I’m counting my blessings tonight. And because I just spent 4 days in Nashville at the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Conference, those blessings have names like Rachel and Susie and Cathy and Kristy and Roxanne and Alena and Lisa and Dee … and oh, the list goes on.
My heart overflows with gratitude because I spent time with my people — other “creatives,” who understand why I talk to imaginary people and why I wrestle with arranging words on the page just so and why I will always answer the call of the next story.
I know the value of gratitude, how it shapes a person’s heart. Softens it, so that bitterness ebbs out and compassion flows in. And I agree with Eli Wiesel that gratitude is an integral element of our humanity. Without the ability to say “thank you,” we stop valuing the things — both small and big — in our lives. Next, we stop valuing the people in our lives — ignoring their God-given worth.
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