The Choice is Yours

Many trials enter our lives without our permission or invitation. Some events are the consequences of sin while others arrive as unwelcome, seemingly unnecessary intrusions. A simple but thoughtless comment, a careless act or an annoying repetition can set our emotions spinning. Other trials are life changing, turning our world upside down. Whether simple or…

Motherhood…Who Knew?

Motherhood. As a little girl, I played with dolls, pretending and looking forward to being a mother. As a teenager, sometimes I vowed I would never do it like my mother, or maybe, I will do it just like my mother. My children love to tease me about how much I am just like my…

Ol’ Money Bags

I distinctly remember the day I gave my grandma the nickname “Ol’ Money Bags.” I was probably 6 or 7 years old, and I was spending the day with Grandma Mayhew, my favorite person in the world. We had just walked home from the bank where Grandma had cashed a check. I followed her into…

Are You a Worm or a Snake?

As a little girl, I loved picking up worms in the garden as Dad prepared the soil. He would rototill while I would run around looking for worms as he would point them out to me. I would bend down close and pull them out and then plop them into my little pail of dirt….

The Lord is My Shepherd

Ever since I can remember, this picture has hung above my bed in my room. It has always been special to me, but not until recently did I really pinpoint why it was so special. Then it hit me. To most, it’s just a picture of a girl with her precious goat-friend sleeping in a…

Walking Through the Fire

Written by Jennifer Murray. As my daughter and her friend played together, I sat with a cup of coffee, excited to have a few quiet moments. After the events of the past few days, I was ready for a few moments of peace. It had all begun a few days before as we celebrated my…

Do You Mean What You Sing?

Written by Carol Roland. How do we worship God in our church services? How do other religions “worship?” Some have certain rituals they faithfully perform. They kneel, chant repetitious prayers, light candles and bring food or flowers to set before their “god.” Some prostrate themselves with heads touching the floor. But what do Bible-believing Christians…

Are You Tired of Waiting?

Written by Mari Venezia. It has been nine years and I’m getting tired of waiting. We moved to Alabama with the expectation of running a successful company. We have done everything the way we thought it should be done. We have prayed and sought the Lord, and yet it doesn’t seem to be happening the…

Have I Not Commanded Thee?

Guest Contributor: Amy Worley My simple thoughts… I have been digging into God’s commands to us. Not just The Ten Commandments, but other commands given to us in His word. One in particular that has been ever present in my mind is found in Matthew 22:37 Thou shalt love The Lord your God with all your…

Pondering

Written by Mary Ellen Hill Bryan. Pondering is good for the soul. I don’t ponder enough. Do you? Pondering…that’s what I’m doing right now…sitting in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, a computer on my lap, and three cats so close I feel as if I’m wearing a fur coat…sitting here…just…

Just a Cup of Tea

Written by Megan Albright. Ever since I was about six years old, I have started every day with a cup of hot tea. My mom was the coffee drinker in our family, while my dad was the one sipping his Tetley tea each morning – a habit that both my sister and I adapted early on….

Sinfully Sweet…The Problem of Sugar

One Sunday night after church, my family and I stopped by the nearest convenience store to grab a bottle of water, and the advertisement in the window announced that if you bought 7 slurpees you would get 11 free. There was even an app for it that you could download to your phone. This got…