Give Thanks, With a Grateful Heart

To preface this, we limited our list to five things per person. It’s a joy to share with you all what we are grateful for!

May we each reflect on what Jesus has done in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving from the entire Maxwell crew.

Dad and Mom

Steve’s List

I’m grateful for:

  • Knowing Jesus Who died for me and the Father Who first loved me. He is the One Who knows me better than anyone else and loves me.
  • My family and what a joy and delight they are to me. I so love my family and take great delight in being with them and ministering together. I love how we can grow in Christ together.
  • Every second the Lord Jesus gives me that I might proclaim His goodness, mercy, and grace.
  • The privilege of sharing Christ with others who don’t Him and with those who do but need encouragement.
  • God’s provision and daily bread. He daily feeds my spirit through His precious Word, and He sustains our physical bodies.

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,
and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death.”

Philippians 3:10

Teri’s List

  • Jesus Christ, salvation, and the Word, which are the very being and basis of my life.
  • My precious family, who unconditionally love me and each other.
  • Faithful friends who love and pray for us, encouraging and upholding us day by day.
  • To be able to serve Jesus by sharing all that He had done in our lives and taught us.
  • Improvement in my back.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Nathan, Melanie, Abigail, Bethany, and Christina

Nathan’s Family List

  • Melanie and I are thankful for:
    • Salvation.
    • Each other.
    • Our girls.
  • Abigail
    • My swing and the light that God gives us (the sun and moon, {Abigail loves the moon}). Christina.
  • Bethany
    • Swing and Christina.

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:
because his mercy endureth for ever.”
Psalms 118:1 

Christopher, Anna Marie, and Joshua

Christopher & Anna Marie’s List

  • Salvation. It’s amazing that God would love sinners like us so much to send His Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin and offer us salvation.
  • Our Marriage. We’re grateful for two wonderful, joy-filled years with each other.
  • Joshua. He has been such a joy and delight to our hearts. It’s an overwhelming blessing to watch him grow and develop day-by-day.
  • Health. Our time on earth is short, and it seems like we’re daily reminded how we aren’t guaranteed another day. We don’t deserve the health that God has blessed us with, yet we are thankful for it.
  • God’s Word, His Holy Spirit, a country where we can freely worship Him – the list goes on. Our prayer is that we wouldn’t just be thankful today, but that our hearts would be full of gratefulness to God and others every day of the year.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast,
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:58 


Sarah’s List

  • The gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
  • The Lord’s mercy to me.
  • Each new day Jesus gives me to serve Him.
  • Family who loves the Lord Jesus, delights in serving Him, and loves each other.
  • The Lord working in amazing ways.

“In God is my salvation and my glory:
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”
Psalms 62:7 


Joseph’s List

  • Jesus – His shed blood on Calvary and His amazing love for me, who am so unworthy of the smallest of blessings, and so grateful for the Rock which I can completely trust to lead me in His will.
  • The exciting ministry that God has allowed me to be a part of, and seeing the effects, first hand, of God’s working in lives.
  • My family and my parents, who are an incredible example to me to serve Jesus with all my heart.
  • A country in which I am free to not only worship my Savior, but to openly share His name.
  • You – through the ups and downs that this year has presented me and my family, you have been there praying with us and for us.

For these things I am very grateful. 

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 


John’s List

  • Thankful for God’s gift of salvation. Accepting Jesus is the most important decision I could make, and I am grateful that He saved me. I am thankful that Jesus not only saved me, but continues to lead, guide, and direct me on a daily basis.
  • I am thankful for my family. It is such a blessing to have my family close. Also, I am thankful for the fantastic relationships that we have with my parents, and each of my brothers and sisters. In addition, I am thankful that my nieces and nephew are close.
  • I am thankful for a comfortable home to live in and my health.
  • I am thankful for my fantastic education that my parents gave me.
  • I am thankful to live in free country. Let us remember to pray for our leaders.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into
his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
Psalms 100:4


Anna’s List

  • For Jesus dying on the cross to pay for my sins! Eternity will not be long enough to thank the Prince of Life for what He did for the sins of those who accept His free gift!
  • My family who loves, works, encourages, exhorts, laughs, cries, and talks together and MOST importantly, who loves JESUS!
  • The Holy Spirit who speaks to me in a still small voice. I am so grateful for Jesus sending the Comforter Who guides our lives!
  • Each one of my nieces and nephew! I love them to pieces, and I can’t wait until the day that I can give little Susie a big hug when I reach Heaven!
  • The Titus2 ministry. I am unworthy of the blessing of being able to share with young people and talk to families as we travel, at home, or wherever the Lord has us!
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Jesse’s List

  • Jesus being my salvation and Bread of life.
  • A wonderful, loving family.
  • A nation that we are free to worship the Lord in.
  • Being able to workout at home with my brothers.
  • God’s beautiful creation that we get to enjoy every day.

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good;
for his mercy endureth for ever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34 


Mary’s List

  • My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross for my sins to save me from an eternity in hell.
  • God’s Word that strengthens and grows me every day!
  • My family! I am so thankful for them – the best family ever :)!
  • My patient, loving teacher, Mom! Now that I am the last one, I’m sure it is a great sacrifice of the time she invests in me.
  • Our beautiful, warm home.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:33 


22 thoughts on “Give Thanks, With a Grateful Heart”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing the pics. The one of Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell is just-oh, so cute! Melanie looks so beautiful. Everyone looks happy. Have a blessed, joyful day together.

    God bless! Rebecca K.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to the Maxwell family and to those who read/comment here. May God bless you all!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. This was a blessing to read. Thank you for sharing. A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you as well!

  4. Wonderful blog entry. Happy Thanksgiving all! And to the Maxwell family: we are thankful for the helpful encouragement of your blog, books, & example.

  5. I enjoyed your list both last year and this year. Everything on your lists should be on ALL our lists! BTW – even though I am not biased, I think that little Joshua is one of the cutest babies EVER!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!! Thank you for sharing your “thankful” lists. Just this week during our school time the children and I made list of things we are grateful for…we Americans are so blessed!

  7. There are just no words to express how awesome the photo of Steve and Teri is. Spontaneous happiness is the best! As one of those whom knows the Lord and has been encouraged by Steve and Teri personally and with email correspondence with Sarah, I am very thankful for your friendship. Being a single parent is hard, and you glad willingness to correspond with and encourage me is truly a blessing. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have a merry Christmas! Sarah, I owe you an email. 😉

    In Christ,


  8. Thank you so much for sharing your thankful lists with us, precious Maxwell family! 🙂 You ALL are such a blessing–to so many, I’m certain. Loved all the photos too–each of you looks wonderful. ~ As I count my blessings, I include the Maxwell family, because you all have touched my life in countless ways. Love, Mrs. Patti 🙂

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Your ministry is such a blessing to us
    What a GREAT picture of Steve and Terri!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving, dear Maxwell Family!

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures and your grateful hearts!

    Thanking God for you all!

    With love from NJ

    Lisa and Hannah and Family

  11. Thank you for sharing the pictures and testimonies of thanks. What a very beautiful example of sowing and reaping God’s blessings.

  12. Oh! The pose for mom and dad is great and you look happy as you truly are!!!!!!!!

  13. What a wonderful post. I am in agreement that this is one of the best pictures of Steve and Teri that I have seen. What a wonderful example to all ages. A belated Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

  14. So enjoyed reading through these. I was delighted to read that Teri’s back has improved. I’ve been praying about that. Will continue to pray!

  15. Of all the time I’ve been following your blog, this is my favorite post!! I especially love the first picture–of Steve and Terri. Their love for the Lord and each other is shining through in their smiles! Wonderful pictures and words all around! Thank you!

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