Thankfulness Giveaway

Have you read my Proverbs 31 devotion today Thankfulness Changes Lives ? If not, click here to see how cleaning out my basement storage triggered thankfulness. Be sure to come back!

As promised, here is a memory-making basket of thankfulness I’m giving away.

Photo-141It includes:

~ A bag of white, dark and milk chocolate-covered espresso beans
~A bag of Starbucks caramel coffee
~A handmade prayer and worship journal to record your thankful prayers
~ Three Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bars
~A metal bookmark with 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
~ A copy of my new book {coauthored with Glynnis Whitwer} Everyday Confetti

To be entered, simply leave a comment telling us one person you thank God for every time you remember them and why.

I’ll go first: my Aunt Patty. She was always interested in what I was doing growing up asking me to sing or do cheers from cheerleading for her.  She was a fabulous cook {pot roast and pineapple cheesecake were my favorite} and even to this day, she never forgets my birthday always sending the most beautiful, handwritten cards. In fact, I dedicated Everyday Confetti to her!

Everday.Confetti.coverNOTE: Want a go-to-guide for reaching out to and celebrating the special people in your life?Everyday Confetti will give you tons of ideas and recipes for making your loved ones feel cherished. When you purchase it from Proverbs 31 Ministries, you’ll be eligible to receive a free PDF on getting organized for the New Year. This whimsically designed document includes a birthday and special occasions reminder calendar, a Bible reading log, instructions for how to set up a project management notebook and several “Cook Once, Eat Twice” recipes for making a dish pull double-duty by transforming it into a second main dish. Click here to order.


Announcing some recent winners. If you see your name, please email [email protected] and tell her what you won and give her your home address.

Linda Hundt’s pie cookbook: Cici

The Fashion & COmpassion Bracelet: April {comment left on 1/20 at 10:41 am}

$50 Amazon card & a copy of Everyday Confetti: Amyc


  1. Someone I am overwhelmed with gratefulness for is my new church friend Darlene Esh. She inspires me & encourages me. Someday I want to be like her. A true picture of a godly woman full of grace & truth.
    – Hope

  2. My Nana was such an amazing women. She took me when I was just a little girl and rasied with love, faith, hope, and joy. She helped. form me in to the woman I am today. She loved God, the earth, animal, people. She just respected everyone and love everyone. I am blessed to have had her for the time I did. She’s my guardian angel from heaven right along with my mom.

  3. Whenever I think of my Dad, I thank the Lord. I grew up with two wonderful parents who love the Lord, and I am so thankful for their godly way of raising me and my siblings. They are a true, rare gift from the Lord, and I pray and hope that my husband and I can raise our future children as honoring to the Lord as well.

  4. I thought I left a comment, but I don’t see it so if this is a repeat, please ignore. I am thankful for my husband who helped me trust and believe in the Lord with all my heart. He also encouraged me to turn to the active and living Word and inspired me to build up my faith instead of following the broken path that I was traveling on. He is a kind man. I am thankful for his sacrifices and hard-working attitude. He takes care of me and my family and I try to acknowledge the things that he does for us. Jeffry is the only person here on Earth that I can truly depend on (besides God of course). It doesn’t matter what season or phase we are going through in our marriage. We will always have our ups and downs, but I know that I will always be thankful for him no matter what! Yes, my husband is who I am most thankful for every time I pray I think about him and thank God for sending him my way. God knew what or who I needed in my life. I needed a Christian role model to guide me and my husband (with God’s help and influences) has done that for me. If he hadn’t come into my life when he did and showed me who God was . . . there is no telling where I would be today. My childhood life wasn’t in any way Christian. God wasn’t ever really mentioned nor was church. I am also most thankful that I found God in my life. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome package. I would LOVE top read your new book!

  5. I am thankful for my husband who is the one that encouraged me to trust and believe in the Lord. He helped me in the beginning to find and build up my faith. I was a lost person that grew up with very few Christians surrounding me. Jeffry is a great man. He is the only person in my life here on Earth that I can truly depend on (besides God of course). He saved me from the broken path that I was traveling on and lead me towards the living and active Word. He takes care of me and my family. I am most grateful for his sacrifices and hard working attitude. Yes, I am thankful for my husband through thick and thin no matter what season shall pass in our marriage.

  6. My mom went to Heaven the day this was posted. And I thank God every time I think of her and remember how she taught me to love Him. She was so quick to see past the temporary problems and to the eternal destiny. When she found out that she was terminally ill, her response was, “Oh! This is the news I have waited my whole life to hear. I am going HOME!” The last few days here on earth were hard for her, and two days before she died she told me, “I am so close, and this waiting and suffering is so hard. At least every day I can know that I am one day closer to seeing Jesus.” What faith.

  7. I am so thankful for my sister in law, Kelsey. So often it can be easy to get caught up in the details of life or to shy away from amazing opportunities; Kelsey is someone who takes advantage of every opportunity she’s given and when something is important to her, especially her relationship with Christ, she gives it her all! She truly has a heart for God and loves all people.Kelsey seeks out youth groups to be part of, mission trips to serve and people to bring God’s kingdom to here on Earth. Did I mention Kelsey is 17? God is so amazing for the people he places in our lives, and I am so thankful that he is a God without limits. Relationships that span generations are so dynamic and I’m thankful to have mine with Kelsey! She’s an inspiration to live life to its fullest, and a true example of living a life for Christ.

  8. Her name is Dana. We have been friends for over 30 years. The last 20 years have been long distance. We moved to another state but Dana has remained a faithful friend. No matter what she is doing she will always have time for you. She pours her heart into helping others. We have gone through some tough trials and I can count on her to bring my prayer requests to her online group. She checks in via email to see how my family is doing.. She has made a difference in my life. Every time I think of her, I am thankful and grateful for Dana.

  9. I’m so thankful for my Mom! She has always been a working Mom, but despite her demanding career (she’s a doctor!) she takes time to have special movie dates with my 3 year old little boy. We also go to the same church and every Sunday, she packs a special Grandma bag to help keep him entertained during the service. I also love how she has embraced and welcomed my husband to the family (we have been together 7 years now), I like to joke that she likes him more than me! :)

  10. My mom.. She taught me at a very young age to cook, to clean but most of all the importance of life. Being with family and friends and making them feel welcomed…

  11. My Aunt Sherry … she has always been a strong support for me and a great aunt. Spending time with her when I was younger holds countless memories, and each one brings a smile to my face : )

  12. My mom…she has been the anchor Christian in my family! leading my father to Christ when we were children and always pointing us toward Gods hand in every circumstance.

  13. My Great Grandmother! She was an amazing woman and very humble. I know it seems silly, but I wanted her to live forever and have my children meet her. She was like no other! Sweet and kind. She passed away my senior year of high school and I still miss her everyday!

  14. My parents divorced when I was a toddler, but I never felt as if I didn’t have a father in my life because I lived with my grandfather. I couldn’t have asked for a better role model. He loved responsibility, children and helping people, He worked 3 jobs and did volunteer work with his church, and despite that always had a joke and a smile on his face. He was a blessing!

  15. My mother-in-law. I think of her as my angel on earth, there have been so many times when she comes to the rescue without even knowing it. She is supportive and loves our family.

  16. My Grandma Neal. She loved. She was generous. She listened. She was compassionate. She was kind. She made great pancakes and biscuits.

  17. I am thankful for my husband every day .. He is so patient and kind and slow to anger and I know that I can really be moody and exhausting.. :)

  18. My friend Cara. When I was carrying my daughter with a fatal diagnosis, she was by my side every day sharing God’s truths & promises, praying for me. Actually, she moved away, so she was more an on-call support line. ;) I shared every way God was making himself more real to me and she shared how the Holy Spirit would put me on her heart. It was as iron sharpens iron. We still keep in touch as accountability partners for quiet time. It’s so good to know we have each other praying for each other.

  19. I am so thankful for my oldest daughter Elizabeth. When I had to be admitted into the hospital
    Last spring in much pain and distress, she stayed with me while I had to have a procedure and tests done
    She saw me at my worst, in a way she had never had to see me. My husband had to be at work
    So she volunteered to stay with me through it. We prayed and cried together. She is a grown woman,
    However, I had always thought of her in some ways as my little girl. I saw her differently that day
    Too. I love her and appreciate her greatly!

  20. I am thankful for my grandma. She exemplified all the values of Proverbs 31, although she didn’t become a Christian until the end of her life. She was a hard worker from childhood. If she saw something that needed to be done, she did it – even making a bookshelf when she found she needed one. She was an excellent cook and used her skills to supplement the income. She was kind hearted and never wanted to reveal a fact that might hurt someone, even when it was true. She was organized and thrifty, even to planning out her funeral (including supplying money for the meal afterwards). She was also generous with her money and time and adopted three children. At the end of her life, she put God first in her actions. What an example!

  21. I am most thankful for my grandmother, who pretty much raised me and has given me a Godly example to follow along the way. She has had a tough life, going through divorces that weren’t of her choosing and losing several people, including her young son, way before their time. She has always handled life’s ups and downs leaning on and drawing from Gods strength. She isn’t a saint, she’s human, but to me she’s pretty close! If it weren’t for her, I don’t know where I’d be. She is one big reason I know God is good…all the time!

  22. My friend and office administrator Donna. She is my sounding board, my back up and the most giving person I’ve ever known. We have worked together over 20+ years and I know she has my back whenever we are in a situation. My position in our office is finances and she has come into my office when I’ve been up against the wall having a panic attack and has been able to talk me down. My “word” since I’ve been a teenager has been BELIEVE and she has believed in me when I’ve had doubts. She has added to my collection of anything believe. I’ve told her many times that when I grow up I want to be just like her!

  23. I would have to say my husband. He has taught (and continues to) teach me so much about relationships. He is a very kind and caring person and I tend to be more impulsive with my words. Where I’m more impatient with people, he pulls me back to give them more time. I love him dearly and and have learned so much “sitting at his feet”!

  24. What a hard decision. I would say my mom. She has been a support for me with all my many issues and successes throughout my life. I am so glad I have her in my life!

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