Little Miracles

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Thankful

While Thanksgiving Day and week is a time we set aside to be thankful, we should do it all year long, every single day.  I am challenging myself to be more thankful on a regular basis and would therefore like to share with you things that I am thankful for here in the land of Fort Worth.

  •   God gives salvation and purpose.  God has filled me with talents and skill and passions and allows me to use them for Him so I can have a deeper relationship with Him.  And this is even after He died for my sins and offered me salvation which is much more than I could ever deserve!  How great of a God we serve!
  • Ben.  I am thankful that God has blessed me with a friend and helpmate through Ben and I’m thankful for the work I can see Him doing in our marriage. Ben is the person that can come alongside me to help me figure life out.  He’s someone I can cry with, laugh with, be angry at and still know that we love each other.
  • Mom and Dad.  God gave me great parents who can now be my friends as well.  They have set forth godly and loving examples of how to live life, how to be a good spouse, and how to be a good parent.  I would not be who I am today without them and their love and I’m so glad that God providentially put us together.
  • Christian.  God blessed me with so much more than a sibling when He brought goofy into our family.  He blessed me with a friend that was there to cheer me on, comfort me, laugh with me, and at times just wonder at my craziness.  And though at first I wanted to “take him back where he came from”, I wouldn’t trade him for anything and can’t believe how blessed my life has been and is because of him.
  • Haley.  I am so thankful that my brother has found someone that is so complementary to him, that treats him well, and that is a joy for us to all be around and spend time with.
  • Shae Lee.  My dear best friend that will always be there.  Though I miss her dearly and would love to see her, I am thankful that her friendship is one that can last no matter the distance.  She was and always will be a God sent blessing in my life.
  • Katie.  I am so thankful that God has blessed me with a like-minded friend here that I can laugh with and talk with for hours.  Getting to know her is fun and I already cherish the serious conversations that have been sandwiched by laughs.
  • Jobs. I am thankful that I have a full time job that God provided for me and am thankful that Ben has an internship at FBC Keller.  I am thankful for the great people I work with and for the great people we are meeting and getting to know at Keller.
  • Home.  I love our apartment and am so thankful that God provided us with an affordable place to live that we were able to turn into a place we love to come home to at the end of the day!
  • Technology.  I am so glad that I have ways to talk with people that live far away.  Without technology, I wouldn’t be able to talk with my family, or see their faces on skype.  I wouldn’t get to talk with Shae and share life as easily with her.  I wouldn’t get to email Bekah and Hayden several times a week and I wouldn’t get to talk with their families. 
  • Rain.  It has been raining a decent amount here lately and I’m glad God has provided it for us and everyone else who lives here.

What are you thankful for today?

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My favorite places

I am no world class traveler and I honestly haven’t been very many places in my life, but nonetheless, I am going to share with you my favorite 5 places I’veImage been.

1.       Pallisa, Uganda

I’m sure the fact that this one made it on the list doesn’t shock anyone.  Uganda is an absolutely beautiful country with lots of pretty views of Lake Victoria, flowers, and vegetation.  These facts add to my love for this place, but it’s the people that live there that make this my absolute favorite place I’ve been.  They are happy, they are loving, they are inviting, and all in all, the people I met in Uganda are just amazing!

2.       Greensboro, North Carolina

Greensboro is my favorite city that I’ve been to in the United States so far.  It’s a big city and there are lots of things to do.  There are several different places to go shopping that I was able to get to in less than 10 minutes from my college apartment.  There were lots of food options if you wanted to go out to eat.  But on the same hand, it doesn’t feel like a real big city and traffic doesn’t make life difficult most of the time. It is well placed within the state, being only a little over an hour from Raleigh about 2 hours from reaching mountains.

3.       Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a wonderfully and beautifully historic city.  The city has done a great job of keeping the cobblestone roads and the pretty, old houses and churches downtown in fairly good shape.  I’m not usually a big beach person.  I like to get out on the beach a bit but if given the option; I would rather retreat back to the mountains and go to a lake.  I wasn’t so sure about Charleston when Ben suggested for our honeymoon.  But boy am I glad I didn’t protest!  We stayed on the Isle of Palms and had the best of both worlds.  We went out on the beach a bit and we got to go walk around downtown Charleston quite a bit, which I absolutely loved!

4.       Weaverville, North CarolinaImage

Okay, so I may be just a bit biased seeing as how this is where I was born and raised, but the mountains are beautiful, ‘nuff said.  I have been excited to see the mountains come into view as you drive to Weaverville on 40 countless times.  They’re beauty is a reminder of how great, powerful, and beautiful our God is!  Not to mention, that city holds quite a few fond memories for me.

5.       Watauga Lake, Tennessee

To be honest, I was disappointed when my family switched to going to Watauga Lake instead of Lake James.  We had gone to Lake James for a long time and I had decided for that reason it was the best.  But after giving Watauga a chance, it’s beautiful.  It sits surrounded by mountains and the water is always nice and cool.  I love being on the lake and have decided that it’s beauty and lack of being super busy at all times have made it my favorite. That brings it in at number five on my list! 

I’m hoping to add some places in Texas to my list after we have been here a little longer and have had chances to explore areas here more.

What about you?  What is your favorite place you’ve been to?

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