Feliz Dia de Gracias

Thanksgiving is in full swing here at the White house. Today we did the bulk of the cooking so that tomorrow we can relax and enjoy the day. I cooked turkey and pork roast in the rain on the grill. It was AWESOME! I love to grill, and cooking on a charcoal grill in the rain presents a challenge…you have to get the lid off, check the food, add the coals and shut the lid before the rain extinguishes the heat. I get an adrenaline rush just thinking about it. I’m a goober. I admit it openly to all who ask.

The family converges tomorrow afternoon. My aunt is not traveling from MA, so that will take a bit of the tension out of the air. I plan on having an amazing day and loving my family…for their idiosyncrasies, for their odd opinions, for their originality. If it gets too difficult, I’m going to plug my mp3 player into my head and be reminded that patience is a fruit of the Spirit, and that I have to show that fruit to my family.

I’m thankful that I am where I am today. God has brought me so far. At times I have to remember how far He’s brought me. I tend to look at where I have to go.

I’m thankful for the friends and family that have stuck by my side through the good times and the terrible times.

I’m thankful that God is breaking an addiction that I have had since fifth grade.

I’m thankful that God has chosen The Sanctuary to be my home church for this time. I love this place. I appreciate my pastors pushing through my doubt and anxiety. I appreciate that they see in me what I’ve known was there. I appreciate that I am allowed to be me, not a round peg in a square hole.

I’m thankful that God is who He says He is in the Bible…He’s proving Himself day after day after day. I can’t imagine where I’d be without Him.

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