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Thankful Thursday



HI! It feels like I have been away for such a long time. But here I am, ready with a whole bunch of things to share with you!

First, I'm thankful for my husband! God has blessed me with such an amazing man. It has been an honor and a privilege to be his bride. I can't believe that we will be celebrating our 11th anniversary this weekend. We've come a long way since 2001. Never in my dreams would I have imagined a life as wonderful as the one that he has helped provide me.

I'm thankful for challenges. Our family verse this year is from Romans 12:11 Never be lazy. Serve the Lord with enthusiasm. (NLT) We have been putting ourselves through some physical challenges thanks to our verse and to my reading of Gary Thomas's Every Body Matters. I want to be able to say yes to what ever the Lord requires of me. Our latest challenge has been to run for 20 minutes. Took us six weeks to work up to it, but we did it. My next challenge is to do 2 miles in those 20 minutes. I think it may take me awhile, but I can do it. My BHAG for 2012 is getting really close.

I'm thankful for my daughter. She has been a real trooper this summer. She has so many new adventures in front of her. I just hope that I don't stand in the way.

I'm thankful for my church. We just completed our 3rd year together. And this is a little odd, but I want to share all the same. When we came to St. Tim's I weighed 296 pounds. I probably weighed more than that. I had suffered from serious depression and had picked up some very poor habits that allowed me to gain about 80 pounds within a year's time. Since we have been here, God has been at work within my life. His faithfulness and encouragement through our church and the people that are the church has helped me to move beyond that number and to a place where I care more about discipline of self than about comfort of emotions. This year, I currently weigh 237. Which means that for the past three years, with the help of God and our church, I have lost almost 60 pounds and I see many more going away in the future. I would never have been able to reach this place with out all of you!

What are you thankful for?

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