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Coastal Christian Family exists to provide Christians and the community at large with ways to grow and develop as a part of Panhandle’s Christian Family. The local publication is designed to promote positive living by sharing with readers the latest news on entertainment, healthy living, parenting and inspirational literature as well as what individuals and organizations are doing to try to address the needs of the family. ®

Publisher: Coastal Faith Productions, LLC Editor: Joanna Amunds, Contributing Writers: Joanna Amunds Judy Woodward Bates Sara Boggs Acton Bowen Bethany Brummitt Mark Cornelius Alice Duckett Hank Erwin

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Welcome to Coastal Christian Family! Isn’t May a beautiful time at the beach? The weather is getting warmer and we are beginning our summer tourist season here on the Emerald Coast. We are glad to see our visitors. They help our economy by spending money and creating jobs. For that, we are very thankful. My thought is let’s give these tourists more than just beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants and shopping. Let’s give them Jesus. Let’s show them the love of Christ while they are here. We have our own mission field right here in front of us. You only have to look around. Last summer I had a vacationer call me after getting back home to say she had picked up Coastal Christian Family and was so happy to find Jesus at the beach! The Lord instructs us in His word to tell others about Him. It’s not hard to show kindness to others or tell them where they can find a church service while on vacation. We have churches that have services on the beaches on Sunday morning and there are Vacation Bible Schools going on all over the area. Let’s be radical and turn tourist season into a season for bringing people to Christ! He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15

Unless otherwise noted scripture taken from the Holy Bible New International Version, copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society. Circulation & Distribution: 10,000 copies of Coastal Christian Family® are printed each month. Coastal Christian Family® is free and available at targeted high traffic locations in Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties. Copies are also available by subscription, $25 for one year.

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Joanna Amunds, owner of Coastal Faith Productions, LLC resides in Mary Esther, Florida. She is now the editor and is publishing Coastal Christian Family She has been married for almost 23 years to her husband Don and has two boys, Scott and Robbie. Recently retiring from the State of Florida, Joanna was able to begin living her dream and begin publishing Coastal Christian Family.

Joanna grew up in Dothan, Alabama and spent many vacation weeks on the Emerald Coast before moving here in 1985. She worships at Navarre United Methodist Church and is very involved in the Blue Lake Emmaus Community. For more information on Coastal Christian Family, contact Joanna at (850) 803-6005 or

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May 2014

CONTENTS Volume 14, Number 5

Departments 3 From the Publisher 6 Humor in Holy Places May & Mother 6 Encouraging Word Faith, Hope and Obedience 7 Bringing out the Winner in your Child

On the Cover


Award winning Christian author Nancy Rue launches an anti-bullying campaign for girls. See page 12.

Social Media and your Child’s Self-Worth 8 Best Books A Nation Under Judgment 9 Our House Deck Design Ideas to make the Most of Summer Time 15 Healthy Living Taking your Meds the Right Way

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Movement 10 Mother’s Day Out

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Fuzzy’s Smoked Whitefish 17 Fashion for You


18 Student Moments

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What makes you Happy? 19 Kids Korner Exercise your Taste Buds


Hooked on Science 20 Coloring Page 21 Calendar/Ad Directory 22 Classifieds/Support Groups



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May & Mother May and Mother’s Day evoke many memories of my dear mother. Hardly a day passes that either my husband Steve or I will begin a sentence with “As Mamma Willie would say.” Her sayings have become known as “Wilieisms” in our family. She didn’t mean to be funny nor did she know she was, but recalling some of her sayings and comments never fails to bring a smile to my face. When one of her children of grandchildren would achieve something, she would comment, “I’m so proud of you, I don’t know what to put you in.” Often when we would sit down to one of her lovely meals, there would be something on the table we didn’t recognize. Steve would ask, “Willie, what is in this?” She would simply reply, “Something good. If I told you, you might not eat it.” She knew there were certain foods Steve wouldn’t eat. Turnip greens was one of those, but finally after she insisted he try them for the umpteenth time, he finally tasted them and actually liked hers. One reason was she thought a little sugar helped anything. She helped the greens a lot.

into some evil ways, Mother would whisper, “She’s just gone to the bowwows.” One of her dear nieces and her husband had visited us from North Carolina. It was the middle of summer, but as we were all saying our goodbyes, Mother said, “Your visit has just made Christmas.” We all had a laugh at the time, but now when something makes us happy, we quote her and say, “That just made our Christmas.” Mother played the piano at their little country church from the time she was eleven years old until near her death at ninety-one. If she thought the music was dragging a bit, from her place on the piano stool, she would speak up and say, “Let’s pick that up a little.” In her later years, she would have problems finding the number the director would call out. One day she flipped through the hymnal one way and then back the other. When she finally found the number, she eased the tension the congregation felt for her when she spoke up and said, “That one almost wasn’t in my book.” Yes it’s May, so I will follow the tradition which was important to my parents by going to Decoration Day, but as I place flowers on their graves, it won’t be with tears, but with smiles as I think of the joy they brought in my life. — Barbara Eubanks

If there was a person who had fallen

AN E NCOURAGING WORD Faith, Hope, and Obedience There are just some things that a mother tells her children regardless of their ages. My sons are now grown men, but when they leave the house, I still say, “Fasten your seat belts!” If it’s raining, I have to tell them that the roads will be slippery (as if they wouldn’t know!) I realize that I have told them these things every time they have gotten into their cars since they began driving, and even if I didn’t say it, I know they KNOW to do it; and yet, I still have to SAY it. I remember things my mother used to say. Even now, when I leave her house, she still wants me to call her when I get home just to let her know I made it safely. I also remember being sick as a young child, Mom putting a cold cloth on my forehead and saying softly, “Honey, I wish I were the one sick and not you,” and she meant it. I have said (and meant) those same words to my boys. There are several mothers described in the Bible whose words or actions reflect just the same selfless love as that of many mothers today. Jochebed,

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Hannah, Elizabeth, and Mary are just a few examples. Each of these women showed their faith and obedience to God in various ways. Jochebed gave birth to a son when the king of Egypt was having all boy babies killed. Placing him in a pitch-covered basket in the reeds by the bank of the Nile River, this mother had faith that God would provide a way for her infant to survive…and He did---right in Pharoah’s household! Hannah was barren and bullied because of it. She prayed and wept for a child. She promised God that if He would give her a boy baby, she would give him into the Lord’s service. He did, Samuel was born, and Hannah kept her vow. Elizabeth was advanced in years, childless, and barren. Not only did God give her a baby and thus silence those who had reproached her for being childless, her son would become known throughout the world and across the ages as John the Baptist and would be “great in the sight of the Lord” (Luke 1:15).

obedience and faith, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) Soon, Mary would give birth to the Lamb of God. As a mother, I read these accounts of obedient, faithful women, and I am both humbled and uplifted. Their lives, while at first filled with fear, near-hopelessness or even public scorn, were transformed by the power of God to hope, faithfulness, and obedience. Those transformations are models for us of what we could be…of what we should be not only as mothers, but also as women. God loves us and wants to bless us. May we be faithful and obedient, trusting Him to take care of our futures, no matter what they hold, knowing that… “…all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) — Dr. Nina King

Mary—visited by the angel Gabriel and told the most unbelievable future---believed and replied in




Social Media & Your Child’s Self Worth Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all play such a pivotal role in our children's feelings of self-worth. For the first time in history, our children can get an up to the minute report on how they are fitting in on the local popularity polls simply by checking their number of "likes" on a photo or comment they posted. Unfortunately, they measure themselves and others this way. They can brag and tell everyone exactly how many friends they have or how large their numbers of followers are on twitter. Personally, I wouldn't have fared very well if there was a constant barometer tracking how popular or unpopular I was. My first suggestion is to keep your children off of all social media as long as you can. Facebook says you need to be at least 13 years old to have an account. In my opinion, this is still too soon. Young hearts carry strong emotions and can be so easily hurt, causing self-esteem issues that they may carry with them the rest of their lives if they are not dealt with properly. You and I have a very large mountain to climb if one of our children has their reputation and name slandered by an untrue statement, or even one that might be true but should not have been put out there on a public forum. Make sure that all measures are in place to ensure that your child is not getting all of their self-worth from their "cyber friends." Have a real relationship with them, and above all make sure they are growing in their relationship with God. Also, be sure they are surrounding themselves with the right type of true friends. When kids are younger, you can steer them in the right direction. As they get older, you have to make it a point to be involved and know who they are hanging out with. If you don't know your child's 5 best friends then you are not involved enough. Make sure that your children know just how important they are. Don't let the trappings of today's society fool them into thinking they are any less that what they were born to be - a child of God! — John Croyle, Executive Director Big Oak Ranch, Author of Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child and The Two Minute Drill to Manhood. Visit

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B EST BOOKS What does it mean to be “one nation under God”? Is the United States still one nation under God? This is the vital question asked by Richard Capriola in his latest book, A Nation Under Judgment, released in April of 2014.

islator, and every believer, apologetic, preacher and evangelist needs this resource on their shelves.”



A Nation Under Judgment is published by Mill City Press and is available on Amazon. A trailer of the book can be viewed at



Using his signature style – simple and effective – Capriola outlines our nation’s social policies and contrasts them with what he believes is God’s point of view from Scripture. Reviewing policies such as hunger, poverty, homelessness, the environment, and income inequality among others Capriola challenges his readers to examine these issues and compare them to God’s perspective. What does it mean to be “one nation under God” Capriola asks his readers. “Do the words have value only in times of national crisis?” He explained “Our Founding Fathers believed the words were more than a political slogan. Have we strayed from their vision?”

About the Author: Richard Capriola spent many years serving as a hospital chaplain. He completed four years of Clinical Pastoral Education in preparation for becoming a chaplain. In addition to his pastoral care experience he has led a church based outreach ministry and has served as a mental health counselor at both a regional mental health crisis center and a psychiatric hospital.

Capriola explained the purpose of his book: “I want A Nation Under Judgment to be a thought provoking journey that empowers readers to decide for themselves if our nation is moving away from God’s point of view when crafting social policies.” A Nation Under Judgment defines wisdom as the ability to see things from God’s point of view and Capriola asks readers to examine if our nation is losing its wisdom and moving away from God. “Our nation seems to be reaching a boiling point” he said. “We appear restless and frustrated with a dysfunctional Congress that’s more interested in political bickering than solving the critical issues facing our nation.” He acknowledges that much of our dissatisfaction is due to the anemic economic recovery and high unemployment. But he challenges readers to ask if the dissatisfaction might run deeper. “Could it be that a part of our unease is a deep feeling that our nation is moving away from God’s point of view?” Early reviews for the book have been impressive. For example, Heather Randall, CEO of Christian Women Affiliate, said it’s “Well researched and Scripturally based.” She added “A Nation Under Judgment seeks to be a catalyst for inspiring believers toward deeper biblical thought regarding social policy.” Richard R. Blake, writing for Reader Views said, “A Nation Under Judgment is a clarion call to the dangers of national pride, indifference, exploitation, current trends, and of the danger of a nation moving away from God’s point of view.” Dolores Liesner, a reviewer for Christian Women Affiliate, wrote “Every leg-

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Deck Design Ideas to Make the Most of

Summer Time Your deck should accommodate different aspects of your lifestyle, including entertainment, relaxation, and places where the children can play. Think in terms of how you can organize your deck space into separate areas for your different needs. Create a sheltered nook for a quiet hideaway by using decorative screens, trellises, or planters. If you are building a deck from scratch – and you have the space – consider outdoor deck design ideas featuring multiple layers. If that isn't feasible, changing the direction of the deck boards is an easy approach to visually carving out a separate space. Color. Using different stain colors to designate where one area begins and another ends is a great way to define space for both new and existing decks. You can incorporate a variety of deck color ideas into a single space – including adding different hues to the transition area leading from your home's interior space to the deck, or as a design element for visual impact. Your exterior wood and deck stain options include transparent, semi–transparent, and solid color stains. Area Benjamin Moore retailers can share with you color options and deck design ideas that will work for you and your family. Lighting. To create the perfect mood for relaxation, consider adding to your deck candles (from large stand–alone pillars to clusters of tiny tea lights), lanterns (hurricane, paper, or glass),string lights (wrap around nearby trees/ including potted ones on the deck, deck railings, or along awnings and umbrellas), chimeneas and solar lighting(along steps and entryways for safe stepping). For additional wood deck design ideas, tips and easy instructions on staining your deck, see your local Benjamin Moore retailer and visit for videos and how-to articles. —Information provided by

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S PECIAL F EATURE Mom’s Night Out Showcases South The new feature film Mom’s Night Out follows a trio of overwhelmed young moms who desperately need an evening with high heels and adult conversation. When their husbands agree to watch the kids for just three hours, the night falls apart in a hilarious unraveling of mayhem. Directed and shot in Alabama by Birmingham native’s Jon and Andy Erwin, the laugh-out-loud portrayal of the chaos of parenting opened in theaters just in time for Mother’s Day weekend and has received very positive reviews.

of times moms in particular feel like they are failing,” he says. “It’s created kind of an unfair perfect expectation of what a parent looks like, rather than realizing it’s about finding the meaning in the chaos. [This] movie looks at what does God expect of us as parents as opposed to what social media puts out there.” The film is also a love story about a husband (Sean Astin) encouraging his wife (Sarah Drew) through the ups and downs of life with three small children. “He plays this lovable guy that just tries really hard to support his wife, but they’re not talking Starring Sarah Drew, Sean Astin and Patricia Heaton, Mom’s Night Out was the same language,” says Andy partially filmed in Helena, Pelham and downtown Birmingham, Ala. Erwin. “In the process he begins to learn what his wife is really looking for and needs to be supported, how to affirm and celebrate who she is.”

When first presented the script for Mom’s Night Out, the Erwin brothWith faith and trust in God central ers say they couldn’t believe how to the Mom’s Night Out message, the much it resembled their own lives. Erwins hope the film will encourage Jon and wife Beth are parents of their own wives and all mothers of three preschoolers. Andy and wife how beautiful and important their Mandi have two preschool age chiljob really is. “A lot of moms are dren. “Andy called me and said, drowning under the weight of their ‘This script is everything our famiown expectations,” says Jon Erwin. lies are living right now, having “You know what, God’s got you right young kids, and it’s just hysterical,’” where He wants you. He’s given you says Jon Erwin. The film hinges on Directors Jon and Andy Erwin praise Alabama businesses and residents for everything you need… You’re God’s a question all parents find thembeing so accommodating during the filming of Mom’s Night Out, including masterpiece, and there’s no mistake selves asking: Am I doing a good blocking off several city streets. “We could never do this type of stuff in in the kids He gave you or the job enough job? In the age of social Los Angeles with a movie of this budget, so it’s a huge credit to you are doing. Keep going because media, Andy Erwin notes that the Birmingham and Alabama and their support of us.” what you are doing is incredibly pressure to compare oneself to othimportant, and loving a child is never a mistake.” ers makes parenting today different from decades past. “I think everybody — Camille Smith Platt puts their best out on Facebook and Pinterest, and living in that world a lot

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So why start yet another anti-bullying movement? That was my question when I felt the God-nudge to write a trilogy for tween girls centered around the bullying crisis. Hadn’t it been done? Wasn’t there already enough information out there? In the general market perhaps. But I was dumbstruck when I discovered that little to nothing has been done specifically in the Christian community. Yet who, truly, has more of the answers than we do? The Sermon on the Mount is basically a handbook for the bullied, the bullies and the bystanders. Seriously. In Matthew chapters 5 through 7, Jesus might as well have been sitting down with a group of eight to twelve year old girls saying, “Here’s what to do if you see somebody in trouble. And this is what you do if a bully comes after you. And this, this right here? This is how you can change your mean behavior.” That is how the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy came to be. Thomas Nelson Publishing (Tommy Nelson, to be exact) has allowed me the freedom to create a true-to-tween-life story about three different girls who face the bullying crisis from three different viewpoints. So Not Okay, to be released in May, is the experience of a girl who has remained under the bully radar but who can no longer stand by and watch “the mean girls” take control. With the help of a wise young woman mentor, Tori and her Tribelet turn from bystanders to upstanders who help the bullied girl overcome social alienation and verbal abuse — and begin to turn the attitude of the entire sixth grade around. With them the Code for Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being takes shape. And its basis? Right ... the Sermon on the Mount .. woven without chapter and verse into the story and hopefully into the minds of the readers.

Best Selling Author

Nancy Rue Leads Anti-Bullying Movement

You Can’t Sit With Us, to be released in the fall of 2014, is told from the point of view of the bullied girl who has depended on the protection of the Tribelet in Book 1 and now has to learn to take some of that responsibility on herself. Still guided by Lydia the mentor and supported by the Tribelet, Ginger faces more secretive, physical attacks and uses concrete, specific ways to stop the “mean girls” from bullying not only her but their other victims as well. The Gospel lessons are again quietly inherent. Sorry I’m Not Sorry, a winter 2015 release, does what few fiction titles do, and that is present a bullying story through the eyes of the bully herself. Kylie, our “mean girl,” steps up her efforts to continue bullying anonymously — and thus instilling even more fear — through the use of cyberbullying. Once discovered and put into the hands of our young mentor, she finds out why she treats people the way she does and eventually uses her natural power to become a leader in the movement to stop the very bullying she masterminded. As the Tommy Nelson team and I have worked together on this trilogy, we’ve realized that we’re called to do more than simply publish books and hope for the best. Bullying reaches its peak in the sixth and seventh grades. Ten to fourteen year old girls are at an even high risk for suicide because of bullying than other youth groups. Socioeconomic class has very little effect on those statistics. We knew we had to do more. So we have created a movement called SO NOT OKAY, and its hub will be launched on my website at the same time as the first book. Tween girls, their parents and their educators will be able to visit that dedicated page and find:

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• A complete description of the SO NOT OKAY AntiBullying Movementand how they can participate • A downloadable Code and a chance to win postersized versions • The Bystanders Prayer • The SO NOT OKAY pledge and a downloadable sign-up sheet for spreading the word • Guidelines for forming a Tribelet • Downloadable Code cards, just like the ones the Tribelet uses in So Not Okay • Downloadable tip sheets for girls, parents and educators • A brochure outlining the workshops I can bring to schools, co-ops, church groups and homeschool gatherings • Media information package In addition to my website, Tommy Nelson also has plans for supporting the movement with logo stickers for book covers, their own website, and all of the above downloadables on NELSON FREE. Do we want to sell books? Of course. Stories have great power to inspire and motivate and equip – to get young readers to say, “I want to do THAT!” The more readers, the more motivation, the more change. Bullying is NOT a “normal” part of childhood, something that will just go away when kids grow up. We only need one encounter with an over-

bearing boss to know that isn’t true. So, yes, we want those sales numbers high, so that this can be the generation that stops the hate. It is possible. The SO NOT OKAY Movement is designed to support our mini-women in carrying on the message of the books. Jesus shows us how to deal with bullying. We can show them, in real ways, ways that make sense, ways they can be a part of. This brings the power of story into their own lives. This shows them how Jesus works. The movement will first focus on the largest group: the Bystanders. If thirty percent of students are involved in bullying, either as victims or “mean girls”, seventy percent are watching it happen. They have the most power just by virtue of sheer numbers. The problem is that they aren’t being shown what to do. They’re afraid the bullying will turn on them or that they will have to become bullies themselves just to survive. Better just to keep a low profile, right? This first wave of the movement will give that large and potentially powerful group tools and teach them what Abraham Joshua Heschel, the great Old Testament theologian, taught: “Few are guilty. All are responsible.”

Why just girls? We’ve found that girl-bullying and boy-bullying are two entirely different things, though the lasting emotional scars are disturbingly the same. Girls, we know, will respond to this direct, here’s-what-to-doabout this approach. Boys, not so much. We’re still looking at how to weave the support boys need into stories they’ll read. But in the meantime, the principles Jesus lays out for anti-bullying can be applied by wise parents and educators to what tween guys are going through. Not to worry – we have their backs too! If you would like to be on the ground floor of this movement, please join our Facebook group, affectionately known as SNOGS (SO NOT OKAY GROUP SUPPORT). We’ll load you up with information, Tweetables, Shareables, Likeables and opportunities to blog about and/or review the books. We are the Body of Christ. Let’s work together to help his precious generation live in safety, and in love. — Nancy Rue

Rue is the bestselling author of more than 100 books for teens, tweens, and adults, two of which have won Christy Awards. Nancy is also a popular speaker and radio guest due to her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and her husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now share their Tennessee lake home with two yellow labs. Follow Nancy on Twitter: @NNRue

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Don Amunds, while keeping Okaloosa County with one of the lowest debt ratios in the State of Florida ★ ALWAYS VOTED AGAINST ad valorem tax increases and gas taxes and even lowered the millage rate two years in a row, as promised ★ Created or helped retain approximately 1000 jobs as a member of the Economic Development Policy Council to Okaloosa County, as promised ★ Worked diligently to find and provide funding for north end county roads and infrastructure and made improvements to numerous roads including Antioch Road, Buck Ward Road, and Kervin Road, as promised ★ Recovered more than $12 million in lost tax revenue from BP, as promised ★ Created partnerships with state and federal agencies for infrastructure projects to include the overpass at 123 and 85, PJ Adams and 85, and the overpass at Hurlbert Field and Highway 98 now being completed, as promised ★ Demolished and replaced the Ocean City Water and Sewer plant, which became a park, as promised

Promises Made. Promises Kept For further information, or to ask any questions, don't hesitate to call. Don has always publicized his personal number and welcomes any calls — (850) 259-9083. You can also email him at Visit his website for further information, updates and more promises kept.

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HEALTHY LIVING Taking Your Meds the Right Way Medications can make a world of difference—if you take them the right way. Half the time, though, this doesn’t happen, at least when it comes to drugs doctors prescribe for chronic conditions. Sometimes people miss doses. Or they might stop refilling the prescription or never get it filled in the first place. Why does this happen? Well, certainly cost or side effects of drugs can be an issue. Also, complex dosing schedules or multiple drugs can be really confusing. You might feel as though you need a multi-page spreadsheet just to keep track! The problem is not taking medications the right way can threaten your health, increase complications, and lower your quality of life. And sometimes skipping doses can increase the risk of resistant strains of certain “bugs.” Take your medications the right way? Increase the benefits and decrease the risks of taking your medications. It’s helpful to know about all the medications you’re taking and about any problems you’ve had in the past, such as allergic reactions or trouble swallowing. Ask questions like these: How soon can I expect to feel better? When I start to feel better, can I stop taking the drug? Do I need a refill, or can I stop when the bottle is empty? Are there any drugs, supplements, or foods I should avoid while taking this medication?

Are there any special directions for taking or storing this medication? Is there a cheaper generic version available? What should I do if I have side effects? What are the most common ones? What should I do if I miss a dose? Make it a habit. Connect your medication routine with another well-established habit such as brushing your teeth. Keep drugs in sight. Put them where you won’t miss them. For example, if you need to take drugs with food, keep them on the dinner table or TV tray. Use dosing containers. These contain labels for days of the week and dosing frequencies. You can find them in our store. Track it with technology. Options range from reminder pagers and wristwatches to smartphone apps and voice-command medication managers. We can discuss what might work best for you. You can also simply create a printable medicine record with columns like these: • The name of the drug - What it looks like - How much to take - When to take it • Start and stop dates - How it helps - Who to contact if there’s a problem. Taking medications isn’t a time to wing it! —Sara Boggs Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.

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Fuzzy’s Smoked Whitefish Pate’ Ingredients 6 cups smoked fish (boned, Smoked Salmon or any type of smoked fish) 4 cups miracle whip 6 tblsp Worcestershire sauce 4 tblsp dried minced onions 1 tblsp black pepper 1 tblsp garlic powder

Directions Blend ingredients together. Best to let sit refrigerated at least four hours for minced onions to soften and flavoring to blend. Serve with flat bread, any good cracker works well. Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Grill is well known for its Smoked Whitefish Pate’ and fabulous sunsets.

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— Recipe from Fuzzy at Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Grill, Door County Wis.




Bohemian Rhapsody meets In the South, we are blessed with great live music. This can come in the form of the symphony on the greens, your local band busting out some favorite tunes on the beach or a full-blown weekend long festival. But you ask, “What do I wear?” Think bohemian-rhapsody meets cool-as-ice while you are rocking out or simply chilling out. Sunnies! I am a big believer in the importance of great shades. Year round my sunglasses are a go to accessory. Shield your eyes from harsh UV rays with shades that offer 100% protection. Tie-Dye It Up. Tie Dye prints are a fail-safe-go-to when it comes to hanging outdoors. The outrageous to calm- Elizabeth & James cat eye sunglasses ing patterns, the loose fits, soft fabrics, the cool-girl vibe they give off…you just can’t go wrong. Brace(let) Yourself. Layer colorful bracelets to add pops of color to your look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals, fabrics and colors. The more the merrier works when laying up your wrists. If you’d like to rock only one bold piece, then your go to should be a coolbold-beautiful cuff.

Wearing Tie Dye maxi style skirt by Brightly Twisted($185) and Denim Jacket by DL1961($225)

Effortlessly Chic

The Perfect Match. Neutral-toned sandals go with everything, so you won’t have to worry with packing two or three different pairs of shoes. Comfort is key. Depending on your height and preference, a sandal or wedge can allow you to dance all night. A Denim Do. This season the worn-in-looking jean shorts are a must because they go with everything. Don’t worry, today’s cutoffs do not have to be like yesterday’s Daisy Dukes. The right denim short should compliment your assets and not expose them. White denim cut off shorts by DL1961 Hats Off to You. Rock a hat and ($98) block the sun from your eyes while looking totally boho chic. A great go to accessory this season. Now that we all know what to wear to the show, it’s time to treat yourself to a night out. Buy those concert tickets, dress the part, be comfortable, enjoy your favorite band and have a blast doing it! Oh and Rock On from the inside out!

Hippie Chic. Show your love for the oldies and the original hipsters with a loose-fitting tank, 60s or 70s inspired – that won’t end up Stacked & layered clinging to you if bracelets of all colors and temperatures rise. metals from Krista’s collection plus a cow hide with gold arrowhead by Laura Gaines/Shalla Wista Studios.

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STUDENT MOMENTS WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY? early 195,000,000 people want to be happy… Or at least that many have viewed Pharrell Williams’ smash hit on YouTube – and if you have seen it, you know that it is tough to watch it without wanting to jump up and bust some minion moves, right? And if you have way too much free time on your hands, or even if you’re just an insomniac, you can groove to Happy all day and night at An amazing array of all sorts of shapes and sizes are showing off their dancing skills on the video, and if you must know, my personal favorite is at 11:23 a.m. when the guy with the huge afro flits and frolics down the avenue. So, are you happy? I don’t mean in a “dance down the street” kind of happiness – although there are definitely moments for that. What I’m talking about is the sort of persistent and abiding contentment and joy on the inside no matter what is happening on the outside. In other words – is there sunshine and dancing on the inside, even when there is darkness and trial on the outside? My guess is, no, there usually isn’t. That’s because we base our happiness on all the planets in our solar system aligning perfectly – and when they don’t, we get lost in space. But did you know that long, LONG before Pharrell Williams had the idea for Happy, the Apostle Paul gave us the true formula for happiness? But be warned, when you read his teaching, they may not make sense at first: Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that the things that have happened to me have actually advanced the gospel. The whole Praetorian Guard and everyone else knows that I’m in prison for Christ. Most of the brothers and sisters have had more confidence through the Lord to speak the word boldly and bravely because of my jail time. Some certainly preach Christ with jealous and competitive motives, but others preach with good motives. They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; the others preach Christ because of their selfish ambition. They are insincere, hoping to cause me more pain while I’m in prison. What do I think about this? Just this: since Christ is proclaimed in every possible way, whether from dishonest or true motives, I’m glad and I’ll continue to be glad (Philippians 1:12-18).

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This was written at a time in Paul’s life when he was over 60 years old and in prison chains. Most men his age would rather be playing golf (if it had been invented), or at least retired to some sunny beach. Instead, Paul is overjoyed even though he has been left to rot in confinement, and jealous pastors were out preaching the gospel simply to make money or put their freedom in his face! Yet here he is, dancing on the inside like a kid with a huge afro, even though his circumstances seem like they would more predictably bring despair. Why? Because to Paul, happiness was dependent on His relationship with Jesus and the advancement of the gospel! To him, every person on this earth faces certain and eternal death unless he/she puts their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, so rather than focusing on his circumstances, he placed his complete attention on Christ and His Cause of making disciples. And that made him happy. How about you? Most of us allow our emotions and contentment to be controlled by outward conditions, but may I suggest that we start focusing our attention on our inner position? We have a personal and permanent relationship with Jesus Christ, and He has called every one of us to share the good news with a dying world desperately searching for meaning, purpose, value and happiness in all the wrong places. If you want to find true happiness, model your life after the Apostle Paul. He said “no” to the world’s agenda for wealth, fame, power and position so he could say “yes” to the advancement of the gospel and his calling to THE Cause. And if you, like Paul, feel chained by your circumstances and relationships, follow his example and try making your chains a channel for proclaiming the gospel. Take your eyes off yourself and your circumstances, and place them on the needs of those around you. Then, when you experience the joy of sharing Jesus’ message of hope and forgiveness, get ready to start dancing down the street! — Acton Bowen Founder/Visionary Acton Bowen Outreach

KIDS KORNER Exercise Your Taste Buds Vacation time is almost here. Whether you go to a foreign country, the Alabama beaches, or just to Grandma’s house, try something new to eat. Exercise your taste buds. During the past several years, I’ve traveled to Belgium, Holland, France, Italy and Israel. Each time I encountered some different foods and traveled with some people who wouldn’t try anything new. They talked endlessly about hamburgers and French fries, steak and baked potatoes, and southern cooked vegetables with cornbread. Those all sound great, but when in a new place, try the unexpected, the different, the unusual, and test your taste buds. In Belgium it was fun to sample the delicious chocolates and fancy desserts. Did you know Belgium is known for their chocolates? In Holland the food was more streamlined “new European” and not very different from eating in a classy restaurant in some big city. But in France there were many new things to try. I loved the French crepes—thin lacy pancakes filled with meats or sweets, and the savory meat and veg-

God’s Plunger BIBLE TRUTH When we maintain a pure heart, our spiritual arteries don’t get clogged, and the love of Christ can flow freely through us and to others.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

Plunger Power INGREDIENTS 2 Plungers INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Press the two plunger cups together. STEP 2: Attempt to separate the plunger cups.

etable quiches. The variety of breads and pastries astonished me. Watching the French go to market each morning was interesting. They filled their woven baskets with fresh fruits, vegetables and fish caught that morning. I enjoyed trying a number of French cheeses for which they have an international reputation. Now Italy- that’s my kind of food—from appetizers of prosciutto, cheese and olives to hand- made pasta with savory tomato sauces and freshly grated parmesan cheese to hand-tossed pizza with artichokes and asparagus. The Italian chefs prepare their food with passion and sometimes come out to your table to chat and ask your opinion of their dishes. The Mediterranean style of cooking with onions, peppers, olives and tomatoes spice up any fish or chicken dishes. Italy is another country proud of their heritage of home baked breads, and I’m still trying to lose the 10 pounds I put on during the Italian trip. Recently in Israel I tried some foods for breakfast that you wouldn’t expect in the States. The hotels served salads galore- tossed greens, slaw, potato salad, tuna salad and more including peppers, tomatoes and brown and black olives. There were omelets and baked fish. No sausage, ham or bacon as the staff had to keep the food kosher for the many

Jewish visitors. Fresh fruit was in abundance grown on farm collectives ( kibbutzes) or in the desert where water is brought in to grow flourishing crops of bananas, pineapples, dates, and vegetables. One night at the hotel, I tried fried green beans and falafa balls (ground chickpeas with spices fried in balls). Put the falafa balls in pita bread, then add lettuce, onion, hummus, and other condiments. Press the pita bread together which mashes the falafa, and you have a typical Israeli sandwich. I enjoyed this meal on the street in the market of old town Jerusalem several times. Well, wherever you visit, it’s best to follow the old saying, “When in Rome do as the Romans do.” In other words try the unexpected. It’s fun, educational and historical to eat something different. Your taste buds will get excited and experience a good workout! Happy travels! Alice G. Duckett is an author, journalist, storyteller, and speaker. She has published two children’s books, more than 500 articles and columns for newspapers and magazines, and has recorded a CD of original stories called “Slices of Life.”

Suction occurs when there is a difference in air pressure. As the two plunger cups are pushed together, the air inside each plunger is forced out, creating a lower pressure inside and a higher pressure outside. This causes the two plungers to stick together.

BIBLE CONNECTION Pushing the two plunger cups together, forces the air out, causing the plunger to stick together. When we allow God to keep our spiritual arteries unclogged, the love of Christ can flow freely through us and to others keeping us even closer to God. — Jason Lindsey Hooked on Science Executive Director/Founder Go to for Beyond the Science Lab video segments and more hands-on experiments

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Vacation Bible School Calendar June 2 – 6 Destiny Worship Center 902 Florida 20 #102 Freeport, FL (850) 835-2419

May 15 - 17 Hot Rods In Paradise Paradise Bar and Grill 21 Via de Luna Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 May 16 Glow Run 5K Benefiting Children in Crises and Children’s compassionate ministries Mary Esther United Methodist Church 703 E. Miracle Strip Pkwy Mary Esther, FL May 17 Fiesta Family Weekend Children's Treasure Hunt FREE lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., hunt begins at 2 p.m. Bayview Park, East Hill 20th Ave. & Blount Street Pensacola, FL 32503 May 22 Concerts in the Village The Mike Veal BandMay 22, 2014 7 - 9pm Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village 850-650-2226 May 24 – 25 Memorial Day Concert Celebration HarborWalk Village Destin, FL 850-4240600

May 25 - 31 Destin's Week of Blessing 2014 Schedule: Sunday, May 25th - Blessing of the Families - Each individual church will call forth families that day to be prayed over and blessed. Monday, May 26th - Citywide Memorial Day of Gratitude Tuesday, May 27th - Community Prayer Team Day - Pastor's go out in teams to pray over area schools, nursing homes, fire station, hospitals, etc. Wed, May 28th - Blessing of the Marketplace Time: 11:30 am - Lunch will be provided Destin United Methodist Church Life Center The Blessing of the Marketplace is an event where business owners and leaders to gather to have their businesses blessed. In the tradition of the Blessing of the Fleet, each business or industry is called by name and the Pastors from area churches pray for a successful and profitable year. Thursday, May 29th: Blessing of the Fleet 57th Annual Time: 4:00 pm - Service 5:00pm - Boat Blessing 5:30pm - Fish Fry Location: Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant Destin Fishing Fleet Marina Destin, FL

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Friday, May 30th: Blessing of the Schools/Youth Saturday, May 31st: Blessing Celebration 7:pm - 9:pm - HarborWalk Village-Concert

May 31 Fiesta Prayer Service Begins at 10:30 a.m. Old Christ Church 405 S. Adams Street Pensacola, FL (850) 433-6512

June 9 – 13 Shalimar United Methodist Church 1 Old Ferry Road Shalimar, FL 9 a.m. – Noon $5 per child (850) 651-0721 Destiny Worship Center 122 Poinciana Blvd Destin, FL (850) 650-6800

Coming in June June 5 – 7 Billy Bowlegs Festival The Landing 139 Brooks Street SE Fort Walton Beach, FL June 5 Torchlight Parade Billy Bowlegs Festival 7 p.m. Eglin Parkway Fort Walton Beach, FL

Coming in July July 25 Rick and Bubba’s 20th Anniversary Tour Pensacola Saenger Theatre 118 S. Palafox Place Pensacola, FL (850) 595-3880

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1 Meigs Drive Shalimar, FL (850) 651-1022 June 16 – 20 Navarre United Methodist Church 9474 Navarre Parkway Navarre, FL (850) 939-2028 Destiny Worship Center 419 Stillwell Crestview, FL (850) 306-2550 First Baptist Church 6797 Caroline Street Milton, FL (850) 623-3122 July 23 – 27 Destin United Methodist Church 200 Beach Drive Destin, FL (850) 837-2021 Olive Baptist Church 1836 Olive Road Pensacola, FL (850) 476-1932 Little Flower Catholic School 6495 Lillian Hwy. Pensacola, FL (850) 455-4851 www.pensacolalfsorg

May 28 3rd Annual Community Health & Fitness Fair Santa Rosa Mall Mary Esther, FL 8:30 Noon 855-614-7274

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Harry T’s Lighthouse, 46 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL (850) 654-4800 HarborWalk Village, on the historic Destin Harbor, Destin, FL. Free Parking or come by boat. or call (850) 424-0600 Little Caesar’s Pizza, Panhandle Pizza Co., Ft. Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Destin and Niceville,

S UPPORT G ROUPS Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a fellowship available to anyone in the community who may be suffering from overeating, food obsession, under-eating, or bulimia. Everyone is welcome, including those who are concerned about someone who may be suffering. FA is a non-profit Twelve Step fellowship based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). There are no dues or fees for members. Meetings on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 28 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information call 850-259-0980 or visit Bi-Polar, Depression Support Group, Tuesdays 7:00 p.m., St. Simon’s Church, Fort Walton Beach, FL Peer to Peer Support Group, Wednesday 3:00 p.m. once a month. Call (850) 244-1040 for actual dates. Location: Mental Health Association Building, 571 Mooney Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Navarre United Methodist Church, 9474 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, Florida

ReStore Habitat for Humanity, 39 SE Eglin Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 685-0686,, Run the Race Wellness Coaching, Marilyn Smith (561) 271-0621 Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone – Coming Soon to Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach WPSM, 91.1, The Positive Choice, 244 N. Hill Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 (850) 2447667. Contact Whitney for sponsor information.

Pak “N” Fax, Your One Stop Shop, 8540 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre, FL (850) 939-0990 Okaloosa Gas District, 364 Valparaiso Pkwy, Valparaiso, FL (850) 729-4700

Call (850) 244-1040 for actual dates. Location: Jobs Plus Conference Room, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Destiny Worship Center MOPS, 1st Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., 122 Poinciana Blvd., Miramar Beach, FL (850) 650-6800

Brain Injury, Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 403 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 862-4169

GBUMC MOPS, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, 4115 Soundside Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL (850) 916-1660

MOPS Groups Mary Esther MOPS, 2nd and 4th Tuesday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 703 E. Miracle Strip Parkway, Mary Esther, FL (850) 243-7595 Cinco Baptist MOPS, 1st Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Cinco Baptist Church, 26 Yacht Club Drive, NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 243-7656 Shalimar MOPS, 2nd and 4th Thursday at 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Shalimar United Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar, FL (850) 651-0721 First Baptist Navarre MOPS, 2nd and 4th Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 9302 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, FL (850) 939-5424

First Baptist Church MOPS, 2nd and 4th Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 622 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, FL (850) 729-6913. Celebrate Recovery, Fridays Niceville United Methodist Church, Niceville, Florida, Dinner 5:45 pm. Program 6:30 p.m. For information call (850) 678-4411, ext. 146 Celebrate Recovery, Tuesdays, Mary Esther United Methodist Church, Mary Esther, FL, 5:45 Dinner, Program 6:30 p.m. For information call (850) 243-7595 Divorce Care, Village Baptist Church, Destin, Florida, Wednesdays 6:00 p.m., Room 2209. Call (850) 837-8107

Community Action Counsel, Wednesday 1:00 p.m. once a month.

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Coastal Christian Family Magazine - May 2014  

Christian Coastal Family provides positive Christian information from positive role models making a difference on the Emerald Coast. Our goa...

Coastal Christian Family Magazine - May 2014  

Christian Coastal Family provides positive Christian information from positive role models making a difference on the Emerald Coast. Our goa...