Thanksgiving 2016

 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3:15


Paul finished an insightful list of things that we as Christians should exemplify in our lives such as showing meekness, longsuffering, and forbearance. After that list is the perfect “and be ye thankful.”

Ungratefulness is ugly, but thankfulness is beautiful. I wanted to share with you certain things I’m thankful for about my family. It’s hard not to duplicate items, as many of the same qualities can be said about each person, but I’ll try to keep them unique.

What I’m Grateful for about the Maxwell Family

Steve and Teri Maxwell
Steve and Teri Maxwell

Steve and Teri, known to me as Dad and Mom

  • Their Godly Wisdom
  • Their Sacrificial Love
  • Their Wise Counsel


As an encouragement to all the young parents out there, don’t give up. Keep praying, loving, exhorting, and setting the example for your children. My parents’ investment in our lives can’t be put into monetary value; it’s that precious. When they were in the trenches, it might have seemed like an eternity until we were all adults, but here we are, 20 to almost 40, and serving Jesus faithfully. Don’t give up or let the world tear you down. It’s plain work!

Nathan Maxwell Family
Nathan Maxwell Family

Nathan, my oldest brother, his wife, Melanie, and their children, Abby, Betsy, Tina, Drew, and Baby

  • Their Courage
  • Their Giving Hearts
  • Their Creativity


Nathan and Melanie are a strong example of courage and trusting the Lord. They’ve been through hard times: losing their first-born daughter and challenging pregnancies and dramatic births laced with many unknowns. Instead of focusing on loss or fear, they have chosen to trust and rest.

Christopher Maxwell Family
Christopher Maxwell Family

Christopher, my second oldest brother, his wife, Anna Marie, and their children, Joshua, Ruthie, Liddy, and Danny

  • Their Love of Children
  • Their Faithfulness in God’s Word
  • Their Family Projects


It’s no secret that Christopher was a handful of a little guy when he was young, so I love seeing him as a dad raising his children. Christopher is an awesome example of involving his children on Saturday work projects. Anna Marie loves children and babies and doesn’t complain about her varicose veins.

Joseph and Elissa Maxwell
Joseph and Elissa Maxwell

Joseph, my brother in line right under me, his wife Elissa, and Calia

  • Their Love for Ministry
  • Their Delight in Blessing Others
  • Their Joy in Raising Their Daughter


It’s so special to see the great love and enthusiasm Joseph and Elissa have for their little girl. She is clearly the apple of their eye. This dynamic family loves to minister.

John Maxwell
John Maxwell


  • His Protection With His Truck Accident
  • His “We-Can-Get-This-Done” Attitude
  • His Applying Himself to Hard Projects


John actually topped Christopher as to how challenging of a youngster he was (As a little boy, he really did say that HE was going to let his kids climb the bathroom shelves and eat toothpaste!), so I am thankful for the maturity he has gained with age. Moms, that means there is hope for your mischievous child. John has a tender heart for his nieces and nephews and delights in spending time with them.

Anna Maxwell
Anna Maxwell


  • Her Servant’s Heart
  • Her Amazing Cooking
  • Her Love for God’s Word


Anna is a beautiful Proverbs 31 woman. She honestly jumps on any opportunity to serve her sister-in-laws, regardless of her own priorities. I love to see her faithfully getting up early on Sunday mornings to spend extra time in God’s Word.

Jesse Maxwell
Jesse Maxwell


  • His Extraordinary Heart for the Unborn
  • His Thoughtful Advice
  • His Work Ethic


Jesse is a powerhouse of godly wisdom. If you ask his opinion, you can expect his answer will be well-thought out and based not on what might tickle your ears but what he believes God’s Word teaches. He’s also extremely hard-working with his job.

Mary Maxwell
Mary Maxwell


  • Her Tender Heart
  • Her Out-of-the-Box Creativity
  • Her Love for Children


Mary is another beautiful Proverbs 31 young lady. Her heart’s cry is to serve the Lord Jesus in whatever ways she can, and she certainly lives it out. I don’t think one can judicially pick which aunt is the most fun: Mary or Anna. They both are such a blast.



Yes, I can’t forget my sweet puppy. She’s brought such fun moments into life and taught me many lessons as well.

Sarah Maxwell
Sarah Maxwell

Sarah (yep, that’s me!)

I am grateful for our blog readership and a platform to share our joys and sorrows in life as we encourage each other in Jesus. Thank YOU!

Most of all, I’m grateful for Jesus dying on the cross for my sins and the sins of those who will accept His free gift. This life is so temporal, and we don’t know how many years we’ll have.

Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

In closing, I echo what Romans 8:38-39 says with a very grateful heart: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

15 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2016”

  1. I have been a blog follower for years. It has been interesting to watch each of your family members grow up, get married, graduate homeschool and live adult lives. I am thankful for your high quality blog and your willingness to share your thoughts and life. God bless you and your family.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Some things I am thankful for are: my family, my pastor and his wife, my church, the Word of God, your family’s example of living the Christian life, and most of all… the gift of Salvation and Christ’s sacrificial love. God bless you!

  3. Amen! Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I know we are so grateful for your family and for you living your lives for Jesus as an example to us. And a special thank you to you, Sarah, for keeping up this blog! It is so encouraging!

    Thank you. You are a blessing too!

  4. What a wonderful post about a beautiful, Christian family – – thank you, Sarah – – and thank you also for sharing these precious photos. The Maxwell Family is so very, very special and your blog has blessed me over the years. Thank you all for so faithfully serving our Lord and being a powerful shining light in our often-dark world.
    As I count my abundant blessings, I count my friendship with your family among my blessings. 🙂
    Love, Mrs. Patti

    Awww, thank you! You are a blessing to US!

  5. Thank you for sharing!! This Thanksgiving, we are very thankful for your family and ministry!

    (P.S. I don’t know if it’s a server issue, but I thought I’d let you know that I haven’t received e-mail notices for the last two posts to your blog.)


    Yes, thank you. We are working on it.

  6. Happy thanksgiving week to you and your family! 🙂 We truly have so much to thank the Lord for. Ps 107:1-2

  7. Love this post; your lists are wonderful, Sarah!! Drew is so cute and growing so fast:) And the picture of Joseph’s family is so beautiful!!

  8. This is such a sweet post, Sarah. Such a good reminder to give thanks in ALL THINGS! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I was looking back at blog posts and realized that I somehow missed this one and since it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to be thankful 😉 I’ll just say how very grateful I am for your family. You all have ministered to me in more ways than I can count. 🙂 And because of that, my husband and kids have been blessed as well. Therefore, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” Phil 1:3 🙂

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