Last Sunday in Relief Society, I suddenly realized that my wedding ring was missing its diamond. I slipped out of the room and went back to the Sunday School room, but I didn't find the diamond. I retraced my steps, checking the chapel, hallways, and library. No luck. I thought maybe I'd find it in the car, or at home, but still no luck. I thought I might have lost it for good, but on Monday, we decided to go back to the church building and try one more time to find it.
Youngest daughter asked if I had prayed about it. I told her that I had, but it never hurt to pray again. She asked me to join her in a prayer. She offered a simple prayer of faith that we would find the diamond quickly. About 2 minutes after she prayed, John came into the chapel with a smile on his face. He had found the ring in the Sunday School room! (The seminary class had met in the room that morning before high school, and none of them had noticed it.)
(1) I'm thankful for a lesson in prayer and faith. While not every prayer is answered in the way we hope, prayers are always heard, and always answered.
(2) I'm thankful the diamond was found, and we won't need to spend money to replace it.
(3) I'm thankful that I'll be able to resize the ring when we get it repaired. I was able, with some effort, to get the ring off, but I'm pretty sure that after a week of not wearing it, I shouldn't still have an impression on my finger where it was. Perhaps losing the diamond prevented a future loss (of a finger!)
Monday night, as we were rejoicing in the found diamond, I got a phone call informing me that a friend from church was in the hospital, and it looked like she had had a stroke. Fortunately, she was able to be discharged from the hospital after a few days, and is on the road to recovery.
(4) I'm thankful for the power of prayer.
(5) I'm thankful for the reminder of how precious each individual is, and how important it is to take time for relationships.
This week was the first week back from our long western-states driving extravaganza, so this was the week to "recover" from vacation. The proverbial, "When it rains, it pours," applied, though (except for in the literal sense--I would have welcomed some of that kind of rain!) I found that there were several opportunities to put aside some of my own plans, and to do something better.
(6) I'm thankful for the reminder that happiness comes from helping others.
(7) I'm thankful that taking time daily to read scriptures and pray helps keep balance in my life. It seems that whenever I take time for those two things, the hours in my day stretch to meet the demands on my time.
Today, John and I ran the Disneyland 10 K. Due to a schedule change in our plans, I went down to Anaheim by myself on Thursday, and John and youngest daughter drove down together on Friday.
(8) I'm thankful I had some time by myself to catch up on blogging a bit. I had fallen behind in reading blogs, as well as in writing. I'll never get completely caught up, but it was nice to spend some time reading and writing.
(9) I'm thankful for exercise. I've been thinking more lately about just what a gift bodies are, and how I should do a better job taking care of my physical self. I know that I feel better when I eat healthy foods, and regularly run. I have room to improve in both areas.
(10) I'm thankful for John--the Carl to my Ellie. We had a great time on our Disney run adventure this morning, and I couldn't ask for a better running partner, friend, and husband!
|Photo: John and I, dressed as Carl and Ellie from the movie, UP, after completing a 10 K race at Disneyland|
What are you thankful for this week? (Another thing--I didn't list it, but I am thankful for it--is that guide dog puppy Willow is now in phase 5 of formal training! I won't breathe easy until she graduates, but I'm thankful for each step of progress.)
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