With Thanksgiving coming up next Thursday, I decided to ask our five authors who have books releasing in November and December a few questions about gratitude. Enjoy! (And be sure to pray for them…these months are especially crazy with a book release added to normal holiday busyness.)
Amy: What is one “small thing” you’re thankful for, not necessarily the larger blessings like family or freedom?
Ronie Kendig: I’m really thankful for the many vibrant colors of fall, which reminds me of variety (people, foods, idiosyncrasies, flavors) and that everything has a season.
Patrick Carr: I’m thankful for my co-workers’ quirky senses of humor
Regina Jennings: I love my little creamer that I got as a wedding present. I use it every Saturday morning to hold the hot syrup when I’m having my coconut pancakes. It’s the perfect size and it feels genteel.
Nancy Mehl: I love to lie in bed at night and listen to my husband and my dog snore lightly. To know they’re there and I can reach out and touch them makes me feel safe and thankful.
Julie Klassen: With a deadline approaching, I’m thankful coffee doesn’t have calories!
Amy: What is a favorite verse that comes to mind regarding gratitude, thanksgiving, blessings, or the goodness of God?
Ronie Kendig: “Enter his gate with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”— Psalm 100:4
Patrick Carr: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”—Romans 8:28
Regina Jennings: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” – James 1:17 (NKJV)
This verse reminds us that everything good is a gift from God, but the best gift is that He does not change. Other gifts might age and wear out, but God doesn’t grow old, weak, or out of date. His goodness is eternal.
Nancy Mehl: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”—Matthew 19:26.
It comforts me to know that no matter how dark things look, or how difficult a situation seems to be, God can deliver me and bring victory. Knowing this makes me want to jump and shout and praise my wonderful Heavenly Father!
Julie Klassen: As a mother of teenagers, I admit I sometimes worry. When I do, I am thankful for the reminder in Philippians 4:6 (NLT): “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
Amy: How do you remind yourself to take time to be thankful during the start of a busy holiday season?
Ronie Kendig: I immediately lower my expectations—of myself and of others—about what should be done or given, and I focus on what’s important: friends and family.
Patrick Carr: I focus on the fact that being WITH is far more fun than buying FOR.
Regina Jennings: The one aspect of the holidays that I dread is shopping. How do I turn that around? While at the mall or the shops, I just look around at all the stuff and think how grateful I am that our needs are met. It’d be awful to actually need everything that crowds those shelves. Contentment is the gift that makes other gifts unnecessary.
Nancy Mehl: We try to find someone to bless during Christmas, and this helps to remind us what Christmas is all about. But honestly, since my husband and I moved to Missouri to be near our son, his wife and now our two grandsons, it isn’t hard to be thankful. Being around them makes us so grateful to God for His wonderful blessings!
Julie Klassen: I don’t always remember to, so this blog post is a good reminder to be thankful. Thanks!
Your turn readers: what’s one “small thing” you’re thankful for?