“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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (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.”