Thankful, indeed.

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The last half of this year has been quite the whirlwind. (Hence the lack of blog posts… poor excuse, I know.) As I sat and reflected this morning on what I’m thankful for, (I know the holiday was last week… I’m still thankful!) one of those things was the support and prayer community that I’m fortunate to be a part of online and through social media. You have prayed for and encouraged me through some difficult and joyous occasions this year. You’ve covered me with thoughts and prayers as I sought to honor the King as I communicated His word. You’ve asked about and supported my family. I truly wanted to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

My favorite time to post blogs this year has been on Thankful Thursday (which I’ve fallen way behind on). Because its so easy for me to become consumed with things that I need or desire, it helps me to remember the things that the Lord has provided! To celebrate all that the Lord has done this year (and to make up for lost time) I’d love to share some of the things that I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for the trials, the suffering and the hard situations that we’ve endured as a family. It’s very difficult to believe and remember this, at times, but it’s absolutely a reality. Much of this year has been spent responding and acclimating to the affects certain circumstances have had on us. God’s grace is sufficient for me.

I’m thankful for my bride. My heart is so full when I think of her that it makes me well up with tears. Her courage, transparency and grace is inexplicable. Her love and care is so gentle and comforting to all that know her. Her beauty continues to increase day by day.

I’m thankful for the pending arrival of my first child, a son! I can’t believe that the Lord would allow for me to be a part of the story that will be written for our little boy.

I’m thankful for family and friends that have loved me unconditionally and championed the passions that the Lord has placed in my heart.

I’m thankful for the covering and discipleship I’ve received from the pastors at Living Hope that equips and challenges me continually. I have experienced a “gospel awakening” in so many ways since I’ve moved to Richmond and much of the cultivation of his journey comes at the hands of these guys pointing me to Jesus.

I’m thankful for the amazing opportunities that I’ve had this year to celebrate the gospel and the word of God this year with folks all around the country. I’m overcome with what a great privilege it has been and I refuse to take it for granted.

I’m thankful for provision from the Lord for my family as we seek to serve Him and walk in obedience to His call.

I’m thankful for the reality that I find my identity and purpose in Jesus. It’s not about me, it’s all about Him.

I would love to hear what you’re thankful for this year… It’s always so encouraging to rejoice and reflect with one another.

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