Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Looking over the past year I can honestly say it has been one of the best of my life. A lot of change has happened and while a lot of it may not have been in my plans, I can honestly say that God has been teaching me so much through all of it. If anything, I am learning of the depths of God’s love for me and the strength that comes with the peace that he gives and the assurance of His faithfulness.

Since it is Thanksgiving, I realize we give thanks this time more than usual, and it is sad that it takes a day to really make you think about all that you have to be thankful for. This should be something we focus on daily, but regardless just want to take a few minutes to reflect on some of things that I am thankful for over this past year in my life.

Supportive Parents who continually bless me and continue to show their love and belief in me, as I am finishing school and traveling all the time.

A church family who never ceases to amaze me. The support, the prayers, and the sweet notes of encouragement, and the endless hugs- It’s amazing to have such a “family” I am blessed.

What a great summer I had. One of the best I’ve ever had- traveling with such a GREAT group of people. They’re family. We may not all be together anymore, but for that season of life, God showed me so many things and taught me about the depths of his love through each of you. This season of my life will be something I never forget. It’s a favorite.

I’ve almost made it through two more semesters of Nursing School. God is showing me daily how I can love people through my future career. What a blessing to love others and care for them in their time of need. What an opportunity.

New Friends – Along with each new season God brings different people into my life and I am thankful for new friendships.

Family- I often take it for granted as our family is not together often, but I had the chance to see some of my distant family and we are meeting up in January, and I am excited for these sweet moments that we won’t always have.

Kairos- A service I attend on Tuesday Nights. I am thankful for this church and for the leadership there. This has truly been an inspiration and a place where God’s presence has been so real to me.

My Health. I take this for granted daily but God has been good to me.

I thank God for doing the impossible in the past year. Certain situations that seemed impossible, He always comes through.

His Grace- While searching my heart and realizing there were areas I needed to “get off the fence” about, God’s forgiveness and Grace have been available to me and I thank him for forgetting about my past when I ask for forgiveness.

Guidance- I thank God for leading me in the past year to make some decisions that I needed to make.

Providing- God has provided for me to be at school and to travel and sing and do what I love.

I am thankful for the chance to be on a stage almost every weekend, to do what I love and to have the opportunity to share what God’s done in my life to people all over the Southeast Region on a weekly basis. This by far has been the best experience of my life and although I don’t have much time left traveling for Trevecca, I will treasure these moments for the rest of my life.

I thank God for some old friendships that have been rekindled in my life. He knows exactly what I need.

I am thankful for all the support of those who love and care about me and for their desire to make me a better person. I am blessed with some amazing people who love me despite my faults and selfishness so many times.

Writing- Over the past year, I have just been impressed to write now more than ever. I feel like God lays things on my heart and on paper is where it comes out best. I have been blessed to be able to write and express all that God is doing in and through me.

Seasons- I never understood the power of the seasons and their distinctness, but God has taught me so much through changes that have happened over this past year. While it may not be everything I thought, the Lord has been with me each step of the way and he has made himself so real to me and I am grateful for his presence.

I really have so many things to be thankful for not only on Thanksgiving, but everyday. I pray that those who are important to me know how I feel about them.

On this Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? Have you thanked God for the life He has given you and the many blessings He pours out daily?

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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