Today's service was on key for me. Pastor preached on faithfulness. You need to get the tape. Here is a good quote from the message, "if you value and believe in something/someone, you will be faithful to it/them". This applies to marriage, your children, your relationship with God and what He has called you to do. Another quote is "a faithful person is one who is worthy of trust and who can be relied upon". During the worship part of the service, I began to think about being stubborn - as it applies to trusting in God and His promises. I need to be even more stubborn about this than ever before. No matter what the doctor and the CT results show, no matter what a spouse, parents, friends or even enemies says or do (or don't do) - I have to continue to be stubborn in my believe that "God is for me, therefore who can be against me"? When it hurts, when there is confusion or controversy, struggles of all kinds - no matter what - I need to be stubborn - persistent in my conviction that God is big enough to handle anything in my life. And no, I do not look forward to problems and challenges, but the word of God says that, (James 1:3-5) "the testing (trying) of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." Being found faithful in the midst of the tests of life, that is our goal.
I went to the yearly XA Christian Fellowship Christmas get together last night in Folsom, LA., Saturday night. We had a great time together and it was so good to see everyone. Several people could not make it. There is never enough time to catch up on everything that is going on in everyone's lives. Two of my friends - Dolly and Angele - were hit hard by Katrina and are still trying to get back to normal. Last year was the Hospital for me and my familty and I missed it, but thankfully, one year later I was able to spend time with my friends from the mid 1980's (20 years ago???) - does that make me old - to be able to say 20 years ago? And many of us have kids in the teens now.
Thanks to Steve and Cindy for opening there home and hearts to all of us.
The Saints football team beat the 49er's today.
LSU is going to be in the Sugar Bowl playing against Notre Dame. Not everyone is happy with that decision. I will leave it to Dean - Carole's husband, to blog about that. That is out of my league.
Christmas is fast approaching - have you done all of you shopping? I know I have not. Especially to you guys, let this be an encouragement - get busy!
We just need to remember why we celebrate the season.
God bless and have a great start on this new week of opportunities. George.