When I say Thanksgiving I think of the holiday of course, but this week I am focusing on something different. I am thinking of the word as two separate topics. First Thanks, I have so much to be thankful for. A wonderful family, that is supportive of each other, cherishes their time together and loves one another. I have wonderful parents who are Godly, supportive, caring and dedicated to being the best parents they can be. I have two brothers, a sister-in-law and a nephew who are amazing. I have a brother away at college, who has had to face the challenges of growing up this year. It is great to see him turn to my parents for guidance and assistance as he makes these changes to becoming an independent man. I have another brother, who has made a huge commitment this past year and joined the US Air Force. What an amazing amount of strength and faith that must take. He and is family are going to be leaving for Korea in the Spring for a 2-3 year station. This past month I received the greatest gift God could have given me, I started a family of my own. Bill and I got married after 6 years of being together. I have seen amazing changes in our relationship, as we grow closer to each other, as we focus on Christ and grow closer to Him. I have wonderful friends that I love and cherish. Thank you God for all of these wonderful people in my life. I am thankful for the freedom I have to worship my God any time I choose. I am thankful for the job, and the shelter He has provided me with.
The second thing I have been trying to focus on is giving. Something that I don't do as much as I would like to. Bill and I have recently had a few days off and have gone to the Midland Soup Kitchen to help serve lunch. I wish that this was something that we could commit more fully to. Not only is this organization providing food, temporary shelter, and clothing to anyone who needs it. They are offering the biggest gift of all, Christ. Every meal begins with a salvation message, that is about as down and dirty as it can get. There is no sugar coating this message, and it appears that people are being attentive. What a great ministry! Remember this holiday season all of the people less fortunate than you are, if you don't have the time to give, spend the money. Salvation Army has their Dress A Live Doll campaign going on, the Soup Kitchen needs, blankets and work gloves to provide their families with. Greater Ideal Baptist Church has the need for food baskets that will be distributed to families in need during their Miracle on Tyler Street.
Get involved, think of all the things you are thankful for and what you can do for someone else.