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Heart Overflowing with Gratitude by Tracy Ruckman

Heart Overflowing with Gratitude

by Tracy Ruckman


My heart overflows with gratitude this year for so many reasons. Yes, it’s been another difficult year – broken relationships, financial struggles, health concerns, new work schedules, new school schedules, dealing with mental illness of loved ones, death of loved ones, car troubles, watching the world get darker by the second.

But in the midst of all those negatives, God has been ever-present and has poured out His blessings and wonders in many of those same areas: restored relationships, financial blessings, health improvements, new babies, awesome professors, incredible new opportunities, new friends. And about six months ago, we also overcame a mighty oppression that had haunted us for years, and the difference is extreme.

This year, we’ve watched countless Christians shine brightly for the Kingdom in so many different ways. Personally, I’ve watched our authors shine through the opportunities provided them – watched and listened as they’ve shared their personal walks with Jesus with a dying world. And then on a worldwide scale, we’ve all watched Christians summon every ounce of courage to proclaim the name of Jesus in the face of horrifying death at the hands of evil.

As I was writing this post, one specific word was repeated over the few days this document sat on my laptop and this word is what gets us through all the bad days, all the horror, all the darkness. The message of this single word is powerful and life-changing – the word OVERCOME. We can overcome the darkness because JESUS has overcome the WORLD. He told us that Himself in John 16:33. Jesus is the VICTOR, and those of us who follow Him are victors, too, regardless of whatever our current circumstances may be. Jesus won the war, which means if we follow Him, we win, too.Thankful_edited

I’m thankful for a Savior who loves us so much that He died so that we might spend eternity – ETERNITY – with Him. An eternity spent in worship and praise. An eternity without pain, sorrow, tears, or heartbreak of any sort.

I’m thankful He gives us all second chances (and most times, many more!) to follow Him, to tell others about Him, to serve Him. I’m thankful to know that He is indeed the Victor, and that as His follower, I am, too. That knowledge helps me get through the painful days.

We can let the darkness of the world invade our lives or we can focus instead on the Light – shining Jesus’ Light for others who may be lost or wandering. This year, I’m especially grateful for His Light, which shines for all eternity.


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Thankful for No Goodbyes by Lori Dixon

Never Alone

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)

As Christians we have so much to be thankful for but for me personally I am most grateful to serve a God who promises to always be with me.

Because this life and everything in it is temporary; things break or get lost, wealth can be fleeting and people leave (by either death or choice). Life’s fabric can feel like it’s fraying around us and we are clinging to find the one string that is safe to hold on to . . . only to sense it slowly slipping through our fingers as well.

But, He will never fail. He cannot lie. And so we can with confidence say, He will never leave us.

That is the core of my thankfulness. The Creator of the universe who reaches down and says to me, “Daughter, I am here. Come sit at my feet as I whisper into your ear and gently touch your soul with my love.” His Spirit fills me, invites me, and pursues me.

When family and friends fail, when the storms of life roll over me, when money is scarce and my accuser says to me, “You have no hope,” I will not despair. For I know I am not alone. In Him and with Him I have a hope and a love that is eternal.

Take the whole world, but give me Jesus. He is my All in all. Anything else is just gravy. Speaking of gravy, pass the turkey…








Lori Dixon ~ Speaker/Writer/Servant of Christ   Contact


headshot promo size_opt (1) (1)_editedLori Dixon is an award winning Canadian writer and speaker with over 200 articles published, many of which are archived in the National Library of Canada. Her passion is bringing Truth to women, speaking in love and seeing lives transformed through the power of the Word. She does so in humorous ways, using props and practical applications. Follow her ramblings which vary from humorous to hard hitting at or email her at to say hello. 100% of her speaking fees for 2013 go to support the local ministry of Engedi Refuge; a safe home restoring the lives of sex traffic victims.






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