Colossians 2:7 says this

‘So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him… overflowing with thankfulness.’ (NIV)

Soul61 is a challenging year; it’s meant to stretch us, it’s meant to take us deeper- discovering more about God, more about ourselves, more about our relationships with others. And it has been- I’ve written before about this; looking at what the course is teaching me and how it’s changing me. As well as that though, the course has been amazing fun; making friends, spending time together and just enjoying what we’re doing together.

As I look back over even just the last few weeks I can think of a whole list of things I’m incredibly thankful for. As a course we just had our last break before our final term here which was a really lovely 2 weeks spent at home, and visiting friends. I spent some time catching up with my family, seeing friends from my old school and church, visiting other 61s at their homes, going to the beach, laughing until it hurts about things that aren’t even funny, having fun together, talking seriously with each other, running together, spending time reading, having a lie-in (or 2!)… the list could most definitely go on. The break was great and at numerous points I just reminded myself how much I was loving it! I’ve come back to Watford thanking God for the amazing time I’ve had away and feeling excited about the term ahead!

This awesome sunrise in Durban is pretty high up my list of things to be thankful for!

Definitely part of my excitement about the term ahead is because of all that’s going to happen- at teaching, at placement and in the summer but part of it I think comes from returning to Watford and being so thankful for everything God is doing. Dan spoke about it in his Durban reflections (have a read of his and Jeremy’s here if you haven’t already) about how we should choose daily to be thankful for things in our lives so that from that place of thankfulness we can remember to pray for those we’ve encountered and we can step out and act to make a difference. I can approach this term full of thankfulness for what God has done over the months gone by, and with hopeful expectation about what is left to come in the weeks and months ahead.

Psalm 126:3 ‘The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.’ (NIV) As I look back over the year I can see the truth of this verse in so many areas of my life and through what’s happened whilst on the course, so I look forward to the coming months trying to remember to be thankful daily and do what I can from that place of thankfulness, whether that’s continuing to invest in relationships on the course and in the church, or how I throw myself into my placement work or other things I’m involved in. It’s also from this place that I continue to reflect on what happened in Durban and how my life and my actions reflect what I saw and experienced out there and the way in which God was speaking to me. And it’s from this place that I can live my life more fully in Christ, overflowing with thankfulness.

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