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Grateful Even When Bad Gets Worse

Grateful Even When Bad Gets Worse

Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet… I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! — Habakkuk 3:17-18 Habakkuk described

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Giving Thanks in the Small Things

Some days I pick up a camera and it’s a hammer. The lens is my ink, for cameras have sensor eyes, and pixels record. I slide it into a pocket, a thin point-and-shoot, and find another way to chronicle, to force the lids open; another way to receive the moment with thanks reverential. When he comes in from

What are you grateful for during this Advent season? Family? A place to live? Church friends? All that sparkles and brings joy during a tough year? Let’s remember to worship Jesus and thank Him for His generous gifts to us. He is worthy to be praised!

He Is Worthy of Your Praise

  Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat. — Psalm 147:12-14 Several years ago, as I traveled through New York, I came upon

Flyover: The Stories We’ve Missed

  Thanksgiving offers us an annual pause from the pace of life to return to places we do not often visit and gather with people we do not often see. Indeed, I live in what some call a “flyover state” — Minnesota — a placed that many visitors fly over while hopping coast to coast.

How to Make It Through the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Very Grateful

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins are put away, Christmas décor in beginning to fill the stores, and there’s one more big Holiday to celebrate before the Christmas jingles hit the airwaves – Thanksgiving. As Christians we know we are supposed to “give thanks is all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and “give thanks to

My wife, Pat, and I were spending Thanksgiving week at our son’s home. Soon after we arrived, we talked about where we would go for Thanksgiving dinner. Johnny said, “What I would really like is for Mom to cook the things we’ve always had on Thanksgiving and eat here at my place.” Pat said she would, and it sounded great to me.

Guideposts for Thanksgiving

  The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. — Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV I want to completely declutter the basement before Thanksgiving,” my wife, Pat, said while we were out for a walk. “I have a lot of stuff going on…. Why do we need to do

What if you wake up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today? When I first stumbled across that question, it stopped me in my tracks. Would I wake up with anything? It’s a humbling and provocative idea.

5 Gratitude Devotions You Just Might Need This Week

  Editor’s note: What a week we’re about to embark on! We thought you could use a few quick devotions to get your mornings started. Despite the chaos surrounding us right now, let’s remind ourselves that it is the season of thankfulness. We hope this season will be the catalyst into a life of thankfulness.

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him. — Psalm 95:2 Have you ever noticed how after Halloween, many stores immediately bring out their prelit trees, ornaments, Christmas wreaths, and candy canes? The weeks between Halloween and Christmas are often a blur of colored leaves and

One Thousand Gifts: Attitude of Gratitude

Bible Study of the Week: Ann Voskamp’s a farm girl. That book she scratched out, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where YouAre, is about what you really want. Joy is possible. Right where you are. Really. This video Bible study based on her best-selling book ponders the question of finding joy in

Fall Celebration

Celebrations mark the pinnacles of joy in our lives. ~ Ingrid Fetell Lee, Joyful I’ve experienced the truth of hospitality. I have never, ever regretted inviting anyone over. Once it’s done, I have never regretted hosting. Welcoming people into our home has never been a waste of energy, time, or resources. In the same way

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