A couple of years ago, I read about a challenge a woman did. In this challenge, she took the time to write about things that she was grateful for every day, and then she would say a prayer. Here is the catch though: the prayer had to be a GRATITUDE PRAYER. This means that you cannot ask Heavenly Father for anything, and that you should thank him for everything.
I started this challenge at the beginning of August and I had a goal to do it for 100 days. I recently finished this goal and I am starting it again because it is worth it! As I did the challenge, I began to notice more things that I was grateful for throughout the day. On the first day, the prayer wasn’t that long and I couldn’t think of many things beyond what everyone usually thanks the Lord for, but by the last few weeks of the challenge, I was able to easily think of things and my gratitude prayers were significantly longer than they had been. Being grateful also makes me happier and I am able to serve more willingly! Having a good attitude about things fixed everything! I was a more Christlike person and I was able to feel the spirit more easily.
As President Thomas S. Monson said in his talk, “The Divine Gift of Gratitude” (which I recommend), “Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.”
Here are some of the things that I am especially grateful for today: Christ, Heavenly Father, the Holy Ghost, my family, my friends, RubyGirl, the Gospel, the scriptures, prayer, long distance communication, college, teachers that encourage me to try harder, writing, books, art, paper snowflakes, dogs, snow, the mountains, quote walls, pretty dresses, and the ability I have to speak to my Heavenly Father!
Will you say a gratitude prayer? What are you grateful for?