God’s gifts: Reflecting on 2021

Today's guest post comes to us courtesy of my little sister Alexis whom I love to pieces. During the past year I have been humbled by a few of the ‘good’ problems God has allowed me to experience and am grateful for the journey.  Although problems are inevitable in life, some problems are better than... Continue Reading →

Facing the fear of missing out

Today's guest contributor is author Kennan Buckner. Check out her bio and the link to her book at the end of the post! I grew up with limited access to the internet, back when you had to use dial-up. In junior high and high school, I wasn’t allowed to have a MySpace account, but I... Continue Reading →

Gratitude through adversity

Today's guest contributor is one of my English Composition I students, Ryan Clack. He's graciously given me permission to share his first essay of the fall semester with all of you. I was inspired and touched by his essay; I'm sure you will be, too. What Makes Ryan Clack, Ryan Clack? Answering the question above... Continue Reading →

Gratitude on a cardboard sign

Today's post is written by one of my current college students, Kaleb Mendoza. I love his expression of gratitude in this essay.  In everything you do and everything you accomplish, you should give grace for the opportunities you get in life. I am a very religious man, raised from two great parents who taught me... Continue Reading →

Turning points

Dear One, When you died about one month ago, you caught me off guard. You became suddenly ill, and 24 hours later, you were eating pizza, fruit cake, and pudding cups in heaven. I can't say I didn't see it coming. There was something inside of me that whispered, "Go see her more often" about... Continue Reading →

Mighty kind

“Kindness is the mightiest force in the world,” according to One Day at a Time (299). In the past, I didn’t feel kind. I didn’t even feel like being kind. I felt like stabbing my ex-husband’s eyeballs with a handful of forks. If you know me now, you may be laughing and trying to imagine me... Continue Reading →

Dear Nana

Today's post is by one of my male students who prefers to remain anonymous.  Dear Nana, I know I am not the best at showing appreciation to you, but during this time of year thankfulness is a common subject that comes up.  I want you to know that I am very thankful for you.  You... Continue Reading →

A letter to my wife

Today's post is written by one of my students, Roy Meisinger, as a token of appreciation to his wife.  Dear wife, I would like to take the time to tell you how thankful I am that God chose you to be my wife. I think sometimes I take you for granted, but truthfully you do... Continue Reading →

Oh, to be thankful!

Big thanks to my lifelong best friend, MeLissa Massey Horseman, for making gratitude a family affair. I love you, MeLissa. Dailen (9 ½) – I’m thankful for a house, my family, and myself.  I feel that thankfulness means you are appreciative and have a good attitude about stuff people give you.   Lexa (8) –... Continue Reading →

Being all that I can be

Today's guest blog post is written by my great friend Debra Dickey. I'm always thankful for her thoughtful reflections and beautiful contributions to my blog. Debra is definitely more than enough, and I'm thankful she's in my life.  In my prime, there was no limit to how much I could take on and accomplish –... Continue Reading →

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