Denise J. Hughes
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Denise is a lover of words and the Word. She's the author of #DeeperWaters and the Bible study series #WordWriters.

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  1. Denise,
    I’ve been doing the 7 day challenge to Choose Gratitude from The Happiness Dare. So far my thankful list includes things like: tasty scones, beagle kisses, a warm home with a hot cup of coffee, yellow-orange leaves against a blue sky…nothing tremendously monumental…but ironically the first item was a “daily bread” entry. I believe, like you, that God calls us to give thanks in the small everyday things, not just the big blessings. I believe that when we are obedient to give thanks, then gratitude and joy are sure to follow. Great post!

  2. Thankful for living where I can experience the change of seasons. Most recently I breathed deep as I walked though a path of fallen leaves, enjoyed an evening campfire and hospitality of new friends and ate some amazing homemade bread that was easy to make (a recipe shared by another new friend who recently showed us hospitality). I am trying to pause in the middle of a busy season to enjoy these gifts from our Heavenly Father and thank for the many blessings He has given me.

  3. Hi Friends,
    I thank you for the wonderful words reminding us how, why and what to give God thanks for.

    It’s so beautiful to focus on what Jesus taught us to say.
    I always thank Him for providing food for my family.
    Today, my prayer of Thanksgiving is for the new job I will be starting soon. Just received the good news on Friday.

  4. He meets every need according to His riches. That’s the cautionary tale needs not wants my Lord. My gratitude Jesus for blessings big and small and in the midst of it all. You are mighty to save indeed and Holy is Your Name. Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.
    Thank you for this necessary reminder.

  5. I am thankful for: an extra hour to spend as I choose, a woodpecker I watched as I ate breakfast, a beautiful sunrise a thankful heart

  6. Healing, I’ve seen major improvement in my health. Much better that past Thanksgivings. And I agree with Bev, I got a much need pup kiss yesterday.

  7. I’m thankful that my son & his family (wife, 2 daughters & 1 infant boy) are coming over this afternoon for lunch. We haven’t seen the baby (Lyndon – 2 months old) for a month, due to illness & a painful loss. I’m so excited to see all of them. And, I’m thankful God helped J & me to joyfully clean the house yesterday (no arguing). Thank you, Jesus.

  8. Denise,
    Thank-you for your words this morning,

    I’m thankful to start my day with my Canary greeting me, and after a week’s long storm, to see the sun.

    For the rainbow yesterday, when my son had wondered, “If there’d be one at all.” Then to be drawn to the beach, and see one ray of light shine on a cluster of trees, in the foreground. I wondered why, and my 10 year old replied,
    “Maybe it’s God shining through.” So thankful for his Faith in Him.

    I’m thankful a dear friend called that I’d been thinking of.

    Thankful to share, learn, and grow from all of you.

    The moments with loved ones, fresh air, the beauty of nature abound, choices, and for a warm, dry home with bread to serve.
    (They’re not all small I know)….
    Blessings & thanks to you all,


  9. Denise,

    How coincidental. Our sermon today was on giving thanks in everything. When I get down r a little depressed I go to my computer and start typing a “thankful” list. I include big items like God, Jesus, sins forgiven. I also list less thought of items like body parts (eyes, ears, brain; see , hear & think). Then I go on to include really simple items like leaves changing colors, different seasons, paper, pens, flashlights, etc. I want to include as many items as I possibly can to make myself realize how blessed I am. My list is usually around 200+ items. I quickly get undepressed.


  10. I’m giving thanks for spending the day with my family. Taking a long hike together and just hanging out together in this beautiful fall foliage.