“Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?” As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.
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. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened.” Henry B Erying
I started doing this a couple years ago but with my own twist. I would write down my favorite thing that had happened that day or just something that I was especially grateful for that day. I usually wrote 2 or 3 things but as did that and took time each day to reflect on the day I realized just how many tender mercies there really was each day.
What if I didn’t do that? I would go to sleep without taking time to see the small but significant ways that Heavenly Father had blessed me. Because often we don’t recognize tender mercies when they are happening because a lot of the time they are simple everyday things that are hard to recognize in the moment; we usually find them when we are looking back on our day. (At least for me)
I have a notebook that I started in June of 2014. (I will put a picture of it on Instagram Stories later today.) But looking back it was one of the best things I have ever done. All you need is a notebook and a pen or pencil and 2 or 3 minutes each night. It has seriously made the biggest difference in my life and I really encourage you to try it.
Tender mercies are REAL. Take the time to notice them because they ARE real and help you understand how Heavenly Father really knows you and what you need.
CHALLENGE: Get a notebook and take 2 or 3 minutes every single night this week to write down 2 or 3 of your favorite things that happened that day and when you are reflecting on your day you will find tender mercies that happened throughout the day and write those down too! If you are having a hard time take 30 seconds and say a prayer to be able to notice them and I promise you that you will. ?