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Friday, 25 August 2017 08:53

In Awe of Creation

We recently experienced an astronomical wonder, in which some of us will never see again.

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With all the hatred and disgust infecting the world at this time, I find it appropriate to consider the topic of love.

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WALKING ON WATER

We have all experienced times in our lives when we’ve had to make difficult decisions. There is the question of the consequences of our choices, “Should I, or shouldn’t I?” If we never make a decision, we will never see a change. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to actually walk on water; it could be the choice of a hard decision. In the bible, Peter had this choice to make. Peter was an outspoken disciple with a strong personality, and he was faced with a decision which included having faith. Without believing Jesus was who Peter knew him to be, he would have never been able to have the faith to make the right choice as Jesus called him to “Come.” As Peter finally made the decision to step out of the boat, he used the faith that was planted deep in his spirit to trust the One whom he had his eyes upon.

Should I take that job? Should I sell my home and start over? Should I marry that person? Should I make that purchase? We are faced with numerous decisions during our lifetime, and we too need to have this trust in order to try to make the right choices. The bible tells us God will lead us in peace. As I have grown older, I’ve learned it’s this peace that I try to base my decisions upon. Let me clarify, there have been many times in which I didn’t follow the truth that was in my heart and each time things never worked out. We will all make mistakes, but that should NOT keep us from continuing to try. Some of the strongest people in the bible made horrible mistakes, but through perseverance they eventually made the right choices. God knows none of us are perfect, no not one! He loves us too much to allow us to continue to stay in a dry, stagnant place. So when you have a chance to make a change for the better, take that step of faith, trust God and venture out on the water! 

TRAVELING TIPS

While we are still in the peak season of vacationing, a lot of us will be driving to our destinations. To avoid unnecessary stress, plan ahead. Preset your destination if you use a GPS; avoid using cell phones while car is in operation. Before hopping in that car to enjoy a getaway, you need to make sure it is safe. Be sure to check all your fluids; you do not want to be stranded on the side of the road due to a lack of oil. Clean your windshield as well as checking the wipers, as I have learned the hard way how important good wipers are when there is a downpour. Also check the treads and pressure in your tires before you leave; good tires are critical for traveling. Pack your belongings as to leave an open view from your rear view mirror, you need to be able to see clearly; also set your side view mirrors. If you are traveling with children, make sure you have something handy to keep them content. Pack a few snacks and something to drink. If you are not traveling alone, you may want to switch drivers every so often as to get a break from driving.

Stop periodically to stretch; take an off-road break.

 

Grab those sunglasses, enjoy a safe trip, and have a wonderful vacation! 

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You are Never Alone

There have been many times in my life when I have been surrounded by people, but have felt so alone. In times such as these, I had to focus my thoughts on what I knew, not how I felt. Even though my human nature often struggles to take over, I am a firm believer in what God says is true and that prayer works! Through situations too numerous to mention, I’ve seen the results of prayer and seen the hand of God move in my life as well as others.

In one situation when I was about eight months pregnant with my second child, I experienced one such miracle. At the time, we lived in a single wide trailer with a bedroom on each end. My husband worked out of town for a few weeks at the time, so I was often left alone with my youngest daughter Jessica who was then four years old.

I let Jessica sleep with me while her dad was out of town since her bedroom was on the other end of the home. One night after going to bed, we had a terrible storm. When it woke me up, I began to pray as I held Jessica tightly. While praying, a very loud noise came over us during the storm; I felt the trailer start to move like it was lifting. I earnestly continued to pray and within a minute or two, the storm settled.

The experience left me shaking as I prayed not to go into labor. And it took me a while to go back to sleep, but I finally had peace of mind and fell asleep. The next morning, we awoke to several tree branches that were down all around our trailer. What really caught my attention was a large tree that was behind our trailer which was totally uprooted! Apparently, there had been a tornado right over our home, which miraculously was kept from touching down on us. The tree also missed damaging our home. I believe Jessica and I were not alone that night, and the hand of God had protected us.

When you feel like you are all alone, be of good cheer; though storms may rage, there is one who is always there for you. You are never alone.

Healthy Plants for the Home

 

As humans, we spend most of our time indoors, so air quality is important. There are many toxic compounds in our homes such as formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, as well as indoor pollution caused by pollen, bacteria, or mold.

Plants absorb particles in the air as they take in carbon dioxide, then it is processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. There are also microorganisms which are associated with the plants present in the potting soil. These microbes are responsible for much of the purification.

Below are some plants that will help purify the air inside your home.

    •    Bamboo Palm which grows between 4 – 12 feet tall

    •    Peace Lily which is very easy to care for and a super indoor air cleaner

    •    Dracaena has many air cleansing benefits

    •    Garden Mum

    •    Spider Plants which are also very easy to care for

    •    Ficus or Weeping Fig, which grows between 2-10 feet tall

    •    Boston Fern

    •    Snake Plant has many benefits

    •    Aloe Vera which can also be used as a topical on skin for wounds

 

Overall, plants just make us feel better physically as well as mentally, so why not make a trip to the nearest garden center and begin the purification process?

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Christmas Cheer

 

About two years ago when it was close to Christmas, I got a phone call from my daughter Jessica. As I spoke to Jessica, I could hear a commotion in the background. My granddaughter Payton, who was 3-years-old at the time, was chomping at the bits to tell me something. Jessica handed the phone to her as she proceeded to tell me she was going to see Santa Clause. I could sense the excitement in her voice as she went through her “What I want Santa to get me list.”

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I work in a rural area in Richmond County, which is on the border of Hitchcock Creek. We often see strange sights and various critters in this area. Where I work, our trucks are constantly coming and going, so we have large scales for them to pull onto to weigh in and out.

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By now most of us here in Richmond County have heard about Pastor James Brigman who lives in Rockingham and is walking to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness. The Brigman’s daughter, Lauren Faith is 9-years-old but at birth, only weighed a little over a pound. This required her to have constant care and left her in a fragile state for the rest of her life.

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I’m sure many of you have encountered backyard critters. Living in the county and having thick brush behind my home, I also encounter these interesting creatures on a regular basis. A few weeks ago as I was cooking, I looked out of my kitchen window, which overlooks the entire backyard, and noticed several rabbits. Three of them chased each other around the yard, then two wandered off to continue on a different route as they played “catch me” while running around my barrel garden as their obstacle course. It was quite amusing to watch.

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My oldest daughter, her husband and my two grand-babies live in Virginia Beach, so we communicate often through Facebook as well as phone and Skype. This past Saturday morning I got a call from her telling me about an interesting event that had just taken place. She was in the kitchen preparing breakfast while the children (Payton who is 5-years-old and Aaron who is 3) were playing in the living room building a fort.

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I was recently talking with a friend of mine who has two young boys, one age 5 and one age 10. My friend plays in a band and sometimes travels. One afternoon he took his two sons to Raleigh with him to a studio. Both  of the boys are interested in music and were amazed as they listened and watched —they soaked it all in.

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