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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
What do you give thanks for
Every year I am reminded
of how much I love and appreciate this time of year. I love being reminded by
God of all the reasons I have to give Him thanks for giving
me life -- for all the people who have been a part of my life over the
years, and especially for all the circumstances I've been through that have made me appreciate
God for bringing me through those circumstances and situations successfully.
In my Civil War romance, Flame from Within, my heroine Amethyst
Rose loses her home and nearly all of those she loves. She has to walk away from much of what she's
cared for all her life. The circumstances she goes through bring her pretty far
down in her thinking about what might now happen to her in the future -- even whether it is worth it
to go on. Worst of all, she has no knowledge of the her Heavenly Father who loves her and wants to be there for her, if she will only look to Him for help.
In my book, Say Goodbye
to Yesterday, my heroine Annabelle, who has had a difficult past life, has to
find a way to learn what it takes to forgive herself not only for her personal failures, but also for those who've done her wrong throughout her life, especially when the past keeps
staring at her in the face. Worst of all, Annabelle has sadly forgotten she once had a good relationship with the only One who can teach her there is a way to find forgiveness.
In my book, That Impossible
Dream, my heroine Geraldine, learns early how her disabilities might make life difficult for her. Because of her relationship with God, however, she's been able to accept herself just the way she is. It doesn't matter what others think.
At the same time, Still,as a young woman full of dreams and prayers, Geraldine can't help but wish some of her prayers might someday come true. But with so many disappointments throughout her life, can she come to the place where it simply won't matter one way or the other?
In all three of my
"I See God" devotionals, (I See
God in the Simple Things, I See God in the Thorns n Thistles, and I See God on the Narrow Road) I wanted to show the importance of living with thankfulness -- no matter what we go through -- no matter where we are -- regardless
of the circumstance we find ourselves in or where we might find ourselves tomorrow. We really can see God in everything, if we
simply open our eyes. He's there.
Life can be special and
we can have much to be thankful for if we keep our eyes focused on what's
During this month of Thanksgiving, do you have something unique
for which you can especially give thanks? I hope you'll share it with us.
Even the smallest joy you
might have to offer is important to us here at A Pen for Your Thoughts. I look
forward to drawing your name and giving the winner either a gift card for the
e-book of choice, or sharing a signed copy with you of one of my print books.