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Giving Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for this year. I do each and every year, but especially this year. There are just so many blessings in my life and God must have the glory for them all.

After two years of renting and enduring three moves in this year alone, we are once again homeowners and have a lovely, cozy place to call home.

After three years of self-employment and seeking God's will for our life, we have been abundantly blessed with the amazing opportunity to pastor and do life with a wonderful church family.

I have two really incredible children, who are each little miracles and have amazing gifts and talents. They challenge me every day with my task of raising them in godly character and training them up in the way they should go and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to teach them at home and spend so much quality time with them. They are truly gifts from God!

I could go on and on with my *list* of things that I'm thankful for, but I want to share this little story with you. I hope that it will encourage you somehow.

Recently I had a miracle--I am continually giving thanks for this. My car, a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada, has been my faithful ride since 2004 and I love it. I'm not one for wanting to constantly upgrade on cars, as long as it's working fine I'm good. A couple of weeks ago though, the rear air compressor pump-thingy (which is my shock system) when out. I knew this because the rear end of my car was seriously low-riding. It was one bumpy ride. This had happened once before about 5 years ago, so we knew exactly what the problem was. Well, those things are a tad expensive, especially at Christmastime...if you know what I mean. We explored several options: a rebuilt compressor, a new compressor, conversion to traditional shocks... Everything added up to a lot of money though.

One day we were out grabbing a quick burger for lunch, discussing what our options were and how much it was going to cost. And as we are walking back out to my car, I suddenly noticed something. My car was no longer low-riding, in fact it was normal height! Vince and I couldn't believe it, it seemed so weird that the compressor had suddenly started working again after being out for something like a week and a half. But it had! Our ride was smooth once again!

I have to be honest, I hadn't been praying for my car. I was guilty of just worrying. But Vince had been praying about it. He knew that all of those repairs were not in our budget and didn't know what we should do. So like the godly man he is, he took it to the Master Mechanic.

So it's been over a week later and my car is still up and riding smoothly, the air compressor has been restored! And I have been sharing this with everyone and I just had to share it with you here.

I am so thankful to have a personal relationship with a God who cares about the seemingly small details of my life, who knows my needs and provides for them. He is truly amazing!

On this Thanksgiving Day I pray that you will take the time to stop and thank Him for the gifts you have been given in this life.

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