3 Ways to Make this Thanksgiving the Best One Ever

Day 6 of our Thanksgiving blog hop comes from Danny Ray!

Can you picture Noah’s face when he saw the first rainbow? He just spent the last year on a boat with his family. 365+ days with his family! A year with his daughter-in-laws and his soon to be cursed son, Ham! How much Bingo, Monopoly and Scrabble can one family play? Imagine spending Thanksgiving with your entire family for a year with no place to go. Some of you know your family would not survive that year. Someone would be thrown overboard, someone would be strangled to death, and someone would get locked up with the lions.

Noah survived. He weathered the greatest storm the world has ever known.

Beautiful clouds.

Brilliant sunrises.

Breathless moments of awe.

The Creator’s paintbrush touching the sky with stunning beauty, but no rainbow.


Read the rest of this post over on Danny Ray’s Blog!

Rooted, Built, Established & Abounding In Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving Blog #5


Day 5 of our Thanksgiving blog hop comes from Relentless Growth by Tom Tanner. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Relentless Growth:

Fall-foliage-Boston-MAThat time of year is here again.  We have said goodbye to another summer and are now in the dwindling days of fall. If you live in Northern Michigan, I think we skipped over the last half of fall, and we are now knee deep in winter! Fall is one of my favorite times of year.  The leaves changes, the sun takes on a different glow, there is a crispness in the air, and my thoughts turn to Thanksgiving – and pie! We won’t talk about my insane love affair with pie right now. though! It really is a sad thing… Seriously… I need help…

Anyway, back on track.  Thanksgiving is that time of year when we like to reflect on what we have to be thankful for.  There are a lot of differing opinions as to how Thanksgiving came to be. Some say religious; some say it has nothing…

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Be thankful. Be thankful. Be thankful.


Day four of our Thanks =giving blog hop comes from Overboard Ministries. I hope you are enjoying this week of thanks!

Originally posted on The Overboard life:

This is day four of a seven-part series on Thanksgiving. I’m honored to participate in a blog-hop with 7 friends, over 7 days all about Thanksgiving. You can read the previous blogs by clicking on the links below:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Over the past month, I’ve been working on memorizing Colossians chapter three. In God’s funny way of putting things together, I was in the middle of verses 15-17 when I read these words…

reflection of God“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of…

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365 days of grateful


Great challenging post for Day three of our Thanksgiving blog hop!
If you want to be good at something you need to practice-even thankfulness!

Originally posted on The Musing of a Life:

gratitude production 101

Today is my day (day 3) in this project, I am honored and excited to be part of this Gratitude Project 101. I hope as the week progresses you will stop in and check out the 6 amazing bloggers I have been teamed with.

365 days of grateful


This is the time of year we stop to reflect on what we are thankful for, we post out thankfulness for the 31 days of November. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great practice, but last year my heart was softly challenged, why only once a year?  Why do I  take only 31 days out of 365 to actively practice gratitude? These thoughts continued to nag at me for several weeks. Why would I not express my thankfulness every day, all year long? I have a blessed, beautiful life.

Instead of making resolutions for the New Year I chose this one…

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Thanksgiving & Gratitude

Today’s Thanksgiving blog hop post comes from Not The Fake PTP! Make sure you finish his article over on his site and leave some love (comments) for him!!!


I really do like WINTER; but as I look out my window on this mid-November day and see all the snow and realize it will be here for the next 5-6 months I can get a little down.  Like I said, I do like WINTER, just not this much.  So what’s a guy to do instead of getting cabin fever?


We can start with our thoughts!

Over the past several years I have learned a lot about the science behind our thoughts.  It’s been very intriguing and fascinating for me to study it out and do the research.  I’ve learned some extraordinary things about the brain and how it functions.  For instance, for years I struggled with a porn addiction that started in my teen years – this was a major sin issue in my life (my physical and thought life).  The Bible talks a lot about the physical and metal damage that can happen to a person involved with sin (read Romans 1).  Here’s what I think is really cool, there is now science that confirms what the Bible has taught for years.   I learned that there are 3 chemicals the brain produces during the engagement of deviant behavior and each chemical is extremely addictive.  WHOA!  No wonder pornography is such a huge issue for guys today and a secret sin for many (for more info and the science behind it consider Dr Mark Laaser’s work with Faithful and True Ministries)

Read the rest of this amazing post over at NotThFakePTP!

This week I’m participating in a Thanksgiving Blog Hop (or blogger collaboration) with 6 other fantastic bloggers! I hope you enjoy reading some new content here on Making Like Beautiful and stick around for my contribution on November 27th!

Gratitude Production 101

Originally posted on Be Extraordinary!:

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Are you naturally producing joy and thankfulness?

Philippians 4:8, in the Bible, states:

Ph48Whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence,
if there is anything worthy of praise,
Think About These Things!

Often I hear people (myself included) talk about “trying harder to be joyful or thankful.” Forcing a good attitude or smile on our faces isn’t fooling anybody, especially ourselves. The answer – the secret solution – to lasting joy is found in the final line of the above verse. “Think about these things” . . . think. It does not say to “feel” these things or to “do” these things or to “say” these things. We are supposed to think about these things.

In so many areas it is easy to put the focus on the external, the feeling…

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Week of Thanks Blog Hop!

Hey y’all!

I have something SUPER awesome in store for you this week!!! I am particiapating in a Thanksgiving blog hop!!! My first one ever!!!! Can you tell I’m excited?!!!!

What is a blog hop? (well, first of all, I’m not sure the other bloggers are calling it that, but I like it…) A blog hop is where a group of amazing bloggers each write one post and share everyone else’s. We were each assigned a day and I pulled the straw to write a post for the last day. So I’ll wrap up this week of Thanksgiving with a post about how we can be thankful all year long.

I hope you all will read and leave some love (comments) on these other blogger’s pages! They are wonderful!

I pray this next week is encouraging and challenging for both you and me!

Here are the participants:

Overboard Life

Danny Ray

Be Extraordinary!

Not the Fake PTP

Relentless Growth

The Musing of a Life

And Me!