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Thursday, June 27, 2013

a day of gratefulness

During the aftermath of the violent tornado that destroyed a good portion of our city, Jeremy and I had our last Sunday at our home church.  It snuck up on us, and came quicker than we had anticipated.  Everyone was distracted by the week's tragic events, and we had little time to reflect on our time there. I'm just now getting around to this post because life is been one crazy thing after another. But now I'm thankful that life has slowed down just a little, and I can look back on the good times I had at Graceway Baptist Church. 

I first came to this church when I was 5 years old... that's almost 17 years ago... a long time. I grew up at this church quite literally. Many of my days were spent inside that funny looking building in the picture above. The majority of my memories are somehow connected with this church.  I met some of my best friends at this church.  I went to countless vacation bible schools, children's camps, youth camps, and mission trips with Graceway.  I was saved and baptized there, and learned so many foundational truths that will guide me through the rest of my life. I met my husband through a church trip, and later married him at this church. Graceway will forever and always be apart of me.  I am so thankful for this place, and grateful for the many people there who helped raise me.  I'm thankful for parents who placed me in a church where I heard the truth every time I was there. I'm thankful my brother and sister and I have such wonderful memories together at this church.  I'm thankful for the friendships that I made at a young age that are still with me today. I'm thankful that this church and the truth taught there assisted my husband in surrendering his life to the Lord, and being baptized there as well.  I'm just thankful. God is so good!

I am flooded with countless memories and good times as I write this. Jeremy and I are so thankful for Graceway, and will always hold the people there in our hearts and in our prayers. We are excited to see where God takes us next, and anticipate it to be an awesome ride! We know the people of Graceway will be faithful to pray for us, and we are forever grateful for that. We will be back often to visit, and will take the truths taught to us to advance the kingdom of Christ for His glory! 

We love you, Graceway!

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