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When people come to work at Star of Hope, I think more often than not they are considering all the good work they can help do in the lives of others. More often than not though, it is the employees who come away changed.

I have worked at Star of Hope for a little over a year. During this year, I have grown in my ability to teach an ever-changing class of 26 kids, my storytelling skills have expanded, and I have grown in my teamwork experience. But, I feel, even more important than that is how God has taken this time to slowly mold and shape my heart to be more like his. Using this blog, I hope to share not just the great things the kids do, the hilarious things they say, or to highlight our fabulous volunteers. I also want to share little bits of what seeking after God in the good times and in the bad times looks like.

Take, for instance, the other day after work I had to drive out to Sugar Land to meet with someone. The traffic was horrendous and I was frustrated that I would have to spend the next 30 minutes to an hour (maybe more! I could feel my blood pressure rising…) sitting in my car. So frustrating!

But then I remembered… The last few weeks in class, I’ve had each kid during prayer say something that they are thankful for. Their answers have brought me to tears with their sincerity and honesty. Sometimes they are as simple as, "Thank you for my family." Others were thankful that God has been healing their mom’s eye, or thankful that they are finally safe.

As I sat in my car, I was humbled to consider the many ways I am truly blessed in my life. I really believe that God moved in me to take what was a frustrating situation (traffic!) and place it in his hands. My thoughts turned to thankfulness that I don’t usually have to drive in traffic to go home, that I got to see a friend at the end, and that I have a home to go to.

So my challenge to you, oh faithful blog reader, is to seek out how God might be molding you, changing you, and growing you in your walk. Maybe it’s as simple as giving a little bit of thankfulness and maybe it’s as big as giving what you’ve been holding onto in your life up. I can’t tell you that, but I know that God is faithful. He is good. And he has a plan and a purpose for your life. Are you willing to give it up to him?

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Comments for Thankfulness

Name: Val
Time: Friday, August 10, 2012

Beautifully written, Rachel. Looking forward to more posts!

Name: Rebecca Ehrman
Time: Thursday, August 16, 2012

This is a great blog Rachel! It is truly amazing to think about our own lives and how much we can learn from the kids. They have really taught me to be thankful for what I have and to stop taking advantage of everything and be thankful that God has provided it for me. I'm thankful that by working with them, learning about their experiences and troubles, it has opened my eyes to a whole different world and has opened my heart more to God!

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