Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gratitude!

I had a few minutes before class this morning and thought I would express my profound ~gratitude~ this morning for my many blessings. I am so very grateful for my children, who are not only my biggest supporters, they have become cherished friends. Words cannot express the feelings of my heart for the blessings of good health, happiness, joy, forgiveness, being able to pursue my education, treasured friendships and of course my Savior. I have been taking Matthew 7:7 (literally) "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you". How often do we find...what we have known all along....all we have to do is ask...and once we ask the lines of communication are open. Asking is power...Asking the the ability to identify what we stand in need of, while also assessing our greatest desires...it's energy and divine communication in motion. Seeking is having the courage to find...Seek the best things in life...love, compassion, forgiveness, understanding, inspiration....and I promise you will find a life filled with love, compassion, understand, forgiveness and inspiration....Knock and it shall be opened... so very simple...

Today take a minute to breathe.... instead of worrying, rushing around and feeling overwhelmed with all that is not going your way....STOP to enjoy the still small voice....ask for guidance, I know divine directions will come your way. Seek to find the Good in everyone and everything...You will be glad you did...for you will find the extraordinary qualities of goodness everywhere you look...don't forget to Knock especially on the door of your heart...Tis the season! Open your heart to the beautiful and unconditional love of the Savior who's birth we celebrate..Fill your life with Gratitude....Start today, live your life with intensity and purpose!

Sending infinite blessings to all of you!

Carla

Friday, November 13, 2009

The most wonderful time of the year!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Today as the brisk temperatures, overcast skies and very cool breeze ushered in the long awaited arrival of fall...I couldn't help but smile....The Holiday's are my favorite time of the year... I love the change in seasons, but I treasure the changes of heart that we have the opportunity to experience. Thanksgiving is a day to truly give thanks for the multitude of blessings we each enjoy... family, friends, good health, living in a free country, endless opportunities for education and business, food and shelter. All of the little blessings that combined make life so grand.

Then December...What a fabulous month...31 whimsical days of preparation, decorating the house and tree, baking, shopping, touching base with those we love, Temple lights, Christmas music, caroling, celebrating, brilliant red, green, white, silver and gold lights. Sugar Cookies, Chex Mix, Carmel Popcorn, pine and cinnamon smells..Cherish movies...It's a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and of course The Grinch who stole Christmas just to name a few. Every time I watch George Baily struggle with that age old question of...Does my life really matter? My heart is warmed when Clarence answers him and says....~ Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?~ I love the gentle reminder how vital each of us are on this earth.

December is a magical month... a month where random acts of kindness and service inspire those who's hearts are touched to "BELIEVE"....I love Christmas.... I love the story of Christ's birth in Luke especially chapter 2 verse 19, But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. As a mother, how often I have experienced that same feeling...The sheer wonder of creation and all of my blessings. I clearly see and feel the divine all around me. As a mother I see the God given potential in each of my children to live noble lives and to make a difference. Little do we know what lies ahead.. I "BELIEVE" the possibilities are endless, especially if we keep in mind..."We reap what we sow..." "We get what we give". Our ability to unconditionally love and forgive ourselves as well as others will unlock our hearts and minds to understand the power of living in the present, and accomplishing personal growth we never dreamed possible. To live with intensity and purpose.

I encourage each of you reading my blog, to leave a post. Tell me what you are grateful for and what you believe in. Bring the magic of this Holiday season to life. Dare to exercise the faith of your inner child. BELIEVE!

Carla