21 Nov

thanksI do my best to be thankful for the blessings God has given me everyday. But like most, this time of year I’m counting double. This time, however, I’m trying to think outside the box, instead of simply saying my family or my job. Here’s a short list of things I’m grateful for:



A fireplace. There’s nothing like curling up in front of the fireplace on a cold winter’s night, soaking up the warmth while the weather rages outside.

Family-friendly entertainment. Though it’s hard to find at times, there is still quality television and movies that the whole family can gather together and watch. Those moments are priceless.

Childish laughter. I could listen to this sound all day. A happy child, whether mine or someone else’s, blesses my heart.

Discretion. I’m grateful the Lord held my mouth shut during the many, MANY, times I wanted to speak out on social media posts regarding the election. Not because their viewpoints opposed mine but because people, Christians or not, were acting so ugly toward one another.

Date night. Even after fifteen years, spending time with my hubby is one of my favorite things. Those rare times when we can actually have adult conversations without interruptions means everything.

My relationship with God. I love how the Bible has everything for everyone no matter what stage of life we’re in. How verses speak to us in different ways throughout our lives. And prayer. What would I do without a way to cry out to God or praise Him for his goodness?

Again, these are just a few things on my ever-growing list. What are you thankful for this year?


~Candice Sue Patterson is an alumna of The Institute of Children’s Literature and an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. When she is not tending to her chickens, splitting wood or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. She lives in Indiana in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. For more on Candice, visit her website at

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