Sunday, September 21, 2008

I'm grateful for.....

This week I was able to have a wonderful heart to heart with my Kat and as always, there were tears. Those are my favorite friends though, those friends that I can laugh AND cry with. She said that her home teachers had given her and Travis a challenge for the next two weeks. The challenge being to not ask for anything in their prayers, only to express thanks. She suggested I give it a try. This is tough so I immediately started protesting about how I wouldn't ask for anything for myself, but I still wanted to make sure I prayed for others. Her reply? "Heavenly Father knows your wants and needs, He knows what you want for other people." Ok, she has a point. I've been doing this for about 4 days now and I have to tell you, I feel a lot better. I thought I was generally pretty good about expressing my gratitude before but now I see how many things I was leaving out. So, thank you Kat for once again opening my eyes and helping me to draw closer to Heavenly Father...I love you!

4 comments:

Travis and Kat Cook said...

Rachel you are so welcome! I'm happy it's working out for you! It's working out for us too... though it's really tough to do! I think it's harder to do in my personal prayers because like you, I pray a ton for the people I love. I pray that they will have the righteous desires of their hearts met... etc. In fact most my prayers are for others, I ask little for myself. Or so I thought. Prayers of Gratitude help me open my eyes so much more to what Heavenly Father has given me AND it helps me to see His plan more clearly. I'm happy it's helped. I'm so glad that I can share what I learned and help in some way. It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one going through hard times. I'm happy I have you! You make it sound like I'm some kind of Spiritual Guru but in actuality I learn so much more from you than you from me! Promise!! Love you girl!

simplyjulz said...

I am so going to do this...right after Heavenly father gives me my 5 million dollar beach house and hoover craft!

Great Scott's! said...

Oh I love my girls, that sounds like a good challenge I most definately should try. Gregg and I will do gratitude fasts and prayers but just gratitude prayers for a week, sounds like it could be great. on another note I totally want to do The Office Party this Thursday, let me know if I can bring something I can't wait!!

Mark and Linda Shattuck said...

Girl, I'm so glad you and Kat are friends, she's lucky to have you in her life. I love her too, and sometimes I just sit back and pinch myself and say, is this real? Did I give birth to this person? How in the world did she get wiser than me. I swear we're all born backwards. She would have been a great mother...to me.