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Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas from Coastal Christian Family! My prayer is that you all remember the reason for both seasons! First of all, we need to be thankful for God’s blessings. Most of us actually fit in the top 20 percent of the wealthiest people in the world -- that is, if you have a bed to sleep in and a roof over your head you are in that group! This Thanksgiving let’s really stop and reflect on all that we have, from material possessions to our family, friends and our freedom. Secondly, let’s remember that we are celebrating the birth of Christ. The needs of others in our community are highlighted more during this time of year than any other. There are angel trees at many churches, opportunities to give to needy families and the Salvation Army buckets outside shopping centers. I hope you find it in your heart to help some of these ministries, to show the love of Christ. However, I hope more than anything that seeing these needs will help you all remember that it’s not just during the holidays that there is need. Let’s remember that there are people in need year round and not just at Christmas. How about we make a commitment to give back all during the year? Look for ways to show the love of Christ from January through October, too. Over 100 times in God’s Word it tell us that it’s important to help the poor, the needy and the sick. I believe it is clear that God is telling us to see others as he sees them. My prayer is that my eyes are opened to the needs around me and my conscience is pricked by the Holy Spirit to act on those needs. Here’s one simple verse of instruction from the book of Proverbs. “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor." Proverbs 22:9
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Nov/Dec 2013 Departments
CONTENTS Volume 13, Number 11
3 From the Publisher 6 Humor in Holy Places Falling for a Son-in-Law 6 Healthy Living Adversity
On the Cover
Kay Robertson shares how the influence of her grandmother shaped her faith and her passion for cooking the meals she is so well known for on the A&E reality show, Duck Dynasty. See page 12.
7 An Encouraging Word Not Forgotten Restoration 8 Best Books Choosing Gratitude - Nancy DeMoss Marshmallow Hugs and Candy Cane Kisses - Cindi Walton 9 Bringing Out The Winner In Your Child
12 Kay Robertson, Matriach of Duck Dynasty 11 Emerald Coast Christmas
Moving Forward? Or Frozen in the Past?
10 Parenting with a Purpose
FEATURES 14 Shop Local for Christmas 18 FCA Spotlight 19 Christmas Shopper’s Guide
Outside Play . . . Even When It’s Cold! 15 Healthy Living A Biblical Perspective 16 Potluck Thanksgiving Recipes 17 Hassle Free Zone
Next Issue COACH BOBBY BOWDEN
Wrapping Up the Holiday Season 18 Fashion For You 5 Ways to Sparkle & Shine this Holiday Season 20 Coloring Page 21 Calendar
21 Ad Directory 21 Classifieds 22 Support Groups
& MUCH MORE!
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HOLY P LACES
Falling for a Son-in-Law Humor and laughter are vital elements to a happy life. Humor is better than medicine – the bible says so: A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22; A cheerful heart is better than a face lift: A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: Proverbs 15:13; Humor is even helpful in working through grief: — weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5. After the most difficult days of their lives, a young widow and her mother made a trek to the fresh grave of the widow’s husband. Not only had their hearts been darkened by this unexpected loss, but, also, the skies had been darkened by many rain clouds. The father-in-law of the deceased had been to the grave site to put down sod to keep the dirt from washing away.
“I know it must have hit the vault,” she later reported. With great effort, she pulled her leg out, with the suction sound of a cow pulling its hoof out of mud, only to find her shoe was still in the hole. Down she went again to retrieve her shoe. By that time, both women were wet, not only with rain, but also with tears from laughter. The bizarre event evoked laughter for the first time in a week. Since that time visits to the grave, remembering that event, induce tears of laughter, as well as of normal grief. If this young man, who met an untimely death, could look down from Heaven, he would laugh longer and heartier than anyone else about his mother-in-law falling for him. Contemporary research demonstrates humor as a coping strategy, as a sign of good mental health, and as a tool for healing grief. As we make our list of things for which to give thanks this season, let’s put the ability to laugh high on the note.
After the two women arrived, they stood for some time in solemn remembrance of the young man. As the rain started in again, they thought it best to go ahead and place the fresh flowers on the tombstone. The mother-inlaw took the flowers, stepped on the new sod to reach the proper spot, and when she did, to both their surprise, her forward leg sunk down to the hip in the wet dirt.
We are all growing older, we can either accept that and all that it entails or we can make everyone around us miserable by trying to be things that we cannot be. Does that make us quitter and accepting of everything that happens to us? Of course not! Our daily mission should still be to be the best person that we can be. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Good advice for everyone. It is easy to be brave when all is well and going our way, true courage comes when we are brave during adversity.
Adversity “The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choose right over wrong, ethic over convenience, and truth over popularity.” I was thinking this morning about how so many people are struggling in our country. Between home and work, wondering how we are going to pay our bills and the economic uncertainty of our country, problems with our children, questions about Obamacare, and fears about so many things—a person could be unhappy and miserable all the time. This is not how I believe God wants us to live our lives. Every day we can get up and decide that we are scared and miserable or we can enter our day with optimism and courage. Being happy and having a positive outlook does not mean that we are unaware of the hardships around us—just that we do not choose to let them define us. It would be easier to bury our heads in the sand and wait for the outcomes around us before we
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— Barbara Eubanks
ever lift our heads to see what is going on around us. That is not courage that is weakness. Fall is such a beautiful time in the South. I always think that the reason we tolerate the incredible heat and humidity of the summers is so that we can more fully enjoy the fall and spring here. We struggle through the heat so that we can get to a wonderful autumnphysical problems or adversity, but we must do all that we can to either alleviate the problems or finds ways to live a more full life with them.
Today, let us all strive to be the best that we can be. Do something nice for yourself and something nice for someone else. Feed your body with food and good exercise and feed your soul with happiness and optimism. — Randy Campbell
AN E NCOURAGING WORD Not Forgotten It was a moment. We were altogether, and everyone was laughing about something. No one was annoyed at anyone else or worried or in a hurry to leave, as is often the case with two sons in college who always have somewhere urgent to go. For a minute I felt like I was looking from the outside in, and half prayed— though I knew it was impossible---that I could freeze that moment. There have been, of course, other times when the boys were growing up when I would think, “Don’t forget this. It will not come again.” Constantly reminded of the ephemeral nature of this life, I save those snapshots in my head and heart, though I wish I had had a camera at hand…or at least a better cell phone. We are record keepers. We write in diaries, take hundreds of photos, create scrapbooks, and post in Facebook. We write in blogs and in letters to the editor, and in emails. We write real cards and e-cards, and get tattoos and inscribe rings with our not-to-be-forgotten promises. And we wear t-shirts and buy custom car tags
Restoration "I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten..." Joel 2:25 (ESV) So often in life, we spend too much time taking stock of what we have lost. A creeping sadness sets in when we examine the joys of yesteryear in light of the trials of today. It becomes easy to lose sight of why we are here. It is even easier for those who have not yet discovered God's purpose to lose the hope that they someday will, and sink into depression. Depression is an alienating thing. It separates us from one another. The longer we gaze inward, at our selves and our own problems, the further we drift from those who care for us the most. This is not to say that we should never feel sad. Our feelings are simply our responses to what happens to us, and it is okay to feel sad when bad things happen. Be honest with yourself. Mourn your loss. And then... let it pass.
designed to send our messages—though at times ambiguously---into the world. We want to remember, and whether we admit it or not, we want to be remembered. God assures us that He will never forget us, though at times we may think so because of our circumstances. “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded,” (Gen. 8:1). Noah and his family were in the ark about a year, and I would imagine there were times in which he d if God had forgotten them. There were times when Israel, God’s chosen people, thought He must have forgotten them. "Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget you,” (Is 44:21). The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of scripture to pen beautiful pictures of how much He loves His children. “ Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not for-
get you,” (Is. 49:16). Our Father’s love is so strong that He writes our names on His very hands and thinks about us constantly: “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me,” (Is. 49:16). Children leave home and start their own families. We grow older, and our thoughts fly to those precious moments that we have etched in our minds. We begin to experience health or family health problems, and we may start to feel insignificant or forgotten at work or even at church. But God promises, “Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you,” (Is. 46:4). That is something to remember, and something to be thankful for at this holiday season. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him an keep His commands. (Deut.7:9) — Dr. Nina King
Mourning is not sin, so long as it is temporary. Mourning becomes sin when it takes root and isolates us through depression. If we persist in mourning our losses to the point of depression, we deny ourselves His healing. Mourning is not only sadness, but also closure, allowing us to move on. By continuing to mourn, we close ourselves off from new blessings and new possibilities that God has planned for us.
outright denied us knowledge or use of our talents until we open our hearts to others.
No matter what has happened to you and no matter how bad it seems, you are never so broken that you cannot help someone else. There are many ways into depression, but one of the surest ways out is by investing ourselves in others.
If you currently suffer from depression, I would encourage you to seek counsel. I would also strongly encourage you to find some way to open up your heart to at least one other person. You do not realize how you will bless another’s life, or how you yourself will grow as a result of helping someone else.
For, in the end, all of our feelings are a response to what happens to us. By helping others, we experience one of the purest forms of happiness in this life; and in that moment, we simultaneously rediscover our own worth.
It may seem to you like the locusts are feasting on your life. You may have lost so much that opening your heart again seems like a fool’s errand. Yet 1 Corinthians 2:9 promises greater things in store for you, far and above what you could ever imagine.
It is through experiences like these that God restores what was lost. — Sam Roberts
The gifts that God has graced us with only show their true character when they are used in the service of others. Often, a trait that we have possessed for years only makes sense when it is used to benefit others. We may also find that God has
Editor’s Note: Contact the Okaloosa Walton Mental Health Association to seek assistance with serious depression issues. www.mhaow.org or call (850) 244-1040.
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B EST BOOKS Choosing Gratitude Nancy DeMoss
I am not a sissy. It is, therefore, with no small degree of reluctance that I carried a book around for two days with a daisy prominently displayed on the front cover. Choosing Gratitude (Moody Publishers) may have a meek and mild title and cover, but it’s a ploy. Don’t be fooled. The interior is powerful and convicting and cuts like a two-edged sword. In her gentle way, Nancy DeMoss is like John the Baptist in a dress, sans locust. She is calling us out, urging us to repent over the sin of ingratitude. Like John, she’s not targeting the sinners. Her call to repentance is directed at the church of Jesus, urging us to turn from a wicked lifestyle of incessant whining, grumbling and complaining. And she is right.
This little book was written to help you find ways to incorporate the peace and security of God’s love mixed in with Marshmallow Hugs and Candy Cane Kisses for the children within your circle. Learning to incorporate mini “God moments” into your child’s day will not only strengthen your child’s sense of security but more importantly it will make God a real and vital part of their lives. Marshmallow Hugs and Candy Cane Kisses is guide to creating mini "God Moments" with our small children that creates an circle of security and love allowing them to close their eyes and drift off to sleep knowing that their earthly parents and Heavenly Father are watching over them. This book would make a great Christmas present for any mom with young children and can be purchased at www.amazon.com .
I picked up Choosing Gratitude while searching for a book to promote for Thanksgiving. Something nice and warm. Something homey and filled with greeting-card lines about being thankful. Yeah, right. After the first chapter, I realized that the insidious sin of ingratitude was deeply imbedded within me. I whine about problems. I worry and become anxious when things don’t go my way. I spend too much of my interior life focusing on what is wrong instead of being grateful for all that is right. I am a wandering child of Israel, grumbling in the desert with Egypt on my mind. Yes, the problems are real and many of them are truly serious and worthy of prayerful attention. But so are the gifts of God. For every negative in front of me there are ten thousand reasons to rejoice. I just need to, as Nancy puts it, be more “gratitudinal” in my walk before God. So today I am asking God to forgive me for being a whiner. I’m going to stand up taller and see the larger picture. I will spend the day thinking about my perfect granddaughter, my health, cars that work, and bills that are paid. I shall thank God for grace and mercy and for the gifts He has placed in my unworthy hands. I’m going to express appreciation to those around me for all they do. As a disciple of Jesus, I shall aspire to live in gratitude and thankfulness on a more intentional level. I’m going to thank God and carry on. It’s time for me to stop being a spiritual sissy. Magnificat anima mea Dominum! — Darrel Holcombe
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B RINGING OUT
WINNER I N YOUR C HILD
Moving Forward? Or Frozen in the Past? Recently, we had two children ages five and seven brought to us here at the Big Oak Ranch. They have endured horrible abuse their whole lives. These two boys have never really known a safe haven which every child needs and wants. Providing that safe haven is what Big Oak Ranch has done for nearly four decades and is doing for them. As we uncovered more information about these boys, we were amazed at how they put the past behind them and wanted to move on with their lives. They are scarred, yes, but they have made up their minds to move forward and grow instead of being frozen in the tracks of their past. These two boys have been a real inspiration to us all of how the Lord wants us moving forward not clinging to the past and its mistakes. Remember that your rear view mirror is approximately 27 square inches and your windshield is around 1,800 square inches. You will eventually crash if you focus on the “rear view.” There is a reason the “designer” wants you looking ahead- not continually looking back at the past. Trust Him with your life’s journey.
— John Croyle Executive Director Big Oak Ranch, Author of Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child. Visit www.bigoak.org.
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Outside Play . . . Even When It’s Cold! “Bundle up before you go outside or you will catch a cold!” That’s an instruction I clearly remember hearing from my grandparents as a kid. How about you? I sure was nervous about catching those infamous yucky germs! Over the years, through time and experience, I have come across some extremely interesting and even contradicting information compared to the outlook my grandparents had. It is not the cold temperature that causes the common cold; rather it is the collection of germs inside that often leads to our children catching a cold. The cold virus is a collection of germs indoors rather than cold temperatures outdoors! The people at Yahoo Contributor Network discuss that most parents know why kids get sicker in the winter because, “...the germs are confined to small spaces. Windows don't get opened as often. Therefore, germs linger around the home to infect both kids and adults. The air outside is fresh and clean. Why not let kids breathe a little in?” Also, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Cold weather does not cause colds or flu. But the viruses that cause colds and flu tend to be more common in the winter, when children are in school and are in closer contact with each other. When children are dressed appropriately and warmly with suitable clothing to keep them dry, they should be able to play outdoors in most all temperatures.” This is such a relief for most parents and childcare givers, and should be taken advantage of considering outside play is a highlight to most children!
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Safe Outdoor Cold Weather Play. Reader’s Digest offers these helpful hints. 1. Snug. “Keep snug like a bug — but not too snug.” Winter wear should fit kids properly, but gear shouldn’t be so tight that it restricts movement. This is particularly true for footwear. 2. Layered. When sending kids off to school or out to play, make sure they’re dressed warmly in layers that are wind- and waterproof. 3. Hydrated. Although your kids may not be sweating as much as they do in warm-weather months, they still need to keep hydrated. Smart choices for winter are low-sugar juices that are high in vitamin C, which studies show can lessen the severity and duration of winter colds. With the knowledge that a collection of germs inside brings colds about, we can encourage our kids to play outside in cooler temperatures and even safely prevent the common cold while they do it! So let the play continue! —Katie F. Kuehner Area Director, Amazing Kids Management Group, Schools for Amazing Kids,firstname.lastname@example.org "We care for people, investing our lives into theirs for a return that pleases God."
Emerald Coast Christmas November 29
Elf Parade & Lighting of the GreensThe events begin with a Snow Princess and Snow Prince tea at 3 p.m; the parade starts at 4:30 p.m. Jefferson between Church & Intendencia, Intenedencia between Jefferson & Baylen Rhodes Building Suite 401 Pensacola, FL 32502
Festival of Trees Kids Day Extravaganza 9:30 a.m. Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds 6655 Mobile Highway Pensacola, FL 32526
"It's a Wonderful Life" Pensacola Little Theatre 400 S. Jefferson St. Pensacola, FL 32502
Festival of Trees and Ft. Walton Beach Boat Parade 5:30 P.M. 139 Brooks Street S.E, Ft. Walton Beach, FL (850) 244-8191 December 6 Sounds of the Season 6:00 P.M. Village Baptist Worship Center Participating: Village Baptist Church, Destin Assembly of God, Destin United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Destin, Grace Lutheran Church, Community Chorus Admission: One unwrapped child’s toy December 7 The Giving Trees Harborwalk Village 12 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Destin Harbor, Destin, FL Event benefits Emerald Coast Advocacy Center and Horizons
December 13 - December 15
December 14 Chumuckla Redneck Christmas Parade 2413 Highway 182 Near Chumuckla Elementary Jay, FL 32565 December 13 - December 15 "Christmas On The Coast" - Children's Chorus 7:30pm - Friday & Saturday; 2:30pm Sunday Saenger Theatre 850-434-7760 phone 118 S. Palafox Pl. Pensacola, FL 32502 A Fantasy Christmas Parade 10:00 A.M. City of Destin Downtown Destin, FL
December 6 – 8
Christmas Miracles Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus Municipal Auditorium 107 Miracle Strip Parkway Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 (850) 598-3061
Destin Boat Parade 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Harborwalk Village Destin Harbor, Destin, FL
"Nutcracker" Friday & Saturday - 7 p.m.; Sunday - 1:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre 118 S. Palafox Pl. Pensacola, FL 32502
Handel’s Messiah 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 3131 Hyde Park Road; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway. Messiah performances will feature the 60 singers of the Choral Society of Pensacola, the Choral Society of Pensacola Orchestra, and four excellent guest soloists, all under the baton of Choral Society Artistic Director, Xiaolun Chen. Soloists include Carla Connors, soprano; Wanda Brister, mezzo-soprano; Leo Day, tenor; and Patrick Jacobs, bass-baritone.
December 20 - December 22
December 25 Christmas Day
Ticket Pricing: $20 for reserved section seating; $15 for general admission; $5 for students.
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Called to Cook ay Robertson, matriarch of the popular A&E television show Duck Dynasty, says fall family time at the home of the Duck Commander is all about, “Hunting, eating, and watching football- in that order.” Robertson says, “The men hunt, then we have a huge lunch and watch football together,” adding that it is during this time of year that she draws upon and is often most thankful for her gift of cooking encouraged by her grandmother and later her husband Phil’s mother.
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“I consider cooking a real gift from God,” says Robertson. “It’s a passion of mine, and my grandmother helped put it in my heart. As a little girl I would sit in the kitchen with her and do the rolling pin and when I wasn’t, I would be looking at all the cookbooks.” Robertson spent much of her childhood with her grandmother while her parents ran the family grocery store in Ida, La. “I even cooked with her for the different shifts at the store. Men came in and ate at a certain time and the women came in and ate at a certain time,” remembers Robertson who also credits her grandmother as her biggest faith influence. Robertson says her faith, nurtured by her grandmother, sustained her when her children were young and her marriage to Phil seemed to be falling apart. In Phil’s book, Happy, Happy, Happy (Howard Books) she shares, “My grandmother told me that it’s one man and one woman for life and that your marriage is worth fighting for. We had a few hard and bumpy years, but prayer, patience and some suffering and hope- plus remembering an old lady’s words- were what got me through the difficult times.” Robertson says during those difficult times God taught her the hardest lesson she has ever had to learn: patience. She adds that God brought her a great blessing through it, seeing her husband come to know Christ and change his life. “Our lives were so much better when that change came,” remembers Kay. She and Phil celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on the season premiere of their television show. Robertson believes it is her calling to pass on what her grandmother did to her- a strong faith in Christ and a love for cooking. “I am trying to do my best to teach the grandkids cooking. Any time I have a rolling pin, they want to be a part of that,” she chuckles. And Robertson says her favorite family time is on Sundays at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La. She and husband Phil, all four of their sons, and their sons’ families attend church together. . “Every single one of them goes to church with us, every one, and that is a joy to me,” says Robertson. Often Phil heads to the church first. The Robertson family has published two books with Howard “He wants to get there to open the doors I always say,” and Books/Simon and Schuster and, on November 5, Miss Kay released her new book Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen: then Kay follows with grandkids who have slept over the night Faith, Family and Food. before. Robertson admits church has changed with the fame
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of the television show. “We have a lot of guests to visit to see us and that’s fine because I say, ‘If they want to follow us to the church building, they couldn’t be in a better place. They are going to hear a good lesson. I’m kind of thrilled.” To keep her faith first, Robertson leads a weekly Bible study called “Muffins for Moms.” “It’s been a joy to my life to be able to keep up with my women’s group. Several women have come to Christ through the group, and I’m thrilled about that.” In spite of a filming schedule that changes weekly, Robertson rarely misses. The group of about 20 women wait for Phil and Kay Robertson (center) wi th their four sons (L R) Jep, Alan, Jase an the show’s filming schedule to be released and then determine which day of the week to d Willie. The couple they will meet. “We rotate days according to when I’m off and I have an assistant or two time in the same home the boys grew upstill lives full in. “I have many memories there and I don’t want to lose that take the lead when there is a week I don’t have a free day.” them,” says Ka “We are in our same house an y. d the table you see vision is the table we on te leeat on every day.”
When it comes to the influence Miss Kay hopes to have on others- especially her children and grandchildren- she says it boils down to consistency and being willing to admit your mistakes. “Number one, be consistent with everything you do. Number two, I’m really big about admitting my mistakes, letting them know I’m not perfect. I’ve learned some hard lessons from doing some things wrong. My motto here is to always learn from it, grow from it, and move on.”
— Laurie Stroud Kay and Phil Robertson in the early years with oldest sons Alan and Jase.
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The Painting Vine is an example of one of our new businesses and they offer group art classes, kids art classes and they will even do private parties. What a fun way for an office or group to relax together. Touch of the Orient is an amazing spa atmosphere where healing and wholeness is emphasized. Their Christmas specials sound inviting. They offer massage, facials, aromatherapy, table Thai yoga body stretch and Christmas spirit body scrub massage. Check out their holiday open house to see all they have to offer, December 2 from 9 a.m. -- 8 p.m. There will be hourly drawings, refreshments and massages. Keep local businesses in the forefront of your mind while shopping this year. Happy shopping!
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HEALTHY LIVING A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE For the sake of this discussion, we will define a substance as something that we take into our bodies that is usually deemed potentially harmful. There are many such substances; the ones I will review include tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, MSG, carrageenan, food dyes, and artificial flavorings. So lets break it down a little. Alcohol: Lots of studies have shown that one serving of alcohol daily is not detrimental and can even be beneficial to your health. One serving would be equal to one eight ounce glass of beer, four ounces of wine, preferably red, or one shot of the hard stuff. It is also though usually suggested that if you do not currently drink alcohol, starting to do so for the potential health benefits is not recommended. Now the problem comes when we consume more than that one serving daily. Even two servings daily can do more damage than the one serving. Damage due to alcohol consumption may include cancer, liver disease, kidney disease, and vascular disease. Severe alcohol abuse can result in neurological issues, diabetes, safety issues due to frequent impairment, relational deteriorations, etc. The Bible has much to say about drinking alcohol. In 1 Timothy 5:23 it says to use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. That goes along with the "one serving a day" theory. But the Bible gives many references to the deleterious effect of drinking as well. [see Proverbs 20:1/ Proverbs 21:17/ Proverbs 23:29-35/ Habakkuk 2:5/ Ephesians 5:18/ 1 Timothy 3:3+8] Again, drinking alcohol will not keep you from going to heaven, but is it making you all you can be for the Spirit’s use? Caffeine: Yes there are some beneficial uses for caffeine. In young babies it has been used to improve respiratory conditions. It is widely used in headache remedies. Some studies suggest that it has a protective effect
against memory loss. But there are many ways that caffeine, or at least, too much caffeine, can harm your health. For example, caffeine is a diuretic. Not only that, it is a calcium leeching diuretic. Therefore it can contribute to osteoporosis. Caffeine is a stimulant and can cause cardiac arrhythmias or exacerbate underlying cardiac issues. Caffeine has a very long half life, meaning that it stays in your system a very long time. It can greatly compromise sleep patterns. Decreased sleep is associated with obesity, diabetes, memory loss, decreased immune function, increased injury due to accidents, and depression/anxiety. So you may want to do your own research and then reevaluate your caffeine usage. If you were to decide to decrease or eliminate caffeine, do it slowly. An abrupt discontinuation of caffeine will cause severe headache. Again, give careful consideration to how caffeine use may be affecting your overall health, and your optimal output for the Spirit.
— Marilyn R. Smith, CNM, MSN Run the Race Wellness Coaching See Marilyn’s Biblical Perspective on Health continuing in future issues of Coastal Christian Family.
(Editor’s Note: This articles continues with Marilyn’s discussion on substances. Last month’s issue focused on tobacco.)
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Perfect Roast Turkey Ingredients • 1 (18 pound) whole turkey • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste • 1 1/2 quarts turkey stock • 8 cups prepared stuffing
Chocolate Turtle Cookies Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg, separated, + 1 egg white 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups pecans, chopped fine 14 soft caramel candies 3 tablespoons heavy cream
Directions • Combine flour, cocoa, and salt in bowl. With electric mixer on mediumhigh speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture until just combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour. • Adjust oven rack to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk egg whites in bowl until frothy. Place pecans in another bowl. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, dip in egg whites, then roll in pecans. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using 1/2-teaspoon measure, make indentation in center of each ball. Bake until set, about 12 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking. • Microwave caramels and cream in bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Once cookies are removed from oven, gently repress existing indentations. Fill each with 1/2 teaspoon caramel mixture. Cool 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. from America’s Test Kitchen Holiday Cookies 2010 Special Issue
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place rack in the lowest position of the oven. 2. Remove the turkey neck and giblets, rinse the turkey, and pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in the roasting pan. Loosely fill the body cavity with stuffing. Rub the skin with the softened butter, and season with salt and pepper. Position an aluminum foil tent over the turkey. 3. Place turkey in the oven, and pour 2 cups turkey stock into the bottom of the roasting pan. Baste all over every 30 minutes with the juices on the bottom of the pan. Whenever the drippings evaporate, add stock to moisten them, about 1 to 2 cups at a time. Remove aluminum foil after 2 1/2 hours. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the meaty part of the thigh reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), about 4 hours. 4. Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter, and let it stand for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving. from Allrecipes.com
Creamy Corn Casserole Ingredients • 1/2 cup butter, melted • 2 eggs, beaten • 1 (8.5 ounce) package dry corn bread mix • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained • 1 (14.75 ounce) can creamed corn • 1 cup sour cream
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and lightly grease a 9x9 inch baking dish. 2. In a medium bowl, combine butter, eggs, corn bread mix, whole and creamed corn and sour cream. Spoon mixture into prepared dish. 3. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown. from Allrecipes.com
HASSLE FREE ZONE Wrapping Up the Holiday Season The holidays are upon us and they can be filled with fun, family and great memories. They can also be filled with last minute trips to the store, frantic late nights cleaning and stressful family entertaining. Don’t fret. Here are six quick and easy ways to handle the stress of the season and enjoy your holidays!
Prepare for entertaining. Start pulling together items that you will use for entertaining and create a staging area. Polish your silver, send linens to the cleaners and rinse the china that you have stored for the year. Be ready for guests. If you are having guests stay in your home, start preparing the room now. Make sure the beds have fresh sheets and the bathrooms are stocked with a few necessary toiletries and towels. Create a budget and start shopping early! I find it more manageable to shop early with a list and buy what I can when I can rather than fighting the crowds to shop closer to the holiday. You are more apt to stick to a budget when you take your time. If you wait until the last minute, you will buy on impulse and your budget goes out the window because you are out of time! Organize your wrapping supplies. Make a list of all the items you will need, secure them and place them inside a portable designated wrapping supply box. This will save you time and frustration. Prioritize. Don’t feel the need to say yes to every invitation! The holidays are meant to be a happy time and everyone is celebrating, but don’t feel like you have to make yours chaotic by saying yes to every luncheon, Secret Santa or open house you are invited to! It’s a time to enjoy yourself and spend time with friends and family, but to really enjoy it; you have to make sure your schedule isn’t over filled. Relax. Plan some down time to just enjoy your family! More than gifts, parties and shopping, this is a time to relax at the end of the year and prepare for the new one. Use this time as a gift! The holidays like any other time of the year need to be well thought out and planned. Take control of your time or it will control you. With a little prep work, you can relax and enjoy your holidays! — Amanda LeBlanc, Organization Specialist
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5 WAYS TO SPARKLE & SHINE this Holiday Season
The holidays are here, which means two things: a calendar full of festivities and time to get your look together for all of the holiday soirees. Here are five tips on how to be daring, bold, memorable and most importantly fashionable this holiday season 1. ‘Tis the season to sparkle! If there is any time you can incorporate a shimmering piece into your look, it is now. Go for a metallic blazer, sequined dress, or maybe some razzle-dazzle accessories. Whatever you do, don’t go overboard and wear “all things shiny” at once. Try to limit this trend to one or two pieces per look. 2. Embrace the Little Red Dress (LRD) as the new Little Black Dress (LBD). Experiment with different shades of red. Not all shades work with all skin tones. And don’t dress red from head to toe. No need to pair a red dress with red shoes, a red bag and red accessories. All of this together might make people think that Mrs. Claus just arrived. 3. Experiment with textures and layers. This is the time to be festive, interesting and enticing. Do so by wearing leather, lace, fur or faux fur.
4. Eye-catching jewels are a must. Simplicity should be left to another season. During the holidays, wear a gigantic bib necklace or pull out the cocktail ring that’s the size of a doorknocker. Don’t be nervous when it comes to layering on the necklaces and bangles. Show your personality through your accessories; just try to keep the rest of your look simple. 5. Wear ankle booties as a new take on evening shoes. No need to wear your traditional pump or holiday sandals to feel dressed up. Slip into this season’s hot ankle bootie as a new alternative. Do choose a stiletto-heeled style. The perfect bootie gives a tougher edge to the romantic holiday dress. Oh, and please no colored tights with these. One statement accessory is plenty. The most important tidbit I can share...HAVE FUN and wear a SMILE! This festive season is all about standing out and shining from the inside out. You don’t need sequins to sparkle! The most stylish of women will wear the most essential item of all, a holiday smile! —Krista Conlin, KC Projects KC Projects, a full service public relations agency providing branding services to clients from the fashion industry to the corporate world, www.kcprojects.com.
S PECIAL F EATURE FCA Continues to Grow on the Coast The new Okaloosa Walton Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Chapter is up and running. After a very successful Field of Faith event in September, a banquet is now being planned for January 10, 2014 at Shalimar United Methodist Church. The Field of Faith event was held at the Northwest Florida College arena and was attended by about 350 to 400 students. FCA now boasts of new huddles at Northwest Florida State College and at Shalimar Elementary. Students spent time in worship and in listening to testimonies of students. The banquet in January will be an event to promote FCA and fundraiser. The speakers will be Bobby and Terry Bowden. The Bowdens football and faith legacy will be inspiring for all. Coach Bobby Bowden coached the Florida State Seminoles from 1976 to 2009 winning the National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999 and twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships. Coach Terry Bowden coaches at the University of Akron and was previously head coach at Salem University, Samford University, Auburn University and University of North Alabama. He’s also worked in broadcasting and sports radio. This should be a great event and space is limited. For further information and to purchase tickets contact Michelle Carmical@fca.org.
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Coach Terry Bowden and his father, Coach Bobby Bowden will speak at the FCA January 10 event in Shalimar.
Christmas Shopper’s Guide Out of Africa Do good. Look good. The Back to Africa (BTA) Project is focused on providing a fair wage to vulnerable widows, orphans, and refugees (our partners) in communities throughout Africa. Proceeds from the jewelry sales are sent directly to Africa and are used to support our artisans and orphan ministries through Heart of the Bride.
The 2013 Hess Toy Truck and Tractor is the latest addition to the highly anticipated line of toy trucks that have been a holiday tradition since 1964 at Hess and for generations of families. Following a long tradition of craftsmanship and innovation, this year’s model features include: Truck: • Articulated cab and trailer • 4 sound effects (ignition, horn, back-up alarm, ramp-activated hydraulic). Sound buttons also activate. • “Flashing” light mode • 45 total lights (all “on” and “flashing” light modes) • “Flashing” light mode (activated by chassis switch and sound buttons) • Extendable rear ramp with sound effect • 2 Energizer “C” batteries included Tractor: • Motorized tracks with forward and reverse (activated by left slide switch) • 15 total lights (activated by right slide switch) • Articulated front bucket with release button • Articulated rear bucket with 360-degree swivel • 2 Energizer “AA” batteries included For a complete list of Hess Toy Trucks through the years or to find the nearest Hess location, please visit: www.hesstoytruck.com. You can also find legions of Hess Toy Truck fans on Facebook: www.facebook.com/hesstoytruck.
In 2008 Heart of the Bride started a business development project called Back to Africa whereby hand-made jewelry was purchased from Africa and shipped back to the United States to sell in various venues. Our partners lived in extreme poverty before they began creating Back to Africa Jewelry. Today, thanks to the purchasers of our products, these same people are now able to consistently feed and clothe their children, send them to school, purchase other resources like farm animals and help their family and neighbors who are not as fortunate. Support the project by purchasing jewelry with a story for Christmas. The Out of Africa store is located at 113 Bailey Drive, Suite 1, Niceville, Fla or go to backtoafrica.myshopify.com to order.
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Nov/Dec 2013 CALENDAR November 23 C.E.O. Super Comedy Blowout 8:00 P.M. Pensacola Saenger Theatre 118 S. Palafox Pl. Pensacola, FL 32502 (850) 595-3880 November 23, 2013 - November 24, 2013 Creek Indian Celebration Days Saturday 9am - 5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm Florida Town Park 3900 Florida Town Road Pace, FL 32502 November 23 - 24 THE NUTCRACKER Saturday, November 23 @ 7:30PM, Sunday, November 24 @ 2:30PM, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, $28 adults/ $14.00 children 12 & under, www.mattiekellyartscenter.org November 24th 24th Annual Chocoholic Frenzy Westwood Atrium, 1001 Mar Walt Drive Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 240-2618 Fundraiser for Ft. Walton Beach Women’s Club, $10 donation for Home baked goodies buffet, market and auctions
ABOUT OUR ADVERTISERS Advantage Portable Buildings, 208 Green Acres Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL, (850) 862-6269 www.AdvantagePortableBuildings.com Calvary Chapel Pensacola, three locations, www.calvarychapelpensacola.com, (850) 494-1256 Christopher R. Johnson, LLC, a faith based law firm, 7 North Coyle Street, Pensacola, FL www.crjohnsonlaw.com (850) 433-8529 Cold Stone Creamery – Destin Commons – (850) 8376838, Destin, Florida Earth Products, Tuesday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM, 10605 Sorrento Road, Pensacola, FL (850) 453-6244
Hello Dolly! Staring Sally Struthers, Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 College Blvd. Niceville, FL (850) 729-6000, www.mattiekellyartscenter.org
December 7 - 8 Destin Craft Fair Feline Friends of Destin, Inc. Destin Community Center www.cityofdestin.com/ Call (850) 837-3869 for details
November 26 Every Christmas Story Ever Told by The Seaside Repertory Theatre 7:30 PM 9 PM 25 Grand Park Sandestin, FL 32459 Admission: Tickets are $12.50/students, $25/adults, 850-231-0733 www.seasiderep.org
December 13 Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Pops” Concert Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville, FL Tickets: $22.50 adults/$16 youth/students/military www.mattiekellyartscenter.org
November 29 Here Comes Santa Claus The Village of Baytowne Wharf Friday 7 p.m. – family movie under the stars! Saturday 6 - 9 p.m. – a preview to 12 Nights of Lights, Tree Lighting, Santa Claus! Admission is free. Open to public. www.sandestin.com/events. December 7 Niceville Christmas Parade 10 A.M. The 2013 Community Christmas Parade will commemorate Pearl Harbor by honoring survivors and Veterans in memory of the attacks of December 7, 1941. Commences at John Sims Parkway and Palm Boulevard
Organization presents the 1st Annual Running of the Elves at FWB Landing! Dress like your favorite Elf and have a ball as Roller Derby Santas with candy canes find out who's naughty or nice while jogging along a one mile course through beautiful downtown Fort Walton Beach. Christmas fun for the whole family! Stay and enjoy the holiday festivities including kids activities and a costume contest with fabulous prizes! Great tee shirts for all who embrace the chase!
December 14 Jingle Bell Jog 8:00 a.m. 12:00 Noon Uptown Station 99 Eglin Parkway, Ft. Walton Beach, FL www.sfa7.com/ December 21 Feed your Soul Brunch 12 – 2 P.M. Hard Rock Cafe 4260 Legendary Dr. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 6543310 Adults $14.99, Kids 12 and under $7.00, Kids 2 and under are free. November 23-24 The Nutcracker
Running of the Elves 8:00 a.m. Fort Walton Beach Landing Park Fort Walton Beach, FL The Downtown FWB
with all of its common stock owned by Atlanta-based Southern Company.
www.lordandson.com cell (850) 259-0334 or office (850) 863-5158
So Stinkin’ Cute, 117 N. Cedar Avenue, Niceville, FL (850) 279-3434
Harry T’s Lighthouse, 46 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL www.harryts.com (850) 654-4800
Mary & Martha, products that help you live out your faith, www.maryandmartha.com/10734, Alethea Crane.
Touch of the Orient, LLC, 119 W. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL (850) 678-4451
HarborWalk Village, on the historic Destin Harbor, Destin, FL. Free Parking or come by boat. www.HarborwalkDestin.com or call (850) 424-0600
Navarre United Methodist Church, 9474 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, Florida, www.navarreumc.org
Vacuum Center, 722D Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 862-1222 , www.vacuumCenterFWBFL.com
The Painting Vine, 234 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL www.thepaintingvine.com
Waste Management Disposing of waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Thinking Green. www.wm.com
Image Printing and Digital Services, Commercial, Digital Color, Mailing Services, Graphics/Pre-Press, 315 E. Hollywood Blvd., Suite 3, Mary Esther, FL 32569 (850) 244-3380, www.imagepds.com. Joe Trafford’s Remodeling, free estimates, (850) 5298102 or (850) 341-7603
Pak “N” Fax, Your One Stop Shop, 8540 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre, FL (850) 939-0990 Rainewhite Realty, Loraine White, Realtor/Owner, 533 Eglin Parkway, NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 3140026 www.rainwhite.com
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1 Meigs Drive, Shalimar, FL (850) 651-1022, www.gslcshalimar.org
Lenny’s Sub Shop, 208 Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther, FL (850) 664-9000 and 903-B N. Beal, Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 863-2015
Run the Race Wellness Coaching, Marilyn Smith (561) 271-0621
Gulf Power Company, Learn the X’s and O’s of Saving, Gulf Power Company is an investor-owned electric utility
Lord & Son Construction, We treat every one as we would want to be treated, Steve Christopher,
Simpson Law Firm, 1048 Mar Walt Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 (850) 862-1134, davidsimpsonlaw.com
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) 244-7667. Contact Whitney for sponsor information. www.wpsm.com
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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. Simonâ€™s Episcopal Church, 28 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information call 850-259-0980 or visit foodaddicts.org. Bi-Polar, Depression Support Group, Tuesdays 7:00 p.m., St. Simonâ€™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
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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