My gratitude for the blessings in my life has grown so much the last few weeks as I have taken the challenge from Elder David A. Bednar to learn to identify and look for the Tender Mercies of the Lord (click for video) in my daily life.
Elder Bednar said that he had pondered on this, and his conclusion was that “…the Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from, and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ.” (General Conference, April 2005)
President Eyring also talked about recognizing the blessings we receive as we ponder and record the Hand of the Lord in our lives every single day. He says of his experience: “…more than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ.” (General Conference, Oct. 2007)
As I begin this new year, I am determined to take this seriously – and physically DO IT! =) My soul doth rejoice; as I do it I feel the hand of the Lord in so many ways in my life. The purpose of this blog is to record and share some of these tender mercies as I experience the joy I have in my life as a wife, mother, homeschooling teacher-mom, special diet researcher, planner and cook, friend, a Latter-Day Saint woman, and most importantly, as a beloved daughter of my Heavenly Father.