March 15, 2021 - Seemingly grim picture

In a world facing tension, conflict, economic upsets and a raging virus, gratitude at times seems in short supply. Gratitude requires we set aside hurt feelings, jealousies, frustrations, disappointments, setbacks or prayers that seem to go unanswered and look with ‘eyes to see’ the hand of God in our lives.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Devotional to the youth of Asia, Pacific, and Phillipines. March 13, 2021

It is so easy to get caught up in the negativity all around us. It is so easy to not look at what's going positively in our lives. In fact, it's human nature to focus on the now. And, "the now" is painting a grim, rather ugly picture.

There are so, so many positive things in my life right now. And Satan doesn't want me to pay attention to those things, let alone thank my Heavenly Father for the good I'm experiencing.

I need to be better about not just recognizing and "seeing" the good around me, but I need to explicitly thank my Heavenly Father for them.

Being cognizant of the good and thanking Heavenly Father isn't just about actually saying the words "thank you", but it also about body language and how I express gratitude with my thoughts and actions.

Heavenly Father doesn't just hear the words I speak, but He hears my thoughts, my feelings, my behavior, and my actions. It is written in my countenance.

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