Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving! Since moving to the mountains our family has created a new tradition. We serve at the local Mission Center on Thanksgiving morning. Our kids are at the age where they can easily take life for granted. Seeing the meals handed out along with bags of groceries to sustain people for the weekend is always a mix of emotions. Joy in the helping, our hearts aching that more can’t be done to foster change. Thanksgiving is always a time of reflection of what we truly have to be thankful for. Narrowing down five for Mrs. Disciple’s #FridayFive was a great way to reflect on all this year has brought our family.
1- God’s sustaining of our family. My health, Ordell’s job, our kids’ transitions...it has been QUITE a few years of emotional and physical challenges. Through all of it God has sustained our family unit, protecting us and drawing us closer to each other and Him.
2- God’s provision. Our move occurred before the sale of our house and although we have renters it always seems there is a new issue. A roof leak, raised taxes, an unethical property manager. Through it all we’ve managed to pay all the bills each month, purchase a new car, and pay off debt. Random jobs, inheritance, and gifts have come at crazy times in overwhelming amounts. God’s provision of us this year has been a loud and clear reminder that He always sees our needs.
3- Our move. It might seem crazy to be thankful for a move that I just said has added stress to our lives, but with all that stress it has also brought healing, growth and a new beginning. The opportunities our family can take advantage of in our current town are overwhelming at times. It’s been so amazing to show our boys just a little more clearly how big our world is.
4- A warm November. I know we’ll likely pay for it, but having the sun out and weather in the 60’s or warmer for the majority of November has been an awesome gift! Our life in the mountains can be unpredictable weather wise with snow as early as Halloween for some years. We got through the football season without shoveling the field this year and that is definitely something to be thankful for!
5- A church home. It’s been close to a year since we finally found a church home. I’m so thankful for God putting people in my life who could invite me to Lifeline and for the welcome we received while there. It is a privilege to go to a church where you are stretched and challenged and also invited into deep worship of God! I had just about lost hope we would find such a place here…but again, God provided!