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Are You a Whiner or a Worshiper? {Free Book Giveaway}

By: Bethany Beal

I quietly walked up the stairs and peeked inside my friends bedroom. The lights were dimmed and she was asleep. I tip-toed over to her bed and whispered, “surprise” as I held up her favorite Starbucks drink in my hand.

She smiled up at me and then slowly sat up. From the outside, she looked as sweet, beautiful and joyful as I always remembered, but on the inside she is in terrible pain. The doctors have exhausted their level of knowledge and have told her multiple times that “we don’t know what else to do.” 

Despite the doctors’ words of hopelessness and lack of answers, my friend, Grace, has been able to choose thankfulness, joy and gratitude through the midst of her circumstances.

Instead of wallowing in sorrow and counting the hardships and trials in her life, she’s kept her eyes on Jesus and has decided to trust in Him and thank Him for every single day that He allows her to live.

She’s turned one of my favorite quotes into a reality: 

“I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine or I can worship! And I can’t worship without giving thanks. It just isn’t possible. When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.”  -Nancy Leigh DeMoss

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I want to challenge each one of you to make this quote your goal. I want you to make this quote a reality in your life despite your current circumstances.

Each one of us only has two options this Thanksgiving, we can whine about the things that frustrate, annoy, bother and confuse us, or we can worship God for all He is doing and has done in our lives. You only have those two options, whining or worshiping.

That quote made an incredible impact in my life about three years ago. A week before Thanksgiving I went through a really hard relationship breakup.

I felt like doing anything but giving thanks that year. 

I wanted to cry, feel sorry for myself, spoil everyone else’s fun and not be joyful. I didn’t feel like giving thanks that year.

I’m so grateful that God caught my attention during that time through a book called Choosing Gratitude. As I read through that book by, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, I was convicted over and over and over again.

When I read that quote from above, I realized that I truly only had two options in the midst of my difficult circumstance.

I could whine or I could worship, but I couldn’t do both at the same time. It just wasn’t possible.

I had to make some choices and I knew what those needed to be. I needed to stop whining about my circumstances and start worshiping God for who He is and for what He’s done/doing in my life.

I needed to obey the verse that says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Although it took time, I eventually came to the point where I could worship God and give thanks to Him “in all circumstances.”  In those moments when I decided to worship instead of whine, my life was transformed. I went from a self-focused, sad, unhappy girl, to a joyful, grateful, fun girl to be around.

You can read the specifics about that relationship and what God taught me in my blog Letting Go of the Guy.

Free Book Giveaway 

Because that book has had such a huge impact in my life, I want to give away a FREE COPY to one of you! Here’s the scoop. In order to enter your name for the book giveaway, you need to comment below sharing five reasons why you are thankful. They don’t need to be life altering reasons for thankfulness, just anything that comes to mind.

I’ll give you an example.

Five reasons I am thankful: 

  1. I am thankful that I have been saved by Jesus and get to spend eternity with Him.
  2. I am thankful for the GirlDefined blog and the opportunity to be apart of it.
  3. I am thankful for my dad’s business and that I get to work in his office.
  4. I am thankful for my car even though it doesn’t always start.
  5. I am thankful for my entire family and my new niece or nephew that is coming soon.

What are you thankful for? 

It’s your turn now. Scroll down to the bottom and give me a list of 5 reasons why you are thankful. When you enter your list in the comments section, your name will automatically be entered into our book giveaway. We will announce the winner on Monday, December 1st. We want to give everyone plenty of time to worship God.

If my friend Grace can choose to worship God from her bed this Thanksgiving, I think you and I can do the same. Let’s follow her example by choosing to worship God despite our circumstances. Let’s make this Thanksgiving one focused on the greatness of God and not all about us.

Get Started! 

Go ahead and get the thankfulness ball rolling by sharing five reason you are thankful. Leave your comments bellow.

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89 Responses to Are You a Whiner or a Worshiper? {Free Book Giveaway}

  1. Jane Govender says:

    1.I am thankfully most importantly for Christ’s blood that was shed for me and his never failing love.

    2. Grateful for this blog. Its encouragement when I need it the most.

    3. Grateful for my family- Best part of my day is going home to them.

    4.Grateful that although I am single and no kids my life is still fulfilled and I never feel lonely.

    5. Grateful that amongst this failing economy I have a job and food every night.

  2. Jen Lebo says:

    What a GREAT giveaway and what GREAT timing as I sat down this morning, sidelined yet again from running after another stress fracture, feeling the Holy Spirit prompting me to GIVE THANKS for it. I am learning to trust God’s mighty way in all things. It’s only taken me 40 years! 🙂
    So today I am so thankful for:
    1. His plans, which are always good, always to prosper me. (Jeremiah 29:11).
    2. Marriage to my best friend, the most wonderful man I know.
    3. Three healthy and precious children.
    4. God’s faithfulness, which I am discovering anew every day after wandering from the Lord this past year. Oh, how faithful He is.
    5. New mercies, every morning. Every single morning.
    I could make an infinite list. Every breath, every struggle, every mistake I make, every word of scripture, every touch of the Holy Spirit, every second. My heart bursts with thankfulness for salvation, faithfulness, love. I can never express my gratitude and I will never deserve what He’s given me. I’m a wretch. He loves me anyway.
    Happy happy Thanksgiving and thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!

  3. Sarah Shaw says:

    Thankful for..
    1. My awesome family
    2. Friends who tell you what you need to hear and encourage you
    3. A job doing something I LOVE with a wonderful boss and great co workers
    4. Being a homeschooler and having the flexibility that comes with that
    5. My Savior for saving me!

    ~Sarah Shaw

  4. JoAnn Kuhns says:

    1.I am thankful for a warm house to live in even though we don’t own it.
    2 I am thankful most of my family is alive after a tragic car accident even though it killed my sister.
    3 I am thankful for my parents even though they made mistakes in raising me.
    4 I am thankful for this blog and the encouraging articles posted.
    5 I am thankful for my job even though I can only work part time.
    6 I amthankful for Christ work on the cross and the promise I will get to see loved ones again in heaven.

  5. Mama Baird says:

    I am thankful for you, Bethany and Kristen! Great post!

  6. Kristina Miller says:

    1. church, Sunday school, a place to learn more about God!
    2. Saved family, even though we are alone this Thanksgiving
    3. Warm house
    4. Food to eat!
    5. For Jesus Christ, who died to save us!

  7. Rebekah Mae says:

    1. I’m thankful for my Savior who has poured out His grace upon me
    2. I’m thankful for an amazing family who loves and supports me
    3. I’m thankful for the opportunities God has given me to experience life overseas
    4. I’m thankful that God continues to teach me new things every day
    5. I’m thankful for the privilege to tell people’s stories through the lens of my camera

    Thank you so much for this encouraging (and challenging!) post!

  8. Elizabeth Catapang says:

    1. I am thankful for God’s unconditional love, grace, and forgiveness
    2. I am thankful for my hardworking and loving parents
    3. I am thankful for all my three siblings and my friends
    4. I am thankful for my college education
    5. I am thankful for this blog for always inspiring and encouraging me

  9. Cheyenne says:

    1.) I am so thankful for the Bible
    2.) I am thankful for God’s faithfulness, even when we are unfaithful
    3.) I am thankful for modern communication so I can stay in touch with my sister across the world and my family across the country
    4.) I am thankful for my fuzzy slippers 🙂
    5.) I am thankful for good books

  10. Sarah Johannes says:

    Truly, thanksgiving is the greatest cure for heartache. It is so easy to get caught up in our own struggles and trials that we lose sight of the big picture. Yet, when we immerse ourselves in who God is, we realize that we have so much more than enough; only He can satisfy the longings of our heart!

    I am thankful for…
    1. Christ’s unfailing faithfulness, patience, love, and redemption in my life, no matter how unfaithful I may be.
    2. My incredible, godly parents and sweet brother. I feel blessed beyond compare to have these wonderful individuals in my life!
    3. A wonderful Christian university to be a part of, and a major of study that I love. Though I wanted to go my own direction, the Lord knew exactly the purpose He had for me. Oh how much higher and beautiful are His ways than any we could ever imagine!
    4. God’s love that is great enough to put me through refining trials; to strengthen and grow me, or withhold that which is good because He has something stowed away which is best.
    5. Sweet and enriching fellowship of godly friends. How wonderful is wholesome fun or edifying conversation that is glorifying to the Lord!

  11. Elizabeth Williams says:

    1. I’m so thankful for God saving me.
    2. I’m so thankful for God being so faithful to me.
    3. I have a chronic illness and I’m so thankful for all the things God helps me to do.
    4. I’m so thankful for the Word of God and all that it does for me.
    5. I’m just thankful to be alive!

  12. Rodricka says:

    1. I am thankful that God believes in me and that I am starting to spend the rest of my life with him!
    2. I am thankful that I have friends and family that encourage me to make God the center of my life.
    3. Believe it or not but I am thankful for this blog, it has taught me so much. Because of Girldefined, I am now reading the word everyday and committing to Jesus!
    4. I am thankful that I get to live in a house and have every ability possible. I am so grateful and a lot of people do not realize how blessed they are just to wake up every morning.
    5. I am thankful that God is in my life and that he has blessed me with an amazing family.

    I just wanna say thank you for giving everyone the oppurtunity. Just typing out those 5 reasons is great!

    • Elizabeth says:

      It’s great that you are thankful for your abilities! I am very limited in what I can do, but wherever we are in life…God deserves all the praise! (:

  13. Rodricka says:

    So many great posts and reasons to be thankful. Saying new things to be thankful for everyday will definitely help!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Bethany for being so open and honest. You are such a blessing!

    I thank GOD….
    1. That I’m feeling better than other years
    2. He has taught me to trust Him through physical AND emotional trials.
    3. For saving me from the death I deserve and making me “a new creation”!
    4. For my family. They aren’t perfect, but they are AWESOME!!!
    5. My life. It is a miracle, and I get to enjoy so many wonderful experiences.
    Those are just a few that have been on my mind. (:

  15. Charity Morrison says:

    1. He never changes 2.His mercies are new every morning 3.Black coffee 4.Sisters 5. Music

  16. Gods_girlcoco says:

    1. God is making me a better person. 2. For my family who supports me 3. For school 4. For God’s perfect will and plan 5. I am thankful for God’s guidance. God is awesome! With him, I am going to change the world.

  17. Mykaela says:

    1. God’s perfect, preserved Word. 2. My new sibling to be! 🙂 3. My salvation. 3. Autumn. 4. Music. 5. My precious church family

  18. Kate says:

    1. God’s unfailing grace 2. Health 3. My loving and supporting family 4. Sunsets and sunrises 5. My dogs, Pete and Red, who are so full of life and bring so much joy

  19. pinkfrand says:

    I’m thankful for……..
    1. My health! Even though I’m not your average 14 year old(little shorter, had quite a few surgeries and such) I’m so thankful that God still allows me to wake up and do things that doctors said I could NEVER do!
    2. My daddy! He has been so good to me and never left my side through all my surgeries!
    3. My friends! The fact that they love me for who I am is do a zing to me!
    4. The Duggars! That may seem a little weird, but their lives have been such an inspiration to me!
    5. God and His amazing grace and gift of salvation! The thing I’m the most thanful for! DEFINATELY!
    (Just so ya know I didn’t have an order to this)

  20. Ana Yefimov says:

    I am thankful for…
    1. Parents that love each other
    2. My job teaching violin at a music store
    3. Beauty of nature
    4. That I’m homeschooled
    5. God’s written revelation to us-His Word

    There are so may more things that I could write…I truly am blessed.

  21. Chelsea says:

    1.That I’ve received a Kingdom that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28).
    2.For my family
    3.For the opportunity to get an education.
    4.For my camera; that I can create art through photography.
    5.For my church

  22. Ina Yefimov says:

    I am thankful for…
    1. That I can have an amazing relationship with God
    2. For a warm house and clothes
    3. For music
    4. For a family to love
    5. That God has an amazing plan for each one of us

  23. Jalyn says:

    1. I’m thankful for the scholarship that’s enabling me to go to college with no debt.
    2. I’m thankful for my roommate and best friend, Sarah.
    3. I’m thankful for an awesome family that loves me.
    4. I’m thankful for a God who loves me and is always reliable.
    5. I’m thankful for the many opportunities I’ve had to go outside my comfort zone and do amazing things.

  24. Lindsay says:

    1) Music
    2) My family (& dog!)
    3) Electricity
    4) Soccer!
    5) My best buddy Jesus

    Those came very much off the top of my head…not as I inspirational as most of these, but whatever. These aren’t in any order either!

  25. Sarah Elizabeth says:

    1. I’m thankful for my relationship with God.
    2. I’m thankful for His grace, love, and mercy.
    3. I’m thankful for my friends and family.
    4. I’m thankful for my boyfriend of five years.
    5. I’m thankful for the freedom to worship my awesome God freely wherever and whenever I want.

  26. Lyndsey says:

    1. I am so grateful for the timing of this post!
    2. I am thankful for God’s renewed mercies every morning!!
    3. I am thankful to Him for giving me a renewed hope – even though my vision was foggy last night due to overwhelming circumstances.
    4. I am so thankful for my family – who are loving and always push me forward to grow in grace :).
    5. I am thankful for the abundance of food available to me (even though I often take it for granted).

    Extra – I am thankful for my copy of God’s Word that I can read freely – how often I take that for granted as well!
    Thank you for this post! So often I whine instead of worship – what a humbling reminder to look to Jesus and stop focusing on myself!

    • GirlDefined says:

      @Lyndsey I love your “extra.” I so often take God’s Word for granted as well. What an awesome reminder of just how amazing that privilege is 🙂

  27. Karen Slabach says:

    I am so thankful for who God is- His unending mercy, love, and grace!
    -My awesome family
    -Amazing friends
    -The Bible- God’s heart to us
    -The calling on my life and the fact that I get to change the world for Jesus!!!!
    And so many other blessings! Thank you Jesus!

  28. Heather says:

    I am thankful for…
    1. God’s unfailing love and mercy toward me even when I fail and go my own way
    2. His Word that teaches me how to live
    3. My wonderful family
    4. The beautiful colors God has give to us to enjoy
    5. The freedom and liberties we have in America

  29. Abbie Sikma says:

    I’m thankful for:
    -Jesus and salvation
    -wise, godly parents
    -incredible siblings
    -amazing friends

    There’s so much to be grateful for–even in the midst of trials!

  30. Susanna says:

    I’m thankful for:
    1: My wonderful (very big) family God has blessed me with.
    2: Having warm clothing and a warm house and good food.
    3: Being saved by His wonderful Grace and His love for me.
    4: That I am not being persecuted for worshipping Him.
    5: That I can enjoy music and books that help my faith grow.

  31. Samantha says:

    1) My best friend Jesus
    2) My awesome family
    3) My jobs helping young mothers. It’s great training plus I love working with the kids.
    4) My amazing friends who pull me out of my shell & tell me to just be myself
    5) MUSIC!!!
    Extra: I am so grateful for this blog! I’ve been reading this blog for quite a while and it has been a HUGE blessing in my life!!! And I’m very thankful for upbuilding books. (its so hard to keep it to just five things i am so blessed)

  32. Makayla Nook says:

    1. Jesus loves ME!
    2. He’s blessed me with an amazing family.
    3. He let me keep my voice 🙂
    4. He gives me a warm house to live in!
    5. He blesses us with music!

  33. Lauren Purser says:

    I am thankful for:
    The gift of salvation.
    Jesus’ grace in my life.
    Parents who love and support me.
    Friends who encourage me, but also speak the truth.
    A home church that is sending me on my next missions trip.

  34. Leah Rahim says:

    1. I’m thankful that by God’s grace, I was saved on February 22, 2014.

    2. I’m thankful for GirlDefind’s blog. It truly has been a blessing to me in so many ways.

    3. I’m thankful for both my Dad and my Mom, and that they raised me in a good, godly home.

    4. I’m thankful for my church–Old Paths Baptist Church, and that I have the opportunity to be the church pianist.

    5. I’m thankful for my siblings. Even though at times they can be annoying, I couldn’t live without them.

  35. Valerie Valera says:

    I am praise and thank the Lord because..
    1. ..He gives me everything I need to continue in the race He has set before me (grace, peace, faith, joy, hope, wisdom, and renewed strength) and I experience His hand helping and guiding me every single day.
    2. ..He loved me so much that He was willing to die to save me and the whole of mankind from the penalty of our sins.
    3. ..He provided good friends and faithful family who would always be there to help me through th darkest times, and lovingly & continuously encourage me in the Lord.
    4. ..He always give me reasons to trust Him and to depend on Him more, whether it be through trials or pain, or even through waiting for His best as I pray according to His will.
    5. ..there is always comfort in His Word..and the fact that the day will come when all tears will be wiped away and we would be forever with the Lord in that special place He prepared for us in Heaven. 🙂

  36. Leah Macias says:

    I am exceedingly grateful for:
    1. Eternal Life.
    2. The fact that my siblings and parents are my best friends.
    3. Books, books, and books.
    4. My dog Watson.
    5. The sufficiency of scripture.

  37. Sarah Williams says:

    1. I am thankful for my salvation
    2. I am thankful for another Thanksgiving and holiday season to spend with my family
    3. I am thankful for my amazing family and friends who have endlessly supported me in going to nursing school
    4. I am thankful for God’s protection on me as a travel back and forth to school
    5. I am thankful for God blessing me with a roommate who loves the Lord and is encouraging me in my faith

  38. Cassi Stauffer says:

    I am thankful for a warm house.
    I am thankful that I serve a God who is always faithful to me
    And loves me beyond measure.
    I am thankfuk for a job.
    I am thankful for family.
    I am thankful for friends

  39. Allie says:

    1. My family
    2. Quiet time with God
    3. Nature’s beauty (snow!)
    4. God’s provision
    5. Grace

  40. Kate Ann Micosa says:

    1.I am thankful that i knew God and He saves me.
    2.I am thankful for 19 years of being guided by Him.
    3.I am thankful for my family that I belong.
    4. I am thankful for those people around me.
    5.I am thankful that I am blessed and still being blessed by God.

  41. Abby says:

    I am thankful for…..
    1. God’s unconditional love for me and others
    2. Fresh food and clean water every day
    3. Friends who enjoy being with me
    4. The many blessings God has given me that I don’t deserve
    5. Thanksgiving and Christmas!

  42. Katelyn says:

    I am thankful for…
    1. My Christian school.
    2. Teachers that care about me.
    3. Parents who love me and help me grow spiritually.
    4. Great brothers!
    5. Christ who died for me and loves me more than anyone else.

  43. Tiana Worthy says:

    I am thankful for…
    1. God’s grace
    2. My Church
    3. The beauty and majesty of the mountains
    4. Freedom to worship God
    5. Music and ears to hear it

  44. Kimberly Snyder says:

    Things I am thankful for…
    1. Christ’s atoning blood
    2. My parents and their sacrifice of love in homeschooling me
    3. The music lessons my parents have invested in for me
    4. My church and wholesome youth group
    5. Living in America, the greatest country on earth

  45. Celtic Princess says:

    I Am Thankful For…
    Hot Pink
    My sweet Friends
    and The Texas Hill Country!

  46. yanoret genao says:

    Things Iam thankful por:
    1. Jesús saved me and give me a new life
    2. After all I made in the past, He showed me love by giving me a good and godly husband.
    3. My daughters everything they teach me everyday.
    4. My girls of the Attending His call, all of them are very lovely and special for me.
    5. My church

  47. Emily Cade says:

    I am thankful for:
    1: God’s sovereignty
    2: suffering, which helps us know God better
    3: Parents, who give and give and give to such self- centered, unworthy little people
    4: The God who became a man so that He could die: Jesus
    5: that I have an inheritance that is “undefined, imperishable, and will not fade away”(1 Peter 1) waiting for me because of God’s grace given through Christ.

  48. Hannah says:

    Thankful for:

    1. God’s Word- the accuracy and authority of it!
    2. God’s faithfulness-He never changes!
    3. My Godly parents!
    4. Freedom to worship and go to church!
    5. The peace that passes all understanding no matter what my circumstances are!

    Thanks so much for this article. It was so, so very timely. God knew that I needed a reminder to keep Him at the center this Thanksgiving! I want to Glorify God in my body and spirit! Thanks again!

  49. Justine says:

    I’m thankful for…

    1. The beauty of God’s Creation
    2. My amazing parents & siblings
    3. Godly friends
    4. Coffee
    5. Prayer

  50. Sarah says:

    1. God is longsuffering and never gives up on me
    2. Wonderful friends
    3. The Bible
    4. The beauty of nature
    5. Trials

  51. glai says:

    I’m thankful for:
    1. Jesus done on the cross
    2. Career.
    3. Girldefined blog, it helps me grow.
    4. For my family

    5. For more things to come.
    His grace changes everything/////

  52. S Nicole says:

    I’m thankful for (1) a family who loves the Lord (2) warm weather (3) handmade gifts from sweet friends (4) fresh baked cookies (5) the book of Isaiah

  53. Kate says:

    What I’m thankful for:
    1) Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross and God choosing me to be a part of His family
    2) My husband who loves the Lord and seeks to lead me well
    3) An amazing church family who is committed to helping each other to heaven
    4) Spending the evening reading in my apartment with candles burning
    5) Having a 3 day weekend each week

  54. Joana Mae Pongasi says:

    I’m thankful for:

    1.) For we have a God who loves us so much even though we failed Him over and over, but His unfailing love shines through it.
    2.) I am thankful that God choose me to be His children, to be Gods princess and knowing Him since I was a little being a church grower.
    3.) I am so blessed of the number of days I have today, even though I have “Scoliosis”. I may never know what future holds me. I let to smile and go on with my life, just like Grace, be an inspiration to others despite of my circumstances. Trusting in Him maybe hard, but I know I already won this battle. And I believe “I am here for a reason.”
    4.) What God had his plans for my life, truly His plan and will is perfect and in order. I have this so much blessing this year, as I finished my studies and have an online work to help my parents in paying bills and giving tithes to the Lord.
    5.) For God will plan also one day, that I will meet the one, “a man of God” that is meant for me. I may never know him for now but one day we will meet in Gods perfect timing. While I’m waiting I will serve Him.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Girldefined!
    Your the #6 I am thankful for, you have a strong blog that encourages and convicting us in our spiritual walk with God. I feel the Holy Spirit guiding this site, whenever I am reading it. Continue to do this, and hoping I would meet you two sister’s in person.

  55. Marie Joy Marco says:

    I’m thankful for:

    1. This post which just came very very very timely for me–personally!

    2. My Bible and every single opportunity to read it heartily.

    3. Being saved.

    4. The ministry God has put me in.

    5. Every opportunity to pray, communicate, and fellowship with my Heavenly Father

    • Marie Joy Marco says:

      of course, I would always be thankful to God for giving me an opportunity to ‘meet’ this blog, that’s why I often recommend this to my Christian girl friends. 🙂

  56. Rachel Gray says:

    I’m thankful for the Lord’s grace in my life.
    I’m thankful for trials.
    I’m thankful for family that I so easily take for granted.
    I’m thankful for senses to enjoy- like being able to enjoy a good meal or a candle or a peppermint or a hug.
    I’m thankful for good theology that actually changes my life.

  57. Erin Marie Carney says:

    1. I am thankful for God’s amazing agape love
    2. I am thankful for my patents even when we don’t get along
    3. I’m thankful for my friends that encourage in my relationship with Jesus
    4. I’m thankful for always having enough to eat
    5. I’m thankful for my 5 neices and nephews that have to ability to love me and test my patience lol.

  58. Anna says:

    1. I am thankful for life this morning
    2. I am thankful for an intact family that loves me as I am
    3. I am thankful for the book of Hosea and the amazing tale of God’s undying love
    4. I am thankful for the GirlDefined blog and Bethany and Kristen:)
    5. I am thankful that God is always with me in every trial and in every victory.

  59. Danusa says:

    I am thankful for:

    1. What Jesus has done in the cross

    2. The Holy Spirit

    3. My parents and sister

    4. Friends who I can count on

    5. Health

  60. Celeste says:

    1. I’m thankful for my parents
    2. I’m thankful for my leadership
    3. I’m thankful for my job
    4. I’m thankful for my career
    5. I’m thankful for my boyfriend :”)
    6. I’m thankful for my church
    7. I’m thankful for my little cat

  61. Nicole says:

    I am thankful for
    * For my salvation. Thankful because we are saved by His grace and not our own acts.
    *I’m thankful for my blood family and the work I know God will do in them.
    *I’m thankful for the pardon of sins!
    * I’m thankful because God uses the most horrible things to transforms us into His image.
    *I’m thankful for all who He is!

  62. Anne says:

    I am thankful for:
    1. My amazing savior and his endless grace and steadfast love towards me.
    2. My wonderful family. Mom, dad, 5 brothers, and 1 sister
    3. My great friends
    4. My awesome church and church family (My dad’s also the pastor)
    5. My beautiful house that my dad built

  63. Jesusfreak17 says:

    I am thankful for:
    1. God’s grace.
    2. My family.
    3. My youth group and church.
    4. My friends
    5. My pet rabbits.

  64. Lydia Billings says:

    5 things I’m thankful for:
    1. I have the opportunity to be the pastors daughter
    2. Gods amazing grace
    3. My family and church family
    4. Gods love and care
    5. My friend BG

  65. Kathryn says:

    5 things I’m thankful for:
    My family
    God’s love towards me even though I don’t pay attention to Him like i should
    My friends
    Fall days

  66. Carol Burner says:

    I’m thankful for:
    1. My Heavenly Father
    2. His unfailing love and grace that forgives me
    3. My wonderful family and church
    4. My safety in an unsafe world
    5. the ability to be joyful in Christ always

  67. Courtney says:

    I am thankful for…
    1. My relationship with Christ
    2. The community I feel in my campus ministry
    3. The realization that I am good enough
    4. My loving family who is there through it all
    5. My friends who I can call on no matter what

  68. Brooke says:

    I’m thankful for What God is doing in my life.
    I’m thankful for my family and my friends.

  69. Dana says:

    I am thankful for…
    1.) The opportunity to live this day.
    2.) All of my clothing
    3.) All of the healthy, clean food I get to eat to nourish my body.
    4.) A roof over my head.
    5.) The love I receive from close friends and family.
    6.) Jesus Christ who has saved me by grace an has blessed me with everything listed above and more.

  70. Jenna says:

    1. I am thankful for my brother or sister on the way
    2. For my family
    3. The car to go visit family for Thanks Giving
    4. For my ability to make crafs and jewelry
    5. For people in my life who have shone my the truth (my parents and GirlDefined)
    6. Most of all, being a Child of God.

  71. jiujitsulover says:

    I am thankful for
    1. my loving, caring, and kind family
    2. Godly friends
    3. God’s grace
    4. my relationship with Christ
    5. my Bible and prayer
    6. weekends
    7. and a wonderful church. 🙂

  72. GirlDefined says:

    We will announce the winner tomorrow! You still have a few hours left to enter the competition 🙂

  73. Ofentse Bev Moraka says:

    I am thankful for:
    1. My Salvation; I’d honestly be a huge mess if Jesus hadn’t washed me and cleansed me of all sin and unrighteousness
    2. My family; they may not be perfect, but through them I’ve learnt how to express God’s love!
    3. My job; everyday I wake up and I’m glad I get to use my abilities( plus lots of Grace) to make an impact in the office I’m employed at
    4. A peaceful country; I’m so greatful that I live in a nation where I’m not afraid for my life just walking down the street, that I can go to bed at night without fear of turmoil and war
    5. My health! Thank God that I have good health in my body soul and spirit

  74. Cassie Hamm says:

    I am thankful for:
    1) God, for filling up all the cracks in me and making me whole.
    2) My family, who first showed me His goodness.
    3) My friends, particularly my best friend April, who gave me an example of a teenaged girl living set-apart for Christ.
    4) My amazing church. I’d gone to a different church for my entire life, but recently, I switched to Twin Rivers Worship Center, and I have never been surrounded by so many believers, so in love with God. And my youth pastor is the epitome of this – my friend and mentor.
    5) My passions for writing, reading, and music. They certainly make my life wonderful.

  75. Kaylee Alexander says:

    Ahh love your blog so so much! Giveaways are too fun!
    I am thankful for:
    1. God’s love and grace that pours over me in the best and worst times-He is such a loving Father.
    2. My sister who led me to God and has made a huge impact in my life, love her forever!
    3. This blog- I read it every time a new post comes out or whenever I’m feeling down and it ALWAYS cheers me up and gives me a better perspective-thanks for writing!
    4. My family- they’re not always what I imagine them to be, but I know they are a blessing.
    5. My education- It’s been a long, hard road in college, but God is pulling me through and keeping hold

  76. Alexandra says:

    Thank you for the ministry you do, It is needed so much! Bless you!
    1. I am thankful for my arms and legs that I may use to work and enjoy life with
    2. I am thankful for my singleness in which God has taught me monumental truths for life
    3. I am thankful for my job of taking care of my elderly grandmother until she meets the Lord
    4. I am thankful for friends who genuinely love me and that I know well
    5. I am thankful for the beauty of white snow against a crisp bight blue sky

  77. Annie Art says:

    1~ for having given my hart to Jesus. Salvation!

    2~ the light that lives in me so I can shine for my 1st love! Jesus!

    3~ the word of God and all the mysteries he gives us to search out. Prov 25:2 It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.

    4~ Jesus is coming Back

    5`~ the opportunity to grow a spiritual daughter.

  78. GirlDefined says:

    Congratulations to our WINNER @erinmariecarney:disqus We so enjoyed reading the comments from each one of you 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

  79. I know the give away is gone, I just want to do it because I have been through alot of blogs through out the internet, but this one has caught my attention, is not so easy for me to read 3 or 4 blogs in a row, but this is my four blog that I read today in a row from this page, and seriusly has changed my attitude and I found guidance in of what to do, God literally spoke to me thru this blogs.. love Him with my everything and to be my number one and to be thankful and no to whine. that gives me a great begining which I was praying for, for some reason I wasnt able to get to it.. today I just want to ask God for forgiveness and tell him how thankful I am for everything, to tell him that I trust him with my future, that I won’t allow my mind to be stronger than the voice God. thanks God for all your blessings and the blessing in disguise. I am thankful for today and this blog, I am thankful for new beginings, I am thankful that God changes our mess into blessings, and we just have to change our attitude to recognize it!

  80. Jessie W. says:

    1. I’m thankful that Jesus died for me and I’m saved
    2. I’m thankful that I have an opportunity to know God
    3. I’m thankful for the family God has given me
    4. I’m thankful that I found this blog…!
    5. I’m thankful for this day I get to live and love others

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