We Alley Cats have gathered together
To Ask the Lord's Blessings
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side- all glory be Thine
2nd verse We Gather Together a Netherlands Folk Hymn
I am thankful for my husband! He has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone in so many parts of my life ... Which always seems to find me closer to God once I muster up the courage and listen. If it wasn't for my husband, I would never have joined ACFW, and I wouldn't have a clue what this is all about!
When I think “thanksgiving” (and I’m not really talking the holiday right now) several things immediately come to mind.
First is family. I really, honestly, truly could not do what I do without my family.
Second is my writing. I love to write. I feel blessed to be able to create every day. Don’t always LIKE to create everyday, but I wouldn’t live without it.
Third, my friends. Wow, what friends I have been blessed with. I almost cry to think about it.
Fourth (do I really have to number these, I better not), I couldn’t live this life without my Savior. The author of Thanks, the Giver of all of my blessing and the reason I smile everyday.
I am thankful for my family. We had a new addition this year and she's been such a wonderful blessing, rounding out a family I can't say enough wonderful things about. God has been so faithful to us, and been the rock we needed to get through a challenging year.
I'm thankful for God's loving guidance through all circumstances.
I’m thankful for God’s steadfast love and strength regardless of our circumstances. I’m thankful to a family who gave my daughter life in their time of unimaginable sorrow. I’m thankful for a publishing house that took a chance on a fledging author like myself. I’m thankful for a family who loves me despite my narcotic ways and uncountable failings. I’m thankful for Alley Cats who stand by each other during thick and thin, good posts and “holy crap what do I write” posts, even when life gets the best of us. I’m just one blessed, thankful woman, what can I say!
I am thankful for words. God’s Word, my family’s words, my friend’s words, Alley Cat words, words that tell the Gospel, words that entertain, words that make me laugh, and words that encourage. Words that teach, and yeah, I guess words that correct. I’m thankful for words hiding in my heart waiting to be said—or kept secret. I am thankful that: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word is God. Without words…
God always dreams big for His kids - and this year, as in every year, I'm so thankful He calls me His kid. I'm overwhelmed by His great love in giving me my beautiful family and I can't express the joy in His callings on my life. It's been a very tough year because the Thanksgiving table will be missing quite a few in my family this year, but I'm thankful they've just moved up to God's table and are waiting for me to join them :-)
It's remarkable where God's brought this group of dreamers and believers known as the Alley Cats. You guys have been such a beautiful part of my year and I thank God for you all. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I'm thankful that God always walks one step ahead of us and guides our path--both in writing and in life.
I am thankful for the love of a godly man, a beautiful family who loves to laugh together, and for a new job with more pay and less stress. I am thankful for my friends, both online and offline, who encourage and urge me on in whatever I put my hand to. But I am most thankful for a God who gently leads and loving pushes me to do the hard thing, developing the character I need in order to be useful in His service.
I'm thankful to be raising three remarkably individual girls—thankful for God entrusting me and my husband with them. I attached a pic it was our little getaway during the power outage storm (it was my sanity)!
Would you like to join us by sharing your thanksgiving?
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Mary lives in Montana with her husband and loves to hear from her three college kids. She writes Christian young adult fiction (pirate tales, missionary and Bible adventure stories).
She thinks of writing as: Stepping into Someone Else's World.
To learn more about Mary, visit her blog http://www.mimaryvee.blogspot.com/