Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving Thanks

As I wake up this morning to my fresh brewed cup of Peet's Holiday blend, I find myself thinking about how fast this year has gone by. How fast my family has grown, and how quickly my daughter has aged into a young girl. I think about all the blessings in my life that I could never have imagined before.

Not very many people know about how I grew up, I don't really share it you know. I am sure many of you have stories that are not so wonderful as well. I feel that all the bad things I endured made me the person I am today.
I grew up in a great church most of my youth, surrounded by family and friends. I absolutely loved this group of people. Almost 10 years of my life was spent with them. Until one day a single person destroyed it with deception. The pastor of our church announced his infidelity to all of us and his wife in a sermon. The church was closed and turned into a gym. It took me a long time to go back to church.

Although my faith has always been there somewhere. I always never really let it shine as much as when I was a young girl. I tried more buildings of faith, other religions even, and one after another my trust was dwindled.
Now I only tell you this to share, maybe you have all been through something similar. Something you have always believed in, now soured by the people around you. I do not really vocalize my faith because for whatever reason I seemed to be ashamed of it. Not for any good reason either. God has a way of reeling you back in. For months now I have felt something in my life much stronger than I did before. I knew it was there but maybe it was because I was ready to hear it again that it came so loud.

I want my daughter to have the same chance I had a a child, maybe she will be dealt a tough road as well, but if I do not give her the chance to experience it then how will I know. Today I am thankful for God showing me that I really do need him in my life, as well as my families life. My holiday season will be spent giving back this year, to thank him for the wealth he has given me.

I wanted to take a minute and thank a few ladies for their unknowing support to help me get to this post and have the courage to accept the love that was right there for me all along.
They don't know how much impact they have truly made upon me.

Thank you Julie and Chrissie


  1. God's amazing and redeeming love never grows old. Thank you for sharing your talents and your journey. You are an inspiration to me. May God continue to guide you and bless you and your family!

  2. Thanks for sharing part of your life with us.
    Like you I do not vocalize my faith and everyday is a new day to be thankful for.
    I agree with Carlisle and you ARE an inspiration to many people.

  3. Thanks you so much for sharing... Happy Thanksgiving! xxoo ag

  4. It is disappointing when when you admire someone and hold them up as examples and then they let you down. You are a wonderful mom and pereson and I can see that you truly have been blessed with a wonderful family and a great talent. You are right, it is the experiences of lif that make us who we are ....Have a wonderful day!!

  5. Oh that made me tear up a little. Hearing that sermon had to be damaging to all of you. I'm so glad you've given your child that chance. :) Thank you for sharing... I'm so sure those words will help so many others.

  6. And...with a gently hand and loving heart...He will bring us to where we need to be to grow up in Him. Thank you for your story and I'm thankful for you and where you are being led right now!

    The Lord bless you...and keep you and your family!

  7. It is hard to share such a personal part of your life, thank you......

  8. Hi Terri
    God sure does work in amazing ways!
    I was so hesitant to post my testimony, but I'm so glad I did.
    God always knows what he's doing!:)
    Many blessings to you.

  9. absolutely thrilled to read your testimony, and am thankful that you were brave enough to share. i've gone through a lot of tough times growing up too, and am only where i am today because of God. He is so good to us, and will wait for us and meet us where we at. Praying blessings to you. :)

    xoxo, Angela


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