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A Note From the Editor: November 2015
By Michelle Schonken
Fall is in full swing! Pumpkins, spices, and scarves abound. For some of us, the leaves have just started to fall, and for others, there is already snow on the ground. This crisp time of the year is my favorite, not only because Starbucks is serving Pumpkin Chai Lattes, but because this is the month that we celebrate thankfulness. It is amazing how quickly a bad day can turn around when I’m reminded of all the ways God has blessed me.
Thankfulness, though, certainly isn’t natural for our discontent human nature. Somehow we can get so caught up in the things we want and need, that we become just like the whining and griping Israelites in the Bible.They complained constantly to Moses and God as they traveled through the desert, between Egypt and the Promise Land of Canaan. However, from our bird’s-eye view of their journey, from slavery in Egypt to freedom in Canaan, we can see how God provided for them in each moment of need. Sometimes we need to see our own journeys from that high vantage point too.
That is why I appreciate our holiday of Thanksgiving all the more. It is a time when we are forced to pause and take a little inventory of the good things we have overlooked and taken for granted. Perhaps that includes family, friends, shelter, or food on the table. Even if we can’t see how the provision will be possible, God has perfect timing and is the God of miracles. There have been times in my life when my family didn’t know how we would manage to pay the rent or groceries, but God always provided in the most surprising ways.
God knew that our hearts and souls are lighter, healthier, and feel closer to Him when we carry gratitude in our hearts. That is why Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (NIV).
In this special issue, we will be sharing with you our favorite parts of this season, the different ways that God has worked in peoples’ lives, and just how fortunate we are to be His children. One thing that we, the Marked Ministry team, are extremely thankful for is you. We want to thank you for taking the time to visit our online magazine, leaving comments on the articles, or spreading the word about us on social media. Your support and encouragement in this journey has been amazing. Thank you so much and we hope you enjoy this issue!