Saturday, November 27, 2010

Spiritual Sundays

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I explained last week about our Thanksgiving plans having to be changed due to the Football Team making it into the Third round of the Playoff games. After having somewhat of a "fit" I finally came to accept that we wouldn't be in Branson with the rest of my family enjoying a cabin in beautiful Ozark country! I also shared that our chances of winning were slim to NONE.

I. was. right.

While we did lose the game (oh how we lost the game 75-28) we NEVER lost heart and NEVER gave up. In fact, the last touchdown we scored was in the final minutes of the game. No matter what, this team wasn't going to quit!

As I was reflecting on this final game of the season, I thought about our Spiritual walk.

When we first come to know the Lord ~ we are all fired up, excited and ready to share the Gospel with anyone who will listen! Remember the Joy and Excitement of being Saved and knowing Jesus!! As time goes by, we grow in our Wisdom and Knowledge. For some, troubles come and it is during this time that our Faith and the depth of that Faith are revealed.

We question God from different angles....Where are you God? Why did this happen? Why am I not seeing my loved one healed or how could this happen to us when we are doing everything we know to do?

As the score in the football game became more and more obvious that our team had no chance of catching up, let alone winning! The true heart of this team came through:

They fought hard. They stayed the course. They remained strong.

Even when some of the fans were leaving the game and only a few remained to cheer them on ~

They persevered. They pushed through.

God's Word tells us we will have trials in this life but not to lose sight. Gods Word tells us He is with us ALWAYS.
God's Word says not to grow weary in doing good because we will reap a harvest if we won't give up!

I have a feeling that at the end of the game while gathering in the locker room this team heard these words from their Coach:

"Boys, You have made me proud. You have made our community proud. You fought hard. You never gave up. You gave everything you had in you. Well done team ~ Well done."

In our Spiritual walk ~ we can't ever let go. No matter what tries to come against us. We must persevere. Fight hard. For in the end I long to hear those words:

Well Done Good and Faithful one!

Don't you?

Have a blessed weekend



Although it's too bad that the team lost, I'm proud of them for continuing to fight on. You did a wonderful job of drawing a great lesson from this experience.


Was the Lord speaking to you at the football game, girlfriend. I receive this lesson with all my heart!


Hi Loren, Such an inspiring post. We could all learn a lot from the team's determination to do their best under the worst circumstances. Love to you and your family.


Love it..."never lose heart and never give up!" Praise GOD HE does not give up on us!


Hi Loren,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on not giving up. I believe the temptation we face at times is just that; giving up. The truth I see in this, is that I'm giving up on God, that somehow, I've become convinced that God, really isn't God after all.

The wonderful truth is that, God isn't defined by my thoughts; His promise to never leave or forsake me it true. Learning to know God allows me to trust Him with my life, even when things look impossibly bleak; I won't give up.

I'm so thankful for this first time visit to your blog.

Blessings and peace.



Oh I long to hear those words for sure...what a great anaolgy you drew from this experience. You'll all remember this game always, and not because you lost, but because you never gave up and fought to the bitter end. Enjoy the rest of your week-end. HUGS, Debbie


what a powerful word..I don't know much about football but I do know there is nothing as good as being with Him....sometimes I think...I can't let go...cause there is no where else to go...Have a great weekend.

Beth E.

Amen! I long to hear those words, too.

Sorry the team lost the game, but oh, what a life lesson. :-)

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage

What a powerful post today,staying on course is not always an easy thing. I'm sorry your team lost.
God Bless,


sorry about the team losing.. but what a beautiful, encouraging post Loren. Thank you!



You would make a great coach. Your words are true and needed. This same thing happens with Christians losing their sense of urgency for reaching the lost. When I first became a Christian I was fired up to save the world. Keep "preaching" your message it needs to be heard....Sorry about your team. I will probably be feeling the way you do tomorrow night when the Cardinals play. Sad that is---not proud. LOL


What an awesome post, Hit me at a wonderful moment, "NEVER GIVE UP" because the LORD never gives up on us. Thanks Loren.....


What a powerful, encouraging post, Loren, To be able to run this race, and hear those words will be worth it all.
Now girl, my hats off to you for missing a cabin in Branson!
Love you,


That was lovely. Your words were really inspiring. Have a blessed day.


Good example, Loren. Never give up. I'm sorry your team lost. Seems like all the Arizona teams have been on a losing streak for awhile. At least the ones we care about. Our hockey team, the Coyotes are doing well. We never watch hockey. Maybe we should start.
Have a good week.


What a great reminder. As I've heard so many times in church, "If you don't quit, you will win." Even if it seems like we're loosing, if we keep fighting, there is no way we can loose with God on our side!

Have a great day! :)

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for grandparents and caregivers

Great job by the team, great job by the family, and GREAT analogy. Words of encouragement for all of us on this Spiritual Sunday. Thank you :)


I'm so sorry the team lost, but what a wonderful message from the coach and from you. Thanks for sharing your Spiritual Sunday and for the blessed reminder that we are not alone!

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