THANK YOU

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wishing_you_god's-123002Being thankful is something we should practice every day of the year. Many of us do but it’s on this day that we typically begin to reflect on the past year and thank God for His many blessings. I believe, no matter what your year has looked like, even if it’s been the most terrible year of your life, you can find something to be thankful for.

I want to take a moment and thank all of you who support my ministry through reading my daily posts, sharing them with others, and writing to me and sharing how they have ministered to you. For those of you who don’t know me this isn’t something that I do on a full time basis, someday I hope to. I work a regular, 50 hour per week, job and I write in the evenings and on weekends so that I can send these posts out each day. This isn’t a ministry that receives any type of money or offering from anyone, nor do I ask for any. My wife and I were in full time ministry before moving from Maine to Georgia and our prayer is to be back in full time ministry again. Until then, we continue to thank God for His many blessings.

A year ago this ministry had only 150 followers on Facebook. Today, I have over 1400 and my posts reach 800-1000 people per day. I am thankful for ministries such as For God’s Glory Alone Ministries, The Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and Identity Network. These ministries have given my writing a chance and post them on their sites as well and really have been the key to many finding my ministry and causing it to grow and reach more people.

I’m thankful for a loving supportive wife. I do the writing, she’s the one who gets the writings scheduled to be posted each day and sent out in email. She’s the one who sends them to these other ministries I mentioned to have posted on their sites. She has been the key to opening doors with other ministries, I couldn’t do this without her. I’ve always said, I just write a bunch of words on paper, she makes it look good.

I’m thankful for my children who have joined us in this transition. It’s not easy when you move children away from a place they’ve always known and friends they’ve always had but they have been patient and cooperative throughout this time.

I’m thankful for my entire family, on both my wife’s side and my side who have been supportive of us in ministry. I’m thankful for parents who raised me in the ways of The Lord and taught me to be a man of character and integrity.

I’m thankful for our Pastors in Maine who believed in us and saw something in us when we didn’t see it. They pushed us to pursue our callings and were the key to us stepping into ministry when we thought we wanted nothing to do with it.

I could go on and on forever. Has this year been the easiest? No, it’s had its challenges as life does but as I reflect all I can say is Thank you Lord for your faithfulness. I encourage you to reflect today on what God has done for you and, again, thank you all for your support.

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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