Giving Thanks to God for YOU
 
Giving Thanks to God for YOU
Written By Kathy Valente   |   11.23.16

Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18~

We have much to be thankful for at Illinois Family Institute. God has blessed this ministry tremendously through our faithful supporters.

Often we receive phone calls and email messages from people who tell us how much they appreciate the articles, action alerts, educational workshops, newsletters, Springfield updates and voter guides.

And we receive calls and email messages from people who say they pray for us regularly. We can’t express how much these prayers mean to us. Prayer is our greatest weapon, and it moves the hand of our protector.

Then there are those who give sacrificially. We can’t tell you how much this humbles and encourages us.

We recently received a call came from a woman with serious health issues. She doesn’t have much, but what she does have is the result of shopping at garage sales and secondhand stores so she can bless others. She deeply touched our hearts when she selflessly made a substantial donation to continue the work of IFI, telling us that Matthew 6:33 has guided her since childhood:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.

God has never let her down. He has always provided even in tough times. And as he continues to provide for and bless her, she in turn blesses others. What a heart for the Lord!

Which brings me to our greatest treasure: Jesus Christ.

Jesus gave of himself tirelessly; healed the afflicted; loved those deemed unlovable; and took upon himself the punishment we so rightly deserve, paying our sin debt in full and offering us eternal life as a free gift.

When we comprehend the magnitude of the price Jesus paid for us, our hearts overflow with gratitude—not just at Thanksgiving—but every day that he provides us with another breath to serve him and stand for his truth.

We have so much to be thankful for!

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Kathy Valente
Kathy joined the IFI team as our Director of Operations in 2008. Previously, Kathy was the state director for Concerned Women for America for 4 years. But even before that, Kathy and Dave worked together as volunteer activists battling pornography and obscenity in the public square. Kathy has consistently taken a stand for traditional Judeo-Christian values and has worked tirelessly to foster a wholesome environment for family living, advocating for high community standards. Kathy recognizes that sexual immorality, pornography, obscenity, promiscuity, state sanctioned abortion and gambling threaten the moral fabric of our society. The well being of our communities, the...
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