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A blog of thanksgiving

If you didn't already know: Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! I think Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Not just for all of the yummy food (which is a definite bonus) or because of the hours of football on TV (which I thoroughly enjoy). No, I love Thanksgiving because it's a holiday intentionally set aside for thinking about the many blessings God has given us. So, this blog is dedicated to giving thanks and being truly grateful.

1. I am thankful that I haven't had any health set backs that have affected my school work since being in college. By the grace of God alone, I am still maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I know it's not the end of the world if my GPA fell a little bit, and no matter what happens these last two semesters, I am grateful for my academic success and give all the credit and glory to God.

2. I am thankful for my friends and family both here at Baylor and around the world. I know that God has used the people who have crossed my path to mold me and shape me, and I wouldn't be the same without all those people. I am grateful that my family has taught me Truth from a very early age and that they encourage me and challenge me constantly. I'm thankful for my church family who are a source of support and love for me.

3. Praise the Lord for sports! I know I'm not very good at actually playing sports, but boy do I enjoy watching football and basketball. I'm thankful that leisure time is not a bad thing and that athletic events pump me up so much. I'm thankful for coaches (like my dad) who invest in players and work to fine tune both their athletic ability and their character. I'm thankful for friends who love watching sports as much as I do and who will go crazy with me while we cheer on our teams.

4. I'm thankful for music. Music has a way of speaking to the soul that is incredibly unique. I'm thankful that I can sit down and listen to a range of music and a variety of artists at the click of a button.

5. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be in leadership positions. I know God has given me leadership abilities, and I'm grateful for the chance to refine these abilities so that I can become a better leader. I'm grateful for the challenges that come with being a leader and for the many lessons I've learned in the past year about the differences between leading well and leading decently.

6. I'm thankful that I enjoy cooking. I'm grateful that I have the money to buy groceries and the appliances to use while cooking. I love trying out new recipes and spending time in the kitchen.

7. I'm thankful that I have a twin sister. For as different as we are and as many times as we've butted heads over (almost) 22 years of living, I wouldn't trade her for ANYTHING. I can't imagine not being a twin and not living life alongside her.

8. I'm thankful that God is faithful. He has been faithful to lead me to Baylor and to bring me to speech pathology, and He will continue to be faithful. Even in times of waiting, I know I can always trust in God's faithfulness to unfold His plan for my life in due time.

9. I'm thankful for the scholarships that I received so that I could attend Baylor without financial worry. Many of my scholarships are through cystic fibrosis organizations, and I am blown away by how God has provided for my education.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I am BLESSED and GRATEFUL for everything in my life--God is good!

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