Football in the South

College football starts in the South Eastern Conference this weekend. In honor of the upcoming football season, today Janet Ferguson is my guest. Janet and I just enjoyed time together at the ACFW 2016 Conference in Nashville.


Now, here's Janet:

The South, Football, & Life

In the South, most of us love football. It’s something we talk about, cheer for, and spend time watching with friends, whether in person or as a group watching it on TV. The adrenaline seems to flow as the leaves begin to turn from deep greens to those fall yellows and oranges, and a chill touches the air, and those pads and helmets are put on.
My husband played high school football. He was a center. I’ve always watched the sport at whatever school I attended, and of course, in Mississippi, we follow the SEC games. I never thought a whole lot about why we enjoy watching so much or about the injuries the players battle with—until my son played the sport.

His junior year, he tore his ACL and his shoulder labrum participating in this sport he loved. And he was not able to make a comeback. I saw the game through different eyes as he struggled with the loss. He missed the comradery, the goal, the discipline, the friendship. Everything about being a part of a team.


While he was going through three of four surgeries that he ended up having, I began writing Tackling the Fields. It combines this love for a game with the loss of a dream for one character and the loss of innocence for another. It was a challenging, almost painful, book to write. But in the end God heals our wounds and helps each of us recover from our broken places.
He’s there to free each of us from the heartaches that try to take us captive.

I'm so thankful Janet could take time out of her busy schedule and visit today. Tackling the Fields is a wonderful story and is available as ebook and paperback.


Flag of the Week comes from Athens, Georgia

My husband, Tim, graduated from the University of Kentucky. I grew up in Kentucky, but when I attended the University of Georgia I fell in love with football. I can cheer for Kentucky any time except when they play Georgia. We have so much fun watching the yearly Kentucky vs Georgia game. Some years we are able to go back to Athens, but it didn't work out for us this year. There's nothing like the excitement of being between the hedges to cheer on your favorite team.



My son, Scott, drove down to Athens with a friend who graduated from UK. They stayed with some of our friends, and Scott cheered for UGA. Yes, that made me so happy.

Thanks to Scott this week's flag of the week comes from Sanford Stadium.




Hope

Christmas is the season for hope. For weeks now, I've been looking for signs of hope.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went down to Athens, Georgia. We went to the Georgia vs Kentucky football game. A family sat behind us cheering for UK. The kids screamed and cheered like crazy. I'd hear them talk to their dad. They hoped UK would win the game, and they played a great game. I was so impressed with the children though, because UK had a bad season. If Georgia won they'd be the SEC East champions. I'm a Georgia football fan through and through, but I enjoyed the kids hope through the game. UK's players must have hoped to win too because, as I said, they played a good game.

The Georgia fans hoped we'd win the game. So Stanford Stadium was full of people hoping for a win, but at the end of the day, only some of us left with our hopes fulfilled.

When we place our hope in Jesus, we'll all see our hopes fulfilled. He's the true One to trust and be worthy of our hopes.

I hope you all enjoy the Christmas season!

Fall in the SEC

I graduated from the University of Georgia. My husband graduated from the University of Kentucky. So fall in my house can be rather interesting. I love Georgia football. I'll even watch them play on TV if I'm home alone. Until this year Tim has stayed a loyal UK football fan. We always try to make it to the annual UGA/UK game and he always cheers for UK, and I cheer for UGA. Only one of us goes home happy. I hope I'm the happy one this year.
This year we got into the Halloween spirit. I dressed as a UK football fan, and Tim dressed as a UGA football fan. Then the most precious Minnie Mouse came to our door and said those magic words, "Trick or Treat."
We had a fun night, and I hope you did too!