Sunday, November 27, 2011

SO Thankful

So many things to be thankful for...

1. JESUS. 
He is the one who has given me life when I deserved death. He gives me grace upon grace & love that I don't deserve. He is everything to me, the source of my joy, who I sing about, who I live for, who I absolutely love. He has given me SO much. SO thankful.
I got to skype with them on Thanksgiving. It was great.They sat me down on the table & it was like I was right there with them! I was thinking about them a lot today. We have walked through a lot together. Some really really hard things, but also some really really great things. They have walked through times of me running away from the Lord & they have prayed for me and walked with me through times of obedience that led me to some hard decisions. (like moving 17 hours away to Austin!) They have supported me, provided for me, cheered me on & believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. SO thankful.
3. MY DAD.
He left a legacy that is continuing on and I am forever grateful for the Lord choosing him, bringing him into a relationship with Jesus and then taking him home. His life & death have brought hope to so many people. I miss him like crazy and wish that we could laugh and be goofy together, but there will soon be a day for that! SO thankful. 
I am so blessed by the people I am surrounded by. Who walk through life with me and love me even when I'm crazy and hard to love. People who know me well enough to see when I'm not ok, who know me well enough to know how to make me laugh, who know me well enough to know when I just need some space, who will fight for me when I can't fight, who speak truth to me when I'm believing lies, who will dance & be goofy with me, who cheer me on, who aren't afraid of hurting my feelings when it's truth that needs to be said. I am blessed. SO blessed. I can't imagine doing life alone. SO thankful.
5. MY GUYS. 
These are the guys that I get to do ministry with.  I am absolutely blessed by each one of these guys. I've learned so much from them about leading and about loving people well & music. These are some of the most talented musicians/worship leaders that I know. I'm so thankful that I get to sing and make music with these guys. I'm beyond thankful.  Chris, Aaron, Justin & Todd are married with kids. It has been so great learning from them about marriage and family life, I have gotten to know their wives & they are absolutely amazing. & then there is can refer back to the laughing song. SO thankful.
I can't even begin to explain how thankful I am for my church (the Austin Stone). Where I have grown and have been challenged in ways that I didn't even know were possible. Truth is spoken here in a way that is completely led by the Holy Spirit. Worship is being led in a way that is completely from the Holy Spirit. There is a heart that reaches outside of the walls of our church to the city, to the nation and to the world that is so beautiful. I am blessed beyond blessed to be a part of this church and to lead worship every Sunday. God is being glorified, lives are being changed and it's so beautiful. SO thankful.

1 comment:

  1. You have no idea the impact you are having on certain individuals. You will probably never know, in this life. Much like your Dad, the impact on others he made during his own life. You are doing a great job of Living Life, Emily. Exactly the way God wants you to... during the peaks & valleys you are seeking God's face & keeping your eyes on the prize. It shows & you are TRULY blessed. God Bless.