Eat Fat and Be Healthy

Did you know that not all fats are created equal? Over 20 years ago, I believed any fat would make me fat, so I avoided all fats when possible. But I was oh so wrong! Most of us are familiar with trans fatty acids and saturated fats, but not enough of us know about the essential fatty acids. These are the awesome fats necessary for our well-bein...
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How To Remain Calm And Carry On

In A World Filled With Chaos, Pain, And Vast Uncertainty, Is It Any Wonder So Many People Are Anxious? I work as a family counselor, and I am very aware that many who suffer from anxiety and depression truly need a physician’s intervention. There are others, though, like with the COVID-19 pandemic, who allow anxious thoughts to rule their minds ...
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I Am

I am a failure.  I can’t do anything right.  I am always letting myself down.  I am always letting my family down.  I am always letting You down.  I AM your perfection.  I can do no wrong in you, or through you, or any other way.  I AM the one holding you and your family up.  You are a redeemed sinner.  You can do nothing right of your own...
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Relax & Let God's Peace Fill Your Life

I love to jog in the early hours of the morning. Often, when I reach a certain spot, I hear a rooster crowing. The first time I heard it, I thought, ‘Who has a rooster in our neighborhood?’  I had a good idea of whose backyard he resided in until, on another jog, I ran a different route and heard the crowing coming from another neighborhood adja...
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Happily Never Ending

The Ultimate Battle of Good VS. Evil  In the summer of 2020, I started watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time on Netflix. Given that I’ve always loved fairy tales and the simple life lessons gleaned from them, a series based on familiar characters with happy endings seemed like a good way to escape for an hour or two.  However, between the pages of t...
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A Cry For Joy

How A 'New Normal' Gave Me Reason to Search My Heart. I would never have expected to have to complete most of my spring 2020 college semester online. Due to Covid-19, I moved back home to embrace a new normal. Class lectures turned into pre-recorded sessions on my laptop, two-hour classroom exams turned into online assessments, and face-to-face...
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My Wicked Stepmother

Forgiveness Can Be a Process  I had barely started school when a charming woman waltzed into my father’s life. It wasn’t long after that she also entered mine as my stepmother. My memories of her are grisly.  I remember feeling startled and bewildered when she burst into my room and hurled my clothes onto the floor, the ones she had grudgingly f...
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Faith Over Fear

Hope Still Lives Here For many, home is our safe space. In our familiar surroundings, a favorite chair, the kitchen table, and the people we love, we climb into bed at night feeling safe and secure.  On May 23, 2020, just before 1:00 a.m. this sense of security was shaken for two families when a storm tore through Lexington South Carolina.  Shak...
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