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Thankful: It’s Hard to Pick Just One by Jill Barlow

Posted by Julie on November 18, 2014 in Guest blogger, Life Lessons, Thankful November guest blogger, Writing |

In the beginning of 2013, I felt led to start my own blog. I wrote about God, but nothing in particular. I also ended up going through a divorce that year, which completely changed my life. I was married for 19 years. I was a stay at home mom for a great deal of that time. The last 3 years had been dedicated to my three children, because we pulled them out of public school to home school.

 

As I sit and type this up, I am thankful for so many things. It is hard to pick just one.

 

I am thankful for my Heavenly Father who has gotten me through the rough spots. This  journey we call life is not an easy one. Being a Christian is not a “get out of trouble” free card. We are still going to have hard times. Jesus even said, in John 16: 33, “33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”john16_33

 

It’s not an IF, it’s a WHEN type thing. God is always here for us, no matter what.

 

I am also thankful for my children, friends and family. Without them, I don’t know where I would be. They have made me laugh, hugged me as I cried and told me the truth when I did not want to hear it.

 

God has really moved in my life and heart over the past several months. He has started talking to me in every day ways. I have started writing those things for others to see that He is there, daily. He cares about our daily lives and He just wants to help us make it to tomorrow.

 

Take a moment and think about what you are thankful for. Maybe it’s totally different from me. And, guess what? That’s ok. 

 

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Jill Barlow is a mom of three, an administrative assistant to two, and a writer. Divorced after a lengthy marriage, she started finding God in her every-day life. Jill says, “God really cares and is interested in talking to us through the little things. Showing people His love and character in a way they might not have ever experienced is my passion.” You can find Jill at www.coffeewithsnoopy.blogspot.com and on Facebook .

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Thankful: A Choice We Make by Martha Rogers

Posted by Julie on November 6, 2014 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Thankful November guest blogger |

Being thankful is a choice we make. Rather than complaining about what we don’t have, we chose to be thankful for what we do have. Paul said it best in Philippians 4:13: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” NIV

I am thankful for life. Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a radical mastectomy and treatment, I was declared in remission. Exactly five years later the cancer returned. After a second surgery and treatment, the oncologist ran tests and declared me to be not only in remission, but also cancer free.

In that fifteen years so much has happened for which I thank the Lord. He healed my body and made it possible for me to enjoy these years. We had two more wonderful grandchildren, participated in the wedding of our oldest granddaughter, sat by the bedside of  a grandson after a liver transplant, signed my first contract for a full length novel, enjoyed the births of three great-grandchildren, and wrote 13 novels now in stores.

To say that God has blessed our family would be an understatement. He gave me new life in which I began a journey that is ongoing. Our Lord is faithful, and only He is worthy of all the honor, glory and thanksgiving for a life fully entrusted to His hands.

 

Martha for blogs _editedMartha Rogers is a free-lance writer and was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.  A former English and Home Economics teacher, Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and loves scrapbooking when she has time. She has written two series, Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart as well as several novellas. Love Stays True and Love Finds Faith, the first two books in her new series, The Homeward Journey, are available now with book number three being released in the fall of 2014.



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