“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
This Thanksgiving I find myself in a very reflective mood. This morning I spent time thinking about the journey I have been on and thanking God for the life He has blessed me with. It has not been an easy hike, but one whose path has been filled with experiences I would not trade for anything.
20 years ago, God gave me a second chance at life. I thank Him for Dr. Merchant and Dr. Hemmer who kept fighting for my life when I could not.
I thank God for Remuda, for the new reason for living I found and the determination gained there.
I thank God for my Billings Good Shepherd church family. There, in their presence I came to truly know God’s grace, abiding love, and steadying guidance. Not just through the Word as preached but through the deep friendships I formed with those who gathered there with me. It was there that I realized that God truly had a purpose for me. Through their confidence in me, I realized I could lead. Through their acts of love and acceptance, I found a place of welcome and peace.
I thank God, for every smile that has greeted me and warmed my heart.
I thank God for friendships that cross the miles, for friends that have walked this journey with me, sometimes walking beside me and lending an empathetic ear, sometimes walking behind me pushing me forward through my doubts and fears, sometimes walking in front of me and inspiring me to keep going and growing.
I thank God for new friends in new places, that bring shared joys, fresh perspectives, common conundrums, and a sense of belonging that cures a homesick heart.
I thank God for the wonderful gift of music he has flavored my life with. A gift that provides solace and joy to my weary and wild heart.
I thank God for his majestic mountains, where I find tranquility and know no boundaries.
I thank God for my new Flathead family, who has welcomed me as one their own and made me strive to be as generous, gracious, and intelligent as they are!
I thank God for my family back home, who has loved me through it all.
I thank God for the opportunity to live, to live fully and to share my life with the amazing, inspiring, humbling, and hilarious people I have come to know and love along the way.
I thank God for giving me the determination to live 20 years ago, the strength to start living vitally 8 years ago, and the courage to truly embrace life with abandon 3 years ago.
I thank God for the gift of Love.
I thank God, for every tomorrow, for the opportunity to start anew each day and keep trying to be the woman He created me to be.
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. The will walk and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31