Giving Thanks

'Tis the night before Thanksgiving, and with a bottle of beer by me, and the Christmas tree all decked out downstairs, I am suddenly reminded of this dusty blog that I own.

Reading the last post I had written back in 2014 when I first came back to Lincoln to begin my graduate career, I am simply amazed by all that God has done and brought me through. A lot can happen in two months, so imagine how much more took place these past two years.

Words escape me as I try to describe the many seasons God has carried me into and out of. Still, I must try.

My first year of graduate school was filled with many dramatic moments, as far as I can recall. I was quickly placed in a role of spiritual leadership and stepped down just as quickly when the weight of my life became too heavy to carry. I made an urgent trip back home when, in just one week, my grandmother had heart failure, my uncle got diagnosed with cancer, and my dad was scheduled for a heart surgery. I started developing a desire for marriage and at the same time struggled to collect my messy feelings for a friend and brother. I moved into a rented house and shared a room with another person for the first time in my life. I started baking scones.

My second year of graduate school was filled with less dramatic moments, but dramatic nonetheless. I graduated and, after three job interviews, received all three job offers. I had the utmost pleasure of having my parents visit Lincoln for the first time since God planted me here in 2010. I ran a red light while vacationing with my parents and got into my first car accident in the US of A. I wrote my first research paper in my role as a statistical research specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education. I had my first work travel to Chicago for a software conference. I started wearing spectacles, jewelry, perfume, and lipstick (gasp!), not necessarily in that order.

There is no life I'd rather live apart from life with my Jesus. I am thankful for a job I thoroughly enjoy, kind co-workers and bosses, the international student ministry God has called me to, my household, my church, my family, my friends who have become like family, my driver's license, the cozy penguin flannel pajamas I am currently donning...but I am most thankful for my Jesus who is infinitely better than all these things. May He give me grace to still declare this long after my youth and strength are gone.

There are many mornings when I wake up and cannot believe that God has given me this portion. And yet, He has. I praise Him with all of my being, and cannot wait to worship Him face-to-face with all of Heaven. It is a day to come soon.

"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." -Colossians 2:15