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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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Little Things

Welcome to the first installment of Gratitude Fridays. We’ll will have guest authors posting on most Fridays, but I thought I would start things off myself. About five years ago some of the ladies at our church put on a ladies tea. They had each of us bring a tiny item of great meaning with us. We each shared our items and told what they meant to us. My item was a little stone in the shape of a heart. My son had found it and brought it home to me when he was young. I treasure that little piece of rock. None of us had difficulty finding something small and meaningful. The purpose of […]

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