Something that many people don't know about me is that every night before bed I write something that happened to me or my family on a index card. I have done it since January 2013 and it is fun to see what I have written down year after year. Many of my close friends and family can find their names written on the cards and know that they helped me that day or made an impact in my life.
Lately I have wondered why I have kept doing it for so long and I kind of felt like it was a waste of time because who would even look at those index cards 20, 30, or 40 years from now. I also felt like I write so much on this blog and a private one I have that I didn't need to keep going with the index cards.
I mentioned to my husband that I was probably going to stop and he thought that I shouldn't without really giving me a reason. Well recently I was scrolling through Facebook and I came across this quote and has given me motivation and direction to go with what I write on these special cards.
"When our children were very small, I started to write down a few things about what happened every day. I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. 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.
My point is to urge you to find ways to recognize and remember God's kindness. It will build our testimonies. You may not keep a journal. You may not share whatever record you keep with those you love and serve. But you and they will be blessed as you remember what the Lord has done."