Sunday, December 23, 2012

This Christmas I want to say Thanks

I have been preoccupied lately with "stuff." I do "stuff." I watch "stuff." I listen to "stuff." It's all "stuff." But I want to share with you something that isn't just "stuff."
 
This year has been a hard one for my family and myself. We along with many other people have struggled with finances. The economy has changed drastically in the last several years, so when things change so quickly it is very hard to adjust and challenges are many. Because of these financial struggles I've had to rely more on others, family, and most importantly God. I have found that this Christmas time is the best I've ever had in my whole life because of Him.
 
Without the preparations of righteous people who believe that there is a God, I would be without food for my family. I would probably be homeless, and without the necessities of life. The service that others provide because they believe that it is the right way to live, and because of the Savior's example to serve others, has greatly impacted my quality of life and those of my family. I want to reach out and thank all those good and kind and believing people for the wonderful and good and kind acts of service that they perform.
 
Here is a BIG THANK-YOU!
 
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We believe in Christ. We talk of Christ and we do everything we can to be like him. Now, we/ I am not perfect-who is? Only Christ was perfect. I try to be like him, not perfect. I and many who believe in Him try to be better people, and because of that I can rejoice at this Christmas time. I won't have much in the way of gifts to open on Christmas Day and neither will my boys or my husband, but we can feel the peace that comes when we wake up in our warm home, and eat our Christmas dinner and give thanks to Him and those that serve him. I am so grateful to Christ and to all of his followers, my family, and friends, and to my blog followers, and I wanted you all to know that.
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving wonderful, uplifting comments! I am so grateful for all the hope and love that you give me.
 
And to all, I hope you have a
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
I'll be back in January.

3 comments:

Mary H. said...

Shari, This is a wonderful post, with such an inspiring message. I am so happy to read a post like this, to hear that someone appreciates the blessings they have received. All things thru our Lord & Savior, and too many times, we forget to remember that. It's what this season - especially - is all about. We need to remember it always, but particularly so, at this time of year. I'm glad there were good people who gave you a helping hand. It uplifted them as much as it helped you. God's Blessings upon you & yours in the coming year. We were given the greatest & most wonderful of All Gifts so many years ago, and even now, if we choose to accept it. Looking forward to seeing your lovely cards in 2013, and I hope the year will be a better one for you & your family. Hugs

Kristi S said...

Shari,
what an awesome post. I think in the good times we forget what's important:it's definitely not "stuff". It's our families,friends and faith that really matter.
Having said that, I hope 2013 is prosperous for you and yours.

Hugs,
Kristi

Mary H. said...

Hi, just wanted to wish you a most Happy New Year, and say that I'll be looking forward to seeing the lovely projects you share in 2013. Will hope that it will be a banner year for you & yours. Hugs.