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Posts Tagged: gratitude

Reflecting on God’s Goodness as Summer Draws to an End

  After a wonderfully crazy-busy summer, I’m sitting in the cockpit of our boat-home, sipping coffee and soaking in the sunshine. As I do so, I’m reflecting on the many demonstrations of God’s goodness over the past eight weeks.   says, “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one… [ read more ]

How to Respond Amidst Life’s Little Annoyances

How do we respond when life’s little annoyances crop up?   For the past week, I haven’t been able to log into my Facebook account on my laptop. That means responding to comments and posting my blog using my phone. I can manage the former, but doing the latter requires a learning curve, time, and… [ read more ]

When We Feel Like Whining

  Some of you have followed my saga on my FB timeline. Our boat’s furnace died nine days ago, and we’ve been living without heat (apart from two little space heaters) since. If we were in the South Pacific, that wouldn’t matter! But living in Vancouver’s damp winter cold is another story.   And then… [ read more ]

Canceled Flights, Bedbugs, and Giving Thanks

    But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God. ( NLT)   I’ve just returned from a two-week mission trip that provided lots of opportunity to practice giving sacrificial thanks. The first came when our flight was… [ read more ]

3 Reasons to Live Grumble-Free

How easy it is to grumble! When winter hits, we complain about the snow or—where I live—the rain. When summer arrives, we whine about the heat and the watering restrictions.   If our workload overwhelms us, we might complain about having too much to do and not enough free time. But if we lose our… [ read more ]

For What Are You Grateful Today?

  Do you ever experience days when your heart feels full to overflowing with gratitude to God? I hope so! Today is one of those days for me.   Here’s a list of the things for which I’m grateful: For the privilege of attending our annual mission staff conference in Budapest last week. This allowed… [ read more ]

How to Say Thank-You Through Our Lives

My fellow Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving more than a month ago. It’s the Americans’ turn this Thursday.   My husband and two of our kids are American citizens. We lived in Washington state for eleven years before moving north in 1996. Even after settling in Canada, we kept the American Thanksgiving as a Fox family tradition…. [ read more ]

On the Lookout for Splashes of Beauty

While in Nepal recently, a friend and I had a spent several hours talking about life—our concerns, our joys, our lows and our highs. In the end, we reached a mutual decision to not focus on the hard stuff in our personal lives or in future conversations with each other. Instead, we committed to developing… [ read more ]

Living Examples of Contentment

One of the perks I enjoy as a speaker and global worker is visiting with people of all ages and from many different cultures. They always enrich my life.   On my recent trip to Nepal, I met a group of church leaders who live in the region where the earthquake’s epicenter happened seventeen months… [ read more ]

Giving Thanks for Daily Blessings

A thought popped into my head a year ago today: Offer a 365-day gratitude challenge on my Facebook page. It seemed like a great idea at the time, so I set to work posting (nearly) daily comments concerning things for which I’m thankful. This exercise has been good for me, and I hope those who… [ read more ]