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TABLE OF CONTENTS In This Issue 11 Travel: Best Travel Web-Sites 13 Mommy Time With Miranda: Crisis Management: Helping Kids Cope 14 Don’t Miss 15 Student of the Month: Tessa Banner 16 Feature Story: Amy (From the Bobby Bones Show) She’s Just Herself 20 The Home Front: Spring has Sprung! Do Good, Have Some Fun and Check Out These Web Sites!

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Faith Works: Is Your Business About The Almighty Dollar, or Almighty God? Daniel and Justin Show: Generation Bridge: Cliques A View from the Blue Roof: A God of Surprises 20 Words: Collegiate Time Management Lessons from Jack Bauer

Publisher: Lee Eddins, H.O.T. Publishing, LLC (512) 689-2717

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Contributing Writers: Lee Eddins, Marcy Lytle, Lauren Lacey, Joe Elliott, Dr. John Tuggle, J.L. Lewis, Lauren Turner, Miranda Bradley, Debbie Stevens, Laurie Loew, Dave Ramsey, Michael Tummillo, Melissa Critz, Jo Ann Armstrong, Patricia Jacobson, Mariah Wilde, Richard Landry, Trent Peng, Keith Gravesmill, Kelly Pound, Misty Barrera, Sandra Alton, John Hawkins, Candy Chudakoff, Glenda Whitehead and Al Jones

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Head to Heart: Conflict is Inevitable Just A Good Cook

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Focus: 9 Focus Non Profit: Lift Up America 22 Focus Church: Journey of Faith United Methodist Church 28 Focus Business: Fast Signs 28 Focus Family: That One Thing – Happiness

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LifeStyle: 8 Health Matters: Healthy Kids 8 Back Talk: Stretching Toward Health 18 Diet & Nutrition: Secrets to Bone Health – Part II 26 Moms Who Save: Personal Items/Toiletries 27 Top 10: Guilt-Free Pleasures Special Features: 12 Christian Summer Camp : Is It Worth It? 18 Whosoever Believes In Me: Including All Tattooed Freaks,

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Austin Faith and Family is committed to encouraging individuals in their daily lives by presenting the faith stories of others and providing information that will point every person, at every stage of life, to a deeper, authentic, personal and life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Views expressed in Austin Faith & Family do not necessarily represent those of the publisher. Every effort has been made by the Austin Faith & Family staff to ensure accuracy of the publication contents. However, we do not guarantee the accuracy of all information, nor the absences of errors and omissions; hence, no responsibility can be, or is assumed. All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2010 by H.O.T. Publishing, LLC.

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In Every Issue: 6 Letters 7 City Scene 10 Spiritual Coffee 14 The Christian Brothers Automotive Calendar 17 The Source Church Directory 20 Moments of Obedience: Find Your Story 26 Dave Says 30 The Back Pew 30 Rave Reviews

Special Feature: Robin DeHaven

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This Easter Season…


ho’s your hero? Is it a Celebrity, a mentor, perhaps someone from the Winter Olympic Games, or maybe a friend whom you admire? We all have heroes, people who awe us, those we aspire to be like. By definition, a hero is a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. This month’s issue includes several stories of heroes. Robin DeHaven is a hero to the people he rescued from the burning Echelon building, saving their lives. We feature nonprofits and churches that offer heroic services to our community. Our new column Moments of Obedience offers stories of every day heroes who choose to listen to His voice and obey. Each month, we try to bring you stories of important folks, people who are making a difference in our city…the unsung heroes of Austin. However, the noblest man of distinguished courage and ability, one we at Austin Faith & Family admire for his awesome deeds of kindness, love, and power, is Jesus Christ. He is the man behind all the stories we publish. He is the One who died for mankind, and He is the One who lives forever, making him the true HERO, deserving of our praise, this Easter Season. If any story, any article, or any information in our magazine causes you to stand in awe of this Hero, or causes you to want to be like Him, then we believe our magazine is a true success. In Him,

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n March 13th the Texas Stars had their second Faith & Family night. They recognized local Christian schools and churches in attendance. The Austin Faith & Family attended and gave out magazines. Extraordinary Women’s Conference


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The First Tee of Greater Austin Awards


n Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Dr. Thomas Cedel, President at Concordia University, was honored at The First Tee of Greater Austin Awards. Dr. Cedel received the Responsibility Award, one of the Nine Core Values Awards. The First Tee of Greater Austin promotes honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Others who received awards at the luncheon included Ray Benson, of the band Asleep at the Wheel, DeLoss Dodds, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at The University of Texas, and Betty Dunkerly, a former Mayor Pro Tem and Councilwoman of Austin. Founded in 1999, The First Tee of Greater Austin is a non-profit mentoring program committed to enriching the lives of young people through the game of golf. The program offers youth from all backgrounds a chance to grow and learn.

ursuit Church in Austin is quickly becoming known as the church that “thinks outside the pews.” Last year they launched The Club Realm, which is a nightclub; only at this night club, you won’t be “boozing it up.” You’ll be listening to great live music that glorifies God. They also have started having more nationally known artists play there, as well. They hosted the Blood, Sweat and Rock n Roll Tour, where nationally known Christian artists Decyfer Down and Disciple played to a large audience. This year Decyfer Down is up for the best Christian Rock album and Disciple well they just did what they do best, which is delivered powerful songs directly from the scripture.

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ropical Smoothie held fundraisers for two great organizations. On Feb 18th, they held a fundraiser for Keep Austin Aware, a group that connects people battling cancer to valuable resources, and Kidsave, an organization that fosters children and then tries to place them in forever homes.

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Annual Heart Ball n March 6, the American Heart Association held its 13th Annual Heart Ball. Its focus, Mission: Lifeline, a comprehensive community effort, is currently in the process of implementation right here in Central Texas. This promising new initiative brings together competing

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Stretching Toward Health

Healthy Kids paced society of convenience and instant gratification makes eating healthy more challenging. Foods at the grocery store that are quick and convenient are usually high in simple carbohydrates and full of preservatives that the body stores as fat, because it has a hard time digesting. A good thing to remember: the less you have to prepare it, the worse it is on your body. To avoid the drive thru line on those busy afternoons, plan ahead and pack food for the family. Also, keep non-perishable snacks in the car such as nuts, raisins, granola bars, peanut butter, or cheese crackers and bottled water.

So what does this mean to the average person? This shows us that if we don’t regularly move and stretch, then we are going to be more likely to experience an injury. In my line of work, I see people every day who ignore wellness in their lives and ultimately end up at my clinic with a complaint of low back or neck pain. The interesting thing is that they don’t usually have a serious traumatic experience to share, to explain what happened. What I usually find out is that they don’t really work on maintaining their body. They have the “If it’s not broken, then why fix it?” attitude and end up with moderate to severe pain. I love telling people that with regular exercise, stretching and chiropractic care; most people prevent back pain all together. I strive to see sick people becoming healthier


merica is experiencing a growing crisis of obesity and lack of physical activity in children and teens. Although children have fewer weight-related health problems than adults, these children are at a higher risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults. Why are we seeing an increase in the number of overweight children and teens? Some reasons include lack of physical activity, spending too much time in sedentary behavior like watching t.v. and playing video games, poor diet, and low fiber intake. For adults, diet plays a huge roll in weight loss, about 80%. What studies are showing for children is that lack of physical activity contributes more to weight problems than diet. Smaller segments of activity are just as beneficial as a longer one-time work out. Some activities that children can do to increase their activity and burn more calories are: taking the dog for a walk, swimming, riding bikes, doing yard work, and helping out with chores around the house. This can include vacuuming, sweeping, straightening up the house, and washing dishes. Sports are also a great way to burn calories and stay in shape. If you are not able to have your child in a sports league, then spend time together as a family or with neighbors, throwing the ball in the back yard.


ave you ever thought that stretching can improve your health? Well it can. According to a study performed at a manufacturing facility in 2006, regular stretching can prevent musculoskeletal disorders. The study was conducted to see if regular stretching, performed at work, would improve the employee’s health. The results showed that regular stretching reduced the missed time by employees to zero days the first year, and to only two missed days the second year. This was a 67% improvement over the five year average.

every day. Why not live feeling better today than we did yesterday? It’s possible. We just need to realize that our health is our responsibility. Starting a simple stretch routine from 5-15 minutes a day can completely change your skeletal health and you will feel better doing it. There are various web sites that offer a good stretching routine. Most gyms offer classes designed to show you how to stretch; or you can stop by my clinic for free resources as well. Start stretching yourself to health TODAY! John Tuggle, D.C.

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e at Austin Faith & Family recently had the opportunity to interview Michael Cress, Chairman of the Lift Up America Austin Board. Below are the questions/answers, which we believe will provide you with information and inspiration, encouraging you to partner with this great nonprofit organization. AFF: What is Lift Up America (your purpose, what you do)? Cress: Lift Up America is a nonprofit humanitarian aid movement that provides hope and opportunities for success to the less fortunate by engaging today’s leaders and partnering with corporations, sports and entertainment, education, media, government, and nonprofit organizations. Through unique events that expand one's worldview, Lift Up America provides life aid to help support the physical, emotional and personal development of the less fortunate, and challenges them to become ambassadors of compassion to help lift up their own communities and America. AFF: How did Lift Up America get started here in Austin? Cress: About three years ago my Granddaughter Adra was born, and I spent a lot of time thinking about what her world would look like years from now. It forced me to reevaluate how and where I spent my time. Not just philanthropic endeavors but business relationships, boards, anyplace that I was spending time, energy and resources. I decided to run decisions regarding my time through the "Adra filter" ... will this commitment make things better for her and other young people like her over time? Shortly after that, I had the opportunity to meet the founder of Lift Up America, Dave Hannah. Although I spent the next two days with Dave hearing about and discussing this amazing organization, I was committed in the first ten minutes. Dave has great vision and a huge heart for the less fortunate and I saw Lift Up America as a powerful, sustainable model that really could make a difference.

AFF: What do you do personally with your organization? Cress: I serve on Lift Up America's National Steering Committee, the Founders Advisory Council, and I am the Chairman of the LUA Austin Board. I've been blessed throughout my career to meet many amazing business leaders, professional athletes, and team owners that, alongside LUA, we leverage these relationships to strengthen families and communities. AFF: Who else is involved? Cress: Along with a very talented staff at the national level, we have among others, Clark Hunt, Owner of the Kansas City Chiefs; Spencer Tillman, CBS Sports; Michael Flattery, President of Walden Media. At the local level, we have an Advisory Board made up of local business leaders, Bob Ryan, Art Walker, Justin Simmons, Kimo Storke and James DeBerry, who donate time and resources here in Austin. We also partner with companies such as Tyson Foods, Luxottica (LensCrafters and Pearle Vision), Starkey Hearing Foundation, Cinemark Theaters, Interstate Batteries, Best Buy, American Airlines, Disney, and over 100 other corporations. In addition, Lift Up America partners with over 1,500 nonprofit organizations that serve the less fortunate including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Salvation Army, the YMCA, Here’s Life Inner City, and Feeding America. AFF: Please share a specific story or two of someone who has been helped through Lift Up America. Cress: The stories are numerous. We've had kids who have never been to a movie become the star at a Hollywood movie premier, children hearing for the first time because of donated hearing aides, and young people who never dreamed that they could go to college receiving scholarships. Once you make an impact on an individual or family, then they want to help make a difference and lift up the community where they live. It's contagious. AFF: What type events do you host, and who are your partners? Cress: The events vary based on community needs, but whether it's a move premier where the kids walk down the red carpet and are asked for autographs by the celebrities, or bringing food, hearing aids, scholarships to those in need - everyone walks away touched by the experience. With the help of Tyson Foods and the Capital Area Food Bank, we gave out over 240,000 protein meals in Austin last year alone.

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Need a morning boost? How about a drink from the Word that's full of powerful energy for your day? Take a daily sip with these short devotionals that you can read and swallow, as quick as you drink your morning coffee.

❑ 1. Jesus' love never changes...He loves you Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."

❑ 12. Help everyone - 1 Thessalonians 5:14 "...admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all."

❑ 23. Seek peace and is our charge - Ephesians 4:3 "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."

❑ 2. Self control - 1 Peter 2:11 "Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lust, which war against the soul."

❑ 13. Watch who you hang has eternal impact - 1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character."

❑ 24. Be the person God made you to be - Ephesians 4:24 "and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."

❑ 3. Live every day like it is your last, honor God - John 10:10 "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

❑ 14. It is pretty simple...God knows best and His word is our guide - Acts 5:29 "We must obey God rather than men."

❑ 25. Don't worry about the right words - Matthew 10:20 "...for it is not you who speak, but the spirit of your Father, who speaks in you."

❑ 4. Give it all to God - Psalm 55:22 "Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."

❑ 15. Do what He asks...even when it feels odd - Isaiah 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Jehovah."

❑ 26. Good exercise plan for 2010 - James 4:7-8 "Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."

❑ 5. Laugh might make someone’s day Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 "There is an appointed time for everything....A time to weep, and a time to laugh..."

❑ 16. God gave Himself...the ultimate gift - Psalm 68:19 "Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!"

❑ 27. Be people of action...make God proud - James 1:22 "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

❑ 6. Pure mouth & hiding - Psalm 19:14 "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord..."

❑ 17. Let God renew us & guide is His will - Psalm 23:3 "He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness..."

❑ 28. It is pretty simple...obey & seek His will - Psalm 119:144 "Your statutes are forever right; give me understanding that I may live."

❑ 7. Life isn't about is about Christ - Luke 12:15 "'s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."

❑ 18. Seek the Lord...He will provide - Psalm 34:10 "The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing."

❑ 29. We have so much to be thankful for - 1 Thessalonians 5:18"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

❑ 8. The ultimate gift from the King of Kings - John 15:13 "Greater love hath no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."

❑ 19. Serve others like Jesus - Matthew 20:28 "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

❑ 30. Show others them God in you Galatians 5:13 "Through love serve one another."

❑ 9. Relax and let God be your guide - Philippians 2:13 "It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose."

❑ 20. God meant what He His truth Psalm 119:160 "All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal."

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❑ 10. That's why He came...glory to God - Luke 19:10 "For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost."

❑ 21. Fearless - Luke 2:10 "Then the angel said..., Do not be afraid,..., I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people."

❑ 11. Obey God - Matthew 1:20b "Joseph... do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit."

❑ 22. Give your brother a break...grace was given to EVERYONE - Ephesians 4:7 "But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it."

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s the popularity of traffic on internet sites increases, record numbers of users in the U.S log on daily for a variety of reasons. Many top sites are travel related. As we sit in our cubicle or stay up late sipping tea after everyone else is asleep, we appease our dream of faraway places by searching for that perfect vacation. For the “do-it-yourselfers,” surfing through page after page of Google entries can seem daunting. Allow me to ease the pain by providing some top sites for you. Many of you are familiar with sites like:,,, etc. Be aware that you might not always be getting the best information on hotel ratings or even best pricing. Beware of service fees, and if you have a problem after making your reservation, have patience with their toll-free line staff. Ask to see your quote in writing/email format before paying in full, which they require for any reservation. I’ll follow up with some reasons to consider contacting a Travel Professional if planning becomes too much to handle. By the way, most agencies should be able to match any online travel quote for your vacation package. Just ask...... AIRLINE and are the best search engines for airfare pricing. shows seat diagrams of most any aircraft to help you select the ideal seat. It also keeps pretty up-to-date info on phone numbers, baggage rules and more, on most carriers. monitors fare when booked direct on airline websites, and notifies of price drops.

CAR TRAVEL identifies the fastest, most direct route in more than 100 U.S. cities. allows you to punch in a zip code and download a list of stations to your PDA or iPhone, based on interest. HOTELS is a leader in hotel reviews by consumers. includes short videos that preview all aspects of a hotel and compares it with its competitors.

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1. Updated Information- Travel Specialists are constantly communicating with the travel community, thus giving you the most up to date info on airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, travel visas, and other travel services to consider as you plan your trip. 2. Expert Guidance- Travel Specialists are experts in helping travelers get where they need to go and in helping create possibilities most people never would have dreamed were possible. 3. Choice- Travel Specialists offer you an array of options and price quotes from a variety of travel suppliers, giving you the upper hand when making your final travel decisions. 4. Best Value for Your Money Spent- Travel Specialists can help you make your dollars go further while you are away. They have access to finding all sorts of deals ranging from flights, to hotels, to dinner recommendations. 5. Location, Location, Location!!!!- Travel Specialists can help you find a place to stay pretty much anywhere you desire. If it’s a hotel with a view of the ocean in Hawaii or a jungle hut in the Nilgiri foothills, a travel agent can help you make it happen.

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s summer approaches, many kids and their parents start looking at summer camps, including those that focus on sports, the arts, science, nature, etc. Many also consider sending their youngsters to Christian camp. A question you might ask about Christian camp is: should it be a priority? One area camp director thinks so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe there are two reasons why Christian summer camp is more important than ever,â&#x20AC;? says Keith Lund, who oversees Camp Lone Star, a Christian facility in La Grange. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first is that unlike other summer programs, it is an intentional Christian community. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;intentionalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; part is that God calls the staff to lead boldly, speak clearly about their faith, and not be shy in telling others about the saving grace we have through faith in Jesus Christ. Christian â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is built daily by committed counselors, fed through Bible study and worship opportunities for campers and modeled in daily actions,â&#x20AC;? says Lund. The second reason is something he calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;pattern interrupt.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did you know the average youngster spends over six hours a day in front of some type of electronic screen? When kids come to camp; however, their daily routines are disrupted - no cell phones, computers, etc. Instead, campers are plunged into God's creation and guided through different activities, other than the ones they normally experience. The value in a Christian setting comes when this change is filled with faith, such as campfire devotions, prayer, and small group discussions about their personal relationship with Jesus Christ,â&#x20AC;? explains Lund. The end result? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see time and time again how these two tools â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;set people upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; face-to face with their Savior, either for the first time or in a renewing experience,â&#x20AC;? says Lund. What Lund sees at Camp Lone Star is not unique. According to a study conducted by a national church body, a camping or retreat experience can be one of the most lifechanging events one can have in the Lord. Indeed, the study found among those


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More information on summer camp at Camp Lone Star is available at LOMTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at, by calling 1-800-362-2078 or via e-mail at Like many facilities, Camp Lone Star offers both week-long and weekend sessions for those aged 5-18 from June through August each year. It is located on the Colorado River about 60 miles southeast of the Austin area near the intersection of Highways 71 & 77. The camp draws most of its counselors from college students in Texas. Historically, many are studying to be full time church workers, including pastors, educators, etc. Of course, Christian summer camp is not strictly about Bible study and devotions. Other activities available include archery, pool time, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, nature center events, and hiking. Camp games include soccer, Flicker Ball, Darebase and others. Each day also ends with the traditional camp fire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t minimize, either, how important getting out of the house is in this day and age,â&#x20AC;? says Lund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know one report says that kids today spend an average of only four to seven minutes outdoors each day. Can you believe that?â&#x20AC;? he adds. Something that Keith Lund has noticed in recent years is that many grandparents send their grandchildren to camp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many went to camp themselves as kids and know the impact it had on their lives,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some also send grandkids who, for some reason, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attend church. They know that Christian camp is a great place to learn about Jesus Christ,â&#x20AC;? Lund added. Camp Lone Star itself is open year round and serves families and adults, in addition to

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am usually a big believer in telling children the absolute truth, no holds barred. However, recently I’ve had to revise my theory. When my husband was laid off from his job, probably the most difficult struggle I had was how to hold it together for my kids. Facing uncertainty is hard enough, but when doing so with little ones in tow, the weight can seem nearly unbearable. So, being the researcher I am, I began looking into the best ways to help children cope with crisis. Since many of us are facing the same fate, I thought I’d pass these ways on to you.

For the last two years, I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom, a long-held dream of mine. But, when our budget changed, the reality of my need to return to work became stark. Suddenly, my husband was home and we were both searching for jobs. That meant he too became responsible for household chores and responsibilities. It’s wise to create a list of who is going to do what, so there is a seamless transition. Seeing spouses work together in this way reestablishes to children that the family is a team - a positive lesson to come out of a not-sopositive event.


Keep the routine Children find comfort in patterns. They like to know their boundaries and their schedules. Don’t deviate from their general timelines if possible. Bedtimes should remain the same, as should nap times, soccer practice, meal times and the like. This will reiterate the fact that their world is basically the same as it always has been, no matter what the family is going through.

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Find a good friend In a time of struggle, the first instinct is often to crawl into a hole and hide from those who want to help. Fight that urge. Instead, communicate the situation to your buddies. Who knows? They may have a contact to help you out. If not, they can at least offer words of encouragement, prayer and a hug. Seeing you reach out to your friends in times like these will demonstrate to your children that it’s okay to need others. And that’s a great lesson for any child to learn.

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unday April 25th from 10:00am to 1:00pm volunteers throughout Austin will meet at the Jewish Community Association of Austin where they will be given instructions, local maps and water safety packets which they will distribute to designated areas all day. Their goal for the 1st Annual Water Safety Walk is 300 volunteers delivering over 25,000 water safety packets throughout the greater Austin area to neighborhoods, apartment complexes, and anywhere there may be a risk of drowning.

Seder Dinner The Lakeway Church at 7pm. The Lakeway Church will hold a symbolic Seder dinner on Maundy Thursday, April 1, to learn about the traditional Passover meal that Jesus and his disciples practiced.


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Kyle Market Days City Square Park from 9am – 2pm. Showcasing local crafts and arts, local farmers, plants and produce, local music and local shops.

Westlake Methodist Church from 9am – 12pm. Central Texas middle and high school students join Austin’s best writers, award-winning poets, novelists, playwrights, essayists.

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Heart O’Texas Orchid Society’s 39th Annual Show and Sale, “Easter Orchids” Zilker Botanical Gardens starting at 10am. Come join us and check out all the beautiful orchids that will be on display.

Friday Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary of The Lakeway Church.

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Farms from 7am – 8am. Holy Word will be holding its annual outdoor Easter Sunrise Service at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms.



2010 Kyle Lions Club Fajita Fiesta and BBQ Cook-Off City Square Park in Kyle at 10am. Take pleasure in the competition as different teams strive to create the perfect bbq for everyone to enjoy.


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at 7pm. Authors of the award-winning, best selling book, Intimate Issues, will speak on God’s perspective of sex.

Movies in the Park Elizabeth Milburn Park from 8pm – 10pm. Grab your blankets or lawn chairs and head to Milburn park for a free Movie in the Park under the stars. Concessions are available. The Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents Ingrid Fliter Long Center’s Dell Hall from 8pm – 10pm.



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Pocket’s Grille from 9am – 12pm. It’s a 5k fun run/walk starting and finishing at Pocket’s Grill in Smithville, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to toward Breast Cancer Awareness.

STARRY Foster Care Orientation Starting at 7:30 pm. STARRY is a Christian, Non-Profit Foster Care Organization in Round Rock, TX. dedicated to helping abused/neglected children. Come to orientation for more info.

4th Annual Prom Fair My Party Palace from 10am – 4pm. Don’t get left behind because you can’t afford the outfit! You can borrow everything you need for your prom from head to toe.


6th Annual ASH Dash 5K Bunny Run Austin State Hospital from 8am – 5 pm. Bunny Run Runners will follow the Easter Bunny and enjoy a fast, flat double loop course in beautiful historic Hyde Park on the Austin State Hospital grounds.

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Intimate Issues Conference Grace Covenant Church starting

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Austin Mother’s of Multiples Buy/Sell Event Austin Sport Center from 8 – 10pm. Austin Mothers of Multiples is a non-profit group that is hosting their semi-annual children’s resale event at the Austin Sports Center.

Cedar Park Heritage Festival and Parade Heritage Oak Park/Millburn Park 1pm, 4pm – 10pm. Grab your cowboy hat, boots and spurs and join us for a day of celebration. The Cedar Park Heritage Festival will kick off with a parade at 1pm. Intimate Issues Conference Grace Covenant Church starting at 9am. Authors of the award-winning, best selling book, Intimate Issues, will speak on God’s perspective of sex.

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Keep Austin Beautiful’s Clean Sweep Various locations

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Teacher Career Fair Frank Erwin Center from 9am – 11:30am.

SafePlace Field Day and Festival 2010 Fiesta Gardens

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Austin Museum of Art – downtown at 3pm. Join Assistant Curator Andrea Mellard for a gallery walk through of the current exhibitions.

Easter Eggstravaganza Anderson Mill Baptist Church starting at 10am. There will be food, games, crafts, an Easter Drama, and an Easter Egg Hunt for all children ages 18 months – 4th grade and their families.

Easter Party Bethany Lutheran from 10am – 2pm. Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bingo, Easter Bunny, snacks, animals, balloons, face painting and moonwalks.


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National Start! Walking Day A nationwide call to-action for Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Your company can help employees take the first step in becoming more active by participating.

from 9am – 1:30pm. Austin’s annual citywide cleanup event on Saturday April 10th. KAB will connect you with an existing cleanup project or provide you with everything you need to plan your own event.

Second Saturdays are for Families! Fly Away! Groovy Kites – Austin Museum of Art from 12pm – 4pm. Visit the exhibition American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print and see posters of your favorite activities, such as the circus, state fair, or music concert. The Wonderball Palmer Events Center from 6pm – 9pm. Enjoy a magical, fairytale evening, a daddy/daughter dance to include music, princess-friendly crafts, face painting, refreshments, and other enchanting surprises.

Gigantic Easter Egg Hunt! The Lakeway Church from 10am – 12pm. Thousands of Eggs at Free Easter Egg Hunt at The Lakeway Church. This event will be held indoors this year in the Fellowship Hall.


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The Attic Film Festival Grace Covenant Church starting at 10am.

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Open Door Preschool’s Kids Jamboree and Scavenger Hunt Threadgill’s South from 10am – 1pm.


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Harlem Globetrotters 2010 “Magical Memories”

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Frank Erwin Center starting at 3 pm.

Todd Agnew in Concert New Hope First Baptist Church starting at 6:30pm. Todd Agnew will be giving a solo concert. The concert is free and is open to the community.



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Free Infant Loss Support Groups in Round Rock St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center from 7pm – 8:30pm. St. David’s is offering free support groups to families and individuals who have experienced the loss of an infant.

FRIDAY 16 AirFair: Museum Hours at Austin Children's Museum You can't see it. You can't always feel it, but you can experiment with it in this feature exhibit. In AirFair, children and adults can investigate how air affects different objects and playfully discover the powers and properties of moving air through fun, hands-on activities.

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AirFair: Museum Hours at Austin Children's Museum You can't see it. You can't always feel it, but you can experiment with it in this feature exhibit. In AirFair, children and adults can investigate how air affects different objects and playfully discover the powers and properties of moving air through fun, hands-on activities.

Disney on Ice Cedar Park Center at various times. An action packed ice spectacular featuring four fun-filled classic and current Disney stories.

FRIDAY 23 AirFair: Museum Hours at Austin Children's Museum You can't see it. You can't always feel it, but you can experiment with it in this feature exhibit. In AirFair, children and adults can investigate how air affects different objects and playfully discover the powers and properties of moving air through fun, hands-on activities.

Disney on Ice Cedar Park Center at various times. An action packed ice spectacular featuring four fun-filled classic and current Disney stories.

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Movies in the Park Elizabeth Milburn Park from 8pm – 10pm.


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4th Annual Max’s Ride and Concert for ALS Research and Patient Services Scholz Garden starting at

American Heroes Air Show Camp Mabry from 9am – 4pm. Admission and parking is free – premier helicopter aviation event in Central Texas. Run For Life 5K The Fellowship of Round Rock starting at 7am. 5K walk/run benefiting the Agape PRC strollers are welcome!

Downtown Austin starting at 8am.

The Official 10K of Texas!

Walk Like MADD 2010 Barton Creek Square starting at 8am. MADD’s signature walk/run is a fun, community 5K walk that raises funds and saves lives. when people, young and old, have the chance to journey back in time to Bastrop’s humble beginnings.



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ice spectacular featuring four fun-filled classic and current Disney stories.

The Attic Film Festival Grace Covenant Church starting at 7pm.


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Yesterfest Downtown Bastrop from 9am – 5pm. It’s that time of year

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essa Banner is a third grade student at Shoreline Christian School, where she enjoys doing art projects. She also is in her fourth year of taking piano lessons. Tessa would like our readers to know that she loves to draw, she enjoys playing Lego Rock Band, and she really likes dogs. She especially likes Beagles!

Tessa states that her faith in God helps her show love and respect to her friends and teachers. When we asked her who her hero was, she replied, “My dad is my hero because he protects us and provides for us.” When Tessa grows up, she has “cool” aspirations of working in an ice cream shop. Marcy Lytle


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An Evening with Sarah Palin Austin Convention Center starting at 5pm. Sarah Palin will share her pro-life stories on behalf of Texas-based non profit Heroic Media.


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hen asked what one adjective would describe her, Amy answered, “Longwinded!” She says she can take a one-minute story and easily turn it into a tenminute story. Being co-host of the Bobby Bones Show at 96.7 on your radio dial, Amy has to be longwinded to keep up with the banter between Bobby, Lunch Box, and Carlos. She says her job is to prepare content for the show, provide commentary, post web content, deliver the Hollywood Skinny every hour, and run a 2-hour music show after the morning show. “It’s all so fun!” Amy states. “I used to get in trouble for talking in school, and now I get paid to talk. Funny how that works out!” Amy never imagined she’d be in radio as a career, but she’s very thankful for the day she auditioned at the mall as a joke, now four years ago! As a child, Amy often sang “Tomorrow” while dancing around in the backyard, and states she was a “handful.” It seems that her singing practice, her animation, and her lack of shyness are just a few of the many qualities that landed Amy right in the middle of a morning talk show in Austin, Texas!


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Amy grew up in Austin; in fact, in the same house for 18 years! She moved to College Station and then back to Austin at age 22. She is married, and just celebrated her third year anniversary. Amy states there will hopefully be children in her future. “I would love three (only if I can handle it.)” Currently, Amy lives in North Carolina, and commutes back and forth to Austin as needed. She states that it’s fun traveling back and forth, and she has no complaints. Amy says her job is a dream (one she never knew she wanted) come true! She also states that her husband is truly a gift from God and completes her in so many ways. They both have very hectic schedules. In fact, their saying is “Life is an Adventure!’ She is honored and proud to be married to “such an amazing man, who puts others before himself, serving our country, never complaining about the inconveniences of his job.” Amy’s husband is an awesome pilot, a true leader, and an amazing partner in life. Amy added this final comment, “Oh, what I can say? I love a man in a flight suit!” Here in Austin, in a tiny room, Amy states the Bobby Bones Show is a mix of personalities, making for good dynamics. “We create a balance that can cater to most any listener out there,” states Amy. Bobby is the host, stays mostly middle ground (as he doesn’t like drama), but he does have his stand on a few things. Lunch Box makes them all laugh (and gasp), and Carlos is a “randomly funny person.” Amy went to Junior High School with Carlos and never knew he had such a personality! Alayna, Affiliate Producer, completes the group. As stated above, Amy auditioned at the mall (yes, it’s true). She states that Bobby likes to hire “normal” people who haven’t been “trained” in radio. While

doing a little shopping, Amy came across the stage while going from the Gap to The Limited at Barton Creek Mall. She called a friend to meet up with her (to make her try out), and the rest is history… Amy’s job at the Bobby Bones Show entails crazy hours. Her day starts very early, and Amy states she has NEVER been a morning person. In college, she avoided morning classes and often missed them, catching up with notes, later! Now, she amazes her whole family by waking up super early to prepare for a 6:00 a.m. show time, with some prep being done the night before. They all submit “random stuff” they find interesting, to Bobby, so he can sift through it before the show starts. “It’s fun, but I often need a NAP!” Amy goes on to say, I’m not sure how much I would love my job if I wasn’t working with the Bobby Bones Show. It just wouldn’t be the same.” Amy states that her favorite part of the job is the people with whom she works, and the fact that she gets paid to talk. “How crazy is that?” She loves playing games (Name that Tune and What Year Was It are her favorites), and she loves playing off Bobby and how funny he is. He’s for sure the “ring leader” and Amy states she is happy to have such an awesome host lead the way for the “peanut gallery,” which is often the term used to describe Lunch Box, Carlos and Amy! Just this past week, Amy recalls a fun moment of meeting Taylor Swift. “Yes, I’m a huge fan. I’m almost 29 years old and proud to admit this!” (Just as we finished our interview, Amy got a call from Taylor Swift’s record label stating that a portrait Amy painted of Taylor,

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which Amy gave her this week, is now hanging in her tour bus – not in the trash, where Lunch Box told Amy it would be!) When Amy was eight years old, she, her mom, and her sister began attending church. It was around that time when Amy’s mom joined a women’s bible study group and they all learned what it was to have a relationship with Christ. The summer before Amy’s fourth grade in school; her dad moved out. “It was one of the hardest things we went through as a family,” states Amy, but “My mom turned to the Lord, and my sister and I are forever grateful, as we did the same.” Amy states her mom was amazing and prayed for them every morning, from that point on. She remembers her mom inviting other moms over before school at the kitchen table, to pray for them all. “I didn’t so much appreciate it at the time when I was running out the door to catch the bus, but I totally look back and recognize the value of it more than ever!” Amy states her mom is definitely her “hero,” hands-down. Amy states that on the job, she is just herself, and a lot of why she is who she is, is because of her faith. She interacts with her faith daily. Her beliefs and morals are biblical. She knows that she is by no means perfect, but she tries to live and do the best she can…knowing the Lord forgives…”thank goodness.” When asked how her faith interacts with her job, her answer was honest and real. She answered by stating that the only time it gets difficult at work is when she doesn’t stand her ground the way she wishes she had done so. She never wants to come across “preachy” and therefore sometimes says nothing

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SPECIAL FEATURE Whosoever Believes In Me...Including All Tattooed Freaks, Computer Geeks and Drugged Out Tweaks- Whosoever

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he Whosoevers came to the UT Student Union for a night of what many would consider to be an unconventional gathering that was definitely “outside the pew." Among others, the headliners for what was a night to remember for many in attendance, were former lead guitarist for the mega popular rock band Korn and the lead singer for popular Christian rock band P.O.D. Each speaker got up and gave their testimony of how God had impacted their lives and how Jesus had come to live inside them and changed them. It was a very powerful night, and some extreme subjects were discussed. The artists and performers who speak at the Whosoevers events around the country do not get paid for their time. They give of their

time and talent to minister to and reach an often overlooked group of young kids who would never step foot in a church, but fall under the words in red that Jesus spoke when He said “Whosoever believes in me, shall be saved.” The group was diverse and the message was unorthodox, but it was touching to see some of the roughest characters praying for and loving on all the whosoevers in the room and shining a light for Jesus, no matter how "different" each person was. If you are reading this, you are a whosoever and God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. John 3:16

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n the last issue, I mentioned good sources of calcium, raw bone concentrates, and the importance of essential fatty acids in calcium absorption into tissues. Now we will take a look at other synergistic minerals and optimal environment for bone health.

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1) Magnesium. Magnesium is a versatile macro-mineral that serves many functions in the body. By macro-mineral, this means our food supply must provide us hundreds of milligrams of magnesium per day. Two-thirds of magnesium in the body is found in the bones, because it is one of the essential structural components of the bone’s crystal lattice. Also, it serves as a chemical gatekeeper at the cellular level, regulating the entry of calcium into tissues. That is why magnesium is implicated in muscle relaxation: it regulates the access of calcium into muscle cells, and calcium is one of the most important chemical messengers controlling muscle tone. Great dietary sources of magnesium include Swiss chard, spinach, turnip greens, kale, pumpkin seeds, etc (the food we used to eat). 2) Phosphorus: Phosphorus is the 2nd most abundant mineral in the body, just behind calcium. Like magnesium, most of the phosphorus (85%!) is found in the bones as a supporting structure. Phosphorus is an important element of the cell membrane as well. Phosphorus is abundant in our diet. However, a proper balance between phosphorus and calcium must be achieved to assure optimal bone health. When we look at a blood test, we often pay too much attention to quantity, but not balance between each element. You can have a normal blood test with an imbalanced mineral ratio, so bone density continues to drop with a good blood test. The ideal ratio of calcium versus phosphorus in the blood is 10:4. Disruption of this ratio can have tremendous ill-effects on the body. For example, when there is insufficient phosphorus (i.e. 10:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio), calcium has to be dumped into tissues to restore the ratio, causing bone spurs and

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Finally, the ideal environment for calcium absorption in the gut is acidic. People with an alkaline gut are looking for dysbiosis (bad bacteria occupying the gut) and decreased ability to absorb calcium. So obviously, TUMS is not your best source of calcium. To ensure best absorption, I make sure they regularly take Apple Cider Vinegar or Betaine HCL (Digestive enzyme, Standard Process.) To sum up, all the necessary ingredients for a good bone include: • Calcium: raw bone concentrates; calcium lactate, citrate, or citrate malate. • Vitamin D: Cod liver oil • ‘Vitamin F’: Black currant seed oil, evening primrose oil (Omega 6); flaxseed oil, tuna oil (Omega 3) • Magnesium and phosphorus: in the right balance (10:4 calcium to phosphorus, 5:1 calcium to magnesium) • Apple cider vinegar or Betaine HCl to ensure a proper gastrointestinal pH. Of course, bone density should be checked annually to find progress. In some patients a blood mineral test might be necessary to check for the ratio between Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus. This concludes the discussion on Bone health. If you have questions feel free to contact me. P.S. For those of you Austin Faith and Family readers interested in bone density testing, you can contact me to get a FREE bone density test if you mention this article (Medicare recipients excluded.)

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Amy...(continued from page 16) at all, but then other times she states how she feels with confidence, and feels great about it. There are times when she says things she regrets and wishes she could take back, but she moves on….hoping to make up for it later. When Amy isn’t working, she loves to work out, work on the house (her house was built in 1939, so there are always new projects), walk her dog (Josie), and has recently taken up art classes, which she loves. Amy enjoys trying new restaurants (El Rancho and Chuys are her favorites), and likes playing Bingo. “Call me lame, but you’re missing out if you think you’re too ‘young’ or too ‘cool’ for Bingo!” Amy also participates in Yoga, which she does to prevent arthritis. Finally, she thinks of “busting out the old sewing machine,” having ideas and brainstorms of things she’d like to sew! Amy states, “I tend to start a lot of hobbies and then let them go rather quickly, i.e. “hip-hop dance classes.” “It was fun, but didn’t last!” She also wants to learn to crochet. (Between bingo and her desire to crochet, Amy comically comments that she’s starting to “sound like an old lady!”)

wish it upon anyone), but Amy states, “God used that to bring us in…He got us through that time, and it’s because of that time that we even know him.” This is why Romans 8:28 - And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose - means so much to her. Romans 5:3, 4 - Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope - also reminds Amy that during difficult times, if she will continue to trust, there is a little “character being built inside of me, and I find strength in that…knowing the Lord is going to get me through.” Amy: longwinded, energetic, funny, outgoing, vulnerable, honest, real, full of life, and forever grateful… It’s no wonder she’s where she is, doing what she does, with excellence and joy. What a story of God taking the threads that pulled loose from the back of a beautiful tapestry, weaving in some gold fibers and bright colors, creating an awesome piece of art on the other side! Marcy Lytle

Amy has two favorite verses in the Bible, both in Romans. The first one brings comfort to her, and she knows with all her heart that it is true. One might think their family splitting up is the worst possible thing in the world (and she wouldn’t

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would like to share a moment of obedience that came to me while I was driving. I have been feeling out-of-water with almost a degree of self-doubt when it comes to going in to my new role in nursing. Every day I go into peds, I learn so many new things, and one day I wondered if I would ever get it all (and this is just peds). I knew there was a learning-curve, but questioned my ability to survive the curve, so-to-speak. I stay in much prayer on these things to be sure I’m going the direction I'm supposed to be going. I was driving home after clinicals last week, and the whole concept of “driving” popped into my head. This was spoken to my heart: "Remember how new it all was? Remember being scared the first time you got behind the wheel, with all the rules/laws to learn, and all the potential for disaster? The lives you carried in your hands as you drove down the road and how freaked out you were just at the thought of that? Remember how nervous you were, going into the driving tests, not understanding your true capabilities? But, remember how badly you wanted that license and how you knew it was necessary to do what you needed to do in life? Now look at yourself. Look at the confidence you carry with your driving; how it has now become second-nature to you. So it was with nursing, and so it is with this. Be confident that you are where you should be and you are learning just as you should. One day you will be able to do these things very naturally, you will hold that license, and you will inspire others by your confidence and knowledge."

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ur first day in Marked Tree, Arkansas, where my youth group went to serve on a missions trip, we split into groups to pray over the Carver Center and the surrounding neighborhood. God really put it on my heart to pray against the spirit of poverty and feeling unworthy, so I prayed out loud to my group. I was confident that the community of Marked Tree had a greater purpose. A few minutes later Daniel found a quarter on the ground. He told me to take the quarter, pray over it and ask God to show me a kid to give the quarter to. I spent a good five minutes praying for this quarter, that whoever I gave it to would know their richness in God and their value. Also, I prayed this child would always trust in God and know Him as the great provider. The next day during VBS, our topic for the day was obedience and why it is important to obey God. After our lesson, all the kids split up in to small groups where they were told to draw a picture of what obedience looked like to them. A 3rd grader named Krishun (also known as La-La) was in my small group and was a kid I had spent a lot of time with and knew pretty well.

At that moment, I went forward in the assurance that comes from hearing His voice, and in obedience, I left all self-doubt behind.

He drew a picture of someone giving someone else a quarter! God made it very clear this was the kid! At the end of the day, Krishun was upset because we were leaving and that he couldn't play basketball because we had to take our ball with us. I went over to him and gave him the quarter, explaining that it was a special quarter, and God had told me to give it to him because of the picture he had drawn earlier. I explained that I was obeying God. He was very sincere when he thanked me for the special quarter. I'm very confident in the man of worth God has created Krishun to be, and I will continue praying for him.

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am blessed every time I hear of another Christian business organization springing up in a community or within the four walls of a corporation. I get excited to read about Christian business owners who testify of the great Kingdom things that are taking place in their workplaces... transformed lives, salvaged relationships, even miracles. Although exciting things are taking place in the workforce all over the planet, we must not settle! Sadly, there are far too many business owners â&#x20AC;&#x201C; professing Christians â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who are still far more motivated by money and prestige than by their service to King Jesus. That's unfortunate because although most are not aware â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the ONLY thing that will bring the satisfaction they're striving to attain â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is their service to their Creator.

I was once privileged to speak by phone, to a man who founded a very large Christian business organization in one of America's largest cities. He actually emailed me first, saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;I keep hearing your name being mentioned and thought we should meet.â&#x20AC;? Over the phone, he commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;After all these years, so few people in our group have ever really seemed to get it.â&#x20AC;? I felt his pain. It's been my experience, among all the groups I've spoken to, that most Christian business organizations are doing little more than they would do at secular gatherings Chamber of Commerce functions, mixers and any other networking opportunities provided within their communities. Why? Because it seems more beneficial â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and it certainly comes more naturally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to â&#x20AC;&#x153;press the fleshâ&#x20AC;? and hand out business cards than it does to discuss the invisible King we all claim to serve, and to discuss how our alliances can best advance His Kingdom in our community. So, we stick to that which will best advance our own agenda. Don't get me wrong. In many cases, these groups are doing very good things while continuing to miss the greater Kingdom picture â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the GOD thing. Let's bear in mind, good is the enemy of best. The workplace is particularly important to Kingdom advancement because this is where we spend so much of our lives. It's also where the professional church staff has the least direct contact and impact with the world. Let me explain: Assume one works only 40 hours weekly, compared the average amount of time a person spends on church-sponsored ministry activities, around three hours a week. That adds up to about 156 hours annually, compared to the 2,080 hours they'd spend in the workplace over the next 12

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Has your worship been compartmentalized down to a few hours a month in the prescribed way, place and manner, or is it a Monday-Friday thing as well? In Hebrew, â&#x20AC;&#x153;avodahâ&#x20AC;? is the same root word for â&#x20AC;&#x153;workâ&#x20AC;? as is used for â&#x20AC;&#x153;worship.â&#x20AC;? I Corinthians 10:31 says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;...whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.â&#x20AC;? Do you, as a business person, feel reduced to the role of church financier? Is it truly satisfying for you to underwrite payroll, overhead, and cover the cost of playground equipment, fixing broken stained-glass and purchasing a new gargoyle for the cathedral? Do your employees, supervisors, customers, vendors, and

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he Daniel & Justin Show airs on Sunday evenings 8pm–10pm on The Word (99.3 FM). Daniel & Justin are youth leaders at New Hope Community Church in Round Rock. Each month, they will offer their insight on things they think parents might like to know, in order to “bridge the gap” between generations. We hope our readers find their comments informative and helpful… AFF: What types of cliques are present among the youth? Daniel: You have your usual teenage cliques of friends who go to the same high school, ones that have known each other for a long time, and the perceived ‘popular’ group. Justin: A lot of churches are different, but I have mainly seen just two types of cliques; the active group and the non-active group. AFF: Why do you think cliques are formed? Daniel: Teenagers tend to hang out with each other based on perceived social standing, the way they dress, what they’re involved in at school; then it gets down to what they enjoy doing outside of school or clubs that they’re involved in. Justin: This is another item that kind of “bugs” me, because any “group” of kids that just enjoys hanging out with each other is automatically deemed a clique. AFF: How do you get kids to mingle, rather than segregate? Justin: This isn’t too difficult if you are a little crafty. During Valentine’s Day we have a “battle of the sexes” contest, helping all the kids unite. During the summer we have a water game night. The goal is to make it where they ALL have to participate to win. We also have a good student leadership team, and we really focus on participation from everyone. Daniel: We try to get them involved with the whole group. It may be separating them evenly with a game, putting them on separate teams, or getting them to sit next to someone different. A very effective way to get them to mingle is an outreach, one that requires that they work together.

AFF: Is there anything good about cliques? If so, what? Justin: I don’t think all “supposed” cliques are even cliques at all. So yes, there are many great friendships that form, funny stories happen more frequently, and a much stronger unity is built. Daniel: Very little, but it is a way for friendships to grow. If you have someone new to the youth group who is involved in something at school with a few of the youth, then it provides them with a sense of belonging. But for the most part, it isolates the rest of the group. AFF: How does school affect kids, regarding cliques? Daniel: If they are involved in clubs or extracurricular activities, then it can create a good circle of friends for them in and outside of school, but it also creates that clique for them and can potentially shut them off from making other friends. I also think it exposes the kids to some extreme cases of cliques and how they can be abused. Justin: This is where it’s a huge problem, because mostly it’s based on your style or sport. Once kids hit high school, prior friendships are tested due to peer pressure, i.e. being pretty enough, wearing cool clothes, being too odd, whether or not they play sports. AFF: How can parents influence their children regarding cliques? Daniel: Talk to them about being aware of cliques, and how they have a potential of being harmful and exclusive. Encourage them to include as many people as they get along with in their lives, and to keep an eye out for kids they might be excluding. Justin: Keep it real, no matter what you like. Don’t judge a book by its cover, and get to know someone before you start bashing them. You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. If you don’t like someone, don’t voice it. Try your best to be cool with everyone.

AFF: How can cliques be hurtful?

AFF: What else would you like to say about cliques?

Daniel: They can easily hurt teenagers’ feelings, make them feel left out or not wanted. Cliques are one huge way to isolate someone who isn’t very outgoing, and it’s a sure fire way to get a visitor to not return.

Justin: Having a close group of friends is awesome, but adding to the group is always good. Make new friends feel welcome and teach them the inside jokes, so they can join in on the fun.

Justin: It’s only hurtful if it is not controlled. I think to a small extent it’s fine; but once it turns into an “us and them” mentality, then you are in big trouble. You must make them understand it’s “we.” Most kids think we are telling them to be best friends with everyone; when in fact, we just want them to be friendly to everyone.


ourney of Faith United Methodist Church, a relatively new congregation in Northeast Round Rock, is a “gracebased” community where ALL are welcome. Located at 7301 CR 110 (midway between US 79 and University Blvd/ 1431), Journey of Faith moved to our current location in October, 2008 and we are working on plans to expand. Our “Come as you are” is a blend of traditional and contemporary worship with high quality music and thought-provoking sermons that speak to the questions asked by thinking Christians. Justin Capps, our music/worship leader is a Doctoral student at the University of Texas and an accomplished song-writer and musician. Reverend Glenda Whitehead, the founding pastor of Journey of Faith, has 21 years of ministry experience, and seeks not to provide you with the answers to your faith questions, but to equip you to discover those answers for yourself. Journey of Faith is a community committed to offering a safe place for asking the difficult questions of life, and we seek to offer acceptance to all people, wherever they are in their faith journey. So if you like to ask questions, are a bit skeptical of pat answers, and are open to a journey of discovering truth, this church is for you. Progressive in our theology, Journey of Faith offers small group studies that take advantage of the works of some of today’s leading theologians and Bible scholars.

For families, Journey of Faith has an energetic, fun-filled Youth Group. Young people from grades 6-12 meet on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00, and are led by three sensitive and caring volunteers. The group activities include a mixture of engaging study, life-changing mission opportunities, and good, safe fun. Each summer the group participates in a weeklong Mission Trip to nearby states, where they work with hundreds of youth from other churches in our Annual Conference. Last summer, 26 youth and adults from Journey of Faith took part in this amazing mission experience. If you are looking for a church like ours, we invite you to come JOURNEY with us. Worship is on Sunday mornings at 10:30. The dress is casual, the people warm and accepting, and the worship experience is life-enhancing. Or as we like to say, “Whoever you are, and wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome in this place.” Glenda Whitehead

Funny Church Bulletin Bloopers 1. The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict. 2. Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

Daniel: They’re going to happen. It’s one of those facts of life. They even exist outside of high school. Just be prepared to deal with them, and don’t be afraid to bust through some cliques and social ‘boundaries’ in life. You’ll miss out on some meaningful friendships if you only hang out with the people who are in the same ‘group’ as you are. Marcy Lytle


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n the Easter Gospel reading from the book of John, Mary Magdalene is the first to see Jesus. At first she doesn’t realize that it’s him, mistaking him instead for the gardener. We can’t blame her, really — she was distraught, thinking that Jesus’ body had been stolen. The last thing she expected to see was her Lord, alive and in the flesh! “If you have carried him away,” she appeals to the unknown figure, “tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” In response he says but one word: “Mary ...” And immediately she knew exactly who he was. It was undoubtedly the surprise of her life. To be sure, our God is full of surprises. He surprised the world by being born as a human baby in a lowly manger to a simple couple on a seemingly ordinary night. That same night he surprised some shepherds out in the field with a host of heavenly angelic beings. Jesus surprised people all the time with his amazing miracles and his astounding wisdom. And then he blew the minds of his disciples by allowing himself to be captured, tried and hung on a cross, executed as a common thief. Surely this was not how a king acts, they must have thought — much less the prophesied messiah! He saved his best surprises for last, of course, first by coming back to life and then, after he had ascended into heaven, catching his

followers off guard with what appeared to be tongues of fire that appeared over their heads. There was the sound of a rushing wind and suddenly each of them began speaking in languages they had never studied before. Moved by this awesome display of the Holy Spirit’s power, they went out among the people and began sharing the gospel. One surprise after another — that’s the kind of God we worship and serve. Would it surprise you to know that he is still alive and active today, and that he continues to amaze us with his divine intervention in our world? Recently, a young man in our congregation married a young woman who teaches in our childcare. Just one week after their wedding, the young man had to be rushed to the hospital for equilibrium problems and seizures. The doctors determined that he had a large mass in his brain and moved him to the main Scott and White Hospital in Temple, where he lapsed into a coma. There they struggled for days to find a course of treatment — without success. Eventually, they admitted defeat. Life support machines could keep his heart beating, they told his family, but there was no sign of any meaningful brain activity. Perhaps it was time, the doctors said, to disconnect the machines and let him pass on. As his family wrestled with the decision, I drove up to Temple once

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more to meet with them. I did not even bother to try to see this young man because I felt in my heart that he was no longer with us. Finally, after much prayer they decided to have their loved one removed from life support the next day. So imagine my surprise when I received a phone call late the next morning from the young man’s father-in-law. “Pastor, I don’t understand it, but he’s responding!” he told me excitedly. Over the course of the next few days, the young man regained consciousness and began interacting with his doctors, nurses, family and friends. Within a few weeks, he was home and on his way to resuming a normal life. He has been a regular participant in worship, playing the drums for our praise group, and reading a passage of scripture during one of our Lenten services. He even hopes to return to work sometime this month. Later I learned that the doctors told this young man that his chances of recovery had been about one in a trillion. If this man’s recovery doesn’t meet the definition of miracle, I don’t know what does. And this is just one of a number of miracles that I and the other members of Our Savior have experienced in recent years. Such surprises are a constant reminder of God’s presence in our lives and his love towards us. My prayer for you this Easter season is that your heart

and mind will be opened to witness the extraordinary power of God’s hand in your life whenever you lay before him your troubles, anxieties and concerns. Expect him to care for you and respond to your prayer. He may not always give you what you want, but he will certainly give you everything you need. Have a blessed Easter, and may you be surprised by God’s grace! If you have a child(ren) and would like to receive a special surprise Easter gift from us, please contact us at (512) 836-9600 or and leave your name and address (phone number would be helpful just in case), and we will be glad to send you a gift that will help enhance your family’s celebration of Easter.

Pastor Keith Gravesmill

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SPECIAL FEATURE Robin DeHaven – I Had a Calling. I Needed to Go. that gives you such an amazing feeling, if it works out like it is supposed to. It’s hard to put into words.” Robin DeHaven doesn’t see himself as a hero or a super person. He feels blessed and lucky. He states, “You don’t know until you are in the moment what you are made of.” He tries to follow hunches and his heart, and hopes that wherever his life goes, he is at peace, and good things will come. “Every day feels like a puzzle to me, and I am constantly looking for the answers to solve that puzzle.” In the moment he reacted, fear was not one of his feelings. However, after it was all over, Robin was overwhelmed with emotion: scared, happy and excited, all at the same time.


obin DeHaven was driving north on Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) coming up a hill to Highway 183, headed towards a job off McNeil Drive. He thought he saw a small plane flying very low in front of him. When he realized this was no toy plane, and his mind recalled that the airport was nowhere near this site, Robin knew something was wrong. He wondered where the plane would land, would people be injured, and should he get help.

Born and raised in Indiana, Robin joined the Active U.S. Army in October 2001 as a Combat Engineer. He lived in Germany and survived one tour, traveled across Europe a bit, and then moved to Fort Hood, Texas where he married, had a child, and then survived a second tour in Iraq. Since that time, Robin has divorced and now resides in Austin, Texas. He has joint custody of his “terrific, adorable, smart, big four-year old boy.” Here in Austin he began working for Binswanger Glass Company and is a second year apprentice in the Glazier trade. He measures and installs shower and tub enclosures, windows, mirrors, etc. Just a couple of weeks before the plane crash, he started a new position as a solo worker performing one-man installations. Before the day of the crash, he had always been paired with a Journeyman Glazier. On that day, Robin said it was “Like I had a calling, I needed to go.” Since he had combat experience in the Army, he felt able to handle traumatic experiences; he could expect the unexpected, and he knew how to react when things go wrong. “If I needed help like that, I would hope someone would help me.” Robin knew people needed his help to get out of the Echelon building. He states he didn’t really think about self-preservation, as much as he thought about answers to the questions of how to get those people out alive. “I was living in the moment, and things went so quickly, but so slowly. I felt like I could do anything. Doing something amazing like


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There was a bystander/employee/witness who did alert Robin to the people trapped on the second floor. Another man helped Robin carry the ladder to the building, and more men helped move the ladder to position, held it steady, and assisted people getting off the ladder. The ladder was a 20ft extension ladder that’s always on Robin’s truck. Since the primary route out of the building was no longer available, this was the only way out for these people. Trying to gain their trust, Robin announced he was an army veteran. One guy in the building, Morgan Johnson, also stated he was former Army. Still another guy stated he was former Air Force. Together with a lady who was trapped, they talked about how to break the window, and Robin instructed them to get down the ladder. Since that fateful, surprising, eventful day that Robin DeHaven responded to that nudge, stopped and offered his help, he was seen and talked about nationwide. A lot of good has come from this experience, and is still coming. “It is going to make this life of mine an even more amazing journey,” states Robin. Robin states, “I am a man of faith. I believe I am looked after guardian angels, relatives, and the Lord, especially on that day.” He himself was in a bad car accident and had his life spared. Robin states he has given thanks a few times since that plane crash on February 18, 2010 for being allowed to help people escape, virtually unscathed. Robin comments, “I think I am blessed a lot.” Marcy Lytle

Collegiate Time Management Lessons from Jack Bauer


n exactly 90 seconds, Federal Agent Jack Bauer will execute his plan to break free from his bondage, neutralize six heavily armed terrorists, locate a messaging device to call for back up, and successfully diffuse three nuclear weapons four seconds before they are set to detonate. There is a vision of the end goal, every move is methodically processed, he believes it can be done and is willing to risk his life to make it happen. So…what have you accomplished with your time today? After watching eight seasons of 24 I think I am finally ready to organize my life Bauer-style, and I am willing to share with you three truths that will make you just as productive as Jack.

It’s about desire, not a lack of time. Class, homework, job, sleep, play and God stuff – does that about cover it? What does the way you spend your time say about what you desire most in life? Write down your top five desires or passions right now. God has given all of us honorable ambitions that are meant to direct a significant part, if not all, of our lives. Sorting out what those desires are and seeking to use them to glorify God will give you a sense of purpose. Take Jack, for instance. His passion is justice. He will stop at nothing and is willing to risk everything to be an instrument of justice. What about you? The truth is that you make time for what you desire most, but the hard part is knowing what to do when your desires don’t match God’s desires for you. The answer is found in Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Productivity step #1 is to meditate on and apply this verse daily. A greater sense of urgency won’t kill you, but a lack of it could kill others. This is more about your frame of mind than it is about how fast you move. If I sense God leading my heart toward a certain person or situation in my life, I act on it as quickly as I can. God’s Spirit has perfect timing when he lays things on our heart and brings them to the forefront of our minds, but we often miss out when we sit on his nudges for too long. When Jack gets a gut feeling about someone, he has a criminal background check in his hands 10 minutes later and knows what flavor Tootsie Pop this criminal licked in middle school. Look, the world around us is in a rapid state of decay and for some odd reason God has chosen us as his instrument to save a dying world.

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I don’t think he was joking when he said ‘make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.’ (Ephesians 5:16) Making the most of every opportunity means not putting off till tomorrow what God is leading you to do today. The eternal destinies of others are in OUR hands. Yes, God works through us, but WE must choose to let him! Productivity step #2 is writing down what opportunities God has put before you this week, this month, and this year. 1,440 minutes in a day and every one of them matters. The forecast shows that next week will have seven days in it, each carrying 24 hours; so assign those hours to something that has meaning. If you are under 30 and are sleeping more than nine hours a day, you are either depressed or lazy. These are spiritual strongholds on your life that must be demolished. The only time Jack sleeps is when he has passed out from the excruciating pain of being tortured; so think about that, the next time you complain about being tired. If you don’t have a calendar, get one and use it. Tell your time where to go, write down every goal, and plan your life three moves in advance. Our lives are the culmination of our experiences, which either draw us away from or toward God, and we get to decide daily how we will steward the minutes God has given us. Productivity step #3 is basic organization – map out your next seven days and practice being intentional with the time you have. In the end, managing your time is about desire and discipline. Well, maybe there is a little more to it than that, but this is a great place to start, according to Jack Bauer. Joe Elliott 20 Words has a dual meaning: It speaks to the 20-something crowd and highlights 20 words that send a message.

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Golf Tips From the Tour with J.L. Lewis J.L.Lewis,PGA

Knowing Yardages with Each Golf Club handicap player will need a more forgiving club head than a lower handicap player. All of these components can be determined at the fitting center and perfected by trial and error on the course. If you have the correct golf equipment, only small adjustments are needed to realize your ball striking potential.


o become a better golfer, it is essential to consistently strike shots that travel exact distances. There are several variables involved in this process including: golf equipment, golf swing techniques, different playing conditions, adrenaline under pressure, and knowing your capabilities on each day.

Be Fitted with the Proper Golf Equipment Starting with golf equipment, the most important component is the golf ball. Having the correct launch and spin will greatly increase your chances of consistent shot making. Go to a local club fitting center to measure launch and spin to determine the best ball for you. Next, be sure to determine the proper length clubs with the correct shaft, golf grip size, loft and lie of the club head, and club head type that matches your ability level. The higher

Swing Tips – Producing a Consistent Golf Swing After deciding on golf equipment, make sure that your fundamentals are correct so that you can develop a consistent golf swing that produces the same speed on every shot. Even top level golfers have problems with this and need to make adjustments. This can be corrected by making adjustments to the golf grip, ball position, stance, or posture, or a change during the golf swing. Long hitters have more of a challenge because their mistakes are amplified due to their high swing speed. A consistent golf swing can be achieved by knowing the pre-swing fundamentals and by finding a good teaching professional to clarify what adjustments and swing keys will help to produce a consistent swing. Golf Exercise – Learning Distance Control Knowing Golf Course Conditions

The next step is to know how different conditions will affect how far the golf ball travels. For example: at sea level with no wind, my 8-iron flies 154 yards when the temperature is above 75 degrees. If the temperature is lower than 75 degrees, the ball flies proportionally shorter. At sea level, in 40degree temperature, the ball will fly 145 yards with no wind. The only way to really learn this invaluable information is to practice in all conditions and elevations. Distance the ball travels is affected by wind, altitude, temperature, humidity, and the condition of the golf ball. Adrenaline Another important factor is understanding how adrenaline increases under pressure, and how this will increase strength and club head speed. I have been in contention to win on several occasions, and I know that nerves and adrenaline increase club head speed and cause the ball to travel farther than normal. I allow for five to ten yards more carry on short to mid iron shots and 10 to 20 yards more carry on long iron and tee shots. Know this tendency and realize this is a good thing, because the farther the ball can fly, the shorter the course will play. The more you can experience this

state of heightened awareness when in contention, the more effective you will be. This nervous feeling is the reason for playing in competition and should be welcomed, because it means you are playing well and getting closer to reaching your potential. Performing well under pressure is essential for any competitive golfer to be their best. Physical Condition Finally, the factor that is different each day is how you are feeling. Some days the strength level is 100%, and other days it may be 50%, depending on what you ate, if you are feeling ill, how you slept the night before, etc. On the range, prior to the round, is the time to determine all of these variables that could affect your ability to swing the club consistently. I know on full strength days there is no doubt that I will make full swings as much as possible, but on days when my energy is less than normal, I will take more club and swing easier to produce the needed yardage. Again, experience will teach you all of this important on-course knowledge that, if used properly, will improve scoring ability in all conditions. For more golf tips, visit

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DOLLARS & Moms Who Save

Financial Straight Talk with Dave Ramsey

Personal Items/Toiletries


his is a monthly column full of tips for saving money. This month's focus is on ways to save when purchasing personal items and toiletries. Melissa C. (married, mother of four)

• On items that it makes no difference to me on the brand, I look for those that are packaged for promotion, with two items bundled and labeled, "get one free.” If the price is basically the same as other brands, I don't mind trying something new! Hint: L’oreal voluminous waterproof mascara is great for lengthening, separating and thickening, and is much cheaper than any mascara at the department stores.

• I use in-store coupons for toiletries – from shaving cream to make-up. • I use in-store brands mostly – Revlon, L’oreal…and look for in-store coupons.

Jo Ann A. (single “mature” mom, living alone)

• I do use make-up products from Sephora but look for deals online, on their website.

• I get skin care products at a greatly reduced rate by being a beauty consultant, and I try to pass on my savings to my clients, whenever possible.

• I use off-brands sometimes but only if the quality is worth it. Kleenex, Bounty, Charmin for those types of items. I use Pantene for shampoo and conditioner. We do not buy from the salon – way too expensive. Hint: Instead of throwing it out, eyeshadow that may be too dark to use as shadow becomes a beautiful liner. Use a small brush, dampen the tip, and this eyeshadow/eyeliner stays put all day. Patricia J. (single mom of two teenagers) • To me, a shampoo is a shampoo is a shampoo! Suave has plenty of different scents, which I really like (depending on my mood, I can switch between a couple of choices), and you can get Suave anywhere for about dollar! • I never buy make-up at the grocery store, because it always seems more expensive and the selection is not as good. Target is less expensive on many of their toiletry or personal items. The mascara I use, L'oreal, is a dollar less at Target than the grocery store.



• Dollar Tree is a great place to shop for things like toilet tissue and facial tissue. Nothing is over a dollar, and they even have name-brand items, like Kleenex. Even the disposable plates, cups, napkins, cards, gift wrap items, etc. are of good quality at the Dollar Tree.

DAVE SAYS Don’t Get Caught Up in the Glamour


ear Dave, our son is 21, and he’s embarking on a career as a professional soccer player. The beginning money isn’t huge. He’ll only be making about $30,000 a year, and we want to know how we can help him manage this money and not get caught up in the idea that he has to live a glamorous lifestyle. –Karen Dear Karen, The whole soccer thing is pretty cool, but you’re right about the money. “Glamorous” isn’t the word I’d use to describe a $30,000-ayear job, even for a 21-year-old. I think the biggest thing here is to make sure he develops some emotional maturity and uses basic, common-sense guidelines to help keep things in perspective. If he makes a habit right now of budgeting and living on less than he makes, he’s going to have a lot easier time later on if he starts raking in the big bucks.

The biggest problem with professional athletes is they think the ride is going to last forever. I always tell players that NFL really stands for “Not For Long.” The average pro football player’s career lasts 3.7 years. That’s not a long time, and the same is true in other sports, too. There just aren’t a lot of Brett Favres running around out there. Help him prepare his heart for two things. First, that it will probably be a short run. Enjoy it, be smart, then prepare to move on to the next part of your life, and develop a different career track. The second thing is that even if he beats the odds and ends up making a ton of money, he’s got to view the money as a responsibility and a privilege. This is when the common sense and maturity really come into play. You can’t run out and buy a bunch of houses and cars and expect even big money to last for long. This could be a very cool thing for your son. But it’s only going to be cool if it brings blessings to him and doesn’t ruin his life! –Dave

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Guilt-Free Pleasures


od uniquely created every individual. How they deal with conflict depends on their inborn temperament and how conflict was modeled in their home or environment as a child.


s women, we are inundated with magazines, commercials, books, etc. that tell us we need to watch what we eat, exercise, save money, spend less, give to our kids, yet somehow find time to be alone. We can easily become guilt-ridden about any pleasures we experience in life, for fear they might add fat to our body, they might put us in debt, or – get this – they might actually be fun! Below are ten “guilt-free pleasures” sure to brighten your day…

Regarding spending…. If you have $10, go to Target to the dollar area and purchase a treat. I recently found large burlap painted bags for $2.50 and really pretty scarves for $2.50 as well. Target also has end caps full of clearance items that are fun to scour. If you have a bit more to spend, check out Maurice’s, a fairly new store in Austin, where you can find a new shirt, a purse, a necklace or a pair of shoes at a reasonable price.



Regarding the kids… Take one evening as a family and go on a fast-food date, staying in the car. It will be quality time with your kids, and lots of good conversation can be had by the things you see. Take along drinks, so no money is spent on those. Pick three restaurants: stop by one for an appetizer to share, one for an entrée or two, and one for dessert. Limit the total to $10 at each stop (for a family of four). You’ll be surprised at what treats you can find! No money for a vacation? Have the kids pack their bags, and make your bedroom a hotel room, with movies to watch and snacks to eat, allowing the kids to spend the night on the floor on sleeping bags, for a night away from the norm.



Regarding exercise… Meet a friend at Mayfield Park (off W. 35th St) for a hike and a picnic lunch. Enjoy the beautiful peacocks and get in your exercise, too!



There’s a small lake in Pflugerville that’s about 3.5 miles around. It’s worth the serenity there, to drive out and walk the loop with a good friend and good conversation.

Regarding eating… For a healthy but filling lunch, try a fresh sliced pear, a handful of mixed nuts and cubes of cheddar cheese. For a healthy dessert that’s pretty, tasty and satisfying - cut up cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries and oranges (peeled and sectioned), mix with ½ cup of peach preserves, top with cool whip (or not). Eat with cinnamon chips (either purchase, or dust flour tortillas with cinnamon sugar, butter, and bake.) Serve in a clear glass or bowl.

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Regarding time alone… Curl up with a good read. Try You Were Born for This by Bruce Wilkinson, for an inspiring read. Purchase Real Simple Magazine for an informative, fun read. Or try out an acrostic from a puzzle book for some mind exercise. Indulge once in a while and have a coke and a candy bar. Eat it in solitude and enjoy every sip and every bite, and smile when you’ve finished, feeling no guilt…



Proverbs 31: 30, 31 – Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Marcy Lytle

Are you a “bottle rocket,” a “crock-pot” or some type of combination of the two when it comes to dealing with conflict? The person who deals with conflict like a bottle rocket gets angry quickly, escalates rapidly, explodes and then returns to calm, moving on to other things. Once the bottle rocket has expressed their anger and returned to calm, they wonder why the other person is still upset, feels hurt or wounded. The “crock pot” stuffs their anger, simmering for long periods of time, sometimes days, weeks or months. One day a simple conflict arises, and the anger simmering in the crock-pot is done. When the person who deals with conflict like a crock-pot is “done,” they unload all of their anger at one time, leaving the other person wondering why such a simple issue caused such an exaggerated response. Ideally, we should deal with conflict somewhere in between the bottle rocket and the crock-pot, knowing when to express our feelings at appropriate times and in healthy ways. Exploding quickly can wound others, while stuffing our feelings can wound ourselves. Since conflict is inevitable, there are several techniques that you can apply to decrease the intensity of the conflict and hopefully prevent emotional wounding. Keep conflicts private. We have all experienced the awkward feeling of being with others when they begin to argue, often about issues that are not important. When you enter into conflict in the presence of others, it often speaks volumes of a lack of respect for one another, as well as the people who hear you. When an issue that can lead to conflict arises in public, quickly stop the conflict and determine to talk about it later. If needed, apologize to those that unnecessarily had to listen and observe of the conflict. Focus on one topic or issue at a time. Keep the discussion focused on the specific issue that led to the conflict. Multiple issues or jumping from one topic to the next makes it difficult to come to any resolution and makes clear communication nearly impossible. If you need to deal with multiple issues, first resolve the most critical or pressing issue. Once the most critical issue is resolved and both people agree, you can move on to the next issue or determine to stop for now and return later. Some people find conflict very difficult and emotionally draining. They cannot effectively deal with extended time in conflict resolution. Be sensitive to each other’s temperament and respect each other’s emotional energy level. Practice active listening and reduce unnecessary distractions. Active listening involves maintaining eye contact, asking questions for clarification, and making comments that communicate that you understand what is being said, even if you do not agree. Try to eliminate unnecessary distractions that can interfere with one’s ability to focus. The television, radio, telephone, and children can be distractions that prevent active listening. Avoid comments that can appear as attacking one’s character or physical appearance.

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During conflict, emotion and anger can escalate. Even when emotions are high, you should never make comments that devalue a person’s character or physical appearance. These types of comments are very wounding and hurtful. They also shift the focus of the discussion off of the primary topic. If you need to address a character or physical appearance issue, it should be discussed in a safe, loving environment, apart from conflict.

During conflict, decrease the volume. Our natural tendency during conflict is to increase our volume and intensify our voice tone in order to express our anger or frustration. Effective school teachers know that when the class gets loud, instead of talking louder or yelling, they can more effectively get the students’ attention by talking quieter and in a softer voice tone. This same technique works well during personal conflict. Decreasing your volume forces the other person to listen more attentively. In most cases, they will decrease their volume. Decreased volume also helps lessen emotional intensity. If the conflict continues to escalate, tempers are rising, and you are at an impasse, call “time out.” A time out signifies that you need to step away from the conflict in order to calm down and refocus your thoughts. A time out does not mean that the discussion is over. Whenever some one calls a time out, you both need to agree to a set time to come back together and continue the discussion. A time out can range from as little as ten minutes to several hours. The important thing is that you come back together. For the person who deals with conflict like a “crock-pot” and avoids conflict and stuffs their emotions, they may find it difficult to enter back in to the discussion following the time out. For the person who deals with conflict like a “bottle rocket,” a time out allows them to calm down, and decreases the chance for causing emotional wounds.

Agree to disagree. Some times as hard as your may try, a conflict can not be resolved and you have to “agree to disagree.” When you agree to disagree, both persons acknowledge that agreement cannot be reached. This can be an acceptable conflict resolution technique as long as it does not have a major impact on the relationship or a significant life decision. If it does, you will need to take time to individually think, reflect and pray, understanding that at some point you will need to enter back into the discussion and seek resolution. Seek counseling and help if conflicts appear to be defining your relationship. Ongoing, frequent, or volatile conflicts can be an indicator of deeper problems within yourself or the relationship. A trained Christian counselor may be able to help you find solutions to life’s hurts and effectively resolve problems. Conflict is inevitable, but it does not have to negatively impact you or your relationships. Depending on your temperament and how you generally respond to conflict, some techniques will be easier to apply than others. By learning and applying healthy conflict resolution techniques, you can reduce problems, the frequency and intensity of conflict, and build strong relationships with others. Al H. Jones, Ph.D. Head to Heart Restoration Ministry

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Just a Good Cook



am a good cook, not a chef, not a gourmet cook, just a good cook. I like to cook, and my husband likes to eat. Now that’s a marriage! My assistants are Dottie, Honeybee, and Lupita. Three small dogs that will eat anything I drop. How cool is that?

Fast Signs – Just Give Us a Try


ast Signs is a custom sign franchise that services local small businesses and residential customers. They sell all types of signs, from banners to yard signs, from custom posters to car magnets, from apartment signage to exterior/interior business signage.

Ron Stricklin, current owner of Fast Signs – Round Rock, purchased the business back in December 2009. He believes in running an honest, family-focused business. Ron states that his father always told him, “The most important things in life are your family and your reputation.” Ron focuses on these two things every day. When asked about his particular location, Ron stated that the people at Fast Signs are extremely creative and what he calls “user friendly.” Their store is beautiful and allows their customers to feel comfortable with the employees who assist them in making a wise sign decision. Mr. Stricklin states that they really enjoy helping small businesses develop

a branding of their name, in order to see them grow over time. This is very satisfying. Another “big hit” at Fast Signs is when they help with birthday banners for many residential customers in the area. Ron enjoys seeing the smile on a customer’s face, once they pick up their order. He states, “It’s a great feeling!”

“Just give us a try,” states Ron. “Every sign is guaranteed to please you, and our technology is like no other. Stop by for a tour of the shop, and ask for me personally.” Marcy Lytle

That One Thing – Happiness


Happiness is a decision, an appreciation of what we do have in life, as opposed to the preoccupation with what we don't have, or are waiting to have. When I was young, my parents had a plaque that read, Attend to others, and happiness will come and sit quietly on your shoulders. Wow! That is one of the greatest secrets to living a joy-filled life. When you quit thinking about yourself and care for others, happiness comes. I see this in our foster and adoptive families. When they love on children that need a family, their eyes and faces light up, and often they are the happiest they have ever been. "These things I have spoken to you that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11. If you want to impact the world around you, do you think a complaining, unhappy person is going to have the strength and determination needed? I think not. The Christian life is meant to be exciting and joyful! I encourage you to pray/confess this,


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"Now may the God of hope fill me today with all joy and peace in believing, that I may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The joy of the Lord is my strength!" All around us are hurting people, barely surviving life. Every day, ask God to give you His love and compassion, and ask for "divine encounters" so that you can see the hurting, share His love with them, and meet their needs! People ask me how I can hear stories of child abuse and neglect daily, and not get down and depressed. If the children are strong enough to live through it, then we must be strong enough to help them! And I have great hope; hope that we will find families to love them, hope that they will heal and be greatly loved. I believe that God has a great purpose and destiny for the children that we place in FamilyLink foster and adoptive families! He also has a great purpose for you, and I guarantee you it includes caring for "the least of these!” Please join me on Life Matters! with Mariah, MondayFriday nights, 7:30-8:30pm. Listen online at or 98.5 and 99.3 FM to hear inspiring, life-changing stories, and you will be encouraged to walk in your great destiny! Mariah Wilde

6. Once you are ready to bake, use a roasting pan with a rack (if available). Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Bake the hens @ 350° for 60-90 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 175°-180°. I like to use a cooking thermometer. Please be sure to check the cooking guide on the packaging of the hens, since they do vary somewhat in size. While your hens are cooking, you can make the side dishes. I like to make the whole meal a miniature feast. I.e. Boiled new potatoes with butter and parsley, glazed baby carrots, steamed Brussels sprouts with butter and garlic salt, and dessert torts you buy from your local store. Add your own whipped cream and sprinkles, so you can say you made them yourself. It is just a little white lie! (However, you can forget the kids eating most of these vegetables, unless they are drenched in Ranch dressing. Can I get an “amen?”)

Fast Signs - Round Rock is located at the southwest corner of Interstate 35 and Hwy 620, in the Sprouts shopping center. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:30 p.m., and closed on the weekends.


f there is one thing people want in life; it's happiness. The strange thing is that although we all want it, few seem to reach it! Do you ever feel like, "I'll be happy when...I get married, when I have children, when kids are older, etc.?" Well if you can't be happy now, you won't be happy then!

Each month, I’ll give you some yummy recipes I’ve received from relatives, friends and myself! This month is especially wonderful, because we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. We will make something special for smaller gatherings. This recipe will feed 4-6 people. My mom and I split one serving, while the men of the house eat the whole thing.

refrigerator until ready to use. After you remove the hens, discard the bags with the extra marinade.

Cornish hens for the Easter gathering: Here is a very impressive meal with very little effort. Get it? You will need: 4 - Cornish Hens 1 large orange ½ cup white wine (you can buy cooking wine if you prefer) ¼ cup apple cider vinegar ¼ cup of oil (I like to use olive oil) ½ tsp poultry seasoning ½ tsp parsley flakes * this month’s tip ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp tarragon 2 gallon-size Ziplock bags to marinate for 2 hours or more 1. Wash the hens inside & out and pat dry. You will notice how cute they are, so go ahead make them dance, and have a little fun with them. The kids love it! 2. Cut the orange, squeeze the juice into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Create ½- ¾ tsp of zest (keep the orange for later) 3. Mix all the ingredients together, except the hens, of course. Now your marinade is ready and you even have some wine left. Whoopee!

This month’s tip: Make your own dried parsley. I like to save the original spice bottles so I can refill them with my own dried spices. You will be saving a pretty penny by drying your own. It is also much more pungent.

Buy 1- bunch of parsley. Clean, trim and chop. Lay out flat on a cookie sheet and bake on 275° for 10-15 minutes, and then check for moisture. Once completely dried, let it cool before crushing. Parsley is a wonder full garnish when used fresh or dried. I like to use it when I cook pasta, rice, marinades, and salad dressing. Well, I think that’s all for now. Until next month… Sandra Alton

4. Take 2 hens and place them in one Ziplock, then the other 2 in the other bag. I know, I know, you knew that! Sorry! 5. Take ½ of the marinade and pour it into each bag with the hens. Massage those babies well. Throw in ½ of the orange you saved in each bag and place in the

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MUSIC Meredith Andrews – As Long as it Takes

76 percent of people who are happy with their current job

Quips and Quotes When you have a problem, if you tell the truth your problem becomes part of your past, if you lie it becomes a part of your future. –Rick Piltino What you see depends on what you’re looking for. –Anonymous Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them. –Richard L. Lewis Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.

29 percent of people who are worried about losing their job

A couple of years ago, Bannockburn Baptist Church hosted a city-wide young adult Bible study called "Metro,” where college students and young adults came, worshiped and studied the Bible together. During this time, Meredith Andrews served as a worship leader and led many of our own Austinites to the throne of God through her worshipful heart and captivating vocals. She has since released two albums, the latest of which is entitled As Long as it Takes. The record encompasses the same spirit of worship Meredith shared in our midst, and also focuses on struggles of faith with songs like "Can Anybody Hear Me" and the title track. Musically, the album is cohesively smooth and simple, allowing for lyrics to make the most impact. Other standouts include "Only to Be Yours" and "What It Means to Love.”

–Gordon B. Hinckley

Jokes Q: A police recruit was asked during the exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?” A: He answered, “Call for backup.” You might be a redneck if your jack-o-lantern on your porch has more teeth than you do.

Lauren Turner

MUSIC Toby Mac – Tonight "Tonight’s the night for the sinners and the saints/ Two worlds collide in a beautiful display /It’s all up tonight when we step across the line /We can sail across the sea/ To a city with one king/ A city on our knees..." Toby Mac's latest single "City on Our Knees", leading up to his latest full-length release Tonight, completely sums up his vision as an artist. His mission was, and still is, to see the kingdom of God come to earth. This record sums up the urgency of this message and the joy of what it looks like in everyday life. Musically, Toby Mac's band and guest spots create the variety and adrenaline to pump blood into the heart of the vision. "Funky Jesus Music," Tonight,” and "Get Back Up" are typical hip-hop moments where "Wonderin” is a simple pop/rock jam with killer pop hooks. Highly recommended for the family and children at heart. Lauren Turner

BOOK Aim High: Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic and Latina Women – by Laura Contreras-Rowe Entrepreneur and Author, Laura Contreras-Rowe, has traveled the United States this past year interviewing some amazing Hispanic and Latina women for her new book called Aim High: Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic and Latina Women. Despite financial challenges, family obligations, and traumatic experiences, a young Hispanic or Latina woman can aim high and succeed to astounding heights with courage and tenacity. Aim High features thought-provoking positive role models from all over the country to tell their story; from the 42nd Treasurer of the United States to NASCAR Race Driver, to a Famous Actor/Comedian. This book is a collection of 33 mini biographies from amazing women who have come from different backgrounds and professions, and it delivers a powerful message of hope and inspiration. Marcy Lytle


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