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LAYAWAY

This week kids all across America are heading back to school.  Some are glad (especially the youngsters), then some not so glad (those who think school is boring). However, I bet the parents are, for the most part, happy school is back in session. Whenever I...

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THEY SAY PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

I’ve heard the saying “you know, patience is a virtue” all my life.  It’s always been a hard pill for me to swallow, being the Type A, Choleric personality I am.  I like to know all the answers, fix every problem, and basically have things run my way. One of...

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU …

I can hear my mother now – “Deborah Jan, watch what you say; you don’t want me to wash your mouth out with soap!”  No, ma’am, I sure didn’t (and don’t).  I didn’t realize it at the time, but now decades later I’m learning more about the impact words you say...

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MAKING AMENDS

Webster’s dictionary defines “amends” as “to do something to correct a mistake that one has made or a bad situation that one has caused.”  Every human being at some point will be faced with making amends to someone. I certainly have. Making amends is different than...

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Unwavering Faith

One difference I have witnessed since moving to the country – we go to a lot more weddings and funerals. A small town supports one another in this way. Last week we helped serve in an aunt’s funeral service.  Aunt Joyce lived a long life, and, without a doubt,...

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Eight Deadly Words

I was in church recently (to tell you the truth, I was pretending to listen while actually checking my emails).  When I heard, “there are eight deadly words that can kill any church,” I looked up -- THAT caught my attention.  Then the preacher said, “those...

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Decisions, Decisions

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion in America. The ruling has filled the news cycle since issuance and continues to do so. The world is talking about the issue of abortion and everyone has an opinion. ...

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FIND YOUR VOICE

We love our pups.  We have two big, white, fluffy Great Pyrenees.  When we moved to the country in 2017, we felt our lives were complete – cows, a horse, and pups.  Then a stranger showed up. Buddy, a small pit/terrier mix, entered our lives three years ago. ...

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Finish the Race

I’ve never been an athlete.  I figured there was a reason for scooters in stores and moving walkways in airports, and I could help them stay in business if I continued using them. Well, I was wrong. As I am now well past the age to know better, I realize the...

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NO PAIN, NO GAIN

I’ve been on a health kick lately.  If you know me, I tend to be an “all or nothing” type of gal, so I’m moving away from eating anything and everything (in moderation, of course), to eating Mediterranean, gluten free, lactose free, sugar free. My friends say I’m...

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The Power Bigger Than Our Problems

David meeting his "giant" I was raised in Texas, right in the middle of the Bible Belt.  My family went to church twice on Sundays, once on Wednesdays, and in between for Training Union and Girl’s Auxiliary.  Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper I have...

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A LASTING LEGACY

Last week, hubby called me sobbing.  In 34 years, he’s only cried three times, so I knew something was terribly wrong.  Our good friend of 20+ years had just died from a battle with leukemia.  At this point, hearing Cary, I started crying, too. I’ve...

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WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT

Psalm 91:4 He covers me with His feathers, and under His wings I take refuge; His truth is a shield and armour. When You Least Expect It Over the past several years (since my last blog post), a lot has happened. Health concerns, change in routines, family loss --...

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The Journey to Health: The Long Road

My momma and daddy always told me, “Deborah Jan, nothing’s worth having unless you have to work hard for it.”  I always hated to hear them say that, but now I know how right they were.  Doubly so when you’re working toward a goal of good health. I received a great...

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