Fall 2014

Articles

Cancer is Not Our Life

September 2012 was only two years ago, but it feels like a lifetime ago. The day after Labor Day, my husband, Robby, was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer at the age of 35; the cancer was found with a colonoscopy. Our doctor informed us of the diagnosis immediately following
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Public Works of HeART

I painted my first mural when I was 16. THE OWNER OF A LOCAL SUB SHOP IN THE small town I grew up in saw my artwork on the cover of our school calendar and hired me to paint a football player striking the traditional Heisman pose in the sub shop’s new dining room. The pay
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Poetic Athlete

Jeremiah 29:11 is the scripture by which Prosperity Project in Columbia focuses its ministry: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Michael Jordan, a newly signed professional
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Braced by God

“TIME TO GET UP!” MY MOM’S VOICE startled me, but when I realized today was the day I had been looking forward to, I jumped out of my bed and got ready. I had never been so willing to go to a doctor’s appointment, but today was a date I had been looking forward to for two long
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God, Keep Me Strong

Plans were in place for my husband, Mac, and I to attend our respective high school reunions. It never crossed my mind that we would not be able to attend. I didn’t realize how much I was going to need a fresh touch of God’s strength and grace to sustain me in the days ahead. Mac
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A Living Hope: Preparing for Persecution

As Americans, we don’t understand what it is like to not be able to live in total freedom in our own country, because America has never been taken over by another country or ruled by a dictator. As Christians, we don’t understand what it is like to live in a society where the
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Katie Eats

Kid-friendly recipes Kids mimic their parents eating habits. If a parent wants their child to be healthy, then it is imperative that the parent eat healthy foods as well. In our society, the fast pace of life has led to a decline in our overall health. Instead of cooking fresh
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Lexington Medical Center Earns Highest Rating Possible for Heart Program

LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER’S CARDIOVASCULAR program has earned the highest designation given to hospitals – a three-star rating for heart surgery – from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). For the year 2013, only 15 percent of heart programs nationwide have achieved this
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The Fear That Kept Us Quiet

Anxiety and depression are two things most people don’t understand. While I am not claiming to have a clinical or medical understanding of what these things can do to a person, I have seen what it looks like when someone you love struggles with both. In the last edition of Living
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My Hands

My life thus far cannot be defined by a single accomplishment, failure, or experience. This 17-year-old journey I call life is not one without twists and turns. Yet what I believe to be the underlying theme throughout the entirety of my being is, in contrast, quite simple: my
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He Restores My Soul…and Everything in Between

EMBEDDED WITHIN THE 23 PSALMS ARE FOUR very profound words easily overlooked: “He restores my soul.” We often think of God as a Healer, Teacher, Savior, Friend, Deliverer, and Source, but did you know that God is also Restorer? Let’s examine the text of this Psalm and go a little
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The Race

“Come on LP! Let’s go!” my dad yelled with a spring in his step as the screen door slammed behind him. (LP is short for Little Princess) “Where are we going?” I asked, not that I cared. I was 9 or 10 and anywhere with dad was good with me. “To the track,” he said. I ASSUMED WE
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A Gift From Melissa

IN FEBRUARY 2013, I FOUND OUT A PRECIOUS friend from high school was battling cancer. Not long after I heard the news, Melissa lost her fight, but not before the Lord used her story to teach this weary mommy a thing or two about a grateful heart. My hope is that He will do the
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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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