Donna Martelli is a Christian freelance writer who is passionate about sharing the wealth of knowledge that the Lord has given her in her 30+ years of loving and serving Him. She has written three books, course manuals, book summaries, blogs, articles, and devotionals for many ministries, including but not limited to John 3:16 Ministries, Inc., Pastor Duke Tabor, and Faithwriters. Donna writes out of her own varied life experiences, including those of dancer, instructor, file clerk, business owner, real estate salesperson, wife and mother. Her goal in writing is to glorify God and to bless and help people reach their full potential in this life. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, is married with five children and 12 grandchildren.
“Bless this house.” That’s it, just “bless this house?” Is it just me, or is this sentence missing a subject? Who will bless my house? “Give thanks.” “Be thankful.” For what are we supposed to give thanks and be thankful, and to whom? Seriously, every November, these expressions of gratitude and blessing pop up on everything from towels and napkins to wall decor and sweatshirts. They are vague sentiments intended to bring us happiness and comfort, but in their emptiness, they give neither. The freedom to make our own decisions as to whom we want to bless our house, to whom to give thanks, and for what to be thankful leaves us with no certainty or security.
What does it mean to be thankful? To express my thankfulness would require that I write my complete autobiography. My whole life is one of thanksgiving. It’s not that I have always been perfect or done everything right; it is because Jesus redeemed my life from destruction. Even when I was far from Him, He was near to me. I had my plans, but He directed the course of my life. Even the desolation caused by my sins led me to search for Him. My sicknesses led me to Him because there was no other cure. The hurt from my losses led me into His arms for comfort. I am thankful for His mercy. He did not hold me accountable for my many sins because Jesus took my punishment for them upon Himself. I am grateful for His grace which gives me the power to live a life that is holy and acceptable to Him. So, on this November day, I will continue asking God to bless my house and thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for loving me. No matter what happens, even the things I would typically identify as “bad,” I know He will turn around and make them result in good.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV).