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Good Gifts

Posted: July 15, 2011 in Guitar, QT's, Random Thoughts
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Do you have good things in your life? Things worth being thankful for? Do you like giving good gifts to your children? Of course you do, it’s a parents joy to give good gifts to their children. My kids have been in Texas for the last couple of weeks visiting their grandparents. I have to be honest and say that my wife and I have enjoyed the peace and quiet but I also have to say that we’re missing them and are looking forward to them coming home next week. Since they’ve been gone I’ve been preparing a couple of surprises for them. Since my son follows this blog it won’t be so much of a surprise for him when he gets home but maybe he’ll have something to look forward to (Randy, don’t tell Carly or Elizabeth).

My kids are all interested in playing guitar (no surprise there) and we’ve been having some lessons at home. Randy has a couple of guitars already, Elizabeth plays on my (very special) ’76 Guild D25M acoustic, and I picked up a Fender Squier Strat for Carly a couple of months ago for $30. It was a sunburst color with a tortoise shell pickguard, very nice, and Randy was coveting it. So, while they’re gone I decided to do something for them. I took Carly’s Squier and completely re-finished it and made it a pink/purple burst (I don’t know what else to call it) and put a maple fretboard neck on it that I took off another Squier I recently bought (it has Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups in it for any gear heads out there, I’m putting a new neck on it and setting it up for slide, I’ll post pics of it on my band’s website after I get done with it) and put a white pickguard on it. Then I took Randy’s black Silvertone Strat knock-off and put the rosewood fretboard Squier neck and tortoise shell pickguard off Carly’s on it as well as black pickup covers and knobs. I haven’t left Elizabeth out either. I have a new floor to ceiling mirror for her room that she’s been wanting. Maybe I’ll find another good deal on a Squier soon that I can fix up for her. This should make all of them happy. At least that’s my intention.

However, the greatest pleasure for me in all of this hasn’t been the money I’ve spent ( I’ve tried to keep that to a minimal amount) but the time I’ve spent on these projects. The greatest joy will be knowing that they will enjoy what I’ve done for them. As I’ve worked on these projects I couldn’t help but think of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:11, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” What a joy it is to know that God, who is good in the truest sense of the word, loves to give good gifts to his children. The best thing we can do for God who has given us every good thing that we have, even salvation through the death of His own Son, is to enjoy those gifts, especially our salvation, and share it with others. Let’s show God our appreciation today.

Btw, here are some pics of those guitars in case anyone is interested (yesss! I managed to combine something about guitars with something spiritual, booosh!).

Here’s Carly’s guitar 

Here’s Randy’s