Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Blog – 2013 Joyce Hart

On Facebook people have been writing 10 things you don’t know about me, or 9 things, or 8 things, etc.  It is interesting to read facts about your friends that you really didn’t know.  I was supposed to write 9 things, but haven’t had the nerve to do that yet.

However, I was wondering, what ten things am I thankful for in 2013?  Can you list ten blessings rather quickly?

  1. My Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ 
  2. Family, husband and sons, daughters-in-law & grandson
  3. Church
  4. Friends
  5. Literary clients & agents
  6. Home
  7. My country
  8. Books to read
  9. Shopping
  10. That I’m able to walk after surgeries

As Maria said in “Sound of Music,” these are a few of my favorite things.     

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?    

We’re having about nine guests for dinner today.  I told them “come early, because I need help.”  I’m glad I have the freedom to say that to my family and friends.  We have lived in our home for 30 years this month and for most of those years we’ve had Thanksgiving here.  It’s a privilege to be able to do that.  Often we invite people who don’t have family in the area to join our family. 

I was looking through the grocery ads last week, looking for the best buys on turkey, potatoes and all the trimmings.   It made me remember one year when the boys were small, we were pastoring in Grand Island, NE and didn’t have much for Thanksgiving dinner that year.  Another pastor from out of town dropped by the day before Thanksgiving and brought us a large roasting hen and all the fixings for dinner.  We were so thankful.

Ps 100 is a Psalm of Thanksgiving. Verses 1 through 5 says:

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.  Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,and into His courts with Praise.  Be thankful to Him and bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting.  And His truth endures to all generations.”  NKJV

May you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Lord help us to be truly thankful for all of the blessings that we enjoy!


Mariam said...
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Audrey said...

Thank you for this wonderful post Joyce! I appreciate you reminding us to be thankful and praise God for all of our blessings. All that we have comes through Him alone...not because we deserve it, but because He loves us!
Happy Thanksgiving

Davalyn Spencer said...

Such an abundant year this year, and many things on my thankful list reflect your list, Joyce. Even the Psalm I read this morning! In addition to those blessings, I thank God for your personal words of encouragement to me two years ago and for my wonderful agent Linda Glaz of Hartline. God has opened doors and poured out His blessings! Hope you had a bountiful and help-filled holiday.

Anonymous said...

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