Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thanksgiving 2020 - What Are You Thankful For? by Terri Weldon

2020 has been a year for the record books and it is all too easy to focus on the negative. Since Seriously Write will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in the United States, I wanted to take a minute to talk about our blessings today. Then we can take the week leading up to Thanksgiving to reflect on the good things in our lives.

1. God is still soverign. No matter what happens we can hold firm and fast to that truth.

2. My household is COVID-19 free. In the state I live in the virus is running rampant, so I'm very thankful for a healthy family. 

3. I have a roof over my head and plenty of food to eat. Things I take for granted, but necessities many don't possess.

4. Friends I can keep in touch with via technology even when I'm not able to see them face to face.

But wait, Seriously Write is geared toward writers. So how does this apply? Here are a few writing blessings I'm thankful for.

1. More time to write. Normally my calendar is jampacked with more to do than I can get done. A slower paced life, even if it is forced on me, provides more writing time. Now to make myself take advantage of that writing time. 😉 

2. More online opportunities for learning than I've ever seen before! I attended two conferences and countless workshops.

3. NaNoWriMo. I'm not participating this year, but I've seen some fabulous word counts.

4. Trusting God like never before to decide which direction to take my writing.

a. Traditionally published or focus on indie. I'm not telling yet!

b. Trying a different genre. There is a genre I've been wanting to try for quite some time and I'm going to give it a whirl!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

I hope you and your family have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Day.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever. - 1 Chronicles 16:34 

Trusting God like never before to decide which direction to take my writing.

A Match Made in Sheffield 
by Terri Weldon

Natalie Benton bounced from one foster home to another until she landed on Ellie Alexander’s doorstep. Natalie’s vagabond childhood caused her to yearn for a secure life, which led to Natalie’s five-year plan: complete her law degree, marry the perfect man, become a partner at Montgomery, Haynes, and Preston, and produce one child. Getting arrested wasn’t in Natalie’s plan. Needing a public defender wasn’t in her plan. Falling for Grady Hunter, her public defender, definitely wasn’t in her plan. Can Grady convince Natalie there is more to life than her five-year plan? Is Ellie the only one who sees a future for Natalie and Grady?

Terri Weldon feels blessed to be a full time writer. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes. 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 the Heartland of the United States. Terri is a member of ACFW and RWA. Readers can connect with Terri on her Website: www.TerriWeldon.com 

20 comments:

  1. Thank you for bringing this to the forefront. The year has been crazy and weird and terrible at times. But it’s been good in that we had more family time, time to catch up with friends, albeit through technology, and I’m thankful that so far we haven’t been sick ��. I’m also thankful that I’ve been able to attend 2 writers conferences as well, edit two of my books and I’ve started on another series. So praise Jesus for the good stuff!!

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    1. Rebecca, wow! You’ve accomplished a lot during 2020. Way to go, girl! I’m so thankful your family has stayed healthy. And you’re right, Praise Jesus for the good stuff.

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  2. Good reminder today. Happy Thanksgiving, Terri!

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  3. I am thankful for all of God's blessings, including special writer friends who encourage and inspire. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Melissa, I’m right there with you. I’d be lost without my writer friends. And I’ve got a sister who is my life long bestie! What a blessing!

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  4. I love your personal list of blessings, Terri! Much like mine. So very grateful for all those things. Number four on your writer's list jumped out at me: "Trusting God like never before to decide which direction to take my writing." Thank you for the reminder! Best wishes on your new genre - looking forward to hearing more! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Laura, I think we’ve both been blessed. As far as my writing list, I’m just getting older so it’s time to quit making my own plans and fully trust God.

      Thanks for popping by and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving to all Seriously Write readers! We're thankful for you all!

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    1. Sandy, amen! That should have been on my list. I’m so glad you mentioned it.

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  6. I am thankful for writer friends who encourage me each and every day to keep going and enjoy the journey.

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    1. Sherrinda, yes! I’m so thankful for my writing sisters and my other writing buds. Nobody understands what we do like another writer.

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  7. Terri, thank you for bringing attention to the positives! Perfect Scripture at the end for this season! I’m grateful for many of the same things you mentioned. My personal list includes the safe arrival of my fourth grandchild and the health of my family. My writing list includes being a contest finalist and listening to (and trusting) His direction toward indie publishing. Thank you for the reminder to have a grateful heart.

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    1. Sherida, my friend, I’m thankful for you and your support. Sometimes when this pandemic seems like it will never end I have to focus on the good things in life. The birth of your 4th grandbaby is such a blessing. Congratulations!

      I’m so excited about your writing plans. Looking forward to hearing more as you move forward.

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  8. Terri, this is a great list. I'm so grateful to be living in this time and place where dealing with a pandemic is not nearly as difficult as it would have been in the past. When I consider times like the Civil War, the Black Plague in Europe, World War II, the flue epidemic of 1917, etc., wearing a mask and staying home doesn't seem so bad.

    I'm also grateful that this year has reminded me how many wonderful experiences I have had in my life.

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  9. Kay, I love your attitude! That’s a great way to look at things. I’m going to try and remember that.

    I’ll confess, we’ve already put up our Christmas tree and this year I appreciated the ornaments purchased while traveling in a whole new way.

    Thanks for popping in today!

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  10. Hi Terri. Thanks for a wonderful post that reminds me to be thankful for my blessings in the midst of this crazy year. I am so blessed to have a special sister who is my best friend as well as a wonderful Church family full of dear friends. Thanks for your encouraging voice!

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    1. Loves to Read, thanks for popping by. It sounds like you have some great blessings, especially that sis. 😉 My sister is my best friend too!

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  11. Wonderful post, Terri, and a great reminder that even in the midst of trials there are blessings. I enjoyed reading your list, and will be eager to see the path you take with your writing! :) Whatever you choose to do, I'm sure you'll do great.
    My greatest blessings this year have been my precious new grandbaby, and the reminder that I'm so very blessed with family and friends (yes, and cats too).
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, sweet friend!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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    1. Patti Jo, I know you’ve faced some tough challenges this year. You’re such an inspiration to me and so many others.

      That new granddaughter, definitely a blessing for you and your family. She’s so precious.

      And your cats are definitely a blessing. Our fur babies bring such comfort and peace.

      Thanks for your words of encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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