Friday, November 25, 2011

Graduates Express Their Gratitude

On this Thanksgiving week, we wanted to share what some of our Mercy graduates told us they are thankful for:

I am thankful for so much this year. I am thankful that God has brought me to this point in my life and for His never-ending grace. I am thankful for my family and their unwavering support and love. I am also thankful because I was finally able to return to school and graduate with my associate's degree. I am now enrolled in a bachelor’s program studying child welfare. I am thankful for Mercy Ministries, because without Mercy, I would never be where I am today and might not even be alive! -Jennifer

I am thankful for God and the amazing work he has done in my life. I am so thankful that God sent me to Mercy. Mercy helped restore my life and brought me some amazing sisters in Christ. I am also very thankful for my family who stuck by me through everything. God has blessed me so much since leaving Mercy. He has placed me in a Christian work environment with a boss that allows my coworkers and me to give part of our time to help others in need!! I have never loved a job more. God is so amazing. – Kiersten

I am thankful this year for the faithful work of God to open my eyes and heart to be able to see people the way He sees them. I am thankful for my church family and the outpouring of unconditional love I receive from them. I am grateful for the friends in my life. I am grateful that the scar of the word "unwanted" that I carved into my leg four and a half years ago is now unrecognizable and barely visible. I am very grateful for all those who serve in order that I may live in freedom! I've got a lot to be grateful for, and I am extremely grateful that I was able to go through the Mercy program and can now enjoy this life God has blessed me with!!! - Tamara

I'm thankful for FREEDOM! I'm thankful that freedom means I have a choice; I can choose life or death. I'm so thankful that through Jesus, I can choose LIFE! - Jessica

The greatest thing I am thankful for is life. Doctors told me over and over again I wouldn't be alive at this age. What Satan tried to harm me with, God used for good. That's the quote that represents my life now. I am so thankful for Mercy and for God's love through Mercy to completely change my life. I am thankful that I get to wake up in the morning, for the freedom to worship and the opportunity in life to do what I choose and not be a slave to any of the enemy's schemes. I'm so thankful for life! - Jenn

This year I am thankful that I am alive. I am thankful that even in my sin, God still loves, values, cherishes and desires me. I am thankful for the new heart He gave me and is continually transforming to be more like his Son's. I am thankful that His mercies truly are new every morning! - Morgan

I am thankful for friends who love me completely. I am thankful for God's provision in my life, health, family, my car, my cell phone, a job I can go to each week, the Word of God, His presence and my church – Kacy

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to serve on a mission trip in Uganda with a group of Mercy girls. I am also thankful that I was able to spend the last year serving in ministry to be a light in some of the darkest areas I have ever experienced. - Jenelle

How does one give a simple statement about what she is thankful for when she has tasted death and is now living victoriously? How do you express your thankfulness to a God that did not leave you in the very pit of your despair but came into the pit and lovingly helped you out, wrapped you in robes of righteousness and held your hand as He led you into the land of freedom and victory? I will attempt to sum up this past year and give the highlights of my thankfulness.
1. I am thankful for the opportunities that I have had to share my story of freedom and healing with others. I am thankful that the Lord has restored my voice and that I am no longer silent.
2. I am thankful that God has brought new life and renewal to my broken family through the birth of my nieces and nephews.
3. I am thankful for the continued healing that has gone on in my life, and that I have Mercy sisters to remind me.
4. I am thankful that I can laugh again.
5. I am thankful that I am a homeowner! I am now walking and living in victory in the same city that once broke me.
6. I am thankful for every student I see each week and the blessing that I have to be able to speak directly to their pain.
7. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to serve alongside my mercy sisters and staff in Uganda.
8. I am thankful that I am not in control and it is okay. I am thankful that I can trust my Savior with my life.
9. I am thankful for the way God continues to expand my heart and never gives me more than I can bear.
10. Finally, I am thankful that GOD loved me enough to lead me to Mercy, and restore my life and give me life abundant and free!