30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 19: Living in a Country with Religious Freedom

Today, I am thankful that I live in a country where I can proclaim to be a Christian, generally without fear of being arrested or much worse.

Although Christians in America are becoming increasingly targeted and bullied for their beliefs, America does still stand for religious freedom.

Did you know that some Christians around the world aren’t even allowed to own a Bible, let alone talk about what’s in it? Others are cast from their families and their communities for their beliefs. Others are subjected to much worse torture. I encourage you to remain educated on what’s happening so that we can help our brothers and sisters around the world. Voice of the Martyrs is a good place to start.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 11: Having a Home Church

Today, I am thankful for a church family and a church home.

Over the past several years, Ben and I have made Gateway Church our church home, and the people there are our church family.

We appreciate that the messages are Bible centered. (Yes, believe it or not, there are some churches who offer non-Bible-centered messages.)

We appreciate the children’s programming.

We appreciate the life groups.

We appreciate the many other activities that bring us closer together.

If you live in our area, check it out!

30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 6: Water

Today, I am thankful for water. In the U.S., we have easy access to clean water, something that is essential to our bodies and our lives. All I have to do is turn on a faucet, and it’s there. For that, I am thankful.

Genesis 1:10 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 5: Food

Today, I am thankful for food. I am thankful both for the richness of the foods God has provided for us on this earth and for the ability to feed my family each day.

Matthew 25:35 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 3: Children

Today, I am thankful for children, especially the two I am blessed with.

Psalm 127:3-5

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.

Children are worth saving. Children are worth having. Children are worth protecting.

Take good care of yours, and find an organization in your community that puts effort into this.

Here’s one in mine: Hancock County Women’s Resource Center.

Here’s another that helps kids in Haiti: Mission Possible.

Both are great organizations, and there are many more doing great work.

Photo by Levenhagen Photography

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30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 2: My Husband

Today, I am thankful for my husband.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Ben’s a real good guy. He strives to glorify God, and he is conscious of his responsibility as the spiritual leader of our family. He always has made me feel special and loved, and he’s funny, too. He makes me laugh often. He’s also handy around the house. I’ll keep him.

Photo below by Levenhagen Photography.

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