Don’t let your blessings become a routine

Sisters in Grace

Tina Terrell and Christie Stephens


In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. –

1 Thessalonians 5:18.



All over Facebook, people are listing things they are thankful for each day. It’s a nice little activity that makes you stop and think. Some are thankful for little things, like a husband finally turning on the heater, and others are thankful for bigger things such as family or health. God has blessed us tremendously every second of every day.


I am a very blessed person. I definitely don’t deserve these blessings, but I’m thankful for them all. There are way too many blessings to name, but here are a few. I am thankful for waking up every morning with my health and my healthy family, even though we may have a rough time getting out the door. I’m thankful for my car which is paid for now that gets us where we need to go. I am thankful for having a job to rush to where I make a difference in the lives of others. I am thankful for the love and care that my children get in school and daycare. They have soaked up so much knowledge, and I couldn’t be more proud. I’m thankful for the giggles of my three children that fill my heart with a special kind of joy. I am thankful for my tag-team partner, Mike, who helps me with kids, helps with house work, and is an amazing husband and father. I’m especially thankful for my parents who, on several occasions, have stepped in and helped us out. We probably wouldn’t have made it without them. I’m thankful for Christie, Greg, Jake and Jessie and all of the love and happiness that they give. I’m also thankful for the numerous family members near and far. I’m thankful for the way chocolate and cold weather make me smile. Most importantly, I’m thankful for God’s forgiveness. I fail him daily, but he forgives me of my sins.


My kids have been talking about things they have been thankful for lately. Family, food, house, clothes, friends, church, Jesus, God, toys, and stuff to do are some of the things they have mentioned. We are very blessed. In everything, we should give thanks.


“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful. We let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..”


― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential


Let’s not be thankful only during this Thanksgiving season. Don’t let your blessings become a routine. Give thanks all throughout the year.




Church News:


Christmas Blessings –

There are many children in Diboll who may not have a Christmas gift beneath their tree this year. Christmas Blessings has begun. If you or your organization would like to adopt a Diboll family in need or give a donation to this great cause, please call the church office for details.

Sunday School –

We have a class for every age and every way! From the very young to the young at heart, we have something for you. We offer couples classes, women’s, men’s, and children’s Sunday school along with Youth each week. Sunday school begins at 10:00am each Sunday morning. Join us for coffee fellowship at 9:30am in the fellowship hall.

Children and Youth Ministry –

U.M.Y.F., United Methodist Youth Fellowship, is a time of connection and fellowship for young adults grades 6-12. Youth meet Wednesdays at 6:30 and Sunday evenings at 3:30. The Young United Methodist Youth, Y.U.M.Y.’s, meet weekly at 3:30-5:30 on Sundays. YUMY’s provides worship for children grades PK4-5th grade.

The YUMYs will be joining the First Baptist Church Children’s choir for a performance at Christmas in the Park. Practices will be on Wednesdays at 5:45p.m. at First Baptist Church.


Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!




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Why join us? Are you looking for a sense of belonging? Are you craving a connection to faith but cannot find where you truly belong? Come give us a try. First United Methodist Church, Diboll, has much to offer!


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Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!