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A Good Strategy for Arguments

My 10-year-old son & daughter came in the house bickering nonstop – each pleading their side and insisting how the other person was wrong.

I sat there listening to my kids argue back and forth pointing out each other’s faults (as a headache began). And, I thought…how easy it is to see the other person’s wrongdoing. As kids. As adults. And overlook our own.“

They’re in the wrong. Not us. It’s their fault.”

I had an idea. Before my headache grew, I stopped them, and said, “Instead of pointing fingers and telling me what your sibling did wrong, share with each other what you could have done differently.”

They got quiet quickly.

As they reflected, pride went out the door. And, humility came in quickly. The bickering stopped and they each apologized because they had open eyes to see their own shortcomings, without me being the referee.

And, then I thought, what if we, as adults, did that more often in our relationships. Instead of focusing on others’ shortcomings, we saw what WE could do differently.

Wouldn’t that be powerful?

And, isn’t that just what Jesus told us to do? To take the log out of our own eye before trying to take the speck out of our brother’s eye, to let go of pride, to grab a hold of humility, to confess our shortcomings and selfishness, to love others like He loves us?

Lord, when we are about to argue or in the midst of an argument, help us to pause and look inward. To stop the constant noticing of others’ wrongdoings, and to look instead at what we could do differently, to confess it, and to ask you to help us love better. Lord, help us love better. And, help us guide our children in loving well also. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18

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A Powerful Testimony of Giving Thanks

You might have heard this verse many times: “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28) I understood it in a new way after reading “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom.

She was a Christian evangelist who hid Jews during the Holocaust and was imprisoned because of it. When Corrie and her sister, Betsie, entered one of the filthy prisons infested with fleas, both starving, they cried out to the Lord.

As they lay side-by-side on a bunk with several other women, 1 Thessalonians 5 came to Betsie: “Give thanks in all circumstances.” She turned to Corrie and shared these words.

Corrie asked what on earth they could give thanks for. Betsie said that they were actually able to be together in prison and that their Bible miraculously had not been confiscated.

Then, Betsie prayed, “And thank you, Lord, for the fleas.” Corrie told her sister that she could never give thanks for fleas, but Betsie told her that it is God’s will to give thanks in all circumstances. So, while lying on their flea- and lice-infested straw beds, they gave thanks for the fleas.

After some time, they noticed that the soldiers rarely came into the barracks where they slept. Betsie and Corrie did not know why, but it allowed them to share the light of Jesus to other women for hours during such a dark time.

One day, Betsie asked a supervisor to come to the barracks. Betsie said to Corrie, “'[The supervisor] wouldn’t step through the door and neither would the guards. You know why?’

Betsie could not keep the triumph from her voice: ‘Because of the fleas!’ That’s what she said, ‘That place is crawling with fleas!’”

Corrie wrote, “My mind rushed back to our first hour in this place. I remembered her thanks to God for creatures I could see no use for.” Hours of ministering, changing lives, and offering hope in a dark time, all came because of the presence of fleas.

What is the hard thing in your life that God can use for good?

To help someone. To bring comfort to someone. To point someone to the light of the Lord, and to finding hope in Him.

This daily shift of giving thanks always, can be hard and it takes discipline. But when we change our outlook, it moves our eyes and hearts upon things eternal and puts God’s purposes over ours.

Corrie writes, “Side by side, in the sanctuary of God’s fleas, Betsie and I ministered the Word of God to all in the room. We sat by death beds that became doorways of heaven. We watched women who had lost everything grow rich in hope.”

Whatever is happening in your life, be encouraged by these words that relate to us even now:

“In everything God works for the good of those who love him.” Romans 8:28

May we pour out thanks to the Lord this Thanksgiving, whether we’re in a seamless season or a difficult one, knowing the Lord is right there with you, walking along with you, and loving you always.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

A Spirit of Thanks is Contagious

My husband wrote a sweet surprise note thanking me for all I did today and placed it on my night stand. Because he did that, it made me think to write a note to him and each of my kids to thank them for something.

And because my son saw the note, it made him want to write notes to his sisters about why he’s thankful for them.

Then my daughter did the same. A spirit of thanks is contagious.

As Thanksgiving approaches, who in your home can you write a surprise note of thanks too? Take a quick second and do that now- you might make their week.

Along with writing the notes this week, share this story from Luke 17 with your kids to show how giving thanks is close to the heart of Jesus:

On Jesus’ way to Jerusalem, there were ten really sick men who no one would come close to. They stood at a distance and loudly asked Jesus to heal them. Jesus walked right up to them and healed every one of them. 

When ONE of the men saw he was healed, he praised God loudly, threw himself at Jesus’ feet, and thanked him. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten healed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to the man, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Let’s be the one who also “comes back” to give thanks to the Lord and to give thanks for one another. Happy early Thanksgiving! 

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6

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The book, “The Hiding Place”, written by Corrie ten Boom, a famous evangelist during the Holocaust, is one of my favorites.

I’m in awe of Corrie and her family’s bravery in hiding and saving so many Jews. I think of the angst they must have felt as bombs exploded overhead and soldiers marched the streets.
I’m amazed at how Corrie and her sister, Betsie, still gave thanks and shared the love of Jesus in the barracks of the concentration camp, despite their circumstances.

I shared the story to my kids of Paul praising God in prison. I am in awe of his strength while in chains.

I am inspired by those who draw on the Lord for their strength and hope as their child, parent, or they themselves, fight cancer or another sickness.

I think of those of us who have lost loved ones in this season, and how difficult it is, yet how we can still find hope in Jesus through it all.

I also think about how in the midst of all the changes here and now, what doesn’t change, and will never change, is the Lord. 

How He is bigger than anything we will face, how he offers hope right now, today, in this moment – and how the Lord loves us so very much.

I think of the upcoming holidays and how they will look so different. And, I wonder, how can we bring glory to God in the midst of heartache and difficult circumstances?

And, my mind moves to God’s Word to, “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

Everything doesn’t always turn out how we think it will, but one moment at a time, we can choose to give thanks, so we can experience God’s kingdom here, bring God glory, and remember that our greatest hope is not in the here and now, but in the Lord. 

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving full of giving thanks. 

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A VERY Simple Way to Appreciate Veterans

Thank you to each veteran – we are so very grateful for you.

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A Vision that Came to be & A Radio Interview

One of the visions I had became reality by the grace of God. In the middle of my dad’s 10 months at the hospital fighting the effects of covid, I had a vision of handing my devotional to him. But, it wouldn’t be released until October 5, 2021, so I didn’t know if I would get to.

It was important for me to be able to put it in his hands because he was my biggest encourager whenever I heard a “no” from a publisher. He kept telling me “Remember, Linsey, polite persistence and it will happen – just keep moving forward and the right publisher will find you.” And, he was right.

I remember a facetime call I had with my dad when I told him my book was about to be released – I couldn’t hear his voice because of the tracheostomy and being on the ventilator, but his cheers came through loud and clear. He threw his fist into the air over and over celebrating with me.

How could someone going through so much and being in so much pain still have so much joy for me? He blows me away. That’s just who my dad is.

Growing up, he was the one who taught me to ask questions – to care deeply about people and to be interested in others- not just through telling me, but through showing me. He always had great interest in others’ lives.

A unique part of my devotional is the questions within the stories – not just at the end. He taught me how to intermix questions within conversation and stories, and that’s reflected all throughout my devotional. Because of him.

It was important for me to put it in his hands because he taught me growing up that the heart matters most. He always made it clear that people were far more important than money and things. He taught me to love deeply. And that is the heart of my devotional.

On the night of October 5th, I got the fourth call over the course of that 10 months that my dad not might not make it, so I drove to Atlanta to see him.

He had not been connecting or awake those few days. On October 6th, I got there with my devotional in hand, not knowing what to expect.

When I walked in that day, he was himself. He was wide awake with that awesome smile and face of his. And I got to hug him and put my devotional in his hands, just as I had envisioned.

That look he gave me on my wedding day in 2011 when he shook his head in such pride at me, was the same look he gave me in that moment – his head shaking with a smile, pride beaming from his eyes.

What a gift that was.

My dad – one of the biggest influences on my life. One of the big reasons my devotional came to be. The one who continued pushing me to follow my dream and to have polite persistence – always believing in me – no matter what.

God I’m so thankful I had that moment with my dad.

He’s such an incredible person and father and I got to enjoy him that day before he went to be with Jesus on October 21st.

God I miss him so much. But, he’s in so many reflections of us…in my son Bates’ unrelenting encouragement & joy, in my daughter Brooklyn’s deep compassion, in my daughter Gracie’s many questions, in my mom’s loyalty and love, in my brother Brett’s passion & being friends with everyone, in my brother Corey’s glass half-full attitude, and as many say, in my smile.

While life can be hard, very hard, it can also be very beautiful, and I sure am thankful not just for that beautiful moment I had with him, but for all the beautiful moments I have had with my dad. So many people loved my dad so much, and to think that I got him as my dad.

May we all cherish the gift of those who are right in front of us, one day at a time, one moment at a time. ❤

Lord, in our heartaches would you meet us here. Thank you for the sweet moments you give us each day – help our eyes to see them and not miss them. Whatever the person reading this is dealing with, meet them in it. Lift them up, refresh their soul. It can hurt so badly, but we can rest knowing that you love us so deeply and have given us the greatest hope we could ever ask for in Jesus. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

You can find my devotional here: LinseyDriskill.com/Devotional

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