Saturday, July 31, 2010

Count Your Blessings...

I have been thinking alot lately about all the blessings in my life. There are times, alot of them, when I get so caught up in the "hard times" that I forget to look around me and remember all that I have. My wonderful Mother-in-law told me once that she keeps a journal of all the things she is thankful for, daily. This helps keep things in perspective.

So here is a little sampling of the many things I am thankful for... :)
I am thankful first and formost for my Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for my membership in His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I am thankful for my AMAZING husband RC. We have been through some hard times but together we have always been able to pull through.

I am thankful for my children: James (our angel in Heaven),

Justice (heading off to BYU-Idaho),

Briana (my best friend and wonderful roll model),

and Aidan (our comic relief and anchor, the one who is quick to forgive and quick to love). I am thankful for my family:

Mom for always being willing to help us out whenever needed,
Sister Shannon (Sista S) for being my Best Friend!

Also all my Cook Family! Mom and Dad Cook, we would probably be living out of a cardboard box if not for them! (only half kidding) :)

I am thankful for my home. It's one thing to have a house to live in but having RC and my kids there laughing and loving is what makes it a home!

I am thankful for my job... yes, a necessary evil. haha

I am thankful for my friends.

I am thankful for the freedoms that we have in this great Country of ours.

I could go on and on... :) So when you are feeling down here's a reminder to take a minute and "count your blessings".

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.


  1. I think that we all need to be reminded of the many blessings that we have. Thanks for reminding me to be thankful for those and to remember that even in the hard times we are still being blessed, we just fail to see it sometimes.

  2. You are AMAZING!!! I am so glad that you are my sister. You are such a good example to me.