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Wed
16
Mar

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

For many years in my childhood, I felt terrified by Baptist pastors who seemed to have a goal of convincing saved people that they were actually lost.

It caused me severe anxiety as a child, though I never told anyone. I just lived in perpetual fear that I was hell-bound, even though I truly loved and trusted Christ.

One time as a little girl, I heard a preacher say, “If you can’t recall the exact moment you were saved, you are not saved.”

That statement scared me, because I don’t have a dramatic conversion story. For Years, I tried to recall “that exact moment,” but still to this day, I cannot. It took fortyfive years for me to finally hear a Christian “testimony of conversion” that parallels mine in every way: I recently heard someone ask Dr. John Lennox on a YouTube video, “What is your conversion story?” and I was stunned to hear Lennox literally tell my own story.

Wed
02
Mar

When U.S. is Weakened by Flawed Presidential Leadership, Russia Invades, China Looms, Iran Enriches

When U.S. is Weakened by Flawed Presidential Leadership, Russia Invades, China Looms, Iran Enriches

Surely we recognize the great dangers to our country from across the globe and the desire of ruthless nations to seize the opportunity and fill the vacuum when they witness American weakness, either because we are unaware or incapable of stopping the advance of evil.

Does anyone believe this would be going on if Pres. Trump were still president? In fact, in a recent poll published by The Hill, 62 percent of Americans say that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine under President Trump.

Do we really believe it’s a mere coincidence that Russia is invading a sovereign country and China is looking at Taiwan like a shark does at chum in the water while Iran continues doing what it has never stopped doing— perfecting the enrichment of uranium so that it may realize its dream of a nuclear weapon that it would deploy against Israel and ultimately the U.S.

Wed
02
Mar

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife

Start Your Garden Plans Now!

The weather may not be conducive to gardening quite yet, but it is still a great time to plan. We need to know what we want to plant, so we need to make a list of seeds to order. Another consideration is how much space we have, and if there is room to add even more.

To best plan for your garden, you need to have a few supplies ready: a notebook, pen, seed catalogs, and that much needed cup of hot tea, hot chocolate and a plate of cookies. (Okay. The last ones aren’t really required, but it will be a much more fun planning session if you have them!)

Here are a few things to think about when you plan:

Wed
09
Feb

Amnesty International Report Slanders Israel

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Amnesty International (AI), which purportedly exists to fight against human rights violations, sharply disparaged Israel this week labeling Israel an “apartheid” state that should be scorned by the world.

In its Feb. 1, 2022 report, entitled “Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity,” AI disingenuously attempts to compare the treatment of blacks in South Africa during that period of racial segregation and oppression—up to the early 1990s—to how Israel “treats” Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza.

The AI report concludes that the state of Israel has “perpetrated the international wrong of apartheid” against Palestinians. The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), an organization that represents more than 2,000 Orthodox Jewish rabbis, condemned the report as “antisemitic” and a “litany of shameless lies.”

Wed
09
Feb

On The Bright Side

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Each Valentine’s Day I’m reminded of how my husband and I met.

It was May 1999, and I was working as a writer/producer for the CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama. I was 22 years old, single, and living in a one-bedroom apartment.

The station’s news director, Peggy, began to say things like, “Allie, I need to introduce you to my middle son, Marshall, sometime soon. I think you two would really get along.”

She had a photo in her office of her three sons, and I will admit I really liked what I saw of that cute middle son!

So one Tuesday afternoon, Peggy called me to her office. I assumed it was regarding a promotion I was working on for the 5 o’clock newscast that day.

Wed
19
Jan

Inflation, a Hidden and Regressive Tax on Americans

Inflation, a Hidden and

I am always optimistic about the strength, resiliency, and ingenuity of the American free market economy. However, this ec onomic strength and stability depends upon government creating a level playing field for free market competition, and even more importantly, not to handicap the economy through the imposition of unreasonable laws and regulations.

One of those handicaps includes the less visible, but very real effects of inflation on goods, services, and everything else. In fact, inflation in the U.S. increased faster this past year than it has in nearly 40 years—dating back to the administration of President Jimmy Carter. So, what exactly is inflation?

Well, economists tell us that inflation occurs when consumer demand in the economy rises more than the supply of consumer goods, describing this dynamic as “too much money chasing too few goods.” In the simplest terms, the result is a general increase in prices and decrease in the purchasing power of money.

Wed
12
Jan

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

When we choose to live a Simple Life, one of the first aspects we need to learn is the difference between being busy in a healthy productive way, and busyness for the sake of being busy.

Being busy is a good thing, if focused on our own priorities, passions, and the life we have chosen for ourselves. Busyness for the sake of being busy, on the other hand, can be detrimental to our health, happiness, and goals.

A healthy productive busyness means we are filling our planners with things that help us to reach goals, find quality time with our family and friends, and enjoy our life. It also allows for much needed quiet time where we can think about what we want in life, let ourselves dream, and find ways we can turn those dreams into reality.

Wed
12
Jan

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

One time, a group of Bible students approached me in DSW Shoes on Youree Drive. They wanted to ask me some questions for a project as they filmed my answers.

Back then, I wasn’t as “prepared to give an account” (as the Apostle Peter tells us to be) as I should have been, but this encounter made me recognize that fact.

One of the questions the students asked was simply: “Do you believe in God? Why or why not?”

Initially this seems like an easy question to answer, but most people end up answering in personal, subjective way. This isn’t wrong, but I wanted to also know how to articulate an objective response.

In my reading and researching, I came across ample objective evidence for God’s existence, including the fine-tuning of the universe, the intricacy of DNA, the existence of objective moral values, and many other philosophical arguments that point straight to the Creator.

I also read the following, which really sums it up:

Wed
15
Dec

America’s Adversaries Are Watching Her Closely

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If there was one area and set of issues upon which both political parties could make common cause and find agreement in this highly partisan time one would reasonably conclude it would be in matters of foreign affairs and national defense.

That is why, as I watch the Biden Administration, it strikes me that every American president, regardless of party, would seemingly recognize the great dangers to our country across the globe and the desire of ruthless nations to seize the opportunity and fill the vacuum when they sense American weakness, either because we are unaware or incapable of stopping their advances and aggression. In fact, that insight and experience was a major selling point of Joe Biden, as a presidential candidate.

That is also why I find troubling the actions taken by Russia, Iran, and China in the last year.

Wed
08
Dec

“Memories and Mile-markers”

“Memories and Mile-markers”

Memories and mile-markers.

They remind us of where we’ve been; but, we shouldn’t cling to them or let them determine where we’re going.

Yes, the past and present are two things we have in common. One (the past) helped define and refine us, i.e., helped make us into who we are. The other one (the present) is an opportunity to determine where we’re going—if we’ll let it.

In this day-and-age of “Cancel Culture”. . .where some are trying to remove any remnants of the past. . .or seeking to rewrite it by their own warped point-of-view. . .it’s important for us to remember the past and learn from it.

That’s why the tearing down of all of these statues is wrong.

They’re not idols people worship; they’re simply reminders of our past—albeit good or bad—so we’ll not forget where we’ve come from and can learn how to be (or not be), as the case may be.

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