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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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A guest post by Linda Shenton Matchett – Gratitude During Trying Times

Please welcome Linda Shenton Matchett to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. I Peter 1:6 It’s easy to be grateful when life is good, isn’t it? We have a great job, we’re healthy, and our family life is percolating merrily along. We pay our bills, take a vacation now and again, and maybe even save a little money. We smile and say “praise the Lord.” Then we hit a pothole, a giant chasm that we disappear into, wondering if things will ever be right again. Perhaps we lose […]

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A GUEST POST BY Katie Cruice Smith: Thankful for the Manna

Please welcome Katie Cruice Smith to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature. Thankful for the Manna Two weeks after we arrived home with our newborn, newly-adopted daughter, my husband was asked to have a meeting with the district manager of the large retail company he worked for as a store manager. With no notice and for a very small infraction, my husband was terminated from the company that had controlled our lives for five years. Suddenly, we found the joy of being new parents tempered by a long summer of unemployment. I had already quit my job to be a stay-at-home mom because we had planned to […]

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A guest post by Tina Pinson: Thanks… I guess

Please welcome Tina Pinson to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature. Tina will be doing a giveaway of her ebook “Christmas in Shades of Gray.” Leave a comment for a chance to win. Thanks… I guess. By Tina Pinson In everything give ye thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – I Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) God, how could you take my mother? My friends? God, I don’t understand, why did you let them die? I prayed hard and they died. Don’t you hear me? Am I invisible? God, you’ve healed other people why not them? These are questions I’ve asked in […]

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