Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving, dear Reader.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, one of my favorite times of year. I love Thanksgiving because of all it represents: not just a day to remember that very first Thanksgiving and a coming together of the Indians and the Pilgrims there in Plymouth. Not just a day to remember the end of the Civil War. Not just a day to be grateful for whatever good gifts we have. But also a day to just set aside and be thankful. No matter what the circumstances. Sometimes thankfulness isn’t easy, sometimes it comes with a great wrenching pain and many tears. And yet, that very same spirit of gratitude that can seem so elusive is often exactly what is needed to bring us out of the murk that threatens to overwhelm us.

 

And, as Christians, let us not forget that we are not just thankful randomly. We have One whom we can thank. One to whom we owe thanksgiving. Will you join me, today, tomorrow, and every day, practicing a thankful heart? Even when it’s hard? Perhaps we can shine a light with a humble attitude of praise and thanks. Perhaps we begin by shining that light into our own hearts.

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Wealth and honor come from you;

    you are the ruler of all things.

In your hands are strength and power

    to exalt and give strength to all.

Now, our God, we give you thanks,

    and praise your glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:12-13

Let the trees of the forest sing,
let them sing for joy before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;
gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
and glory in your praise.”

1 Chronicles 16:33-35

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.

Psalm 95: 1-3

 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:13-18

 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:15-20

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

Give thanks. Amen.

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~ jenelle

Black Friday Sale 2016

Hello there, dear Reader! I hope you are having a marvelous Thanksgiving holiday! I just wanted to pop over really quickly and share with you that a bunch of us Indie Christian Authors are having a cooperative Black Friday Sale this year! All three of the books in my trilogy will be part of a countdown sale in the Kindle Store, starting at 99 cents on Friday.

Among the participating authors you will find:

So a good mixture of styles and genres there. If you are at all willing/able to share about the sale, you can go to THIS FORM and sign up to help us spread the word!

Thanks so much and Happy Thanksgiving!

~ jenelle

Writer’s Life Tag

I’ve been tagged for the Writer’s Life tag by my friend Tracey @ Adventure Awaits

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And, since I am trying to be a bit better about blogging consistently, I thought I should join in the fun!

Write-Fuel: what do you eat/drink while writing?

Not much, actually. Though when I’m not pregnant I usually have a can of Dr. Pepper nearby when I’m writing. Lately, I’ve been enjoying a cup of hot cocoa when I sit down to write. Ah… fall/winter!

Write-Sounds: what do you listen to while writing?

Again, I don’t have a set-in-stone answer for this one. Sometimes I’ll throw on some headphones and try to find some music that goes with the scene I’m writing. Other times I’ll just type in silence (lately with the ambient sound of construction going on next door). I tend to enjoy soundtracks. There’s a Hobbit Soundtrack that went with an old video game on Youtube I like, and I have some beautiful CDs full of Irish and Celtic music. Sometimes Sarah Brightman is inspiring, and other times I need something more upbeat like the Cellboy Imperial March remix… a lot of the time I do tend to fall back on Christmas music, especially if I’m having severe writer’s block.

Write-Vice: what’s your most debilitating distraction?

Um… life? When you have three small children running around, finding any time to write can be nigh impossible. Social media is also a serious issue. I get a lot more writing done when I refuse to let myself access the internet for certain periods of time.

Write-Horror: what’s the worst thing that ever happened to you while writing?

I’m wracking my brain here, but I really can’t think of anything awful ever happening to me while writing.

Write-Joy: what’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you while writing? Or how do you celebrate small victories?

I think whenever the story just takes off and starts to write itself, that is the best part of writing, period. When I feel like I’m getting swept up in the story and taken along for the ride… hanging onto the coat-tails of my characters with no idea where we’ll end up but it doesn’t matter because the words are flowing and I’m enjoying every minute of the adventure… yeah, that’s the best part of writing. Also, getting little notes or personal comments from readers – especially from readers I don’t know or don’t expect to hear from, that makes so much of the tedium and frustration that inevitably goes along with writing more than worth it.

Write-Crew: who do you communicate with when you’re writing?

My husband is definitely the person I bounce the most ideas off of during the entire creative process. He is essential to my writing process. My friend, Ally is another one I can enjoy bouncing ideas off of, or just having a skype-writing-session, where we’re on skype and just working on our own stories… with intermittent, “Hey, what’s a word that means _______?” or “How would a person respond in _____________ situation?” type interjections. My parents and siblings are also extremely supportive and always involved in various stages of my writing process.

Write-Secret: what’s your writing secret to success or hidden flaw?

Flaw: I tend to draft very slowly. This is mostly due to the fact that I have tons of other things going on in my life besides writing (namely, three small children and homeschooling) so I often feel a bit overwhelmed as I look towards the future and try to figure out exactly when projects might be completed or ready for release.

Success: Never give up. The Cubs’ mantra this year, and mine pretty much all the time. Sticking with it and making progress where I can is the only way any of this writing stuff gets done, and nobody else can tell my stories. Also, the enormous support structure I have in amazing family and friends who cheer me on constantly helps keep me chipping away at this dream.

Write-spiration: what always makes you productive?

Whenever I get some unexpected blocks of time to just spend on writing. Like when my husband sends me to the library on Saturday afternoon with strict instructions to “go write for a couple of hours” those are always times when a lot of work gets done. Also, lack of internet access always helps, because the distractions are minimized!

Write-Peeve: what’s one thing writers do (or you do) that’s annoying?

Hmmm, I think the writing trend I’ve noticed in recent days that kind of drives me up the wall is a tendency to write a fantastic opening novel, and then recycle the exact same plot for the next two books in the trilogy…. with zero character development or growth along the way. One thing I do that is annoying is tend to overuse various words in my rough draft and then have to do tons of editing later!
I am not going to tag anyone, but if this looks like fun, feel free to consider yourself tagged! Hope you enjoyed reading! Have a beautiful and happy Thanksgiving, dear Reader!

~ jenelle