I am reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
, and it is slowly changing my perspectives on what it means to be thankful every day. I have started keeping a list of the gifts I’m thankful for both big and small, so that I can take time to really appreciate them. I plan to share parts of that list with you here on the blog, and hope that you will share some of your gifts with me as well. When I hear things that others are thankful for, it helps me to see even more gifts in my own life. What are gifts? Anything, no matter how small, that blesses your life. I believe that every gift comes from God, and even if you don’t agree you can still appreciate the good things in your life with thanksgiving. I usually make a list of things I’m thankful for during the Thanksgiving holiday with my Young Life, YoungLives, and WyldLife kids every year. Reading this book has made me start to do this daily, instead of waiting for the holiday. I have been so surprised by the joy it has brought me and the increase in contentment with my life.
Here’s a few things on my list this week:
holding hands with my husband while driving, praying, on the couch, anytime
fundraising and friendraising at the Lakewood Young Life Banquet
pumpkin spice lattes
our house full of YL kids and leaders watching the World Series
What are you thankful for this week?
I am so hugely pregnant right now, and the days are quickly dwindling. We have our OB appointment today, and I’m nervous and excited about it. We will get to see our baby for the first time since the 20 week ultrasound, and Jed is worried that we will accidentally find out the gender. I am just stressed about getting everything done at work so that I can do nothing but adjust to motherhood during maternity leave. I’ve made it through the first of my checklist of big events – the last Young Life club. This Friday is the last WyldLife (middle school) event, a giant crud war. Don’t worry, I’m not participating. I’ll just be the MC. Next week is our big YL golf tournament, a couples wedding shower that we are co-hosting, and a quinceanera we’ve been invited to. Yikes. After that, we are good to go. That means of course that the baby will either be a week late or come right before all the big stuff (or right in the middle). The great news is that I’ll be done with week 37 on Saturday, so the baby will be full term with developed lungs and everything. That is such a huge relief.
When do you think our baby will arrive?
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If I could sum up my job for you, and why I do it in ten minutes or less, this would be it. If you have ever wondered about Young Life, check it out. If you are a current or former YL leader, watch it and be encouraged.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus came to give us life, real life, full life, and deliverance from the evil one who wants to destroy us completely. Before I started following Jesus, I tried to fill my life with alcohol, drugs, boys, and drama. Thankfully He grabbed ahold of my heart and I have never been the same. One thing I love the most about my job is that I get to tell kids about Jesus, and how He offers real life. The world wants to capture their hearts with things thatwill leave their lives empty and take away their hope. We want them to know that Jesus can offer them real life. My sweet middle school girls bring so much joy to my life, and I hope to shine Light into theirs. Pictured above are Alison, Hutton, Molly, Lauren, Sophie, and Neali.
Who are you shining your light on?