I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. Around September, I begin to fill my atmosphere with classical music, pumpkin scented everything, and holiday spiced anything. However, the gratefulness I feel in my heart at this time of year is something that I maintain all year.

I learned a life lesson in my early thirties. Being at the age of fifty-four now, I can honestly say this lesson has been tried and proven. It has become a key part of who I am and who I choose to be, a person of gratitude.

In life, we have many things about which we could worry. I remember earlier in our marriage taking huge leaps of faith where our careers were concerned. Keith and I both left well -paying jobs to step out into full time ministry. Back in those days, having a religious mindset and not kingdom knowledge, that was equivalent to taking a vow of poverty (LOL!). However, even during the most financially unfruitful time of our lives, we were never in want. Our needs were always met and what we acquired was priceless. There were times that we felt we were drowning only to find ourselves being lifted up to higher places and positions of influence. With gratitude we discovered the truth in God’s Word when it says, “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging for bread.” Today, we are a family who lives our dreams and enjoys the many fruitful pleasures of life.

Over the years we have built a strong family unit. It did not come without sacrifice and cost. Through much heartache, joy, tears, and laughter we have something that we are proud of- strong bonds of love. Today, we are still not perfect. However, we have learned to love each other well. We have learned the power of forgiveness and watched it bring restoration. We are still a work in progress, and we continually move forward towards the relationships we desire to have with one another. The Scripture verses that encourage us about perfect love casting out all fear and love covering a multitude of wrongs are so true. You just have to put it into action to experience its power.

My list of gratitude could on and on. I learned to be forever grateful. I want to encourage you to join me this month. In order to be free of a bad habit you must replace it with something else. If you have a bad habit of looking at life’s circumstances through a negative lens, let’s change that. Replace that with a thought of gratefulness. They say it takes twenty-five to twenty-eight days to break that old habit. There is no better time than during this season of Thanksgiving to begin truly being grateful. Your life will be transformed as fear disappears and abundance appears. Stay amazing. It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,


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