With Gratitude

Sometimes it is easier to focus on the things I don’t have. But I’ve found that’s no way to live.

Instead I want to be someone who constantly feels blessed. Because in all reality I have everything I need, and more. So in honor of the season of Thanksgiving, I have decided to publicly express my gratitude this week on my blog for some of my many blessings.

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I am thankful for  CrossPoint Community Church .

I went through a phase when I wasn’t sure about the importance of church. I have said stupid things like, “I am a spiritual person, I’m just not super religious.” I truly believed I could just do my thing with God and I didn’t need to be “plugged in” to a religious body. But honestly after a few years of that kind of thinking, I discovered I wasn’t really even doing “my thing with God.” I was really doing my thing with me. And when I did find myself back in church, I couldn’t get past the vast distance between me and God. I wasn’t adequate. All I could see was sin, my sin.

And then I discovered CrossPoint Church.

A church where people live out the founders’ original vision. A church where people are radically devoted to Christ. A church where people are irrevocably committed to one another. A church place where people are relentlessly dedicated to reaching the unchurched.

A church where believers are stretched to live faithfully. A church where religious lies are questioned. A church where people are striving to “be the church.” A church where character is valued above comfort. A church where pastors are not perfect and don’t claim to be. A church where lives are changing. A church where I am changing.

I have been abundantly blessed by CrossPoint Church.

Thank you to EVERYONE (Pete, Jenni, campus pastors, staff, elders, board members, volunteers and attendees) who make it so extraordinary.

What is one thing you are thankful for today?

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dog Molly, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • http://brandiandboys.wordpress.com brandiandboys

    thankful that i met you at cross point! :)

    i've been around since cross point was just a concept… and i continue to feel incredibly thanksful every single day. we're blessed to serve in such a special place.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      Thankful for you! Loved seeing Jett's baptism this morning. Today's service was so emotional for me. I can't imagine what you must have felt.

      Oh, and sorry I was such a grump Friday night ;)

  • Amy

    Love this! Thank you for sharing.

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  • http://www.withoutwax.tv pete wilson

    Thankful for an incredible community made up of people just like YOU.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @Pete, Thanks for everything you DO to lead us.

  • Ginger Nobles

    I am thankful for you — my wonderful and most precious daughter!!!
    Love, Mom

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      Thanks Mom. Most precious? Like more than Marcie? I always knew I was your favorite ;)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JasonWert JasonWert

    I'm thankful I was able to find a flashlight app for my Blackberry that allowed me to find my wallet in the dark at Edwin Warner park tonight!

    BTW…you're dead on about CP.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @Jason, I bet. Impressed that the blackberry does have a flashlight app. Now if you had an iphone there'd be no question, because they have an app for EVERYTHING ;)

  • Carol Anne

    I am grateful for my church as well. I just returned from a Cornerstone retreat with other women and I feel renewed in my faith and resolve to spread God's word. I love following the wonderful people of Thomas Nelson. I feel like you are a very special group of spiritual people that consistently spread love and are quite willling to share your beliefs. We need more people like you. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @Carole Anne, Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  • http://blog.hafchurch.org/peter Peter

    Crosspoint sounds extraordinary… but then any church can only be as good as its members… which means you must be extraordinary too (as if we didn’t already know that!)

    Great post, Lindsey.

  • elizabeth jones

    Tonight @ church Todd talked about "the church" and what it is and isn't. Anyway I was reminded of that while reading your post. Think Cross Point & Watermark (where I go) are similar.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @elizabeth, I haven't been to Watermark but I was always a big Todd Wagner fan. I want to try it and Matt Chandler's church sometime when I'm in Dallas.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 Kyle Reed

    At first I thought this post was because you heard Donald Miller speak and you were going to talk about living a better story. Which by the way, wasn't he awesome. I heard him two weeks ago in IL and loved it, was truly inspired.

    I am thankful for dreams. Thankful that God allows us to dream and then takes those dreams and wakes up to the dream that we could have never imagined. I am thankful for dreaming.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @Kyle, Don was awesome. Glad I was unpredictable ;)

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  • Shari Risoff

    Thank you! You truly are blessed to be there to be part of the body of CrossPoint. I have attended online, but live in another state… where sadly we have searched high and low and have yet to find any church even similar. I continue to pray that we will find one or be a part of building one.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @shari, I know. I hope you find a place just as extraordinary.

  • http://www.jennicatron.tv Jenni Catron

    Lindsey, I am thankful that because of Cross Point, you are a part of my life. Your friendship has been one of the greatest blessings to me this year!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @Jenni, I'm thankful for you.

  • http://www.vickeybanks.blogspot.com Vickey

    I am thankful for lessons learned in the wilderness. For being held by Jesus when I was sinking. For peace in the midst of heartache. For God's redeeming of every Bible Study I'd ever taught or attended and for every verse I'd memorized. For never, ever, ever being alone because I have Him. For being able to once again see the sun :o) For the life-saving gift of Hope…always.

    Thanks for your post, Lindsey! If you're interested, check out my latest blog post, With Thanksgiving, at http://www.vickeybanks.blogspot.com

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/stephanieinlex stephanieinlex

    Yesterday our pastor challenged us to write down the things we're thankful for. One of mine that I wrote was: "Authentic friendships that provide accountability, support, and laughter."

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Cindy_Graves Cindy_Graves

    I'm thankful for my local church, Stonecreek in Milton, GA. I'm blessed to be a part of the staff team as well. The leadership is authentic, compassionate, accepting and truly lives out the vision of Stonecreek – Leading people to pursue life in Jesus as their greatest passion.

    But I'm also thankful for the Cross Point community and the ability to connect with it's leadership online. God has used the various blogs, comments and such to speak to me more than a few times. It's an inspirational group for sure (and we can't have too much inspiration can we?).

    If God ever leads me to leave the ATL, I hope he sends me to the Nashville/Franklin area. It sounds divine!

  • Ali

    Well I am going to be out of the box and give several things–which is unlike me because my friends often joke that I am not grateful! I am so grateful and feel blessed for my relationship with and knowledge of Christ. I am also incredibly grateful for having found a church within which to worship after struggling and wandering for so many years after I came to know God. And I am grateful for my two closest Christian friends who don't attend church (they put up with so much from me, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they would help me in any crisis) as well as for my close friends at church. All these people encourage me to grow in my faith and to use my gifts for the benefit of others.

  • http://bspeight.blogspot.com Brittany

    I am also thankful for CrossPoint – I too had a brief period in my life of not needing church/ "still looking" for the right church – and Cross Point fell into my lap – and I've been there for almost 2 years now and LOVE it… Great post!

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  • http://www.jessicaesch.wordpress.com Jessica

    I am thankful for you! So glad to call you Friend. Have a great Turkey Day and we must hang out when your back!

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