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Eleven years ago next week, our family answered the very same call as the content of the *The Sacrifice of Thanks-sharing {Encouragement for Today} Devotion article below (totally worth your read, especially in this Thanksgiving season). For the very same reasons presented in the *article below, my husband and I traveled to Guatemala: to return to Minnesota with a precious sibling group, ages 5, 8 and 10, for the purpose of  sharing our family of five and all of the blessings we’d been given through our Heavenly Father’s love and goodness. We did not enter into the journey of family and stewarding all six children we’d been gifted lightly: we diligently, faithfully, and intentionally stewarded our covenant with the Lord, including homeschooling (for far too many reasons to list in this post). This past year has been the roughest of all the years (for also far more reasons than intended to express in this post), however, the Lord’s grace will see us through to the other side of our journey He has called us to (He told us He would), and He will receive all glory and praise. This Thanksgiving season we have added ‘the gift of donor life’ to our thankfulness, as the generosity of a donor family who endured the loss of their own young son in an accident, saved our youngest adopted son during his journey through kidney failure. Please lift up prayers this Thanksgiving season on behalf of all families who have experienced loss or illness, as this is most certainly a time to deeply reflect with heartfelt thanksgiving to the Giver of all good gifts for each and every blessing of life. Enjoy the Thanks-sharing perspective…
by Glynnis Whitwer, November 18, 2013
“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:15-16 (NASB)

‘Enough. That’s what I have. Really, more than enough.

More than enough clothes in my closet. Food in my fridge. Shoes spread on the floor. Cans in the cupboard.

My children have books, warm jackets, tennis shoes, pencils, and opportunities for more. I have clean sheets, soft pillows, a kitchen table, and indoor plumbing.

My husband and I have never taken our provisions for granted. Every day we are thankful for the blessings of our home and family. Yet eight years ago we were increasingly aware of what Luke 12:48b tells us, “When someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” (NLT) We felt an obligation to do something more with our blessings…(to continue…)’


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