I am thankful that I was born into a family who are strong believers. My parents came to Christ before I was born. Their lives were completely transformed by God. Faith has always come easily for me, because it has always been a part of my life. I don't know who or where I would be without the spiritual foundation my parents formed for me.
I cannot imagine my life without my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The freedom, joy, and peace I experience through my relationship with Him is so amazing. I would be a complete and utter dismal mess and failure without God.
I am thankful for my wonderful family, immediate and extended. My grandparents on each side are a supreme example of true love and dedication to their spouses, of hard work, commitment, and good character. My aunts and uncles and cousins constantly cushion me with love and support and camaraderie.
My parents are both the hardest working individuals I know. My dad has always worked hard to support his family. He is constantly repairing things for us, whether it be around the house or on our vehicles. My mom always puts her family first, quick to sacrifice her own wants or needs or desires in order to give us more. My brother Abe is funny and gifted. He is passionate about his beliefs and has the most tender heart of anyone I know. My sister Mandi is the definition of a survivor. She has battled through some crazy circumstances and has kept her head held high when most others would have thrown in the towel. My sister Amber is wise and pure and good. She is the perfect one. :) She is an example to me in every aspect of life. My brother Jack was hilarious and brave and intelligent. He loved his wife with a love more amazing than I have ever witnessed elsewhere. My sis in law Ashley is broken yet strong. She is weathering the loss of her soul mate, her true love. She brought so much happiness into Jack's life, and she continues to bring joy to my family. My niece Laila has influenced me to be a better person. She has so much depth to her character. When you look in her eyes, you can see her past conflicts overcome by her inner strength. My nephew DJ is so intuitive and such an understanding individual. When he was born, he changed our family in such a positive way, as only a first grandchild/nephew/niece can. My nephew Jace is so smart and funny and has all the ingredients to be hugely successful at whatever he chooses to do in life. He has a sensitive and caring heart for others. My nephew Daxon is the wild man who is always guaranteed to make us all laugh. His spirit is unbreakable, which is awesome.
I am thankful for my church family. For Scott and Anna for believing in me always, more than I even believe in myself. For Deidra, who always genuinely wants to listen to what is going on in my life and as a bonus always has great advice for me. For Robert, whose spiritual insight and wisdom he offers freely and humbly. For Vince, who calls me Miss America and makes me laugh. For Kendra, who truly shows her appreciation for me. And for all the other lovely LC staffers who make N-Dub the best place ever! :)
I am so thankful and amazed by my fabulous lifegroup. The faith and love and support and growth demonstrated by this group of people just astounds me and encourages me. You are all such a blessing to me! I will have to do a more in depth post on this in the future!
I am forever thankful for all of the beautiful souls who I am fortunate enough to call my close friends. This also will be a future post, or more likely several posts. There are so many wonderful people who have impacted my life!
Happy Thanksgiving Day!!!