Monday, August 24, 2009

New Apartment at Freedom

Bro. Sidney and Bro. Thomas working on bathroom accessories

Bro. Herman and Mrs. Dotty coming down the hall to the apartment

Mrs. Becky, Mrs. Barbara, and Mrs. Dotty making the bed


The comforter set is gorgeous!


The cross is my favorite piece!

I love the edging on the desk...


Pretty details even in the bathroom

Mrs. Dotty embroidered the towels to match the
shower curtain rings.

Me sitting on the new sofa bed

Scot and Cale enjoying the afternoon with Hunting/Fishing magazines!

Notice Noelle in the recliner...Nap time!

We live about 45 minutes from the church Scot pastors. We were fine driving back and forth, but the church asked would it help if they added a small apartment to the church for us to stay in on Sunday afternoons. Yesterday was our first Sunday afternoon to enjoy this beautiful apartment. They designed it to where if we should need to spend the night or shower, we could. It's one big room with a bed, desk, sofa bed, 2 recliners, night stand, and lamps. We are going to also add a book shelf, chest, and possibly a TV. There is a bathroom with a tub/shower combo and a nice size closet for linens and clothes. Mrs. Dotty and Mrs. Barbara took me shopping for the furniture and the other things needed for the rooms week before last. I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had! I was like a kid in a candy store! We had a budget to go by and we purchased beautiful things and stayed under the budget! I was pleased with the day...I honestly was expecting for it to take ALL day long, but by lunch, we were almost finished! We had purchased furniture which was delivered by the time we got back from shopping, sheets, towels, blankets, a comforter set, shower curtain and accessories, decorations, mirrors, etc. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at O' Charlies. The day was simply marvelous! One night last week, some of us met and arranged all the furniture and got the rooms ready for us to stay in yesterday. We enjoyed our 'lazy' afternoon very much. What a blessing this apartment will be to us and also to visiting evangelists and missionaries for many years to come. God will surely bless the church family for being so thoughtful and for taking such good care of us.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bodock 5K, 8-14-09

Cale and Noelle smile on the way to the race!
Noelle is glad to get to go to Cale's race. Most 5Ks
are on Saturday mornings and she works every
Saturday. This one began at 8 p.m.
Just us George girls!

Noelle, Claire, Stephanie, and Kathy before the race

Scot and Cale before the race

Boys will be boys!!! (even the big boys!) Ha.
Cale stretching and Jimmy pushing???

Stretch boys stretch!
Coach Heather doing her thing: coaching!
Alot of Spartans participated; all did great!

I think around 300 people ran...

Run people run!

Mrs. Kay Bain entertained at the Bodock Festival

The girls had their picture made with Kay

Even Elvis was at the festival

David and Josh ran a great race!
Here they are enjoying a healthy snack after the race.
Cale and his fan club!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Reason For The Storm

The following is taken from the notes I took during the message Sunday morning at church.

John 6:16-21

And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

No matter what the reason of the storm, even if it's for correction, Jesus is with us.
God is in control of every storm and knows exactly how to get us through the storm or out of the storm.

Some reasons of storms in our lives:
1. Correction
2. Testing
3. Teaching
4. Just life (life happens)

The disciples WILLINGLY received Jesus into the ship.
We have to WILLINGLY receive God's help and provision in our life.

We must WILLINGLY accept...
1. God's salvation
2. God's power
3. God's guidance, (His plan)
4. God as our leader (Our parent)
5. God's discipline (Get better, not bitter)
6. God's forgiveness of ourselves and others
7. Our responsibility (We all have the responsibility to tell others of this Great Salvation)

Jesus and the disciples were in the same boat.
Fellowship = me and God in the same boat. When we are in the same boat with someone,
we are headed in the same direction, we are in unity, going to the same place...

II Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

NOTE: I want Christ to be in my boat at all times because I willingly accept His guidance. I want Him there not just when the storms of life are raging but also when the sun is shining and the sea is calm. Scot also said Sunday that God is not a spare tire. Think on that awhile. So many people only want God when they are having troubles in their life, but He desires for us to fellowship with Him and willingly love Him in the good times as well. All of us will experience some kind of storm before we leave this world. I'd rather face the storm with a Good Friend than alone and scared. I'm thankful for the peace there is with Jesus!

Praying God is in your boat,

Monday, August 17, 2009

50 Random Things


50 Totally Random Things about Liesa George

This was a Facebook Tag, thought I'd share it on Life By George.

1. I am Liesa (i before e exept after c!)
2. I was born the first time March 1 in Red Bay, AL.
3. I was born again April 26, 79 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Belmont.
4. I have brown eyes and hair.
5. I did not go to Kindergarten.
6. I loved all my teachers at school.
7. I enjoyed playing with Barbies, Baby dolls, & Paper dolls.
8. My mother read to me and/or colored with me every day when I was little.
9. I loved to smell my daddy when he got home from work. (saw dust)
10. I graduated from high school in 1983.
11. I layed out and swam alot each summer.
12. I am a licensed Cosmetologist.
13. I met Scot the end of May, 84.
14. We married June 22, 85. "To Me" is our song.
15. We lived in Kenner, LA when we first married. (Scot was an underwater welder-diver)
16. I loved our wedding...just perfect!
17. I do NOT want to do the renewing vow thing!
18. I was not nervous on my wedding day.
19. God blessed our home with Noelle JoBeth Nov. 88.
20. God blessed our home again with Cale Scot Dec. 92.
21. I loved being pregnant!
22. I loved rocking and singing to my babies.
23. I lost alot of weight when Noelle was a baby because I'd forget to eat.
24. I would rock and sing to Cale in my Indian voice...he loved it!
30. I miss my grandparents.
31. I collect houses, churches, Christmas ornaments, pretty pottery and dishes.
32. Pink is my favorite color.
33. Pink roses, red roses, white roses, and daisies are my fave. flowers.
34. I have zero self confidence.
35. I have 100% confidence in God.
36. It's a joy to serve God and others. JOY = JESUS, OTHERS, YOU
37. I have written several songs. (God gave them to me, I just held the pen)
38. I have been singing since I was 2 years old.
39. I play the piano by ear. (very limited in choice of keys though)
40. My hobbies include reading, photography, writing, blogging...
41. I am a HUGE LAKER FAN!
42. I love watching MLB.
43. I love ice-cream!
44. I enjoy eating out.
45. The Sound Of Music is my all time fave. movie.
46. Disney World was the best vacation I've ever had.
47. I take my coffee black and my tea unsweet..with no pink stuff!
49. I desire to be faithful to God all the days of my life.
50. Liesa George is Queen of Blessed! God's been good in my life!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Kindred Spirits

Several months ago, I started reading a ladies blog that I had found on KJV Blog Directory. Her name caught my eye...Marilyn From Mississippi. Just from reading her blog, I could tell she was a good Christian person and that family, friends, God, church, and serving others were all important things in her life. One day, I got an email from her saying that she had been reading my blog and she had figured out what part of Mississippi I'm from, etc. Come to find out, we only live a little over an hour from each other. She and her husband know my aunt, uncle, and some of my cousins that live in the same area as she. We also knew some of the same preachers in the area. I even went to school with some of her husbands family! Marilyn and I have continued to email each other all these months and had mentioned meeting sometime this summer before I have to start back to school. Tuesday was the day! I really wasn't even nervous about meeting her for the first time because I felt like I already knew her, so it was like seeing and talking to an old friend again. As my momma would say, we talked the horns off a billy goat in our two hour visit! Cale and Josh were with me. They had Cross Country practice that afternoon. I know their ears were tired by the time we got out of the restaurant! Ha. They just sat there quietly and listened. (probably wanting to roll their eyes a few times!) Lol. Mrs. Marilyn brought me a jar of her homemade pear preserves which I am saving for breakfast in my new home in a few weeks. She and I had more in common than I even realized and our visit was a breath of fresh air for me. I assure you, Lord willing, it won't be the last time we get together. Now, isn't God so good to let us meet such precious fellow Christians to encourage us, laugh with us, and listen to us? I hope you'll visit Mrs. Marilyn's blog at Walking In Truth. She will bless the socks off ya! There are some more of you I'd love to meet one of these days... Thank you Mrs. Marilyn for such a delightful afternoon! Let's do it again soon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

THIS Is The Day!

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

I hardly know where to start as I sit here and write. This is a deep post for me. Not deep in words; "WELL" is about the deepest word I know. This post is deep in meaning and importance. If only the words would flow as the feelings flow in me; if only I could separate the words that are so jumbled in my mind.

I have come close to writing a post in the past about the subject I'm writing on today...but the time never seemed right. Well, the time is right! I cannot even begin to tell how right the time is!

When my husband pastored Bethany, Bro. Harold the song leader would have us sing a song titled "What Will I Leave Behind?" quite often. I have heard that song most of my life. Just in the past year has it really caught my attention. I've thought of this song quite a bit lately.

Last week, one of my teachers in high school and a fellow Belmontian's thirty-four year old daughter in law had a massive heart attack. She is in the hospital in a very serious condition. She and her husband have two children under the age of five. From all accounts, she was a healthy lady that took care of herself; no previous problems that I've heard of, but that Monday evening, she called her husband and the paramedics to come to her rescue when she realized something was terribly wrong. Very little hope was given to her family that night and next day.

Her husband went back to their home church Sunday morning and gave a very extensive testimony of all the miracles they had seen since that Monday before. His testimony was in 3 parts, and during the first two minutes of Part 1, I had chill bumps all over me and tears were flowing down my cheeks. He was also telling about her last few messages on Face book; they were happy and caring words, and in her notebook were the words from Psalms that I shared with you above. All of his words about her were so positive. We are all praying that this dear lady is healed completely and can go home and be a wife and mommy once again, but even though I've never met her, I only know her husband's family, her life has touched mine just through the words of her husband. People have gone to the hospital to give blood and offer their help to this family by large numbers. Her husband said, "She is loved."

Before you read any further, please know this is not a depressing, gloom filled post. Yes, it involves dying, but mostly, it involves LIVING. THIS IS THE DAY! Not tomorrow, not next week, or next year, THIS! THIS is the day I have to love, THIS is the day I have to give, THIS is the day I have to serve, THIS is the day I have to worship, THIS is the day I have to spread cheer and gladness, THIS may be the only day I have. Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1 I need to make THIS day count!

Back to the song: "What Will I Leave Behind?"
Verse 1: After I leave for worlds unknown, Over the border line:
Never again on earth to roam. What will I leave behind?

Verse 2: Will I be missed by those I love, Or have I been unkind?
Have I been true to God above, What will I leave behind?

Verse 3: This is my prayer, O Lord, today, Let me be wholly thine;
When I am called from earth away, Let heaven then be mine.

Chorus: Leave behind, yes, leave behind, what will I leave behind?After I leave for worlds unknown, What will I leave behind?

(written by Sherrill Brown)

My son and I were on our way to get the oil changed in my van today. One of our preacher friends preaches on the radio each day, and it was time for his message, so we tuned him in.Would you believe he brought about the thought of What will I leave behind? He told of a great man of God who said that he wanted to live in such a way that he would be missed at the end of his life.

Seems like everywhere I turn lately, this thought has stared me in the face.

Here is the whole point of this post: How will people remember me when I'm gone? What will I leave behind? I'm not talking about leaving behind money, houses, and land! Will I leave behind kindness, love, care, faithfulness, laughter? What will I leave behind? So, I asked myself this question today...How do I want people to remember me when I'm gone? And again, let me remind you, this is not about death, it's about living! These are some verses that came to my mind of how I would like to be remembered. I only dream of some of these; I'm the weakest of all God's children. Any good that has been in my life is all because God put it there. Within myself, I'm nothing. I thought of Titus 2:3-5 and verses 7 & 8. These are touchy verses in this day and age. But, they are still in the Bible! The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things: That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Verses 7 & 8: In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. I also thought of the verses in Matthew and John that tells us over and over again to love our neighbor as ourself, to love one another, and to even love our enemies. I thought of Proverbs 17:17 where it says that a friend loves at all times. When people think of me, will they think of my love for my husband and children? Could they see that I truly and deeply loved and cared about my neighbors and people I came in contact with? What about my enemies, did I love them as well? Was I a teacher and example of 'good' things? Was I a 'pattern of good works'? Could they tell I loved God with all my heart, soul, and mind? I Corinthians 15:58 says Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Oh how I want to be remembered as a REAL christian...not wishy washy...not lukewarm! I want to be remembered as consistent, faithful, peaceable, loving, caring, joyful! What will I leave behind? We all leave behind something whether we plan to or not. What about my attitude? Is it good or bad? We all have bad days and I don't feel like Miss Merry Sunshine some days, but I desire to be the best I can be for God. I desire to shine brightly and to keep the main thing the main thing! Oh how I love Jesus because He first loved me. I encourage you to make each day count. Love deeper, give generously, laugh louder, pray and study God's Word longer, speak kindly, walk the walk, praise genuinely, witness boldly... I could go on and on. Dear friend, what will you leave behind?

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Mississippi Blessing

Note: If you are not a resident of Mississippi or never have lived in the hot, humid South, you may not understand the weight of this blessing!

Bless this house, oh Lord, we cry.
please keep it cool in mid-July.
Bless the walls where termites dine,
while ants and roaches march in time.
Bless our yard where spiders pass
fire ant castles in the grass.
Bless the garage, a home to please
carpenter beetles, ticks, and fleas.
Bless the love bugs, two by two,
the gnats and mosquitoes that feed on you.
Millions of creatures that fly and crawl,
In Mississippi, Lord, you've put them all!
But this is home, and here we'll stay,
So thank you Lord, for insect spray.

I saw this in Tombigbee Country Magazine, August 2009 edition