I love this time of year. Even though holiday shopping sometimes brings out the worst in people, myself included (I mean parking lot stalking should be taken as seriously are regular stalking), it serves as testimony to the giving nature of people. I often wonder how the Lord can love so many people, how He can see good in His creation. I wonder if people are drawn closer to Him at this time of year.
Over the last couple days of "giving thanks", I've found myself reflecting on the Lord's grace and mercy. As I reflect on His glory, I find myself humbled by the miracles he has performed in my life and the lives around me. I am in awe of the little ways He shows himself, and how I often times miss it. My busy life gets in the way, my worries and concerns blind me to His love.
This being said, I just wanted to write about some of the ways the Lord has revealed Himself to me this past year.
-the birth of a beautiful baby boy whose parents were told having children would be nearly impossible
-the transformation of a sister who is seeking to know Him better
-not knowing if there would be money at the end of a month and having it provided in the most unlikely circumstances
-the blessing of a job in a state where it would seem a job would be impossible
-the graciousness of a family who helped make a retreat possible
-the love of two families
-teachers who have helped the teacher
-an amazingly gorgeous fall season
-the opportunity to go to a job everyday that I love
-the wisdom and knowledge of a younger brother
-the laughter shared with a mother
-the encouragement provided by a father
-kisses from my beautiful niece
-a friend who provides hope and love to students who would otherwise go without
-a friend who sticks with an impossible job because she knows she is where the Lord wants her
-the marriage of two wonderful people
-a husband who prayed with me, who loved me, and who provided comfort during hard times (and still continues do these things)
-a husband who doesn't run the other direction when his wife cries over a cheeseburger that was supposed to be a hamburger
"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone, my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken."