Thursday, November 12, 2015

Give Thanks by Terri Weldon

Terri Weldon
The Bible tell us, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His faithful love continues forever.” While I believe this is something God intends for us to do daily, this time of year as our minds turn to Thanksgiving in the United States we become more focused on the blessings the Lord has given us. Oh, I’m not saying nothing ever goes wrong in life or that there aren’t many things we wish we’d done differently. I know there are countless decisions that if I had to do them over again I would change, but guess what? There is no rewind button in life. Not in our family life, not in our day jobs, and not in our writing life.

Procrastination is a horrible problem for me. Not only in writing, but in everything. Earlier this week I ordered movie tickets and I had to choose a date an entire week later than I planned. Know why? Yep, the big PROCRASTINATION. I let the email telling me about ordering advance tickets sit in my inbox for way too long before acting on it. What’s worse, I had read it. I just waited to follow through. Now obviously that’s a movie so nothing horrible in life is going to happen. Still I can give thanks because I purchased great seats closer to Christmas and it can be holiday fun.

What if that had been a book? Hmm, ramifications would have been a bit worse. I might have missed the window of opportunity all together. Know what’s worse? I’ve done that. Even as I type this, I’m behind where I want to be and should be on some revisions. Anything to give thanks for there? You bet. I was asked for revisions, so the editor saw something in my writing she liked. Also, if I’ll heed my own advice here I can work like a madwoman (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it) and crank these revisions out on my own self-imposed deadline.

Still the thing I’m most thankful for this year is that my sister had a serious surgery and came out just fine and dandy. Now that may seem off topic, but I believe it is a matter of remembering our priorities. Writing, especially writing for the Lord, is a wonderful thing to do. But when all is said and done there is nothing as important as our relationship with our Creator and our families.

So this year when I gather around the table with my family and give thanks for my blessings, writing won’t be my number one priority. Not even my number two. Think what you want about that, but to me the opportunity to spend a day with my best friend and sister tops that hands down. And that is what I’ll be thanking God for.

What about you? What do you plan on giving thanks for on Thanksgiving Day? I hope you’ll share with me. Whatever it is, I pray you and your family will have a blessed day.

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Terri is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and playing in the hand bell choir. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction.
She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has three dogs – a lovable mutt and two adorable Westies.


Terri is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Her dream of becoming a published novelist came true in November 2013 when Mistletoe Magic released from White Rose Publishing. To learn more about Terri visit her website at www.TerriWeldon.com.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Terri! What a wonderful, meaningful post. I also will be giving thanks this year for my family and friends and I also have a Sister who is one of God's greatest blessings in my life. Hope your holidays are blessed.

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    1. I'm so glad the post blessed you! Thanks for reading.

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  2. Great post, Terri - this time of year is so wonderful, yet it can also become very overwhelming. Your words ring with truth! Focus on blessings - God is GOOD! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Marianne, the holidays are so full of expectations that it is easy for people to be overcome by a sense of desolation or depression. But no matter what, we need to remember God loves us and focus on the blessings He'a given us.

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  3. I've had a rough couple of months, so it's hard to think about the approaching holidays. Thank you for this post, which reminds me that even in he difficult times, there are reasons to be thankful.

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    1. Robin, the holidays are so hard when things aren't going right. They just seem to make a bad situation worse. I'll be praying for you.

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  4. Great post Terri! And I totally agree. I love writing, but the Lord and my loved ones take priority over my writing. And I have so very many blessings to be thankful for everyday --and I look forward to counting them all with my family on Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Janet, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. I'm a procrastinator too, Terri. I've lost wonderful opportunities because I tarried. I'm sure God shakes his head in my direction! I'm thankful He never procrastinates the way I do!

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    1. Oh Jess, that nearly took my breath away. I'm so thankful God isn't a procrastinator. I shudder to think what life would be like if He were.

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  6. Great post, Terri! I could relate with procrastinating, and prioritizing. Thanking God with you that your sister is okay. :)

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  7. Thanks Annette, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. And it makes me feel better to know I'm not alone in my procrastination.

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  8. I love how you thank the Lord in your weakness. How mature! I get frustrated at myself for lack of self-discipline, but thank the Lord that when I am weak, He is strong!

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  9. Oh Martha, I feel anything but mature in Christ. Still I thank you for the kind words.

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  10. Great reminder, Terri! We have so much to be thankful for!

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    1. Thanks Erin. I know I have so many blessings in my life.

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