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A Guest Post by Leeann Betts: ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly—Not!

Please welcome Leeann Betts. She has a guest post for the gratitude Friday feature: ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly—Not! Seems like the Christmas season rolls around more quickly every year. It’s the 4th of July, and then it’s Thanksgiving, and then before we know it, Christmas. And with it, the requisite smiles and spending and happy times. Because, after all, that’s what we do, isn’t it? But the holiday season isn’t a happy time for everybody. There are some real stresses that this season brings, including excessive spending, excessive eating and drinking, excessive time spent with family and relatives, and excessive pretending everything is fine. You’ll note I used the word “excessive” four times in […]

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Hidden Blessings

Today is gratitude Friday! Our guest blogger never sent in her post, which opened up the opportunity for me share my thoughts with you on this beautiful Friday morning. I watched a glorious sunrise over the fields this morning, as our goats and sheep meandered out of the pen to start their day. I didn’t wake up in a terrific mood. I’d gone to bed offended and frustrated, although I’d read my Bible to try to get my head straightened out. Yet, as I made the coffee and watched the sky light up, my attitude changed. Some days, it’s hard to break out of a funk and we don’t see what’s around us. We don’t […]

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A guest post by Donna Schlater: Star of Wonder

Please welcome Donna Schlater to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for our Gratitude Friday feature: Star of Wonder. When I was a child, Christmas meant three things: Santa, pictures, and a tree. Santa was easy—the Sears catalogue was handed around to each child in turn, and we could choose three items: one toy, one game, and one other thing. That one other thing could be clothes—although it rarely was—or something fun like a toboggan or ice skates. The picture-taking ritual happened on Christmas Eve as we hung our stockings, a solemn procession to the mantel, posing with stockings in hand. We went into the living room with stockings in hand and […]

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A guest post by Carole Brown: How Much Do I Really Appreciate…?

Please welcome Carole Brown to Faith in Writing. She’s written a guest post for the Gratitude Friday’s feature How Much Do I Really Appreciate…? God’s Word says: Be thankful in all things. I struggled to finish my latest novel A Flute in the Willows, Book Two of the WWII Spies series because of my busy life: my youngest grandson was scheduled to begin kindergarten, and I wanted to be sure to spend all the time I could with him. Our ministry work, along with several vacation days away with family, necessary work around our hobby farm, and many, many other things, including my own lack of inspiration to write were hindrances that continually kept me unfocused […]

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A Guest Post by Sherri Wilson Johnson: It Was More Than Video Games

Please welcome Sherri Wilson Johnson to Faith in Writing. She is graciously offering a giveaway of the Kindle version of “Grafted Into Deceit.” Leave a comment for a chance to win. Sherri wrote a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature: It Was More Than Video Games When I was fresh out of high school (back in the mid-80s), my dad joined a home computer club. This was a once-a-month club for computer hobbyists at the beginning of the home computer days. No one we knew owned a computer, and I think there was only one in the company I worked for. It was used to transmit data and not for individual use. Computers were scary […]

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A Guest Post by Linda Wood Rondeau: A Bell Ringer’s Epiphany

I wondered why I had volunteered. Too many things to do. And I hate the cold. It gets into my bones until nothing can make me feel warm again. I had offered to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army’s Christmas drive. I bundled up and trekked to my station at the local grocery store. I donned the blue apron and picked up the emblem of my assignment, a small golden bell. Then one by one the people came up to the little red bucket to drop in their offering. Sometimes people felt like talking. Other times, they nodded and left. Still others dropped their gift and scurried off to complete the sundry other […]

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Golden Book of Blessings

Please welcome Amber Schamel to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature: Golden Book of Blessings. I find it is so easy to get caught up and lost in the hectic world today. And as I get so busy and focused on what needs to be done, I often lose sight of the many blessings that God has attributed to me. But little did I realize that failing to count our blessings can be more dangerous than I might have thought. With my type of personality, I can easily criticize and see the challenges in people and situations. This can be a good thing, but I’m often guilty […]

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Singing and making melody in my heart

It’s gratitude Friday. This feature does something special for me. It reminds me to look at my blessings. Today, I have something new for which to be grateful. We are in the process of buying a new house. We’ve been searching for quite some time. I believe, that we have come to an agreement on a property. Very exciting. Beautiful barn for the animals. Good horse property. I’m looking forward to spending time there on the back deck and the screen porch. It will be lovely. In addition to that, we have choir practice today. Sometimes choir practice is more stressful than fun, usually when we concern ourselves too much with mechanics and too little […]

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When Gratitude Doesn’t Come Naturally

Most of you know that I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), classical type. With that comes many sister diseases, such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, gastroparesis, mast cell activation disorder, early onset osteoarthritis, and things like bad teeth, because the collagen is faulty and breaks down. I had a tooth pulled Monday. Tuesday I broke another tooth. While I don’t break a tooth every day with EDS, I do have a health issue every day. I’d even go as far to say, every hour. An hour doesn’t go by when I don’t have a joint pop out of the socket, excruciating stomach pain, mast cell reaction, or another “gift” from EDS. I’ll admit. Some days I […]

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A Guest Post by Susan Karsten – A Grateful Journey to Publication

Please welcome Susan Karsten to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. The brief blurb below captures at least six years of concerted effort. In the fall of 2011, someone (the sands of time obscure exactly who) told me about the National Write a Novel in a Month experience. I did not “win” as they call it when one completes a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. But, I had about 11,000 words of what became my (yet-unpublished) children’s chapter book, a novel entitled “Five Months in the Sweet […]

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