Behind the Song Sunday: Just A Closer Walk with Thee

Just A Closer Walk with Thee was considered one of the favorite southern gospel hymns of the 20th Century.  However, its origins remain a mystery. The hymn is considered to be one of the most requested songs at funerals. The song gained national popularity in the 1930s, when African American churches sung it at musical conventions.  By the 1940s, the […]

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Behind the Song Sunday—It Is Well With My Soul

Imagine all of your children were dead?  Would you still be able to praise God?  That is just the beginning of the story behind It Is Well with my Soul. This was not the first, nor the last, tragedy endured by the author, Horatio Gates Spafford. The beginning of their suffering began in 1871.  In 1870, Horatio Spafford and his […]

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Behind the Song: The Lily of the Valley

In 1881, Charles Fry was inspired by the imagery in the Song of Solomon. “‘I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valleys.’ Like a lily among the thorns, so is my darling among the maidens. Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. In his shade I […]

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Wellness Tuesday: The Fight to Get Healthy

Last week I shared about my battle with gaining weight and how antidepressants led to a significant weight gain.  I want to continue the story with my struggle to get healthy. Over the course of the next few years I had many ups and downs as I dealt with a divorce, living with family, caring for my grandparents and returning […]

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Topic Monday: Living Through The Cycle of Violence

We’ve been discussing domestic violence and one important factor of an abusive relationship is the cycle of violence.  This cycle happens hundreds of times in an abusive relationship.  At first the cycle may happen very slowly lasting as much as a year or more.  However, in my experience, the more often abuse happens the faster this cycle will move.  This […]

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Topic Monday: 7 Types of Domestic Violence

Often when we hear domestic violence, we think of physical violence such as hitting, pushing, shoving, punching, kicking or grabbing.  However, there are many other types of violence that falls under the heading of domestic violence.  Let’s take a lot at these: Emotional Abuse is constant criticism and belittling, silent treatment, name calling, insults, emotions to induce guilt and repeatedly […]

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My Journey into Wellness

I’ve got to get healthy!”  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that over the past decade.  More times than I can count or would like to admit.     Don’t get me wrong, I’ve not ignored the problem all together, either.  I’ve done my share on trying to lose the weight, but it’s not been easy.  There […]

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A Deadly Epidemic

Domestic abuse is a deadly epidemic.  Not a week goes by that the news is not filled with a story about a woman {and occasionally even a man} that was murdered by her spouse.  Often the news fills with stories of police having been called to the residence multiple times in the past over various issues.       According to the […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: Wherever He Leads I’ll Go

Baylus Benjamin McKinney was at the top of his career when he traveled to the Alabama Sunday School Convention in January 1936.  The year before the Heflin, Louisiana native was named editor for the Baptist Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. At the convention, the author of such hymns as “The Nail Scarred Hand”, “Speak to My Heart”, […]

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Wellness Tuesday: 9 More Options to Fries

            I shared my struggle with finding healthy alternatives to french fries.  I found a few more options to try. Baked apple chips Squash chips Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon chips Eggplant Chips Spinach chips Baked pickles—I love pickles but I’m not sure about this one.  Again, I’ll try it once. Shamrock chips Baked Polenta Fries […]

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Pulling Out of the Slump

Go from being depressed.....

I’ve suffered from depression the majority of my life. In my case it is inherited and shows up in all personality test I’ve taken. Each day I have to make a concerted effort to pull out of my natural inclinations. It’s not always easy, but I find that I always feel better when this is the case. Some ways to […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-25 Have there been times […]

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Surrendering Your Heart

If you Seek God, He Will Be There

When I was involved in my abusive relationship, I refused to surrender the relationship. I was so afraid of losing this man that the more he pulled away; the stronger I tried to hang on. This did not bring him any closer, which made me more and more desperate. I began to resent the person I’d become. God wants us […]

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