I can't believe it's December. As I get older, it seems the months get shorter. (Cheesy grin)
I want to take this time to thank each one of my online writing friends for the blog opportunities, the advice, and the kind words you so willingly offered when I was feeling down.
I’ve been sadden with the loss of a dear writing friend. Diane Dean White. I'll miss her encouragement and the times she lovingly corrected me, but I know she is with the Lord.
I’ve been broken-hearted with the passing of a family member. Also, watching my mom’s health decline can often distract me from other things. Still, through it all I embrace the reason we celebrate Christmas. Jesus Christ. He’s the strength that I rely on to keep walking in joy.
I know we’ve all had good times and a few upsetting days, but a new year is around the corner with amazing possibilities. As you enjoy the festivities, hold our savior close to your heart.
I pray that each one of you will look ahead to the uncharted opportunities of 2018 with the faith that through Him we can be whole.
As the song says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” No matter what, It’s the season to be grateful for all we have.
A very Merry Christmas to everyone
I turned around.
Summer faded into fall.
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. For me, it marks the beginning of the holiday season. This time of the year always makes me look back.
I praise the Lord for the good things about my life. I also thank Him for bringing me through the difficulties, and for my faith, which helps me to continue to have a heart filled with gratitude.
I hear people say that we should keep the spirit of giving that Christmas invokes in our heart all year long. I agree. I also believe we should make the thankfulness that we feel at Thanksgiving a tradition that will last through the good times, and the bad.
How do you keep a thankful heart in the times of despair?
Many face the same issues. Sickness and daily trials can get you down. Mother has Alzheimer. There are times when the cares of her disease will try to rob me of the joy I get from the Lord, and the satisfaction I get from writing Christian fiction.
I’ve found that having a thankful heart doesn’t come natural. It’s something I must practice.
If I let my guard down I may find myself giving in to the “poor me” syndrome.
Being grateful is a choice, not a feeling, nor a condition.
Each morning I get out of bed and spend some time thanking the Lord for the day. During the day when a dark cloud threatens to turn my smile upside down, I recall the praise that I hold dear for Jesus Christ, and keep a verse from one of God’s promises close to my heart.
James 1:12(KJV) “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
I pray that everyone will usher in Thanksgiving with a set mind, determined that the thankfulness will continue long after the memory of the turkey and pies are gone.
This year, while I celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, and treasure moments with Mom.
I’m also enjoying the release of my newest novel, Thanksgiving Secret.
A secret has a life of its own.
Matthew Blake left home in search of fame. Years later, writer’s block threatens his career. He returns to his roots hoping to rejuvenate his creative juices and meets Lucinda Wise. Unknown to Matt, he’s involved in a mystery, that is soon to be unearthed.
Lucinda rents her tiny house to Matt. Despite his self-centered ways, she finds herself enjoying his company and sharing her faith with him, but timing is everything. She’s dedicated her life to her five-year-old daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.
As Thanksgiving approaches, Matt discovers that Lucinda is the partaker of a secret that will change his life forever. Can he accept that God’s plan for his future is the right one?
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