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Thanks

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

The election is over. Barack Obama is going to be our next President, so remember to pray for him, even if you didn’t vote for him.

Since the election is over, I can devote more time to this blog which took a backseat to the politics for awhile. God didn’t take a back seat to politics (sometimes He did unfortunately), but my writing about it did. So after the hiatus of a month, I’m back and ready to start again. This entry is going to be about giving thanks. It has been a tough 1-2 years for many people. Our economy has been hit hard, especially in the housing market. That in turn, has affected quite a few people in the Palm Coast, Fl community. I have friends amongst those that are struggling and it’s hard to hear because 2-3 years ago, many of them were doing very well in large part because of the housing boom. But market collapse has hit those areas of business – mortgage, real estate and construction – where many people earned their living.

My company has had to lay off people, but I am thankful that my position is one that cannot be eliminated (I could, but the position can’t) and I am thankful that I have been working at the same job for 11 years which has allowed me to build up some job security. I also have a job (IT) that hasn’t been effected in a major way by the economy.

My wife Sylvia needed to find some work and she was praying that she would be able to work at home. God answered those prayers and she babysits in our home for three children during the week. I’m thankful to have such a wonderful wife who babysits all day and still takes care of a home, two kids of her own, her husband many times, and is also the nursery director Parkview Baptist Church. Her plate is full.

I am thankful that I have two wonderful children. Yes, they often drive us crazy and there times when they don’t behave, answer back or are just plain unbearable to be around. But we’ve not had to deal with any disciplinary problems at school in any way. Both of the kids do well in school and their teachers speak highly of both of them.

I am thankful for the friends I have made. One decision Sylvia and I made a couple of years ago was to become Life Group leaders and it was a decision where we have reaped nothing but rewards in the friends that we have made and in the knowledge and wisdom we have gained from the studies we have done and from the eclectic mix of different people we have had in our group. We never wanted to pigeonhole our group to a certain age level or ‘experience’ level and that has worked out so well because different people get to see those differing perspectives and its a blessing to all of us.

Q: “What do you call a guy that hangs around with four musicians?”
A: “A drummer”

There are many musicians that are drummers but there are many drummers that are not musicians. I fall into the latter category. However, God has seen fit to bless me with a sense of rhythm and as such, I thank Him for giving me the ability to take to the church stage once every other week with people far more talented than I am and play worship music for God and for our congregation. The worship ministry is one of the most demanding at our church. With rehearsals and services, worship team members give anywhere from 8-10 hours of their time in ministry service for the week. It’s demanding, but it is also very rewarding. I have made good friends there. It’s interesting to see how things have changed at Parkview since May, 2005 when I first played a weekend service. Aside from Denise Peters, the Pastors wife and one of our keyboardists, I am the only worship band member from that time. We’ve seen band members come and go, but the best thing is, the worship has never been better and I am thankful that God sent Derek Overton to our church. He’s been there for around 18 months and has simply taken the worship at Parkview to a whole new level.

Finally (in this blog entry anyway), I am thankful to my Pastor, Greg Peters. When he asks, “How are you doing?” he really wants to know. He’ll joke about his wonderful wife, Denise but he’s never shy about expressing his love for her. He speaks with warmth and genuine love about his son Seth. He preaches biblical truth and is never concerned about consequences and never makes apologies for God’s word. When he preaches he does so with an air of transparency, always preaching to the congregation and not at the congregation.

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