One of the best ways to build relationship is to be THANKFUL!  Others want to lend a helping hand to those who are gratefulthx sign pam bill and appreciative! Look for ways to thank those that surround and support you. As an author thank your publisher, and all who work for them; thank book store owners, meeting planners, blog site hosts, magazine editors, radio and TV producers, pastors—and even other authors who have said or done kind things for you. This is the time of year to send out thanksgiving cards with a note of appreciation, a Christmas card with a personal note or if you can afford it, a small gift. If another holiday better reflects your message, send out thank you’s then—like we do at Love-Wise by sending Valentine greetings!

Go Back and Give Thanks!

Even Jesus commended the one he healed who took the time to come back and say, “Thanks!”

And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers,  who stood at a distance  and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;  and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”[ (Luke 17:12-18)

Look Forward and Plan Thanks!

Say thanks with:

  • A photo or a photo greeting card (like from Send Out Cards)
  • A book and gift that carries the theme but that will bless the receiver (Red Hot Monogamy with Salsa and chips or some red hot candies; Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti with pasta keeper, pasta bowl and server with pasta noodles and spaghetti sauce—and waffle mix and waffle iron)
  • A simple tool to lower the receiver ’s stress: a fun pen with stylist, sticky notes, protein bar, cup holder, USB drive, a travel accessory—or even something as simple as mints. Pinterest is a great place to find creative thank you ideas with clever play on words.

And this year, with the release of 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman: Success in Keeping It All Together, I am celebrating the SIMPLE!  Often personal call to say thank you, a voicemail message full of gratitude, a handwritten note of appreciation will go a long way to carrying a message of thoughtfulness.

Look in Front of You and Say Thanks!

red hot appreciateIn my book, Red Hot Romance Tips for Women , I challenge the reader to look at traits A to Z that make them a more loving wife, and in A is for Appreciation, I give a list of ways to say thanks—so for those of us in publishing who are married, saying “Thank you”  to our mate for supporting our dream might be a great first step. Here are a few ideas from chapter 1:

♥ Admire in a letter or with your verbal praise a good qualities

♥ Applaud his/her effort or an accomplishment

♥ Approve of his/her choice (of anything) heartily!

♥ Commend of him/her in front of his friends or colleagues

♥ Compliment one physical features

♥ Positively inquire more information about an interest

♥ Laud an accomplishment with a gift or a family party to celebrate.

♥ Warm toward an idea by asking to learn more.

♥ Support one a dreams by placing a photo on your desk or refrigerator.

♥ Sympathize with an emotional hurt with a hug.

♥ Enthusiastically embrace an opinion with an “I so agree!”

♥ Show pleasure of his/her  company with a “So nice to have you in my life”.

♥ Be sensitive to stress (give a shoulder  rub,  run an errand or picking up an item without being asked

♥ Place a thank you note on a balloon and float it into the office or bedroom.

♥ Make your own list, A to Z, why you are thankful for your mate (and plan a red hot way to give it!)

(PS: I’d love for you to join me on the 26 day Red Hot Wife Challenge. I send a daily email of encouragement as  THANKS for joining in on the journey of becoming a more loving person!)

 

Book wall 1Pam and Bill Farrel are the authors of 44 books, international speakers, and Directors of www.Love-Wise.com They are thankful to their publishers: Harvest House, Tyndale, IVP, Cook, Thomas Nelson, Oasis Audio, Focus on the Family—and to ALL the bookstore owners who carry their titles!

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Janet Perez Eckles

“Oh, sweet friend,” I said in an email to my dearest friend from my college years, “I’ll be attending a fancy gala soon. And if you find any fancy gowns in your shopping ventures in my size, let me know. Little time for me to shop these days.”

As is her nature, she went to action. She researched and sent me links to dresses she chose according to my color and size. Then she wrote, “I found great bargains for gorgeous dresses. And I found other items that I’m sending too. I know they will look great on you. They’re all yours too. My gift to you.”

God smiled at me through my friend. Did you ever experience that? When you ask, God pours upon you more than expected in ways you never thought. God is that way. Like my friend, you ask for something that you need and He lavishes upon you.

 

There are three secrets to receive that immense love:

1. Keep friends close by, showing love and faithfulness to the relationship.

2. Make it a habit to be grateful for everything. Yes, everything.

3. Trust God will provide.

Can I share my heart with you? I’m immensely grateful for Jesus, the Friend who makes it possible to nurture friends on this earth. I make sure that even in my blindness, I see His hand at work upon my life.

And I trust, truly trust He will provide in the way He sees fit, in the precise moment He planned and in the fashion that will exceed my expectations.

I believe in God’s kind of love: “And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure” (Ephesians 3:19).

How our days would shine if we thanked Him ahead of time for doors He will open in our ministry, praised Him even at times our writing is rejected, and waited with expectation at every turn.

Janet

Judson Press, 2011

Simply Salsa, Amazon Best-selling book

 

Janet Perez Eckles

Cheering you on to experience life, harvest its lessons and share their outcome.

Best-selling author and international speaker, Janet Perez Eckles’ personal success coaching is just a click away: www.janetperezeckles.com

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Hi there, Sherry Kyle here, writing from the central coast of California with a word of
Sherry Kyle photo encouragement for you on this Monday before we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Over
the last twelve years, I’ve taken writing classes, gone to conferences, been a
part of critique groups, have had a couple of agents, and several editors—each
person or workshop helping me to further my career as a writer. I’m grateful
for the writing friends I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and the writing
opportunities sent my way. I feel blessed to have signed five book contracts
with traditional publishers. I have much to be thankful for. And yet my attitude
isn’t always filled with appreciation for what God has done for me. 

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Dan Walsh here, writing from Daytona Beach, FL.

I know some of you were able to attend ACFW’s annual conference a few weeks ago in Indianapolis. Many who could not, have probably read some of the great articles written about the wonderful time we had (just remembered that old postcard line: “Good time was had by all”).

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Hello from Jeanette! Today my family woke up to our first major winter storm of the season. It closed schools (including the University) and kept most people home shoveling snow. My sons and I had to scoop the driveway twice before my husband got home from work and then he still had to clear more. Early in the day we got hit with another type of storm—the news that the store where my husband works will be closing in four weeks. They promised to transfer employees to other stores but we know there is a chance that some will find themselves out in the cold. So we’re tapping into what we learned through this past year of one storm after another and trusting that God will not only get us through it but use it for good.

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