autumn-leaves-1309284-m As Thanksgiving approaches this year—and with it our 45th anniversary. Yes, we were married on Thanksgiving Day. Someone once described our wedding as I got a bride and my wife got a turkey.

But I digress.

This life has been a series of adventures. Some wonderful. Some horrible. But God has been with me through them all.

Now is the time of year to reflect on our blessings, and He has given me many, too many to list.

One of the things I am most thankful for is this adventure into the world of writing He called me into.

It has had its frustrations and challenges, times of testing and growth. Overcoming rejection and envy being among the major. Keeping self-pity parties to a minimum—no more than five minutes is my goal. Learning to see each setback is actually an opportunity to learn more about myself, to let Him hone off the rough edges that are in me. I’m on my way to thanksgiving 02being a better person. Still got a ways to go.

I’m thankful for the mentors and teachers He’s brought to my life, people who helped me grow as a writer and a person, who patiently teach, challenge and encourage me. DiAnn Mills has not only been an excellent mentor, she’s been my example of how to mentor others as God has opened this door for me.

I’m thankful for the writing partners He has blessed me with. Diane, Amelia, LaWanda, our weekly meetings have encouraged me more than I can tell you.

I’m thankful for the opportunities to teach and coach others, to share with others what has been poured into me.

And I’m thankful for my wife, Linda, who has stood by me and supported me throughout this journey as a writer. Honey, I Thanksgiving 01could not have made it without your understanding and encouragement.

Finally, thank you, Jesus, for placing the desire to write in my heart, for opening doors, for guiding, and for bringing the right people across my path.

What are you grateful for?

2 Responses to Thankfulness

  1. Darlene L. Turner November 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Great post, Henry. We have so much to be thankful for. I know I take too much for granted. Shame on me! Thanks for the reminder.

    Have an awesome Thanksgiving.

    Happy 45th Anniversary!!

  2. Henry November 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Thank you, Darlene.
    I appreciate you for stopping by and for your kind words.

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