Christian living, Inspirational

A Thankful November

By Del Duduit

This blog will be a little different than ones I usually post. I enjoy writing about inspirational and ordinary people I meet along the way and convey their messages of hope. For me, it’s more than a hobby.

But I want to take a few moments and reflect back on the year I have experienced with gratitude and awe in the spirit of Thanksgiving. I am not boastful — I am thankful.

What a year it has been.

Four book launches — yes four.

Dugout Devotions: Inspirational Hits from MLB’s Best launched in February while First Down Devotions: Inspirations from NFL’s Best followed in August. In September, Bengal Believer: 40 Who Dey  Votions  for the Cincinnati Fanatic launched and believe me, the Bengals need prayer.

And Monday night, Having Impossible Faith debuted. This book is my emotional look at the faith of my late sister-in-law Dee Dee, and it includes similar inspirational stories about two other individuals, Lois and Billy.

Many more projects are on the horizon, and I am excited for the potential.

My agent, Cyle, tells me all the time: “The favor of God is on you.” I am humbled and never want to take that for granted.

Angie and I have become part of a group called Serious Writer, Inc. which holds writing conferences all over the country. Earlier this month we were involved in the Ohio Christian Writers Conference near Columbus. Angie served as conference manager and I instructed two sessions.

Holding my grandson, Joel.

We have had such a blast over the past year.

But on a personal note, we welcomed our new grandson into the family, and that has been the biggest highlight of the year. He has brought more joy into our lives than we could have ever imagined, and we are loving every new milestone in his life. In the past two weeks, he has started cutting a new tooth, began saying “Mom-Mom,” and is now waving.

Our granddaughter, Sophie, is constant entertainment. She is pure joy and puts a smile on our faces all the time.

During all this excitement, I found time to attend five book signing events in the Poconos, New York City, Pittsburgh, Nashville and one in my home town of Lucasville. I’m not boasting, but describing what has happened to me.

Accepting my second place award in devotionals for Buckeye Believer.

On top of that, Buckeye Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Ohio State Faithful won second place in the devotional category of the prestigious Selah Awards at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

These past 12 months have been a blur. I have many things to be thankful for. Here are a few (in no particular order):

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I am thankful for the heated seats in my car.

I am thankful for thick sliced bacon.

Signing a book contract with Michelle Medlock-Adams and Cyle

I am thankful for publishing contracts.

I am thankful Angie does not like to shop on Black Friday.

I am thankful God saw fit to forgive me.

I am thankful my family saw fit to forgive me.

I am thankful I have been blessed with a writing ministry.

I am thankful my agent and friends believe in me.

I am thankful for all the wonderful people God has allowed me to interview over the past year.

Good coffee in Michigan

I am thankful for coffee — good coffee.

I am thankful for sunsets.

I am thankful for Bluetooth in our car.

I am thankful for my job.

I am thankful for my health – especially no more kidney stone attacks.

I am thankful for Hickie’s Hamburgers and vegetable soup.

Hickie’s Hamburgers

I am thankful for our church.

I am thankful for answered and unanswered prayers.

I am thankful for our fire pit and eating s’mores with family.

I am thankful for all of our friends. They are amazing. I’d love to list them, but I’d forget someone.

I am thankful for our nation and our military.

I am thankful for our law enforcement and first responders.

I am thankful for our flag and our history.

The gang in NYC.

I am thankful for my wife, Angie, and our sons, Gabe and Eli.

I am thankful for both of my daughters-in-law – Kylee and Danielle.

I am thankful for our granddaughter, Sophie, and my grandson Joel.

I am thankful for vacations and time away, yet glad for my home.

Bengals halftime meal

I am thankful for the all-you-can-eat buffet for the media at the Cincinnati Bengals games.

I am thankful for Schwann’s popsicle sticks.

I am thankful for God’s grace.

I’m thankful for Friday Night Lights — I had a blast helping to broadcast local football games on the radio.

Friday Night Lights with Dave and Timbits.

I am thankful for our friend Denise’s homemade bread and my mother-in-law’s Sunday dinners.

I am just thankful. And I’d still be that way even without all the blessings.

That is what this past year has done for me. I have developed more of a thankful heart over the past several months.  God has opened up a new world for Angie and me to spend together.

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15)

With Sophie

Not everything has gone my way, but this is not what I focus on anymore. I look ahead and treasure the blessings the Lord has given me — and the things He has kept me from.

Nothing good will happen when you concentrate on the negative. I have experienced some setbacks in life, but these will not slow me down or hinder me. In fact, the hard times only make me stronger. I learn from challenges and use them as fuel for my fire. I refuse to glance over my shoulder to the past. John Wayne, one of my favorite actors, once said: “Looking back is a bad habit.” No more. The future is ahead and is bright.

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Thank you, Lord, for your blessings on me. I don’t deserve them, but I will accept and allow them to grow in my life.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Let me know your thoughts on how God has blessed you. Even if you are going through a difficult time, realize the Lord loves and wants to help you.

Do you depend on Him for happiness? You should.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving from Angie and me.

Having Impossible Faith can be purchased here.

Del Duduit is an award-winning writer and author who lives in Lucasville, Ohio with his wife, Angie. They attend Rubyville Community Church. Follow his blog at and his Twitter @delduduit. He is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency.

His latest book, First Down Devotions: Inspirations from NFL’s Best, can be purchased from New Hope Publishers here, or on Amazon here


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11 thoughts on “A Thankful November”

  1. Such an amazing list of things for which to be grateful, Del! The Lord has richly blessed you, and He will bless us all when we focus on the positive with thankful hearts. Hope the new year will bring you an abundance of joy and success!


  2. You’re an inspiration, and I’m thankful for the Grace you have bestowed upon me, and all of the help you have been kind enough to extend to me about this beautiful world of writing and Publishing.

    We must get together for dinner with you and Angie sooner than later!

    Many Blessings to you and your Family this Thanksgiving and always,

    Lori Cooper


  3. I am thankful for many, many blessings God has provided. From new writer friends to family get togethers to good medical reports to the glory of the sun shining in the morning, God has blessed our family in more ways than we could count. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂


  4. Hi Del, I’m thankful for my relationship with Jesus Christ, my Amazing Dream Team, my wonderful family, and my sweet friends, which the Lord has blessed me with! I’m also grateful we met in person at the Ohio Christian Writer’s Conference this month! I hope you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving, Del! 🦃Psalm 100🦃


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