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Today, Ncompass had its 4th annual Christmas Festival for the Homeless.  It was an amazing event.  We had over a hundred willing volunteers, a fully donated turkey dinner with all the fixings, 350+ sleeping bags, hoards of clothes and lots of people to be blessed.

It was so cold today.  And even though I had on 5 layers, it was hard to feel my toes and fingers.

When I came home, I immediately jumped in the shower.  And I was hit with the gratitude that I have a warm shower to come home to.

I have been trying to create balance in my life in the area of thankfulness.  I have high dreams and goals to reach toward, but I need to stop more often and be thankful for where I am and what I have.  The goals are important, very important.  But I am recognizing that without having gratitude for what I have been given and been able to do, I will never be satisfied when these goals are reached.  And I want my thankfulness to move beyond “I’m thankful I’m not in their shoes,” but to be thankful that I have the ability to serve, to reach out, to help, to be a light for people.

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What are you thankful for?

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About Katie Matheny

I am a teacher by day, and a wanna-be chef by night. I teach art and Spanish at a small school in Salem, Oregon to a fantastic group of soon-to-be world changers. I've loved cooking since I was a kid, and day dreamed while reading Betty Crocker's giant cookbooks. They were my picture books! I also work with a local non-profit that is doing some amazing things in Haiti. I have an amazing husband who I love to pieces. I love and serve Jesus, my King, and am striving to be a better example of who He is in myself. This is my life, in a few short words every-so-often. I hope you enjoy.

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