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I’m Thankful for You

Posted: August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Life is in a constant transition. Right now I am preparing for the next step in the journey God has for my wife and me. I am looking back and thinking of how much Winterset has been and will always be in my heart a home. This town has been my home now for three years, for my wife it has been longer because she grew up there.

What has made it home for the last three years? My wife’s family is amazing. They have helped us with many needs along the way and I have had a couple opportunities to help them out as well. It has been a learning experience to accept help from family. It has been something new and something I am extremely thankful for.

God has put people in my life, in Winterset, to support growth and maturity. There aren’t enough words to explain the blessing my pastors have been in my life. They have mentored me. They have encouraged me. They have rebuked me. They have cared for me. God has blessed my life immensely with them. God gave them strength to take a risk by allowing me to take responsibilities with the church and with the youth. This taught me leadership and vision. I have witnessed firsthand how to cast vision to a group that may not begin on the same page but become united in the direction. I pray that someday I can bless people the way they have blessed me.

There are so many people that I don’t have time to mention, as well as I know you probably don’t want to take the time to read, that God has used to effect my life. I want to say thank you. I also want to share a passage with you. This passage is my prayer. You have leaders and friends in your life that have sacrificed for you, LIFT THEM UP! Praise God daily for them. I know they have prayed for and guided me beyond what I could imagine. It would be easy to look at a flaw and critique things that could have been different. A lot of people do that on the way to a new beginning. I refuse to because God has put them there to minister and they have. I praise God for you guys from the deepest depths of my heart.

REJOICE ALWAYS! God has been and will continue to do amazing things. Praise Him for it. I give praise because of the vision He’s brought to the church, for the strength He’s given people and for the lives I have seen changed. It is also God’s will for use to be thankful in all circumstances. For me, that means it’s not an option. It is what God wants for me and for you.

Thank you and

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

 

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Brothers and sisters, pray for us. Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss.  I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

 

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