Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Real Deal

Felt the need to jump on again just a minute to tell you about my friend Sharron. She is the real deal!!!

She's going through a difficult time right now as her son is battling a serious health situation, but even in the midst of that, she noticed people hurting around her and requested prayer for them. In fact, I've seen her many times over the years praising the Lord through difficult circumstances. She is the real deal!!!

I often tease her and call her the energizer bunny because of her energy level that is way so high! Such enthusiasm and energy is very contagious and I'm proud to call her my friend! She is the real deal!

She sings like a bird and uses that talent faithfully to sing praises to her Lord and King! And she loves the Lord with all her heart, all her soul, and all her strength. And I know her pretty well. In fact, we often tease each other that we couldn't have a real falling out cause we know way too much about each other! She is the real deal!

If you have a minute this evening, please say a prayer for her son, Jason, and all of the family as they wait by his side. He is battling a fever, pneumonia and some complications following a surgery last Wednesday and is in ICU at a hospital in Wisconsin. He and his family moved to Wisconsin to plant churches and what an impact he is making for the Lord there! Thank you so much for your prayers for them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Little Observation from Alabama

WOW! Has it really been 2 years since I posted on my blog?! Well, it's time to write again! I started this a few weeks ago, but never got finished. So here goes!

Football in Alabama is exciting! Although I am not a huge fan, I so enjoy observing the rivalry of Auburn/Alabama football. We had our rivalries in Mississippi, but I've never seen anything quite like this. There is fun and excitement in the air during this season. While walking in my subdivision on a Saturday a few weeks ago, I passed a house where an Alabama fan lives. There was no doubt about! The huge blowup Alabama elephant and Alabama flags flying gave it away!

It starting me thinking just a bit. What is it that makes Alabama/Auburn football rivalry so exciting? I observed 3 things: (1) The fan is definitely identifiable, even without the blowup symbols or flags. They walk it, they talk it, they live it out during this season! (2) The fan is loyal. Although some may pull for the "other" team when they are not playing each other, on Iron Bowl weekend, there is EXTREME loyalty, and only something of critical importance could keep a fan from watching that game. In fact, if you are not a football fan, it might be a good day to go on a shopping trip. The stores are pretty empty! (3) The last observation, but certainly not the least, is that the fan is excited! Folks who are commonly very passive become quite animated during this season.

All this observing made me think even further and I concluded that those same 3 characteristics should be observed in the life of a Christian. (1) A Christian should be identifiable. No, I don't mean a big blow up Jesus in your front yard, but the walk, talk and life of a Christian should point to the fact that they are a Jesus fan. (2) A Christian should be loyal and devoted to Christ. (3) A Christian should be excited. We should talk about Christ and be so excited about what He has done for us that we share enthusiastically with those we come in contact with. After all, what He has done for each of us is the ultimate gift.

So, with all that said...

"War Eagle" to my Auburn friends!
"Roll Tide" to my Alabama friends!
"Praises, Honor and Glory" to my Savior!