20 Thanks in 2020
God has been faithful and gracious in 2020. Recently our Elders sat down to write out 20 things we are thankful in 2020. I hope you will find the encoruagemnet to do the same! Take time to thank God for 2020!
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
- Thankful God has provided work/employment/income for John despite the flu event.
- Thankful Kim’s work has been blessed, successful, valued and rewarded by her employer.
- Thankful Kim’s brother Kevin has found employment. This is huge.
- Thankful Ryan’s work has continued, after coming to the brink of shutdown.
- Thankful Meg & Annie’s respective work has continued and been blessed in many ways.
- Thankful the sale of Kim’s parent’s company was completed and paid off.
- Thankful for good general health in the family, no flu.
- Thankful that in Ryan’s short but severe illness, prayers were answered in a number of unexpected ways.
- Thankful for the constant blessing of Nathan’s preaching at Milwood.
- Thankful for communication technology that allows virtual meetings with church family.
- Thankful for worship at home, with all the family singing.
- Thankful for the worship team at Milwood and the joy of this ministry.
- Thankful for seeing our children following the Lord day by day.
- Thankful to be part of the Elders ministry. This is a huge blessing.
- Thankful for the Men’s Fight Night ministry, very helpful and encouraging.
- Thankful for the Ladies ministry: the tea in January and virtual gathering w/Laura Bowers.
- Thankful for the Ladies block on contentment, so helpful just before the flu epidemic.
- Thankful for Nathan Hurley’s attendance at Lexington Baptist in Corpus.
- Thankful for good reports from Ben’s teachers, and many, many answers to prayer on his behalf.
- Thankful for the blessing of recreational opportunities:, Hunting w/Ben, Port Aransas w/Kim, Cycling w/Nathan L. at Bastrop, John’s backpacking trip in October, Ben’s backpacking with Daniel H. & Chris B.
It’s hard to limit it to just twenty things! Thank the Lord for his abundant kindness!
- Strength and comfort from the Lord when low in spirit.
- The perseverance and spiritual growth of my wife.
- Family devotion times (even though easily distracted and seemingly fruitless).
- The opportunity to preach the word of God week after week.
- The chance to see my brother in Colorado and explore the mountains with my boys.
- Playing golf with my dad through the summer.
- Crisis which revealed weaknesses and sinfulness in me.
- True friends.
- Announcement that my brother and wife are expecting their first child (a girl!).
- The ways our church has persevered, continuing to serve through COVID challenges.
- Hearing the church sing. Every voice counts!
- Chance to camp in the fall and be outside with the family.
- Watching my kids care for other people and their friends.
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
- Thanksgiving turkey and dressing.
- Seeing the unique personalities of my children come out.
- Phone calls and texts from people checking in.
- Church gathering to pray in-person/online.
- Fellow pastors who meet regularly and offer an abundance of wisdom through their freinship.
- Forgiveness from the Lord and others in his name.
- My health and vitality that God has provided through this very challenging year.
- Unity in Christ that we have experienced at Milwood through the changes that we have had imposed upon us due to the virus.
- Opportunities for fellowship that were created to keep us connected and in fellowship with one another this year including the morning devotions and Fight Night.
- God's provision for Milwood throughout the years and especially this year.
- My wife's desire and commitment to serve her friend through her illness.
- My wife's joy in her new puppy.
- Endurance that God has provided to meet obligations at work while being restricted by social distancing in a hands on profession.
- My job in a year when so many have gone wanting for employment.
- Watching my children grow as parents.
- Seeing God work in and through my wife.
- Opportunities to quit not sharing the Gospel.
- Freedom to worship openly, freedom to speak out loud of my faith and my God.
- Time spent with my best friend, my wife.
- My growing connection with my brother.
- My to seldom quiet times when I am in touch with my Savior.
- Time spent enjoying God's creation.
- Conversations with family and friends that come at the most opportune times.
- Opportunities to delight in God's creation; and to know that the care He put into everything He created, He also put into me because He loves me.
- The perseverance of the old saints that I know and have known.
- The way my wife's eyes sparkle when I do something right!
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