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Vicky BeechingVICKY BEECHING:
I'm most thankful for celebrating twenty years of walking with Jesus! I became a Christian when I was 7 years old and now in 2007 I am 27. He's been so faithful to me throughout all my life, and I'm incredibly thankful for that! I'm also thankful for Starbucks’ recent invention of the Cinnamon Dulce Latte ; ) although I think that already existed in 2006! I'm also thankful for my niece and nephew Jessica and Owen. They are so cute and they are teaching me how to relax, and play, and regain a childlike sense of wonder about the world.

Chris RiceCHRIS RICE:
I am most thankful this year for a new sense of creativity in my life. It has been so much fun to explore not only new music, but other kinds of art (like painting and writing). Also, so much of my work this year has taken me out of my typical Christian surroundings, so I am also thankful for new challenges that come with meeting a lot of people who have different beliefs than I do. It's stretching me and growing me in ways I never imagined.

Bethany DillonBETHANY DILLON:
There are SO many things I've been thankful for this year... the sweet friendships I have in my family are priceless to me! Something else I am increasingly thankful for is my journal-- it's such a precious time for me to sit down with those weathered pages, my Bible, and a pen, and process the season that He has me in. I'm so thankful that He's wired me to come ALIVE when there's a blank page in front of me!"

Dawn Richardson FireflightDAWN RICHARDSON (Fireflight):
I am thankful for God's Grace. Too many times I have let my worries get the best of me and I start to lose hope for the future. But every time God ignores my doubt and comes through anyways! In the end I can see that God was in control the whole time, and I am just so thankful that he doesn’t give up on me even when I give up on Him!

Trey Pearson Everyday SundayTREY PEARSON (Everyday Sunday):
So far in 2007 I am most thankful for the time I was able to have with my grandma, or as we called her, Mammy. She passed away March 26th of this year, and she was just one of the most amazing women of God I have ever known. She was so strong in everything she did. She finished the race running hard, and she made a huge impact in so many people's lives, including mine. My grandpa (Papa) passed away exactly two years before. I was super close to them. Sometimes, I would go over to their house at midnight or one o’clock in the morning just to hang out, talk about the Bible, or to play Tetris. Ha. They could destroy anyone I knew at Tetris. When he passed away, I moved into an apartment area on the back of my grandma's house. I have just been so blessed to spend the last two years with such an amazing woman. But I am so thankful that she is home with our Savior now. She's no longer in a wheel chair and no longer has the struggles of this world. But she'll always be in my heart.

Sarah KellySARA KELLY:
I am going through an extremely grateful season right now. In fact, I'm all mush, so don't get me thinking too hard or I might cry. I could say my parents and sister who brought me through the toughest season of my life in the last 2 years, or my best friends Joy and Julie for always holding me accountable and making me think. But instead I will say my band members, Brandon and Adam, who know how to truly rock, but still have the heart of worship I have always dreamed of having in a band. They are truly inspiring, and I am blessed.

Jason Dunn Hawk NelsonJASON DUNN (Hawk Nelson):
I am so thankful for family. I'm currently at home in Canada and have been noticing how much they've done for me over the years! I'm also thankful for cheese. I don't know, it just tastes good!

 


Nate Sallie NATE SALLIE:
I’m thankful that God has ruined me for an ordinary life in 2007. I’m thankful that He has restored, rebuilt, and redeemed my life! I’m thankful that He’s opened our hearts to family expansion through the miracle of adoption.

Jessie DanielsJESSIE DANIELS:
This year I'm most thankful for God's faithfulness and blessing. I think sometimes we either take advantage of the fact that God always pulls through or we don't Him to. Meanwhile His word says that if we are obedient to Him, we will be blessed.

 



Thank Heaven for 2007: 20 Music Artists Share What They're Most Thankful for in 2007

by Tracy Darlington


It’s easy to become obsessed with what we don’t have - But why not take a second and thank God for what we do have, and for what He’s done for us in 2007? Some of your favorite artists did just that. Here’s what they’re most thankful for this year:

Jeff Frankenstein NewsboysJEFF FRANKENSTEIN (Newsboys)
This year, with all the traveling we have done, I am most thankful for my wife and family. Every time I come home off a long trip somewhere, my wife is there ready to greet me at the airport with her beautiful smile. She helps me recover from being run down and tired on the road before it's time to head out again. I am also thankful for my bandmates whom I have walked with for almost 15 years. It's great to work with people you admire.

Lacey Mosley FlyleafLACEY MOSLEY (Flyleaf):
We have so many things to be thankful for. We are obviously thankful for our friends and family, as well as our amazing fans. Having people who feel our passion and our faith and meeting them out on the road is a true blessing, and it's the whole reason we make music and get out on the road.

 

Tricia Brock SuperchickTRICIA BROCK (Superchick):
This year has brought with it lots of changes--a new album, moving to Nashville (again), and I think mostly feeling a bit grounded for the first time in quite a while. I moved to Nashville with my sis and another roommate a few months ago, and it’s been such an interesting change. We’ve found a church that we really enjoy and so look forward to being here on Sundays to go! And she and I are in a Bible study together and have grown in a spiritual way more than I thought possible. Yes, we’ve lived together most of our lives and the last 8 years on the road, but we have found that studying the Bible and being vulnerable together in a different way than we've ever been has brought us closer still. It’s been such an amazing time of being more vulnerable than I've ever been with her. God knows just when we need relationships to deepen and how to bring out those phases in our lives. She is such an amazing woman, sister and friend . . . and the older I get, I just feel so blessed to have the family I do, who love me and push me toward God’s best for me. So, I guess the thing I am most thankful for this year is my big sister, Melissa!

KJ-52KJ-52:
This year I'm thankful for my new son being born. This is my first child and I'm very excited about this blessing that God has given.

 

 

 

 

Jill ParrJILL PARR:
Gratitude seems to have lost a certain flavor in today's busy world. Although I strive to give thanks for the many blessings in my life, I'm sure I fall short. With that said, when I actually sit down to write out all that I am grateful for, I am overwhelmed. I am eternally grateful for my husband who leads me and holds my hand along the path. His obedience to God is a daily reminder to keep striving for the goal and never stop, despite the bumps in the road. Of course, my 4 exceptional kids keep me humble and young at heart and I am grateful for each of them. It's an incredible thing for you to know how great you're kids are but when someone else out of the blue tells you a story of an act of kindness or compassion that they performed all on their own, it takes my breath away. I'm grateful for the privilege God has given me to nurture their hearts in the palm of my hand. I'm thankful for great friends who I can live in community with. I'm thankful for their prayers, for the dinners we share and the laughter they provide. And lastly, but most important, I'm thankful for a Savior who is always near, who's grace is bigger than my sin, who's love is one I will never understand but will always strive for. I'm thankful that He has taken me on the long road to enjoy the beauty of the journey and to reveal Himself in the storms and in the sunshine. I'm thankful for the people He has allowed me to meet along the path!

Nathan Piche Article OneNATHAN PICHE (Article One):
When asked to write about my favorite memory from 2007, I thought about it, and decided to say that I am thankful for everything! It sounds cliché, but it's true! At the end of 2006, Article One was signed to Inpop Records. As a Canadian, being signed to an American label is a big deal, and 2007 has been a lot of fun because we've had the opportunity to actually bring our music to the US and tour down there. On a personal level, I also believe we've been able to grow deeper as a group, and we've been fortunate to have an amazing pastor get involved, to pray for us and encourage us spiritually. At the same time, I definitely can't forget about our friends and families who have supported us for so long, and continue to do so. The music industry can be very tough, yet all of us in Article One feel extremely blessed. For that, I am thankful!

Sara Acker InhabitedSARA ACKER (Inhabited):
Last year was a really tough year for me because we had to make a lot of "faith" decisions, which resulted in walking through a lot of valleys! So this year it has been amazing to see God answer all the prayers I prayed last year! I am thankful to see the sunlight after last year's storms! For all of those reading this, if God has given you a dream, don't ever sell out or change for anyone! He will be the one to make it happen! He believes in you more than anyone ever could!

Mark Graalman Sanctus RealMARK GRAALMAN (Sanctus Real):
What I'm most thankful for this year would have to be God's wondrous grace and the promise that He gives each of us of a hope and a future! He's promised us that His plans are to prosper us and not to harm us. I am just so thankful that I can always look to his promises for my life and know that He is faithful to do what He said He would do even if circumstances seem scary at the time! I'm making some big decisions this year that will affect my whole family and I'm thankful that I can know that as long as I'm seeking first God's kingdom, by the time this little blurb will is published in a magazine sitting on a bookstore shelve somewhere, God will have once again worked all things together for the good and once again proved Himself loving and faithful!

Janna Long AvalonJANNA LONG (Avalon):
I am most thankful for my husband Greg and my two daughters, Julia and Lillian. They are what keep me grounded in this crazy life. The smiles my girls give brighten the darkest of days, and Greg's love and friendship sustains me.

 

 

 

 

Michael Anderson Building 429MICHAEL ANDERSON (Building 429):
The last big event that happened to me was my wedding on June 24th 2006. I know it is not in 2007, but nothing interesting has happened to me yet this year. My 1-year anniversary is coming up here soon, which is really exciting, and believe it or not we are actually going to be home on that day! I am so excited about that. I am so thankful for my wife, Hannah. She is one of the most amazing people I have ever known. To find someone who loves Jesus as much as she does and who supports me in what I do is a hard thing to find. She never questions what I do and always challenges me to strengthen my relationship with Christ. I believe that Christ has to be the center of any relationship, and if each person loves Christ first then that will cause them to love each other even more. Being married is one of the most amazing things that has happened in my life. One can not describe how wonderful it truly is. Another thing I am so thankful for is my relationship with my band mates, Jason and Jesse. This past year has been such a growing experience for all of us, and I have never felt more of a brotherhood in the band. The encouragement these guys give me is amazing. You need people in your life to hold you accountable, and these guys are great examples of that. We all work together to build each other up in Christ and to make sure we are following God's will for us. We all know we need each other greatly if we want to grow in our spiritual walk and if we want to grow the ministry of Building429. How can we minister to people if we are not being ministered to ourselves and if we are not one strong unit? I believe people can see right through us if we are not spiritually strong. I am so thankful for the guys in the band and this wonderful ministry God has gifted us with. It is such an honor to get to do what we do for a living.

Tammy TrentTAMMY TRENT:
Here I sit in front of my computer screen ready to type out some brilliant new idea of "thankfulness" for the year, and yet the same thing comes to mind each time I begin to type. I am sooo thankful for Hope in my life this year. Hope refuses to be submerged. It is powerful and buoyant. When life's difficulties weigh us down, Hope brings us back to the surface, giving us something to hold on to and keeping us from going under. Hope is knowing there's a way out, a way through - a way at all. Because Jesus is the way, He is our Hope!

 

 

 

Tracy DarlingtonTracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.