Girls Write Out
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

If you want enough news, it's enough to make you think God has deserted us. All we hear is doom and gloom hammered into our brains. But I've had enough of the fear mongering. When we focus on our blessings, it really turns our attitude around. God is still inn control no matter who won the election. God has it all in hand no matter what the media says about the economy. God showers us with blessings if we care to look. With Thanksgiving only two days away, I decided to focus on what's really great in my life:

1. A wonderful husband who spoils me and loves me. Life doesn't get much better than having a man like Dave around. He even fixes my coffee in the morning! And he hates coffee AND the smell of it.

2. I have the most darling granddaughter imaginable. Little Alexa Grace is the most beautiful baby ever. I know, I know, your granddaughter rivals her in your eyes. But let me have my moment! LOL This time last year, we'd just lost twins in a miscarriage. See how God works things out? Now we have my little angel. To say I'm obsessed would be a tad of an understatement.

3.. The best sons and daughters I could ask for. I count Donna and Mark as my own now and love them just as fiercely. They were SO worth waiting for! If only we'd held out for talking Mark into changing his name to COBLE!

4. A great family who has always been there for me. Parents, brothers, aunts and uncles who all love me.

5. A great publishing team who treats me like family. They love me, pray for me and keep me focused. I'm thankful for each one of my family at Thomas Nelson. They'll never get rid of me.

6. A great church family at New Life Baptist Church.

7. Great friends among the writing community and here on this blog. I love and appreciate every one of you who call Girls Write Out your place to hang out.

8. A MacBook computer. Ah, i love this thing every time I put my hands on the keyboard. You're laughing but I really do love my MacBook. LOL

9. I'm pretty much migraine free since discovering the migraine cure. I only have a migraine maybe three or so times a year. You can read more about that on my website under Extras.

10. And most importantly, a God who loves me in spite of my faults and sins. And I know I can totally trust Him with the future.

How about you? What are YOU thankful for this Thanksgiving? Oh and before I forget, if you'd like to see a recent interview with me and a chance to win a copy of Lonestar Sanctuary, visit

So jump in and let me know what you're thankful for!
Colleen Coble  
posted at 6:09 AM  
  Comments (10)
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At 9:23 AM, Blogger WK said...

Wow what a great post! And wonderful pictures. She's getting so big. I thought of you and her the other day when I saw this adorable little red dress for Christmas.

What I'm most thankful for:
1) God, who forgives and offers me shelter through any storm that comes my way.

2) my husband, who loves me and knows when to say "yes" and when to say "no we don't need it" even if I'm being a pain and really begging.LOL

3) my kids, who sometimes drive me crazy but keep my so deeply in love with them it's amazing. *BTW my son got a 101 on his spelling test the 2 time he's made a 100 or better since school began and for those who don't know he has learning issues and it's such a great thing to see him when he gets a 100 or better!*

4)my mom and my family. My mom is my best friend, we do most everything together. And my family, well we aren't quite as close as we once where but we still love each other deeply and I know if I needed them they'd be here.

5)my fatherinlaw, we've had a struggle this past year with the loss of my motherinlaw, we worked together to care for her those last few months and in the end we got closer. I've always loved him and her, but now I think we have a better relationship and I'm thankful he's here for us and the kids.

6) for the memories of my motherinlaw, I miss her dearly. I will think I need to ask Ms. Ann about this or that, then remember she's gone and it's like a fresh wave hits. I've learnt to just take a deep breath, Thank God for the time we had with her and on the exhale let it go. She was a special Lady I miss alot.

There are more but I will stop here. I have alot to be thankful for. At one time I would keep a journal and everyday write at least 5 things I'm thankful for in it. It's a great way to remember that even on our darkest days there are small things to be thankful for, maybe one of the biggest should always be the ablity to breathe.LOL

hugs and great post!!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone.


At 10:29 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Awesome about that smart son of yours, Wendy! I'm so sorry about your mother-in-law. You've got a great attitude.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I'm thankful for a God who grants us the desires of our hearts wen we delight in Him. He has been so good to me, I can't imagine life without Him.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Great post and pictures, C. You're looking gooood! :)

I'm thankful for all the things you are: my great husband and best friend.

My friends and family.

The opportunity to do what I love for a living. For Ami and the great folks at Thomas Nelson.

I'm thankful for Jesus and that He allows us to know Him at a heart, personal level. It's almost too incredible to think about.

I'm thankful for you and the Girls Write Out! All of you have touch my life in some unique, blessed way and I'm honored to know you!

Now, let's eat turkey! :)

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Great pics!

I'm thankful for Jesus, for family, for friends, for colleagues and students, and for a job I REALLY, REALLY like. :)

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

I am thankful for my two little blessings this year that I never got to hold but get to look forward to seeing someday ...

I am especially thankful for my Nate who set aside his logic and met me emotionally and has been my hero ...

I am thankful for GIRLS WRITE OUT bc this place is so stinkin' cool! :) (and ACFW!!)

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for all the trials and tribulations which God has used to grow me, I'm thankful that even though my eyesight goes out, and my hands may stop working somedays, God gives me the ability to write.

And I'm thankful for friends like you who are here for me everyday, even though you're in one of the middle states. : )

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I am blessed beyond measure with a wonderful, Godly husband, two awesome kids and six fabulous grandkids, amazing friends, church--and most of all I'm thankful to God for His saving grace, mercy and constant presence through the ups and downs of life.

Thank you, C, for the opportunity to count my many, many blessings!

At 7:48 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I have a lot to be thankful for. The first thing is God's provision. Over the last couple of years, I thought God had forgotten us. It was truly selfish. I had a hard time with my dh being a pastor and having a Masters Degree yet making less than someone who had no degree or just coming out of school with a BA. I was tired of always struggling. Recently, with the economic tide turning and all the RV workers that have lost jobs in our area due to places closing, I have been forced to re-think that. I am now thankful that he HAS a job that brings in steady money and provides a home for us. It could be ALOT worse!!!!! As I continued to think, I realized we have never been without the essentials in life. We do have a lot of non-essentials thrown in.

My kids are happy and healthy. DH and I are happy and healthy. We have a stable home environment where we have a lot of fun. Yes, we have our struggles with a teenager but they are mild.

When I look at the big picture, he has given us so much for serving HIM. He has been faithful to give us what we need. Even when times are tough.

I could go on and on with HIS blessings and how He hasn't forgotten us! I truly thank Him for all He has given us and for letting me see and realize how grateful I should be!

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

This almost sounds like we're praying before turkey, doesn't it, Rach? LOL Jaime, I bet my grandma has those two little ones of yours and is rocking the tar out of them. she was as round as she was tall, just about , and she'd rock babies furiously back and forth. She loooved babies. And if I get there before you do, I'm going to rock them too!

Andrea, isn't it funny how the world can turn on a dime and our perspective totally changes? God is always looking out for us!

Pam and Suzanne, aren't we blessed to have a God like that??? that's the biggest blessing of all!

K, Di and D, I sure love you girls! My life is richer because you're my friends.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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