I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My 2014 Thanksgiving List

Faith—I must place my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, at the top of this list. He loved me enough to die for me and lavishes His grace upon me every day.

Family—The Lord blessed me with amazing parents, a missionary husband, three kids that I love to the moon and back, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and the three most sensational brothers in the world. And don’t get me started on my cousins and nieces and nephews! They are incredible.

Friends—I’ve made some new friends. I met them in my Bible Study Class. We’ve already found that we can study, pray, and laugh together.  But I also have some friends I've known for a long time like the ones I write with on this blog. We also pray together and share our love of writing. The Ponderers amaze me both with their books and friendship.

But I have one friend I’ve known for…well, really, I never remember not knowing her. Becky Dickens. When we were girls, we played for hours and hours with the old Betsy McCall paper dolls. (Anyone remember those?) Incredible imaginations transformed our bikes into “horses”. Thankfully, we now live within walking distance and take many hikes around the neighborhood sharing all these things.

Fiction—I was reading a story one day when I was a young girl--one of the old Danny Orlis books--and a temptation came my way. Some could argue that those books were not terribly faith building or not well written enough to matter. But I found enough Christianity in the book that it fortified my young conviction enough to say “no” to the temptation. Since then I’ve been inspired and convicted by many of my favorite authors with lessons from stories that stay with me long after I close the book.

Yes, I have many reasons to give thanks unto the Lord! What are you especially thankful for this year?

(Image from debspoons at FreeDigitalPhotos)


  1. I always appreciate your writing, your family, your faith and humor, you. Yes, you and the Ponderers and all that God has done and is doing is high on my ongoing Thanksgiving list!

  2. Teri, such an inspiring post. You are our miracle and I'm so thankful for you. Thanksgiving is a special day for stopping and reflecting and giving thanks to God for what he's done for us. We really need to do that every day!

    1. You're right, Pat! It can change our day if we do.

  3. Thank you so much for your encouragement. Faith, Family, and Friends are top on my list. But most of all God's amazing love that carries us through even the worst of times.

    Thanks, Teri!

    1. His love does that indeed, Jennie!

  4. Teri, I love your inspiring words!

    I am thankful to God for all He's done for me. I also have a loving and supportive family. I can't leave out thankfulness for the Ponderers--you're the best!