Monday, February 13, 2006

Back in Houston ... again...

Back in Houston and it is cold – around 25 degrees. It was so good to see everyone at home and work and also church this morning. Pastor Don Williams preached a spirit led message this morning concerning how God’s grace is sufficient for us in any and every given situation. One brother after the service said, “he hit me between the eyes (spiritually speaking) “. It has happened many, many times to me that the message preached confirms things either that I am going through or something the Lord showed me in the Word or in prayer. Worship was awesome, as usual. We have an incredibly talented worship team at Hosanna.
Robin and I sat on the left side of the sanctuary this morning instead of front and center where we have been sitting for about 15 years. It was neat to see the congregation from a different perspective. I could see the peoples faces – many of whom I have known over the past 15 years. This is my church family. I thought about all of the things many of us have gone through individually and as a congregation. Our lives have been woven together like a beautiful tapestry over the years. Many of our children have grown up together and blossomed into young ladies and young men. Time has slipped by so fast, evidenced by a few new wrinkles and a few more gray hairs – and through it all is the evidence of the Faithfulness and the Love of our Lord and our Savior.
I noticed something else as I looked around the congregation - there were way too many available seats. God’s house – this house – was not full. I shared that with Russell who was standing near me. I want it to be full, standing room only. Every empty seat means a life not changed and every occupied seat means a life available for Godly change. I have never boasted about the size of any church and do not desire to have numbers for numbers sake, but oh! those empty seats began to eat on me! God fill them! Fill them for Your Glory! Call me a fanatic, but Jesus died for people – people like you and me. I am praying for the Holy Spirit to move on me, you and the people that are around us that need Jesus so badly. What can I do to ensure another generation will be changed by Jesus in the next 15 years? Do what God leads us to do. God is preparing us.
Thanks again to my family and friends for the support. We appreciate you all so much.
Surgery is still scheduled for this Wednesday in the morning – we will know exactly when Tues. evening. Talk to you all tomorrow.

6 comments:

Rehmeyer Family said...

Amen and amen. Its not about numbers but changed lives whether its in Baton Rouge, Houston, or Mbabane. Our prayers are with you and your family. God's grace is sufficient for every circumstance and trial. That we might still reflect Jesus through them all. Blessings from southern Africa.

Sonja said...

Wow! Nothing like getting email from southern africa....what part I wonder, since I was born in Madagascar, I'd be curious.
George and Robin...it was so good to see you two! I cherish you guys in my heart so much...I guess that was obvious by my emotions when I hugged your neck Robin. It's just the Love of the Lord...He's been giving me such a revelation of How much He truly loves us...or maybe I am just now truly laying down my defenses and embracing it like never before!!!
I'm with you George, the pews should be full! Let's join together in praying for the lost!
Be encouraged tomarrow and walk in PEACE...all will be well with you...I just know it!!!
Hopefully you and Robin can still enjoy a little time together as it is Valentine's day tomarrow!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Don't forget...you have a multitude of prayers going up on your behalf...how awesome to know that huh? Can't beat that kind of unity and Power!!! All going to the Mater Throne Room...you think He'll withhold good gifts to His children? Indeed not! Our prayers will be heard and answered!
I BELIEVE!!!!
Love you!
Sonja Howell

Cousin Sandra said...

I love you, George. Our lives growing up together have flashed before me in the last few weeks. There are so many wonderful people at my church lifting you up in their prayers. You are such an inspiration of joy for our Lord. I am currently in a Beth Moore bible study at church called "The Beloved Disciple". It's about John. In so many ways you mirror the love that he had for Jesus in your love for Jesus. I'm reminded of you as I study. True, unashamed, pure love.
We all love you so very much and will continue to pray daily, all day for you. Please tell Robin hello and ask her to give you a big 'ole hug from me and Aunt Ebby. Love in Christ, Sandra.

Anonymous said...

HEY GUYS
IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE YOU BOTH AT CHURCH YESTERDAY. I WAS WONDERING WHY YOU SAT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CHURCH. YES WE DO GET TO COMFORTABLE IN OUR CONFORT ZONE. MAYBE EVERYONE IN CHURCH NEEDS TO MOVE AROUND. PASTOR DON WOULD BE LIKE WHAT IS GOING ON WITH HOSANNA TODAY. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IT WOULD GIVE US A CHANCE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH. WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU GUYS AND KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS IN HIS HANDS. YOU GUYS HAVE SURELY BLESSED ME AND I AM THANKFUL TO HAVE SUCH WONDERFUL FRIENDS. LOVE YOU THE WALLACE FAMILY

Anonymous said...

YEAH I DID IT. I FINALLY SENT YOU AN EMAIL.

Anonymous said...

"Singing in the Storms"
The storms of life surrounded me, but I will not be tossed to and fro. I am anchored in Your steadfast love. A song of praise wells up from my heart. I will sing praise and glory to Your name while You carry me through this. You alone know the answers and the outcome. I take comfort in Your mighty presence.
I turn into the wind, unafraid, ready to face each day head on, flanked with Your power and wisdom. In the peak of the storm, when I feel I can hold on no longer. I will call on Your name for peace. I will trust in You and will not feel afraid, as I nestle into Your protecting hands.
How is it that You have such mighty power, that the tempests in my life cease their crashing winds at Your command? How is it that You can calm my raging seas of circumstances and emotions and bring my life into Your control with Your powerful, yet hushed voice? Even now, I hear Your whisper. "Peace be still. Know I am your God." When storms subside my song of praise for You will echo throughout the ages from generation to generation, telling of Your mighty works and deeds.
Interceeding for You!!!
A daughter of the Most High God.