Spring 2014

Articles

Get on the Field!

Click! I LOCKED MY SEATBELT IN PLACE AFTER A LONG DAY at school. Before we were off of Cougar Drive, my mom quickly informed me that tryouts for soccer are today at 5:30. My mind began spinning. I had been asking my parents to sign me up for club soccer and the moment had
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Lessons from Ellie

One evening my husband and I set out for a walk with our two terrier dogs. Because Ellie, our sheep, bleats when left alone, I suggested that we take her with us. On the way home, some neighbors asked, “What is that? Is that a goat?” It happens all the time and my husband finds
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Katie Eats

Adding more fresh fruits and vegetables into our diets allows us to have much more energy. Fresh fruits and vegetables supply our bodies with vitamins and minerals that our bodies crave. Instead of having a cup of coffee or a soda for energy, try a green smoothie. Fruits and
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In Sickness and in Health: Dealing with a Spouse’s Depression

There was a time in my life when I was so sick with depression and anxiety that I could barely function. It affected me so severely that many times I wound up in either the doctor’s office or the emergency room. I would wake up and do only the necessities of life. That was it. I
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In Someone Else’s Shoes

I wore my daughter’s sneakers to walk the three mile route with my husband. My sneaks were old, and the last time I wore them, the balls of my feet felt like I had walked the distance on sandpaper. Because they were tender for the rest of that day, I decided, this time,
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A Little Q&A with the Coach

 Q: What is the most common concern or frustration you hear from parents? A: Ah! That’s easy: “My child is so strong willed!” We are all strong willed, even as adults, in some aspect of our lives. Some children are just a little more passionate in their endeavors! The te
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Trusting God in the Hard Places

    As a college student, I had planned out my entire life. I was going to graduate from the University of South Carolina, become a reporter, and eventually work my way up to being an anchor for the local news. It didn’t take me long to realize that what God had planned
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Bruised Heels Dancing Feet

“Girl, 50 is the new 30! Everything will be different! You just wait and see!” I stopped counting the number of times my friends said these words to me. As I approached the 90 day countdown to my birthday, I decided not to “just wait and see” but to “go and seek” God’s plan and
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Going Deeper

Someone once informed me that there is no such thing as a bad short sermon! Can you possibly believe such a statement? Of course, I can understand the message behind the statement but surely God’s Word has so much more to say than can possibly be said in one short service of
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Good and Faithful Servant: Remembering Don Davis

For 30 years, Rev. Donald P. Davis served as the first pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce, SC. Pastor Don baptized my wife, married us, dedicated all three of our children, and gave the eulogy when my wife’s mother passed away. His daughter, Allison, has been one of my
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Gardening the Soil of Your Soul

Have you ever met someone who has the ability to make anything grow? You know that person with a “green thumb” who just looks at a plant and blooms appear. I have a dear friend who is like that. She actually has plants that bear fruit like lemons, limes and various
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What #LivingLikeRick Has Taught Me

  My world was shattered last year when I heard of the sudden passing of my dear friend, Rick Stilwell. It’s hard to believe it has already been over a year; the hurt from the loss still feels so fresh. After Rick Passed, I made a commitment that I would make a solid
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Running the Race

If you have never been a part of “The Color Run”, I highly recommend that you sign up the next time it comes to town. When my kids and I ran it we had so much fun! One of the best things about the whole day was how God focused my mind before anyone else was even awake. I get so
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Find It Slowly

“I am sorry, Mrs. Stilwell, but your husband did not make it.” These are the words that shattered me on January 11, 2013. My husband had been involved in a car accident, and I was summoned to the emergency room. Somehow, almost our entire family had arrived at the hospital before
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Word of the Day: Propitiation

I often say that God did all the hard work for our salvation. He chased us throughout history, always loving us first; always making a way. He proved His love for us in that while we were still sinners He sent His Son to die in our place. He, by the power of His Holy Spirit,
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