Grateful

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends! I’m fighting a little cold that has had me moving more slowly, taking hot baths, and sipping tea more than usual this week, but I’m looking forward to gathering around the table with my family today to celebrate all that we have to be grateful for. Yesterday I got to decorate the church for Christmas for much of the day and then my family cozied up in the evening to watch our annual Thanksgiving-eve movie of choice. The holiday season is upon us and it is so important to remember what truly matters in the midst of all the hustle and bustle.
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The past few months have flipped my world upside down in all the best ways. My days have been full and the months have felt long, filled to the brim with moments that God has used to shape and grow me more than ever. After many months of painful refining, my heart has been stretched and my capacity to love Him and trust Him wholly has grown more than I ever could have foreseen. That in and of itself has filled my heart with gratitude. It has taught me that joy and contentment are not conditional on circumstances, and that God loves to surprise His children with the best gifts. I’ve been learning to listen to His voice and to follow His leading, even when it doesn’t make sense in my limited understanding. I’ve learned that He answers prayers and that He blesses the things that we place in His hands, even when the outcome is different than we’d imagined or planned for. I’ve learned that I am held by Him and that the story He is writing for my life is far better than I could have ever written for myself. In all of this, I have become more steady and passionate and full of life than ever before, and for that I am the most grateful.

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