Praying my way to thankfulness

How does one get an attitude of gratitude? Prayer. Gratitude comes through prayer. As we spend more time talking to Jesus, he transforms our hearts and attitudes until they’re overflowing with gratitude.

Talking to Jesus isn’t about using big, fancy words. Rather, I think he prefers when we just talk from the heart to praise him and let our requests be made known to him.

By Rita Meyer

With that said, I want to thank Jesus — the No. 1 guy in my life — for the No. 2 guy in my life: my husband, Marv. He’s been my “go to guy” for over 20 years now, if dating time is included. He used to write me the sweetest notes — still does most of the time. If I take a trip, there’s usually a note tucked in my suitcase somewhere. If he’s the one tripping, I usually find a note left under my pillow.

Where I tend to get a little short-tempered (hey, at least I admit it), he’s like the picture of patience and tolerance. My “steady Eddie” with a kick of salsa. Yep, he likes all things spicy (especially his chili); plus, he spices things up in my life.

Marv’s idea of a good time is hanging with us and doing all things family. Which brings me to gratefulness point No. 2: four healthy and happy (at least most of the time!) kids.

For a person that thought I wanted to be “Ms. Corporate” and never really dreamed about being a mom (I know, what was I thinking back then?), this current profession is one I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’m too blessed to be stressed, even though that is how I feel most mornings trying to get the kids out the door on time.

Thankfulness point No. 3: My health. I don’t ever want to take it for granted. I want to do whatever I can to stay healthy and fit. Taking care of myself has always been a priority. I hope I’m blessed with many more life-filled healthy years.

No. 4: My extended family, especially my mom as she continues to make her new home at the assisted living apartments next to the hospital in Melrose. She’s still adjusting to a new home, new locale, new friends, new routine. May I always be a source of comfort and optimism as I am the one blessed with her closeness in this final season of life.

No. 5-plus: My friends. Food. Strong coffee (and good creamer). Running water. Electricity. Sunshine during the day. Stars at night. Pretty things, especially flower gardens. People that smile. Kind words and deeds.

Teachers and coaches who mentor my children in a positive way. Cars that run. Toilets that flush. Appliances that work. The list is endless.

Dear Lord, thank you for the myriad of blessings you shower upon me. Please help me to always share my gifts and talents — joyfully — with others. May my goal be to seek you all day, every day. No matter what. Amen.

Rita Meyer is married and the mother of four children. She and her family are members of St. John the Baptist Parish in Meire Grove. Email her at

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