Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Counting my Blessings: What I’m Thankful for in our 11 years of Marriage

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~ Marcel Proust

My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary every July 18, and this year marked our 11th year of marriage. Just like any other married couple, our journey together as husband and wife had been filled with a lot of trials, disappointments and arguments. For relationships to work, communication should always be present, and our relationship, admittedly, lacks in that area.

Well, on the first few years of our marriage, I would always talk to my husband whenever there is something wrong. But as the years go by, I kind of got tired of always initiating the talks and not feeling from him the same concern I have over our relationship. Getting an annulment was already an option I was considering because I just wanted to be free from him and from a relationship that no longer grows. Well, we were certainly growing—just not together, but apart.

When I was talking to a close friend over the phone a couple of months back when I was at the brink of really leaving him for good, my friend suggested that I focus on what’s beautiful in our marriage and in our family, because he said that things for sure aren’t all that ugly—that there has to be something worth remembering and being grateful for in our 11 years of being together. Then I suddenly remembered my children—my 3 precious gifts from God.

Yes, that’s what I lovingly call them for they truly are precious to me. I love my children to pieces and they are blessings from God—a great reminder of His love and of my very important mission in life, and that is to raise God-fearing individuals, who are ready to serve Him and other people. They wouldn’t be my children if it weren’t for my husband, and I wouldn’t want that any other way.

My husband is also a very hard-working man, and I truly give him credit for that. He provides for our needs and is very gentle with our children, and so those are his good points that I remind myself. Being vocal of how he feels really is not a strong character of my husband but I know he loves us. Remembering what I learned from the Law of Attraction, I should always remember and focus only on what’s good about a person, because in that way, you bring the best out of that person and of course, you no longer feel bad—which is really a waste of energy. I’m thankful that I was reminded of this philosophy.

I’ve resolved that I will no longer dwell on the things that went and are still wrong in our marriage, as I know God has His reasons that I will understand someday, and I believe that through earnest and unceasing prayer, God will help us work things out. I’m blessed beyond words with the life I have with my children and with my husband—they complete me, and for that I’m truly grateful.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Living My Life In Gratitude

My girls and I each keep a journal that I bought a year ago that we turned into a gratitude journal—whatever it is that we’re grateful for, blessings big or small, we write it there. Being grateful is one of the most valuable philosophies in life that I’m thankful that I learned, and that I, in turn, am teaching to my children.

The past couple of months tested my resolve of living a life in gratitude, and honestly, I had let these challenges stop me from living the philosophy I stand by. Only after a conversation from a friend—who valiantly advocates the value of being grateful—and receiving a couple of messages from God Whispers did I realize that I had forgotten to be thankful; that I was focusing on what was wrong than rejoicing for the blessings that I have; and that I still have a lot to be thankful for.

I have been reminded by God…
• To be committed to living a life in gratitude and to look for even the simplest things in life that I can be grateful for.
• That I’ll always be happy when I always find it in my heart to be thankful in all circumstances.
• That grateful people are gorgeous people!
• That if I want more miracles to happen in my life, I also have to be thankful for things I do not see.

So, yes, God gave me a whack in the head!

It’s true that one of my weaknesses is that I slowly turn away from doing something good when I’m faced with problems. I believe I am still a work in progress in that area, and this is where I’ll always be grateful to God for He never gives up in reminding me and giving me a hard nudge whenever I would go astray. He really is my Saviour!

SAHM’s Notebook will now be my special place online where I will spread gratefulness in every possible way, and I earnestly hope that I would inspire you as well to life a life filled with gratitude.

This blog has been in deep slumber for a while and now it’s back to life! And I sincerely thank you for sticking around. :)

Merci beaucoup!

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Optimist's Creed

Christian D. Larson was one of the greatest inspirational teachers that lived and have authored numerous books that are continuously bringing inspiration to many.  One of his greatest works was The Optimist Creed which he wrote in 1912 and is, I would say, very helpful in keeping any one motivated.

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I highly encourage you to read this everyday and make it also a part of your daily habit.  You can watch the video online thru The Secret website or you can download a printable PDF and wallpapers for your computer screen so that you can see and read it everyday.