How Ya Livin’?

By Carlyn Paschall

Girl, church was good on Sunday!. We danced, shouted and I even fell out in the aisle! So, what was the message about? I don’t even know.  I was just high in the spirit. Ooooh, but did you hear about John? Girl let me tell you… (gossip). Tomorrow they’re having Happy Hour at Pinkies and they have male dancers, a feast for the eyes. You know I’m going (lust). Let me smoke this cigarette right fast, before I get in the car (defiling the temple of the Holy Spirit). Ever had a conversation like these?

Church on Sunday.  Good that you’re going, but how you livin’ the rest of the week? I truly believe God is more concerned with how we live our lives through the week than just on Sunday. Anyone can put on a show for a couple of hours, Continue reading

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Tam’s Tidbits

USE WHAT YOU HAVE

by Tammy A. Phillips

Young people often think they can do all things, all at once. Well. I was no exception.   In the late 1970’s I was a member of a professional theatre company, consistently wrote plays and poems, worked in a government agency and was a full-time student. Often my peace of mind was shaken by my feelings of inadequacy.

One day while driving I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car that read: IF YOU WANT PEACE OF MIND, CALL THIS NUMBER. A few decades before cellphones, I struggled to remember the telephone number and the ministry name: S.K. Hawthorne Ministries.   I made it home and called the number. The counselor invited me to the ministry office where she and others invited me to know peace with God through a personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ.

Someone in 1978 used a bumper sticker to draw others to Jesus. What do we have available to us today?

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Tam’s Tidbits

Just Ask

Tammy A. Phillips

I will lift up my eyes to the hills, From whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2

For a minute a hundred years ago, I worked at daycare.  One day, two toddlers were sitting underneath the table in the small cafeteria.  Several times they went from looking at the floor to seriously jabbering at each other.   The scene amused me: I went to investigate.

On the floor was a puddle of milk and in one child’s hand was a torn piece of paper towel.  It became apparent that they had been discussing how to clean up the milk.  Finally, the enterprising toddler tried to clean up the liquid with the tiny piece of paper towel.  It was completely absorbed and much of the puddle still remained on the floor.  I got a large piece of paper towel, cleaned up the mess and returned the two to their seats.

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Crutch or Crown?

By: Shawntay Warren

 

Almost two years ago, I fractured my leg playing flag football. That was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever had to experience to date. To add insult to injury, it happened at the most inopportune time–a mere six days before my 27th birthday. I had plans to really live it up and enjoy myself, but suddenly out of nowhere, I found myself on bed rest, popping painkillers and hobbling from room to room in my house. Talk about a setback…I really don’t have to tell you that I didn’t take that situation very well. Then there were the crutches. I swore those crutches were going to be the death of me. I didn’t have much upper body strength to begin with, but there I was left with no other choice than to carry all of my 100-something pounds of weight everywhere primarily by the strength of my arms. The worst part was hobbling up and down the stairs of my building (I live on the top floor of a building with no elevator). You can imagine the workouts I got just from doing simple things like getting the mail or just some fresh air! So that was my life for what seemed like an eternity.  On a daily basis, I watched the muscles in my legs gradually diminish from the lack of use. I often complained and felt sorry for myself because I am very into physical fitness. The inability to be active was pure agony…but then I began to notice something. While one part of my body was weakened, another part of me was getting stronger than ever. Soon, I began to appreciate the muscles in my arms, as well as the crutches that inspired my new-found strength in a place where I least expected.

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