Ten things that I am Thankful for this Thanksgiving (in no particular order):
1: Songwriters that write lyrics that soothe my soul and put into words my wordless prayers (I'm looking at you JJ Heller)
2: The heat from a nephew snuggled close to my side after a hard day of kindergarten
3: The non stop stories and stream of nonsensical words streaming from hyperactive nieces. Because it means they're still talking to me about everything important and unimportant to them.
4: Friends that work hard to stay connected with me even when I go underground and hide out for awhile. The conversations that pick up right where they left off hours, days, weeks, months, years before.
5: Family, a mom and dad that would do anything for me and teach me how to be a good person. A sister that I laugh till I cry and cry till I laugh with; one just a moments drive, a phone call, a beating heart away.
6: A church that practices what it preaches and asks others to do the same.
7: A ministry that I am passionate about, that gets me out of bed most mornings. A ministry that tells people, "I see you, I love you and so does God. You are worth being loved and cared for" each and every week.
8: Hope and faith in a call I'm beginning to listen to and believe is possible. A new determination to take the next step no matter how small or large, no matter how scary each and every day. Even when I don't want to.
9: My lovely home. It's hard and scary and expensive. But it's a lovely home. Owning it has taught me more about myself in 1 year than I learned in 3 years living alone in apartments.
10: Jesus. The Grace I am afforded through Him even and especially when I forget it and get so lost I can't figure out which way is up. "Your love can heal the wreckage of my soul"