Tune into the nightly news or read the daily paper, and you may feel overwhelmed by the chaos that’s bubbling up around the world.
As we all know, the Middle East is in turmoil. Israel and Palestine are on the brink of a ground war. Iran is racing to develop nuclear weapons. Syria is embroiled in a bloody civil conflict, and in Libya, escalating hatred toward the United States led to a terrorist attack that took the lives of four brave Americans, including our Ambassador.
Riots seem commonplace in Greece where angry protesters oppose their government’s attempts to reel in over-the-top spending, while other European countries walk a tightrope to remain solvent and fend off economic collapse.
In the U.S., the number of unemployed grows daily as more and more companies layoff workers. Soaring prices and the threat of higher taxes make many wonder how their dwindling dollars will stretch to cover basic needs. Others worry about the staggering burden placed on future generations forced to pay down the debt incurred by years of rampant governmental spending.
|Photo by Pam Roth (Bubbels)|
Myra Johnson gives thanks…
I'm especially thankful for 40+ years with my devoted husband. Here we are celebrating our anniversary last spring aboard the Belle of Hot Springs on Lake Hamilton in Arkansas. He's my best friend, and I'm blessed to have his steadfast support for my writing career. Semi-retired, he takes care of many of the household chores, shops for groceries, and he's even expanding his cooking repertoire!
|Pam's great-neice holding one of their week-old "babies". |
This little fellow loves to sleep on his back!
Sandra Lee Smith...
I am thankful that I was able to spend so much time with my Dad before he passed away this summer. I am thankful for my husband who has been a real life hero for all of these years. I am thankful for my writing friends, especially all of you at Seekerville. I am thankful for the blessings my God keeps pouring over me. I am thankful for my relationship with the Lord.
Cara Lynn James...
I'm thankful for all the obvious things -- the Lord, my family, my home, my country, my friends, my health. I could go on and on and still I'd be leaving many things out. More personally, my grandsons are great blessings and bring great joy to my heart.
I'm so thankful this year for my writer friends who have become like family. I'm thankful for all of you blog readers who started as online acquaintances but have now become lifelong friends. (Yes, I'm picturing myself hugging your neck at conference fifteen years from now!) You bless us with your visits each day!
I have so many things to be thankful for. But besides the humans in my life, I am thankful for Charlie the cat, who kept me company in the car while our house was being shown. (P.S. It sold!)
Ruth Logan Herne…
|Picture is Anna Elizabeth who apparently |
loves Grammy's mashed potatoes!
I have so many things to be thankful for. My family and friends. My country and those who've sacrificed to give freedom to others. My day job. My health. The opportunity to write stories that encourage readers to go deeper with God. Most of all I'm thankful that my God is loving, forgiving and that his Son paid the price to bring me into relationship with Him for eternity.
|Mary and Hubby at Garden of the Gods.|
But right now, I have just been offered a new contract with Bethany House to stay with them for a few more years and I am so wildly thrilled and thankful for it. THANK YOU BETHANY HOUSE! THANK YOU DEAR LORD GOD IN HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!
I am so thankful that God has blessed me and cared for me in this way. It brings this verse to mind from Psalm 91: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.Julie Lessman…
Over and above my beautiful family, my precious granddaughter, my daughter's fairy-tale proposal, a wonderful future son-in-law, and a saint of a husband, I am grateful that God is a jealous God who loves me enough to save me from myself. How amazing is it that just this week -- the week of Thanksgiving -- He has opened my eyes to the truth of seeking Him first in a way I've seldom experienced before. And it all began with a book our church asked us to read called The Well by David Hall, pastor and lead singer of Casting Crowns. So thank you, God, for caring so much!
Debby again...I'm also thankful for the author copies I just received. Leave a comment and share what you’re giving thanks for this year to be included in the drawing for the FIRST copy of THE GENERAL’S SECRETARY, the fourth book in my Military Investigations series.
Wishing you abundant blessings,
THE GENERAL'S SECRETARY
By Debby Giusti
Trusting the Wrong Person Can Be Deadly...
Lillie Beaumont's dark past has just turned up on her porch--fatally wounded. The dying words of the man imprisoned for killing Lillie's mother suggest hidden secrets. Criminal Investigations Division special agent Dawson Timmons agrees. He has his own motive for seeking the truth, and it gives Lillie every reason to doubt him. But even as they reluctantly begin to face painful secrets together, Dawson fears that a murderer is waiting to strike again. And this time, Lillie is right in the line of fire...