A Thankful Heart: #1 (round 2)

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Last year I decided to do a series of posts during the month of November about all the simple joys in life that I am so very thankful for. 
Each week I would post a few things that made my heart feel that much more full.
It could be something as small as the meal I ate the night before or as big as my faith.
Either way, it reminded me of the many blessings I have been given and somehow my days felt brighter and my heart felt happier.
There are far, far too many things that I take for granted and it's about time they get some recognition.
Although I fully realize that I should be giving each of these things recognition no matter what time of year it is, November just seemed fitting :)
So once a week from now on, you will be hearing bits and pieces about the things that are giving me "A Thankful Heart"

**Leave me a little comment if you decide to do this as well! I would absolutely love to see everyone else's reasons to be thankful :)

1) A Home
(I'm in this weird phase of life where I don't have "my own" home and I could pick up and move just about any moment of any day because who knows where tomorrow will take me. However, I have loving parents who are gracious enough to let me live with them. Every single night before I lay my head down I thank my Father in Heaven for giving me a wonderful home to live in. My heart hurts when I see those without homes on the sides of the streets. I can't imagine what it would be like to not have a home to "go home" to. This is something that has just been given to me since day one. Shelter is a necessity, but it is not a given. I am beyond grateful for the house I get to call a home, for the candles that burn within it, for the laughter that takes place inside those walls, and especially for the family that dwells inside.)

2) My Job
(There will always be those customers that forgot their manners in their car, those coworkers that don't quite understand the importance of hard work, and those days where an end doesn't seem to be in sight... but nonetheless I have a pretty darn good job. Yesterday morning just about everything that could have gone wrong... did. I was just waiting for another problem to occur as I took a second to just breathe. But somehow, like always, it just worked itself out. And in the meantime, the guy I was working with danced to "Say my name" and I laughed like I hadn't laughed in a while. An old man walked past us and with a smile shining on his face he said "you two are having far too much fun at work!" I couldn't agree more. The people I work with always bring a smile to my face no matter what happens during the day. The holidays are quickly approaching. Working in a mall during the holidays is seriously stressful, but I couldn't be happier with the job that I have.)

3) Fasting/ Fast Sunday
(Today was fast Sunday. A day in which members of the LDS church skip two meals and give the money that would be used for those 2 meals in an offering. We also fast for something or someone that might need special attention in our life. It is a way to draw closer to our Lord and Savior as we rely on being spiritually fed since our bodies aren't being fed by food. We are nourished by the spirit we feel as we are fasting with a purpose. We also dedicate sacrament meeting to listening to members of the congregation bear their testimonies of gospel truths. It is so uplifting to hear others rejoice in the happiness they have received from the gospel of Jesus Christ. This week I had the opportunity to fast for a specific individual. I remembered all of the people who fasted for me when I needed them most. I felt so much love and I felt my Savior pick me up when I was down. It is my turn to return the favor and I felt so much happiness today as I knew I was fasting with a purpose. I am so SO grateful for the opportunity I have to fast once a month or more if needed. And, I am so grateful for a church that puts a strong emphasis on the importance of it.)

Well that concludes the first week three days of November!
I can't wait to share more of the things that I am feeling thankful for!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

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