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Holiday Flurry


Well, it's over! And it went extremely well, glory to God! So much better than last year. I was so disappointed after last year's event and when planning this year's I just prayed that we would not have a repeat of all the snafu's from last year. I took all the responsibility for it myself. Everything rises and falls on leadership, as John Maxwell says. Although others let things slip through the cracks, ultimately the buck stops with me. And I blew it. I didn't have my game on last year - I was sick...so sick I just prayed to get through it and do my best. The whole time I preached last year I had a fever and chills and just kept on going. I got through it, but although it was my best, it wasn't enough. At least for me. Other people said, "oh, it was awesome!" But you know, I don't measure myself or the event by what they say, but by what I know. What I know I'm capable of, what has been done in the past, what could have happened had we run on all cylinders. This year I prepared more, prayed more, and asked God to please spare me from being sick! So, what happened?

This year, I was very pleased with how things went. We had at least five people saved, and many people who were encouraged that came forward for prayer for other things. This is the MAIN THING, so above all else, I'm very happy about that! Thank God for his anointing.

The hostesses all did a wonderful job...music was good...things ran smooth as silk for the most part. The place looked stunning. Several people said it looked like a five star hotel. And I felt like I did have my game on. GOD IS GOOD. Last night I came home and just crashed. Never did my bed feel so good...

We slept in this morning til we could sleep no more. Savanna had Chelsea spending the night but they let us sleep and did not wake us up. They just played Barbie's and stuff. Larry decided to get up and take Dustin to work, and Jordan to a party, and then he took the girls to the Christmas parade in Ybor. I have been working around the house and running lots of Christmas errands. We don't have snow flurries here in FL, but I do still have holiday flurry as I flit here and there doing what needs to be done this month. Normally we both work (church work) on Saturdays each week, but this week I really needed a break from it if at all possible being that the outreach was last night. Tomorrow will be a full day and then our staff/board banquet in the evening.

I am getting more Christmas shopping done and it feels good. I have to be ahead of the game or I lose it mentally. If I'm going to enjoy the holidays and focus on the RIGHT THINGS, I have to not be stressed out about these type things.

The next big thing next to the staff/board banquet tomorrow night is my open house next week for leadership and families. We have about 72 people invited. It's always a highlight of my year to do this. It's a ton of work when I do everything I want to do, but it is worth it to me. I love doing things for people and doing them as well as possible.

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