Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I am bound to be overly sentimental...
I love Thanksgiving. I love the season of fall (although I have a disdain for pumpkin spice), I love that this weekend isn't quite as chaotic as the Christmas season, I love that we eat buckets of good food, and most importantly, I love that naps are inevitably expected.
What I REALLY love about Thanksgiving, though, is reflecting back on my life and thinking through everything I'm thankful for. Every year, I take out a blank sheet of paper and reflect on what God has given me. Here are my musings this year:
New Anthem has changed my life, and I love the blessings God has given me through this church.
I'm grateful that I was doing a study on following God's calling when New Anthem Church approached me about a job. I'm thankful that Pastor Landon and the elders saw my natural skills and God-given gifts and desired to put me to use. I'm happy that on the second Sunday I ever visited, several families invited my family to eat lunch at Pizza Hut. I'm blessed that everyone I met that first year at New Anthem greeted me with a smile, and with passion and enthusiasm toward the ministry.
I'm glad that I joined a small group in January, even though it wasn't our "thing." And I'm eternally grateful for the friendships and relationships that are being built in this group as we serve alongside each other and pray for one another.
I'm thankful that it's not just me being involved in our church, but that my husband and my children are all invested in the process and serve God with a drive and passion that was unexpected.
I'm grateful for our leadership team, and for the vision that God has clearly given the elders and staff. I love that the team leaders and small group leaders are driven to serve with excellence and minister to their teams and group members, AFTER they've worked a fulltime professional schedule each week.
I'm grateful for the people that walk through our doors one Sunday and choose to call New Anthem "home" the next. I'm grateful for the hugs, smiles, and conversations that I have on Sunday mornings that motivate me to pursue the next steps of ministry.
Bottom line... God is moving, and I am thankful He chose each of us to join Him on this mission to reach people in Park City. Thank you for being my coworkers, my friends, and my spiritual family. As Paul says in Philippians 1:7, "It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart..."
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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