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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. I absolutely love this list. It is awesome and such a reminder about priorities this time of year. I find myself getting worked up and stressing about the silliest little things that really do not matter. At all. I am going to focus on this list this holiday season. Love it. I might even link to it on my blog, if you don’t mind.

    • Brittnie – feel free to link it up.

      You are not alone in the getting stressed over the silliest things. We have ALL been there. That was why I needed to take a deep breath and re-prioritize because I know that there will be glitches this weekend. 🙂

  2. This couldn’t be more wonderful! It really helps us remember why we are here and what our focus is supposed to be! God bless you and your family and keep up the great work! Julie

  3. Fantastic list! I’m reminded to DO WHAT I DO this week for HIM and not everyone else.
    It’s easy to get all wigged out when you feel like you’re the only one doing everything. I’m going to assign help and remind MYSELF that I’m not only serving my family–I’m serving HIM!!

  4. I am most thankful for my husband. My huband has prostate cancer and other health problems . I thought that I was goingot lose him as he was very ill, but by the grace of God and praying people he has become better. He still is very tired and has hard days but I am grateful that the Lord let him stay with me for a longer time. I am most grateful to a loving and merciful God who loves me as His kid and is always there for me.
    God Bless and have a wonderful thanksgiving!

  5. Grateful for the little gaget “a hot spot” that allows me to get on the internet as we travel today to have Thanksgiving with my mother in the nursing home. Left some dear friends we served over seas with this morning after two wonderful days of encouaging one another to be thankful for all that comes our way.

    i am reading a book called “Life Lessons” written by two experts on dying. Everyone kind of laughs at me about the books I read but I am telling you this one makes you examine your life and ask your self, “am i living in the moment God is giving me?” The only way to do that is live with a thankful heart. A worried or fearful heart lives in the future. A regretful, guilty, wish I had done better heart lives in the past.

    I am going to feed thankfulness and enjoy the moment which is right now, riding in our car with my wonderful husband..think I will submit and give him a word of praise.

  6. Thank you for this wonderful reminder. I think making food is a wonderful way to love people, but it is important to not get so wrapped up in the process that we forget to engage the loved ones we are making it for! Can’t wait for the yummy cooking to begin.

  7. I am thankful for a loving and forgiving God.
    I am thankful for being a live.
    I am thankful for my husband.
    I am thankful that God has blessed me with wonderful children.
    I am thankful for friends and family.
    I am thankful for my church..
    I am thankful for my work
    I am thankful a roof over My head..
    I love you Jesús. I give all the thanks and Glory to Jesús Christ..