received today?"

I don't want to hear what is being said

I'm having too much fun drowning in

my self-pity, so I push the voice away.

I'm trapped inside my dark pit of despair,

cursing all around me especially God.

When the voice came again, bit louder,

a bit stronger than before

"Count your blessings just for today."

And then my mind went blank just for a brief moment….

then another thought slowly entered in.

How pretty the birds sang today…

boy, was I glad that I could hear their song.

Then another thought , a bit faster this time,

how warm the sun felt upon my skin.

I tried to grumble and complain,

but somehow, it wasn't the same.

The darkness began to fade, t

he heaviness in my heart started to go away.

Darkness became light,

I was grateful for this day.

I counted my blessings

one by one… home and family….

For things great and small,

the things I take for granted each day…




I thank God for all this and much more…

The darkness has gone away.

Well, that's my poem. I hope you liked it…

A few years ago, I heard a conference talk by President Henry B Erying on keeping a thankfulness journal and the benefits of being grateful. He wrote something in his journal every day no matter how small the blessing may of seemed. It not only helped him to remember what happen as the years went by but helped him to feel more gratitude for the things he had received, bring him closer to God. He said of his experience….

" I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?” As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.

More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened.

It's interesting to note that be grateful and counting one's blessing really does work. Gratitude brings peace and in times of trouble and trial it is a source of healing of both body and spirit as well as a way to bring on closer to deity building a bond between Father and child.

So starting this Thanksgiving I am going to try to write a little something in my journal , the blessing of the day that I am thankful for… the little things and big that let me know that my Heavenly Father is near and very much a real put of my life… I hope you will join me in

making and keeping a blessing journal…..

Today's Recipe....

Chicken Enchiladas

2 pounds chicken breast, cooked and cut into small pieces.

2 10-oz cans of green chiles enchilada sauce

1 4-oz can of dice green chiles

1 8-oz package cream cheese

12 medium size, soft, flour tortillas

4 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese.

Blend together 1 can enchilada sauce, and cream cheese with hand mixer until well blend together. Stir in

Chiles and 2 cups shredded cheese, then add cooked chicken pieces. Mix until chicken is all coated with sauce.

Take one tortilla and put about 1/3 cup of mixture on one end, roll up and place in baking dish, repeat with remaining tortillas and sauce. Pour remaining can of enchilada sauce evenly over rolled up tortillas, top with 2 cups of cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Serve plain or with fresh tomato salsa.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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