The holidays are upon us and in a few days we’ll gather with family and friends, reflect on the many things we’re thankful for, and stuff ourselves until we’re near to bursting. Though I’m sure many of us strive to give thanks for our blessings year-round, Thanksgiving is a holiday set aside specifically for that reason. Let’s face it, had it not been for the compassion and generosity of others long ago, our nation may not exist today.
1 Chronicles 16:8 says, “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.” So we’re not to just count our blessings, we’re to speak them aloud, tell others the wonderful things God has done for us!
In the spirit of thanksgiving, here are a few of the MANY things I’m grateful for:
* My salvation. Thank you, Lord, for dying on the cross for me so that I can live eternally with you.
* My family. I’m so blessed you’re all a part of my life.
* My church. I’m grateful for the freedom to worship–without persecution–with a wonderful group of people.
* The Quids. This group of women have blessed me in ways they’ll never know. Their friendships help keep me sane on the days when I just can’t handle anymore testosterone (in other words, my hubby and three sons). Their wisdom and advice not only help me in life, but have helped me grow as an author. We’re not only critique partners but we’re prayer warriors for one another, and for that I’ll always be grateful.
* My home. I love our old farmhouse that constantly needs attention and never has enough room, our little patch of land we learn and grow on. “There’s no place like home,” and this couldn’t be more true of our little hobby farm.
Now it’s your turn. What are you thankful for?
~Candice Sue Patterson studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, splitting wood, or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. Candice writes Modern Vintage Romance—where the past and present collide with faith. Her newest release Silver White Winters is available now!