Saturday, October 21, 2006

from blue to rainy

“This is the day the LORD has made,
I will rejoice and be glad in it”.

You never know what a day is going to bring, so it is good to be prepared regardless. This one started out blue and ended up rainy again. We needed it to catch up (I guess) with the normal yearly rain fall numbers. Now that is a good spin to put on it.
The trailer / float thing is about finished and it is looking good. The kids and also the adults have put a lot work and time into this project. It will be worth it.
I am still so hoarse ( 3 days) that I sound like I am going through puberty all over again. We think it may be the Nystatin medication which I am taking for the “thrush”. This gets aggravating after a while, because sometimes you need to be able to yell loudly to get some ones attention, and you can’t. But it will pass soon.
I started on the Xeloda (chemo pills) today for a ½ cycle – 7 days on pills with one IV infusion this coming Tuesday. After this I am going to get the PET scan - hopefully the following week.
I have a prayer request for one of my daughter’s friend’s mother. Her name is Angela. She was diagnosed last Summer with breast cancer, went through a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation and was cleared after finishing treatment. Just recently she found another lump in the same area of the previous tumor. She had a biopsy and it is malignant. She is really seeking the Lord’s Will as to what to do. I can understand not wanting to go through treatment again. So, when you pray, pray for Angela please. Thanks.
LSU is playing tonight against Fresno State - sp far they are winning. The rain delayed the game but it did eventually start. The field was reworked last year (they say) and is 11 inches thick in sand with drainage every 7 feet. This helps the water drain quickly – the only problem is when the Campus is flooding, it prevents the Stadium from properly draining. That is why it is so good to think and plan ahead. But that is why we pay those guys - to think ahead. It got to be 10:30 pm and it was time to hit the hay for me. So, I am making an assumption that we won the game.
Jesus time ...
There is one assumption, however, that you do not want to make - that I am "okay" with God. That me and Jesus have this "understanding". There is only one understanding in scripture and this is it - that "all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God" (Romans 6:23). If you have never recognized your need for God and repented of sin(s) then your "understanding" with Jesus is you just kidding yourself. And the fact is this, you are not "okay". I can vividly remember during one of the Mardi Gras parades being approached by two "Christians" who were out sharing the Gospel. I was telling them, "no, I'm okay - really - I walked the isle at my Church when I was about 14 years old - so I am okay". If I was so okay, then why was I out living like the devil himself? That was one question they did not ask, but one that I did ask myself. I actually felt sorry for them to be honest with you. One of my drunk friends threw a beer can at them as they were leaving. I can still see their faces in my mind. It took a bunch of hard knocks over the next year or two to wake me up to the fact that "walking the isle" did not constitute a real relationship with God. That you could be a pretty good citizen, say yes mam' and no mam', go to church and even courteously open the door for ladies - and still be just as lost as as the proverbial "goose in a snow storm". No one would marry a woman/man, and then not talk to them or spend time with them - well maybe at Christmas and Easter - would they? God is no different - in fact He requires it all - "love the LORD God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength". It is all about an active, living, two way street relationship. God is not a bully and He does not force Himself upon us. He's the best dad anyone could ever ask for and has proven it time and time again. We just have to respond.

I am heading for the "horizontal zone". Hope you can make it to your Church tomorrow.
God bless you with abundant life. George.


Anonymous said...

You encourage me everyday!
Thanks so much for planting those daily seeds of truth...(remember, your name means "farmer"!)
You have no idea the "harvest" the Father has planned!
Thanks for sharing your heart and being such a blessing!
We love you all!
Cathy and Bill

sonja said...

thank you George for applying 2Corinthians 1:3- to Wil's it in The Message if you have it, it's powerful. I myself am learning the same principle especially lately!