Sunday, November 14, 2010

In an attempt to catch up...

I will write about three things I'm thankful for.

First of all for theater. My little sibs were in a play on Friday night (one of the reasons I was not able to write that day) and I was so thankful for the opportunity they had, and so proud of the good job they did. They each played their part beautifully, and I could tell they just had so much fun with it. I know how exhilarating it is to perform on stage, and I'm so glad they love it too. As far as drama for myself goes, I cannot even begin to describe how my drama teachers have affected me. Miss Dar is almost like family now -- we've been taking drama from her for many years. With each year that I know her, my love for her grows. She has blessed our family incredibly, and she inspires me both with her dramatic talents, as well as her abundant love for God and people. Miss Dar has been a wonderful friend to me, and always encourages me.
James, who I have known for less than a year now, has already had an amazing impact on my life. He directed our spring Shakespeare play, and I loved both what he was teaching, and his style of teaching. Now, in his Methods of Acting class, I am loving it more and more with each week. I do believe that his drama class is the only place outside of home where I have allowed myself to freely weep as I told about a life changing event. He is understanding, and pushes us out of our comfort zones without making it seem hard at all. His drama classes are a very bright spot of my week, because it's the time when I am most myself. Somehow, in someway I can't explain, James draws out the me in myself. He's amazing.

The second thing I'm thankful for is writing. Writing is such an awesome tool that God has given us -- He gave us his very words through writing. I am most fulfilled when I am writing, and reading what others have written is one of the things that moves me most. I am enjoying the challenge of writing every day (though unfortunately, the last two days I have failed that challenge) on my blog. Even though my blog posts are generally non-fiction they are very satisfying to write, whether I think it's great writing or not.

And what I'm especially feeling grateful for today is my dear Pastor. He is amazingly wise, passionate, caring, loving and funny. I don't know him in a personal way nearly as well as I should like, but I admire and respect him so much. And even without knowing him very well, I love him dearly. Every time I see him, his face is filled with love -- he seems to never tire of giving more of himself. I am so thankful that God gave me such a loving Pastor. May God bless him abundantly for the ways he has blessed so many.

This day started out with me feeling emotionally and physically tired and worried. Now, although I'm even more physically tired than I was, I'm just feeling very grateful for God's goodness, and emotionally, I'm feeling close to perfect. I'm thankful for God for the little ways where he just gives me an extra reminder of his love, and an extra push from his Spirit. He is so good to me.


  1. I wholeheartedly agree with number three. : )

  2. Yeah. When you get to go to his house for singles it is fun to see him at his house, and see his kids. I love just watching him, talk with him. I love him. He is so...personal. What I love about him, you feel that without actually knowing him very well that you have a very personal relationship with him. I told him last week after our Thanksgiving prayer meeting, I am thankful for my pastor. He responded and told me that, that is what keeps him going. People who appreciate him. Anyway, so, if you feel like it, just say thank you.

  3. I know whatcha mean, EV. I love him so much even though I feel like I don't know him enough to be able to love him that much. And sometimes it seems like either he doesn't need encouragement to keep him going, or I shouldn't because I don't want to puff him up. (haha, I'm having trouble imagining him as full of himself : ). But it is so important to encourage people -- I know how easy it is to get discouraged when you don't get any feedback.