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Thank You, Lord…

Thank you, Lord…

-That through my trusting in you, you have given me the strength to achieve my dreams and live my life more honestly, openly, and fully, than I ever could before.

-That in you, you have given me the freedom to be myself, in a way I never could before. You have given me the courage to open up and love myself and people more.

-For making impossibly hard times possible. Sometimes, you really do make life more complicated but it’s always worthwhile. You make situations that seem to have no right answer more easy to deal with, you make a way out of no way.

-For being the friend that was always there in ways no one else could be. When I feel alienated and alone, I know you are always near and love me very much.

-For simply loving me. Your gracious acts of love have lifted me up and pushed me to act, loving others the way you have loved me.

-For Jesus Christ. For blessing me. For your mercy when I’ve made mistakes. For never giving up on me. For forgiving my worst mistakes because I have learned to forgive others. For fighting for me. For fighting with me. For the Bible. For my family. For my friends. For Anderson University. For my job. For my good grades. For my talents. For a funny Hermeneutics class thanks to Eric Coonce and Dr. Neal. For a interesting music theory class thanks to Elizabeth Graham. For a not-totally-boring Western Civ class thanks to Kim Starnes. For music like Korn and Flyleaf and Breaking Benjamin. For being just plain amazing.

I get frustrated with you but you are still my everything. This is a race and I will come out on the other side victorious, ripping through the tape line at heaven’s entrance.

Thank you for any and absolutely everything.
I love you.

Happy Thanksgiving! What Are You Thankful For?

I am thankful for each breath I take, each move I make. I am thankful that Jesus loves me despite my flaws, despite when I am furious with him. I am thankful for friends when I am lonely. I am thankful for my mom and dad and sister and brother. I am thankful that Jesus lived and died for me.

I am thankful that every time I cry, soon afterward, I always find a reason to smile. I am thankful for my magnificent strength in Christ- like Paul! lol Thankful for my flaws, in that I can grow from them. I am thankful for living in America, where I could be some starving kid elsewhere.

Thankful that I have grace in hard times, thankful for having Christ’s humility in me, in a world surrounded by arrogance. Thankful for peace and freedom and love and joy. I am thankful for growing closer to God. Thankful that he is closer and closer to me all the time, how he refuses to let me go, even when I push him away.

I am thankful for life. Thankful for the roof over my head, the food in my belly. Thankful for my talents, thankful to know I am getting into heaven when I die. I am thankful for finding a wonderful church and wonderful job.

Yeah, I am in emotional pain all the time, but I am growing from it. Life isn’t perfect, but goodness, the circumstances could be so much worse. What are you thankful for? We often take things for granted: living where we live, having what we have, knowing who we know. But we should all be thankful for something.

The bible says:

“Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-20

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

“The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: ‘He is good; his love endures forever.’ Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud,” 2 Chronicles 5:13

Comment on what you are thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!