Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thankful = Joyful

The season for gratitude is upon us…and I for one have so many blessings for which to be truly thankful. I could complain about the cold weather (not a big fan), working my day job while my dream of writing continues to churn within, struggling with my still new, small publisher as they face growing pains, dealing with my blended family of five kids, not having enough time in the day to do what I want to do, much less what I need to do. Or…I could be thankful…for living in a free country and experiencing the change of seasons, for a job that pays my bills, for having two novels published and getting good reviews, for five healthy children who are smart, beautiful and loving, for having today to write this message, for my husband who is so supportive, for friends who stand by me no matter what…the list could go on. Which one of these attitudes will make me happier? (Not a tough question really).  I believe we can be joyful to the extent that we are grateful. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Don’t Give Up…

It is a hard day for all of us who felt like we lost the battle…for religious freedom, for the right to life, against government oppression. In other words, we lost the election. But because I believe God truly does have a plan, instead of questioning “then God, why would you let this man Barack Hussein Obama win again when he is clearly persecuting Catholic Christians (and who knows what else is around the bend?),” I’ve realized instead that perhaps God is testing us – like he did Job in the Bible and likewise, Seth Jacobs in my novel “The Faithful One”  – to stand firm in our beliefs and to look ahead and realize we will win the “war”.  I know for me this election has been a time to rally in my faith and to realize what my convictions are – and now, going forward, particularly in this “year of faith,” to stand firm despite who’s in office. So instead of being depressed and saddened, I think we need to try to be positive and know that this is a time to be further “motivated” by God!

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