there are so many things to be thankful for this year, so i won't spend a whole post writing out all of the things i'm thankful for, and instead i'll write about two things that have had a large impact on my life this year.
first, and foremost (and however tacky, cliché, or cheesy it is...), is God. He has been so faithful. He picks me up countless times every day, tells me that when the world brings me down, He is there. He loves and cherishes me even when i cannot do that for myself. His grace is sufficient, and His power is evident. His redemption is all around me, every day, and His love never fails. He is a good good father.
second is my family. more specifically my church family. as i have mentioned before, i have switched churches. this, combined with the above, has played such a pivotal role in my life. i can, and will, honestly say that through my church, God has turned my life completely around, and i could not be more thankful for this change. the community of my church has helped me in so many ways, and i've already made so many dear friends since going there. it's so easy to see how everything leading up to this has been a God thing. He let me make my own decisions, and when they didn't work out, He said "now this is what i have for you, come and see how good it is", so in desperation, i did, and it is clear to me that this is so much better than everything i could have made for myself.
this morning i went to my church's thanksgiving service, and i was blown away by it. the worship was so, so good, i love to praise Jesus, and then two close friends, who are Syrians, shared their God story. i cried, i couldn't help it. i didn't know everything they'd been through and the challenges they had faced. after the service i was able to talk with friends. maybe a few passing words, a greeting of 'happy thanksgiving!', meeting new people for the first time, and also talking with people who i want to get to know better. God is using all of this, these stories, this worship, this church, this community, in so many huge ways, and i'm so glad i get to be a part of that unfolding.
today, my heart is so full. i am so thankful for where i am right now. He is good, all the time, and His plan is so exciting for me to see. i only wish that you all had as glorious of a day as i did. happy thanksgiving to all!