Overwhelmed with Thankfulness
Sometimes words are simply not enough
It's that time of year when we hear a lot about being thankful. Facebook statuses reflect commitments to focus daily on all we have to praise God for and everyone talks about our need to express thanks in all things. I love this focus and pray that it becomes a habit not just for the month of November, but for each of us in our lives every single day.
God showers us with so many blessings that we easily overlook in the chaos of life, and, as much as I love beauty, I am very guilty of missing it for focusing on all the gray, dull, cold that surrounds me.
This past week I received the huge blessing of a vacation with a family that has taken me in as one of their own and had some down time to reflect on all that God is doing and has done this year. I was greeted every morning with sunrises of various hues, but all just as beautiful and unique as the one pictured above.
This year has been beautiful and unique as well. There have been a lot of days that made me want to jump on Expedia and find my way home to North Carolina, but there have also been countless moments that I have realized just how precious Ukraine is how I honestly cannot imagine life in any other place.
I am thankful for many reasons this year. I am thankful for a family that loves and supports me in all this craziness. I am thankful for spiritual parents, brothers and sisters all over the world that make life away from home not so lonely. I am thankful for the students I see each week who thirst for truth and desire to become who they were created to be.
And I am thankful for each of you who have stood by me the last several years as I have stepped out to follow what I sense to be God's call. You have no idea the impact that your words of encouragement, prayers, financial support and random boxes of goodies have had in my life and in the lives of those here in Ukraine. Thank you for helping be the hands and feet of Christ in this nation.