Staying in a State of Thankfulness - Yaritsa Galicia

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By Yaritsa Galicia, Monroe City Life Director


This month, we normally reflect on what we’re thankful for and surround ourselves with our dearest loved ones. During these troubling and challenging days, we are reminded of and often focus on the many things we aren't able to do or have this season like our big family gatherings, traveling, meeting with large groups of students, etc. Even through all of these things that we can’t have at the moment, there's still so much to be thankful for. In fact, this month has allowed me remember what I am grateful for alongside dwelling on who and what makes me the person I am. I am reminded to stay in a state of thankfulness.

I’m grateful for the health and well-being of my family. Though it was just the four of us at home for Thanksgiving we still feasted, spent the day sharing laughter, teased each other, prayed, watched movies, and spent the whole day together (which is rare for this busy family). Not being in larger family gatherings allowed me to treasure the time I have with my parents as they get older. Seeing them relax and cozy up in their beautiful home that they have worked so hard to have is why I’m grateful. And that is all thanks to God.

Another special person I’m thankful for is Keylee. I’ve known her since she was in elementary school and she will be graduating this summer! What I love about Keylee is how vulnerable and honest she is.

Keylee is a protector. She cares so much for her friends and family and makes it known by the time she will invest in them. She knows how to keep me on my toes and push me out of my comfort zone in growing as a leader and a person.

Keylee, I am thankful for you! Know that I am always here for you on your journey with God. It is not easy, but He is worth it as you are worth it.


  • Praise God for what is doing in Monroe and for the community members who support our ministry.
  • Join us in praying over each students' family: favor in the parents' work, finances, food supply, and family relationships.
  • Pray for wisdom, patience, and guidance as we navigate and adjust what ministry looks like in the coming winter months.
  • Pray for Keylee on her up and down journey of faith.


Thank you so much for your continued partnership with me and the ministry work I do in Monroe. I invite you to prayerfully consider one of these opportunities to get directly involved:

We would love to have you on our team!

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