Monday, November 12, 2012

catching up on giving thanks: the big, the small .. and more

 
something big:  my church.
 
I am so thankful for my "something big", my church.  I never thought I'd attend a mega church.  I grew up mostly unchurched and then, at the age of 15, joined a small local church near my parents' home.  I eventually ended up attending much larger churches through the years, but the thought of attending one of the largest, fastest growing churches in the nation was unsettling to me at first.  I was skeptical about the authenticity of such a large crowd.  And yet, in my everyday life, I kept meeting people who would tell me about this church that I just "had" to visit.  And they all said the exact same thing: "you can just feel the presence of God in that place".  Eventually, I yielded to the curiosity of this repetitive description and attended a service late in the summer of 2009.  And they were right.  It is a local church that believes in its mission as the hope of the world - and its seats are filled with people who simply love God and love people.  I could not begin to do justice with words about what this church has come to mean to me or the millions of other lives that are being touched all around the world through this one local church.  I am humbled to be a part of this church that has, to date, planted 295 churches across America alone.  You can read more about the legacy that I am humbled to be a part of here:  http://www.churchofthehighlands.com/legacy/.
 
 
 
something small:  scripture ring
 
This is my current "life" verse for this season of my life.  I keep it written on scraps of paper.  One day I wrote it on my wrist and a few days after that, I stumbled on this ring in a store.  A daily reminder for me to remain "joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:2).    
 

 
an ability and something natural:
 
I'm thankful for the ability to photograph the natural beauty that I see around me.  To see the glory of God in His creation, whether I'm traveling to a foreign land or out into my own backyard. 
 
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." - Romans 1:20  
 

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