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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On Eagle Wings

On one of my trips recently, I saw surprised to see a beautiful eagle flying among the trees.  His wings were outstretched as he soared among the tree.  He was such a beautiful sight, freely flying in his natural habitat. I was immediately reminded of the following passage: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they […]

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Widen Your Horizons

Are you willing to try new things? My mother and I travelled half way across the country last December when my brother graduated from seminary.  In celebration of this momentous occasion my brother took us to several decadent restaurants.  We don’t normally eat French, German, Indian and Mediterranean foods.  However, we were open to these different cultures and foods.  While […]

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Beware of Deception

I learned the hard way that deceptive people look just like the rest of us.  In my situation this person wore a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde face.  Around myself and two other people, this person was their true self.  For a long time I was blinded, but I soon realized I was dealing with a devilish person.  However, in front of […]

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When God Answers Our Prayers

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) Are there things in your life you yearn for? Maybe a family? A job? Time to yourself? We […]

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Exuding Hospitality

Are you hospitable?

Over the weekend I spent time with my cousin. At first sight we seem like an odd pair. After all she’s the same age as my grandmother. However, we’ve been good friends for over a decade. My cousin Hazel has the gift of hospitality. She instantly makes you feel comfortable in her presence. When you enter her home you know […]

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Looking Beyond What We See

Gorgeous Sunrise

Guest Posts by Glenda Mills I woke up to fog this morning. Though the mountains are just beyond the trees, it is impossible to see them. I think about times past when circumstances clouded my vision…making it impossible to see or comprehend what was just beyond my foggy experience. Sometimes our spiritual vision becomes unclear. We believe God is there, […]

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