“Thankful” by Jill Duco-Miller

This is a note that my sister, Jill, wrote just recently. I wish to share it with you, as it talks about the brevity of life, reality, having a grateful heart, and the importance of living according to God’s purpose. I hope it moves your heart, like how it moved mine.

To my dear sister, we love you so much. I’m so glad that you are all well. Everyday, I thank the Lord for His faithfulness and the love He pours out to our family. Indeed, all praises belong to Him and Him alone!


“On the morning of April 2, I was reading on a family life devotional and it said ‘…we should speak our words of love and gratitude to family members when they are alive. No regrets.’ It also reminded me of the verse Romans 13:8 – ‘Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another.’

A few hours after that at around 1:05PM, I had a car accident. I praise the Lord for His protection and just overwhelmed by His goodness. Soon after I got hit, my car got dragged to the side of the feeder where I could have hit a fire hydrant, a post, or a tree. But God protected me and the other driver from that. No one was hurt and I have been pain-free since the accident.

Despite the circumstance, I know that I can trust in God’s plan and hold on to His Truth. I thank Him that He has kept me and the other driver safe, and that He has blessed me with a loving family and husband. That evening Edwin took me to Chick-Fil-A for what he called our “Thank YOU dinner” (that God kept me safe).

Psalm 16:11 has been encouraging – ‘You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.’
I don’t know what will happen to me today, but I know that I have an all-knowing and all-powerful God whom I can trust. And to Him, I am very,very thankful!”

Written by Jill Duco-Miller


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