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Summer 2015

Articles

Real Faith, Real Life & A Real Legacy

McKinsey Rebecca Cook THIS SECTION OF LIVING REAL is dedicated to the memory of a very special young lady whose life came to an abrupt halt at the tender age of 20. Through a single, fatal car accident, God rescued and ushered McKinsey Rebecca Cook into His eternal presence where
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To Practice or Not to Practice

To Practice Or Not To Practice

FROM THE TIME I WAS NINE YEARS OLD, I’ve always wanted to be my own version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. My desire is to become a master of the piano and to play the instrument as beautifully as light dances across a room floor. I’ve always enjoyed performing in front
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A Gardening Lesson

A Gardening Lesson

As I sit here at my keyboard, it’s spring. It’s the season for planting. In many places across the South, farmers and gardeners have already planted their vegetables and flowers, and are now awaiting the harvest. In the mountains where I live, spring is a little slower arriving,
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Remembering McKinsey Cook: the most beautiful piece of our puzzle

Remembering McKinsey Cook: the most beautiful piece of our puzzle

McKinsey Cook was not just another one of our friends. She was a part of us. We grew up with her. Together. I remember way back when we were just kids and we discovered we were cousins (by marriage, but it was all the same to us). We thought it was the coolest thing ever, because
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Getting Back to my Roots

Getting Back to My Roots

Ever have a bad hair day? How about a NO hair day? Now that’s another thing! Actually, it’s not as bad as you might think. No really…I know! Recently I had to surrender my locks. No, it wasn’t one of those nightmare hair stories where a stylist tried
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The Death of A Vision

The Death Of A Vision—God’s Hand In New Beginnings

00:01 A second isn’t very much time, but it can greatly impact the minutes, hours and days that follow. In that measure of time, dreams, visions and fears begin and end. WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME, we begin to see those seconds where dreams are born or die, as moments marking God’s
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The Cat Walk

The Cat Walk

FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS, I HAVE HAD A BEAUTIFUL cat in my family. I call her “Lilly.” I got her when she was six weeks old. I was not a cat person at that point, but when I laid my eyes on her, it was love at first sight. She obviously felt the same way. When we brought her home,
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Accept

Accept

  I KEEP HEARING THE WORDS ‘RELINQUISH CONTROL’ in my head over and over as I meditate on this wise proverb. Have you been guilty of trying to be in control of your world instead of relinquishing control and letting God take over? This has been the biggest struggle of my
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Grace, Faith & Obedience

Grace, Faith & Obedience

  I recently had the pleasure and privilege to lead a young woman to faith in Christ. We discussed the atoning sacrifice of Christ’s death and His magnificent power through the resurrection. As we further discussed the grace of Jesus we turned to Ephesians 2:8-9. Here Paul
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A Letter to my Best Friend...

A Letter to my Best Friend…

  Losing a “sister” is a heartbreak that is unexplainable. A single car crash on February 2, 2015,and in the blink of an eye I lost my absolute best friend. Kins, I can’t believe you’re not here with me anymore. Trying to find the right words to say is hard, but here I go. I
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Creamy Risotto

Katie Eats

When you think of eating a diet that focuses on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, you may assume that the food will be bland. You are probably thinking that you will mainly eat salads. However, I’ve found that eating this way is very satisfying. My
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The Old Wooden Bench

The Old Wooden Bench

  There is an old wooden bench that sits in my back yard. A LOT OF USE HAS COME OUT OF IT. IN FACT, IT used to be quite charming. It’s rotted now and the best use for it would be in a dump. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting on it, alongside someone. Now,
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Chronically Ill

Chronically Ill

A MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS hit me overnight. Twenty-seven years old with a husband, two toddlers, and a newborn … I didn’t have time for this. I also didn’t have a choice. I’d always had weird symptoms that never made sense to my doctors, especially since I appeared otherwise healthy.
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Extending Grace

Extending Grace

PART 1 : RON SOME OLD HYMN LYRICS, from He Giveth More Grace by Ann Flint, are playing in my head, “He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.” These words are ringing true at a local business in South Carolina. Just behind the Chick-fil-A in West Columbia, Beds and Such is not
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Sitting by the Pool

Sitting By The Pool

Desperation filled the air like a dense cloud, but everyone around the pool knew that if they could be the first to reach the waters, the outcome would be electric – just like the product of every dark cloud. Each person waited frantically as they clung to a drop of hope, and
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