Skip to main content

Portraits of thanks


I'm thankful for my amazing family.

 I'm thankful for my home.   

I'm thankful for our amazing church!  This is a photo from our Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday night.  The best ever!
I'm thankful for this sweet BFF who never leaves my side.  This is Maxie last night sitting next to me while I updated facebook.  He sits right next to me just like this whenever I work on the computer.  A constant, faithful, sweet friend.   When he wants me to stop typing and give him a little more attention he touches me with his paw and I love on him a little before going back to work.

Thankful for this sweet girl -- our miracle!  Maddie lights our world with love.  Her scar is a reminder to us of where she was and how far she's come, and that God does answer prayer.
 I'm thankful for the street we live on, for the nice sidewalks I walk on every day.

I'm thankful for the sights I see on my walks everyday in our neighborhood.

 I'm thankful that I live near the beach.

 I'm thankful for the beautiful sunrises and sunsets I saw while on my bike this past year.  I'm thankful for friends that rode bikes with me and shared these moments.
I'm thankful for the blessing of leading worship with my family, all the time.  By God's grace I've raised children who will do much greater things than me.
I'm thankful for naps.  Especially the way I take 'em, with the best snuggler ever.


I'm thankful for beautiful mornings in the well fields near my home.  Thankful for friends who shared time with me in the fields.

I'm thankful for a church that prays - with young people who worship and pray and cry out to God with all their might.  This photo was taken between midnight and 1 am, by the way.  Yeah, these folks are hard core for God and that's my baby girl there in the green shirt in front.  :)

I'm grateful for these faces that are most happy to see me walk in the door each day.  

I'm grateful for our table that has welcomed so many friends this past year and holds so many memories of lunches, dinners and late night conversations.

I'm thankful for a man of God who preaches God's word uncompromised!

 Thankful that I'm not the only worship leader in the family anymore.

Thankful to have raised a young man who is passionate about life, the Lord, and music.

Thankful for a daughter who is beautiful inside and out ~ loves the Lord, His church, and is gonna change the world!


 I'm thankful for so many friends and family near and far.  I never selected a photo because it's impossible without leaving someone out.  I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.  You all know who you are.  Thank you for coloring my world so beautifully. You are all loved.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Comments

Grace said…
Happy Thanksgiving, friend! I loved looking at your photos. Great list!!
Anonymous said…
Beautful!

Popular posts from this blog

Relevant Church doing something...

incredibly RELEVANT!

I just heard some news today that really inspired me. A church here in Tampa, Relevant Church is doing a new thing this month called the "30 Days Sex Challenge." (I've never visited the church but Pastor Trinity - our children's pastor - has visited or has met some people from this church and he was very impressed.) Realizing that this is a major element missing from some marriages (the frequency factor) their lead pastor, Paul Wirth, has issued a challenge for all the married couples to have sex for 30 days in a row. At the same time he has issued a challenge for all unmarrieds to completely abstain from sex. Of course we know the Bible says that those who are unmarried should not have sex in the first place but the point is, a lot of unmarried's aren't obeying the Lord's command to abstain and this is just one pastor's way of trying to get them to see that indeed, there is a better way! (God's way!) At the same time, many married couples are no

This Could Have Ruined Everything... (But It Didn't!)

 No one would ever guess what happened to me this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida...so I'm going to tell you. :) As I was preaching at the Fearless Tour at New Hope Assembly of God this weekend,  I got choked up, literally. For probably 2-3 minutes I coughed profusely and greatly struggled. Then I drank some water and kept preaching. Everyone was gracious to give me a few moments to get my bearings. If you were there, you'll remember it! What no one realized at the time was that I swallowed a bug that flew right in while I was preaching! So disgusting! I said nothing because I was at a point in the sermon where I was really connecting and I knew if I said, "I swallowed a bug," everyone would either laugh profusely or be really concerned, or start feeling sorry for me.  And at that point whey wouldn't be thinking about the message anymore, but the fact that I had just swallowed a bug. They would then imagine what it would be like, and feel grossed out which

What Verbal Abuse is Really Like, and Why We Must Care
Guest Post: Terri von Wood

In my speaking travels, I meet the most amazing people. Some are connections that go beyond just a night or a weekend of preac hing. One day on my journey, I met Terri von Wood, and we immediately clicked and have been friends ever since.  Just a reminder that all of our guest bloggers this week are available to chat with you in the comment section here on the blog or on my facebook page where the blog is also published.   *** People who have never suffered through or witnessed abuse (including pastors) often don't know how to help women in abusive situations. Knowledge is power and it is my belief that if the church understood the prevalence of abuse, help would be made available.  First, we must acknowledge that the divorce rate is the same  in the church as in the world.  Second, we must understand that the 50% divorce rate does not include all the women who are abused but stay because they do not know what else to do or do not have anyone to turn to.  If those women we