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Close to Home Be Who God Says You ARE!




Marriage Matters Keeping your Marriage Manicured!!!

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CONTRIBUTORS Candace Chaney, Jinny Henson Dianne Howell, Michael Hyatt, Phillip LeMesters, JoAnne Timothy, Donesa Walker, Debbie Wilson, Steve Wilson

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The Number One Ways Leaders Get Derailed Recently, I wrote about how leaders must learn to handle criticism and overlook offenses. I think this is the number one way that leaders can get derailed and rendered ineffective. A few days ago, I ran into a story in reading the Desert Fathers, that illustrated the point beautifully: A brother came to see Abba Macarius the Egyptian and said to him, “Abba, give me a word, that I may be saved.’ So the old man said, ‘Go to the cemetery and insult the dead.’ The brother went there, hurled insults and stones at them; then he returned and told the old man about it. The latter said to him, ‘Didn’t they say anything to you?’ He replied, ‘No.’ “The old man said, ‘Go back tomorrow and praise them.’ So the brother went away and praised them, calling them Apostles, saints and blessed people. He returned

to the old man and said to him, ‘I have complimented them.’ And the old man said to him, ‘Did they not answer you?’ the brother said, ‘No.’ “The old man said to him, ‘You know how you insulted them and they did not reply, and how you praised them and they did not speak; so you, too, if you wish to be saved must do the same and become a dead man. Like the dead, take no account of either the scorn of others or their praises, and you can be saved.’” Please don’t wake up one day to discover that your marriage is way off track. It is much harder to put it back on track than it is to slow down and make sure the wheels are on track and moving in the right direction! Note: In the language of the fathers, the phrase “be saved” should be understood as “be sanctified.” They had a much more expansive view of salvation than we moderns. It included conversion, sanctification, and glorification.

So next time you are offended, take these four action steps:

1. Acknowledge to yourself that you were offended. There’s no sense pretending. It hurts to be offended. You can’t transcend what you don’t acknowledge. 2. Remind yourself that being offended is a choice. You don’t have to be offended. One of the things that makes you uniquely human is you have a choice how you can respond to what happens to you. 3. Remember that you are dead to these things. If you are a Christian, St. Paul says, “you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God” (see Colossians 4. 3:3). You don’t have to obsess about these things and let them consume your thinking. 5. Forgive the other person and let it go. This is literally what the Greek word apoluo. It means: “to set free, to release, to pardon a prisoner or release a debtor.” As someone once said, “holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Effective leaders have learned to overlook offenses. They are mindful of Solomon’s admonition: “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.” (Proverbs 19:11) Michael S. Hyatt All rights reserved. Originally published at ©2013

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Keeping your Marriage Manicured!!! I like to see results when I do something. Our house sets on a half-acre lot and when I mow the yard, edge the sidewalk and blow off the driveway, I see some great results. When you mow the yard consistently and are committed to edging and mowing weekly, it really becomes easier to keep the “junk” from growing where you don’t want it to grow. In 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, says, “On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.” In regards to your marriage, don’t be gullible to think that you don’t have to work on your “yard” or marriage; it won’t take care of itself. You have to work on it. We must throw out anything that could produce “weeds” in your marriage.

1. Water your marriage daily. Open and safe communication is a must every day. Also, praying together every day is great way to help your marriage grow. 2. Mow, edge and weed eat your marriage. Have some standards in your marriage that you are accountable to. Such as, your phone, internet use and Facebook relationships. Secrets in your marriage are weeds that will destroy your marriage. 3. Fertilize your marriage to keep the weeds out. Every 3 or 4 months you need to get away from kids and the craziness of your schedule and retreat as a couple and just be together. Hey, this is where fun and relaxation is a must. 4. Winterize your marriage. When there are times of “winter” and a little cold, make sure you are still dating and Let me give you some things you have to do romancing your spouse so that when the to keep your marriage manicured: summer comes, there are not weeds that have “infected” your marriage.

It sure is fun to back off and look at the yard when it has been mowed and edged and all the weeds are gone….but you know what I need to do next week? Mow, edge and weed eat so it doesn’t get out of control. That is what you have to do with your marriage and relationships so that they stay fun and refreshing. A well-manicured marriage really reflects a deep love for each other.

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CELEBRATING FAMILY CAREGIVERS NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH and the Joy Club of Western Hills Baptist Church is inviting family caregivers in the community to a “thank you” event to recognize them. Pastor Joey Ketchum and other civic leaders will pay tribute to those who provide care for family in the home. Former caregiver and local author of A PROMISE KEPT, Bonita Bandaries will provide words of encouragement from her devotional book written to inspire other caregivers. The event will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2013, in the Family Life Center of Western Hills Baptist Church, 4153 Pines Road, Shreveport, LA 71119. 9:00am -10:00 am H e a l t h Screenings, Registration, & Coffee 10:00



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Representatives from community service agencies will be available for participants to browse the displays for information prior to the program, before and after lunch. Door prizes will be awarded at several points during the event and at close of the day’s activities at 1:00pm. The event is free but reservations are required b y November 1. Email names to: BBandaries Rev. Joey Ketchum Bonita Bandaries, E v e n t Coordinator 636-2408; 393-7417; 635-7335

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The Test is Positive…...

T he test was positive. “I stared at it like it would somehow disap-

tion Center, we will host our Annual Fundraising Banquet. It is one pear and I would wake up from this horrible dream. The test was of the largest pro-life events in our region! Our guest speaker will positive. What am I going to do? He said he would leave me if I be Kirk Walden of Nashville, TN. Kirk is a former director of a crisis ever got pregnant. My parents will kill me! I don’t know what to pregnancy center, a sports writer, professional golfer, even nine years do…” At Ark-La-Tex Crisis Pregnancy Center, we hear stories like as a single dad and founder of Life Trends, a company assisting lifethis on a day-to-day basis. That’s why we’re here. Our doors are affirming ministries across America and now the world! “Kirk is very open to anyone experiencing an unintended or unwanted pregnan- personable. He did an excellent job of envisioning our banquet audicy. We have loving and caring peer counselors on hand to give her ence. He speaks from the heart. He doesn’t just say it – he lives it,” accurate information to make an informed decision about her crisis quote by Vie Medical Clinic. We’ll have a special presentation by one pregnancy. And all of our services are FREE of charge. We offer free of our clients who will share her testimony of how the pregnancy cenpregnancy tests, limited obstetrical ultrasound, adoption education ter helped her through her crisis pregnancy experience. And there and referrals, abortion recovery healing groups, abstinence educa- will be a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT that’s generating lots of excitement! tion in schools and churches and a Learning Center that offers prenatal and parenting classes with an opportunity to earn points for free baby items, such as: car seats, cribs, pampers, wipes, bottles, maternity clothes, etc. BUT WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE – WE NEED YOUR HELP. On Tuesday, November 5th at the Shreveport Conven-

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So I’m sitting in this ritzy art auction in Dallas surrounded by thousands of dollars’ worth of fine art. The New York City auctioneer is in great form, the bidding in full swing. Girls’ Night Out. My iPhone is on silent in case of emergency. I hear the vibration and see the glow. “Surely not,” I think. I’ve left a close family member in possession of Louis and what I thought were easy instructions for feeding him his special canned dog food. Schnauzers, you know, have beards, and I’ve found it’s much easier to hand feed Louis and wash my hand, than to put gooey food in a bowl and then clean a gooey beard. Louis loves

his food, so it’s also quick. I won’t go into detail about what he finds so entrancing, but “pork byproducts “ and “dried beef pulp” paints a pretty good picture. Anyway, the buzzing continues. I try to inconspicuously retrieve the phone. The text says, “Louis won’t eat off the spoon. He’s shaking and there’s dog food dropping on the floor.” The instructions did not say to spoon feed him. They said to scoop out a spoonful, transfer to the hand and feed it to Louis. I reply as inconspicuously as possible, “Put it in your hand and give it to him.” By return I read, “There’s no way I’m putting this disgusting stuff in my hand! He’ll have to go hungry.” At this point, my friend, who is laughing her head off reading the texts, takes the phone and types, “Just put on your big boy pants and feed the dog!” In the end, human stubbornness

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The Apostle Paul and the Corinthians were apparently getting along no better back in the first century. In frustration, he begins his first letter to Corinth with a charge that there are divisions in the church and ongoing quarrels over doctrinal issues (which mars the church’s witness). Paul tells them to get back to the meat of the Gospel. He refers to them as “babies in Christ” and says, “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for till now you were not able to bear it [receive it]. Neither yet now are you able!” (I Corin 3:1-2) Archaic language, but you get the point. Mature Christians are supposed to be dealing with heavy-duty issues like “…If it be Thy will, let this cup pass from me…” (Mt. 26:39-42; Mk 14:36; Lk 22:42) and “Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar… first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.” (Mt. 5:23-24). So, are you asking God to continue bottle-feeding or spoon-feeding you because you’re content to coast along in Surface Christianity? Or, do you long for the deep things of the Spirit and a closer walk with Jesus? At some point, you’ll have to put on your “big boy” or “big girl” pants and make that tough decision. Dianne B. Howell Shreveport, LA

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I t is time!! Pumpkin Patch Time, that is!

A time for the Light of Christ to shine through the efforts of the congregation by offering a place for families to make memories while supporting local missions. For the 23rd year, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, located at 6012 Youree Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, will open the Pumpkin Patch for business on September 29th and will be open through October 31st, or until the pumpkins are all sold! If you are planning on buying a pumpkin for your fall decorations (and who isn’t?) and you also like the idea of helping out with local missions which are very worthwhile, then this is the place for you to bring your family and shop for that great pumpkin. And there are many Great Big Pumpkins! Prices for pumpkins range from fifty cents for a Mini, to $50 for a HUGE pumpkin.

the area are invited to come help unload the truck. In the past the women’s soccer team from LSU-S, volunteers from some of the missions the patch supports and many others from the community all come together for the unloading line which forms at the back of the truck and trickles into the patch. The pumpkins are handled by everyone as they are passed down the line to their designated pallet.

has donated approximately $195,500 to local missions.  The Pumpkin Patch is a mission project for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and 100% of the profit from the sale of pumpkins is given to local missions.  Last year The Patch donated $13,000 to local missions, including: Cavanaugh Adolescent Center, Christian Services, LA Methodist Children’s Home, Gingerbread House, Habitat for Humanity, Oakwood Home for Women, Providence House, Sager – Brown St. Luke’s UMC has provided the community UMCOR, Shreveport/Bossier Community with the Pumpkin Patch since 1990. In the Renewals, Samaritan Counseling Center, past twenty-two years, the Pumpkin Patch STEP-UP, Shreveport Rescue Mission,

Some parents who bring their children out each year tell us that as children they came to the patch with their families. We encourage families to bring cameras and spend as much time as they want taking pictures and letting the children discover pumpkins. We request no professional photographers, please. It all begins with the arrival of the pumpkins on Sunday, September 29th, this year. Each year, the entire congregation prepares for the arrival of a tractor trailer filled with the crop of our pumpkin patch by having a potluck lunch right after the morning worship service on the arrival day. The congregation then moves towards the patch to help in every way imaginable to unload the pumpkins from the truck. Several sports teams in 12 | Faith & Family

In the past twenty-two years, the Pumpkin Patch has donated

approximately $195,500 to local missions

we sell Pumpkin Cookbooks, t-shirts, hay, refreshments and paint faces to add to the fun

middle of June. They take between 90 and 120 days to grow and are picked in October when they are bright orange in color. Their seeds can be saved to grow new pumpkins the next year.

Discovery and Pumpkin Patch time.  Please • Pumpkins were once recommended for see other information and register online for removing freckles and curing snake bites. a field trip at or • Native Americans flattened strips of call the church office at 318-868-3613 for a pumpkins, dried them and made mats. form or reservation. Office hours: Monday – YMCA Family Violence Center, Week-end Friday, 9:00 am – noon. After hours, please of the Cross, Heart of Hope, and Youth call 828-8559. Challenge Program (Camp Minden). So come out to The Pumpkin Patch at St.   Every year we incorporate a little something Luke’s United Methodist Church, 6012 new and different in the pumpkin patch.  It’s Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA! Buy your always nice to see and hear the reactions holiday pumpkins, stroll the patch and make of our visitors. This year concerts will be some memories for your family and loved performed in the Patch at various times during ones and support local missions! the month of October. Times and dates will be posted on the website and on the church sign. We will also provide a safe Trunk or Treat event for our visitors and neighborhood • The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was families on October 31st at 6:00 p.m.  in 2005 and weighed 2,020 pounds. Not only do we sell pumpkins to support • In 1584, after French explorer Jacques mission projects, we sell Pumpkin Cartier explored the St. Lawrence region Cookbooks, t-shirts, hay, refreshments and of North America, he reported finding paint faces to add to the fun! This year’s “gros melons.” The name was translated t-shirt design was created by Taylor Manfredi, into English as “pompions,” which has a member of our youth group who won the since evolved into the modern “pumpkin.” t-shirt design contest.

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• Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and

The Pumpkin Patch is also open for school sodium and high in fiber. They are field trips from October 7th through October good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, 11th. Trips are for Pre-K and Kindergarten potassium, protein, and iron. classes and Special Education Classes of Severe/Profound (all ages). Each field trip • The heaviest pumpkin weighed 1,810 lb 8 oz and was presented by Chris Stevens reservation is for a 30 minute visit to the at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, patch. Each child visiting receives a miniMinnesota, in October 2010 size pumpkin at no charge. We hope to see 2,250 school children this year. The children • Pumpkin seeds should be planted spend one hour with us in Story time / Pumpkin between the last week of May and the October 2013

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Maggie Lee for Good Day began five years ago after the First Baptist Church of Shreveport bus accident in July 2009. Several of those headed to Youth Camp in Macon, GA were seriously injured and Brandon Ugarte and Maggie Lee Henson were killed as a result. MLfG Day was launched as a way for friends and strangers alike to bring good out of tragedy. So far over 25,000 people have celebrated Maggie Lee’s birthday, October 29th, by performing a kind deed for someone in need.  Each MLfG Day brings heartwarming sights in the Shreveport-Bossier area. “Happy Birthday Maggie Lee!” shoe polished on cars, throngs of kids in MLfG t-shirts, bake sales, school events, and Chick-fil-A Signs encouraging good deeds. Each School in Tifton, GA participates in MLFG Day and last year I was honored to spend their MLfG Day (October 16th,) with them and meet those so passionate about this event honoring someone they had never even met.  It was absolutely incredible and thousands of dollars were raised for the Ronald McDonald House in Macon, GA.  14 | Faith & Family

Maggie Lee for Good Events once more spanned from Houston to Chicago, Seattle to New York and many locations in between. There were food drives in Tifton, GA, a Doucet Family hot chocolate stand in Flower Mound, TX, the FBCS Cheerleaders in MLfG Shirts with Kelly & Michael Show in New York, N.Y., Jessie Keener’s fun run in Fayetteville, North Carolina,  senior bingo for The Carters in Dallas,TX,  a bake sale in Escuelo Campo Allegre in Carracas, VN and a food drive by students of Mary Hardin

Baylor in Belton, TX just to name a few. Fast-forward to spring: Community Renewal International’s  Maggie Lee Henson Celebration of Caring brought Shreveport’s first flash mob (yes I danced and whoa was

it ugly.) The Caring Angel Award was presented to Shalon Lewis and hundreds of Shreveport-Bossier Residents from every walk of life enjoyed a free picnic courtesy of Red Ball Oxygen. This Spring a year-round opportunity for good was birthed: Maggie

Moonbot Studios painted a beautiful mural, a donor gave the mirror, John and our son Jack built the runway stage and uniform and clothing donations came pouring in. MLC is currently open on Thursdays from 3-6 pm to correlate with the Highland Blessing Dinner (a free, hearty homestyle meal).

First Presbyterian Church , FUMC Shreveport, Bel Air Baptist Church, Asbury UMC, Broadmoor United Methodist, St. Joseph’s School,

Maggie Lee’s Closet is a learning experience for the many differ-

Church of Latter Day Saints, Southfield School, FBCSchool, Caddo Middle Magnet, Byrd High School, Broadmoor Middle School, Eden Gardens, Youree Drive Middle School and  Alpha Chi Omegas from LA Tech and others have donated their clothing and time organizing the closet. Cosse-Silmon had a clothing drive for MLC as well. Nearly 500 children have been served in this free children’s boutique where children find love and self-esteem not just a new pair of jeans. 

to write the closing for a book whose story was ongoing I was stumped. I went to bed and dreamt that Maggie Lee and I were sitting in a closet just talking. She kept interrupting me and saying, “Jesus is so awesome.” When I awoke, I knew that was the one message I needed to communicate. And it still is. Both time and The Holy Spirit have brought healing beyond anything I could ever imagine. Though there are still bleak days there are far more steeped in gratitude for what I have left.  Please like the face book group https://

Lee’s Closet.  Last Fall John noticed children in dire need of uniforms as he officed in The Highland Center. Some of these kids only had one set of clothes to wear Monday through Friday. Starting with just a $500.00 donation of uniforms and a passion to clothe kids, Church for The Highlands volunteers renovated a basement space in The Highland Center to house Maggie Lee’s Closet. Academy-Award Winning

ent children who give their time to straighten racks or Lysol shoes. There has been a tremendous response to the positive benefits of hands-on kindness, perspectiveenlarging service which happens in Maggie Lee’s Closet each week. Volunteers from Church for The Highlands, Cathedral of St. John Berchman’s, St. George Greek Orthodox, King’s Highway Christian Church, St. Marks Episcopal, Noel UMC,

Shreveport Sports Icon Tim Fletch- er and Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Rob- for the latest information.  ertson threw out pitches for the Shreveport Little League’s Maggie Lee for Good Invitational in April. Clothing donations were collected for Maggie Lee’s Closet.  The book Maggie Lee for Good which we wrote 2 years ago tells the story of loss and God’s ongoing redemption. One night I was struggling October 2013

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Be Who God Says You ARE! Matthew 11:12 – “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”

GIVE HIM UP – sometimes we have to forcefully continue to believe Him when EVERYTHING else in our lives tells us something different!

Pulpit Commentary says this – “Our Lord is describing the energy with which some souls are pressing in, and urging the need of such energy if If you have ever ‘forcefully’ done something you Be a SUCCESS – This life on earth does NOT define understand this statement! You may have ‘forcefully’ you – you are a child of the King! Galatians 3:26-29 salvation is to be obtained.” Being ‘consistent’ in God means that we are ‘pressing in’ to learn more, grow more, share more, love more and give more to JESUS. When we find ourselves ‘pressed in’ on Jesus – the world and all its glory are suddenly not enough and we move forward striving for more of Jesus in all aspects of life. This does not ‘hinder’ the believer but rather ‘frees’ the believer to get even closer to God. This is what our relationship with Jesus does for us. We find that we WANT to commune more with Him and less with things of this world.



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Be CONSTANT – always moving forward in your walk with Christ! ONLY God is EVERLASTING! Isaiah 40:28-30

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Be a FORCE for God in this life – someone else’s life may depend on it! 2 Timothy 2:20-22 – We have to choose to be a force for God! He WANTS to use us in the Kingdom!

You may find in this life that in order to move forward in your walk you will have to start believing who you are in Christ! You may have to forcefully believe God and strive to come closer or press in when all else in this life says the opposite! Be consistent in Christ – START today if you have not been. The GRACE of God calls us all to press in and believe God in this life! - JoAnne Timothy


Being consistent in Christ means that WE DON’T

Sometimes we do this and do not even realize it! Growing in Christ is absolutely necessary to the believer who is consistent in Christ!

Be a CLAIM-STAKER – What God has entrusted to you – you will have to forcefully CLAIM IT! 2 Timothy 1:6-14


So many times in this life – we find ourselves giving up on the best thing we have going to pursue something that is temporary in this life.

You have to ‘forcefully’ move forward in your walk with Christ; be determined. Everyone else may be doing something different but you choose to move closer to Christ. Everyone else around you may choose a worldly desire but you forcefully, consistently choose Christ. If you have done this you are ‘forcefully advancing’ toward Christ!

Nothing holds you back but yourself in pursuing God!


Being consistent in God means (constant, unchanging, steady, even, uniform, stable) – all of these words simply state that we must move ever closer to Jesus – pressing in to make sure that we are continuous in learning more of Him so that we will be the light to others who are in need of a Savior!

made your kids mind you. You may have ‘forcefully’ gotten up and gone to work when you really just wanted to stay in bed. You may have ‘forcefully’ made a decision and stood by it. It is this kind of ‘forcefulness’ that moves us ever close to God. The same principle is at work.

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It’s Been a Hard Week A leak in the den: We thought it was in the foundation, but fortunately, it was in the wall. It’s the lesser of two evils. Floors that were only a few years old were ripped up. Erin leaves for Europe: Just making sure everything was packed and that she knew what to do if certain things happened. Car accident: I had dropped Pearce off for swim meet, and I had backed out of parking place and had turned around in my seat to face forward so I could drive forward when I was rear-ended. Computer: The computer I use to do my blog and use in Train Up a Child – Encouragement for Mom ministry is on the brink of final collapse. I have no money for another one. My house is in complete disarray, and dust covers every surface in my house. Oh, and we have company from Thailand coming to stay with us on the 26th! I am exhausted, worn slap out.

So what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely mustache-wearing, curly-haired, sweaty, and admirable from this week? What is eight year-old boy. God’s truth? What does He see as noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable? Truth #7: Regardless of what happens, God is God. Nothing that happens today will Truth #1: Everyone under my roof is surprise Him. Nothing. So I rest in Him. healthy. No one is in the hospital fighting I hide in the shadow of His wing because for their lives. I’m not attending a funeral I am the apple of His eye (Ps 17:8) – Yep, today. Thank you, Lord, for our health. I’m that special. Anything that makes its way to me has to go through the filter of Truth #2: God has provided us with a home His fingers. to keep us cool in the summer, warm in the winter and dry from the rain. It may always Truth #8: We will have a great visit with be in some state of remodeling; I may al- our friends regardless of the condition of ways have dust on every surface, but I have this house because we are friends and we running water, indoor facilities, air condi- serve the same Lord. tioning, and food on the table. Truth #9: My God supplies all my needs Truth #3: We have insurance to take care of (Phil 4:19). whatever damage is done to her vehicle and my vehicle regardless of how they deter- Truth #10: God trumps Satan – read that mine liability. God already knows how it’s last book of the Bible. So, I choose life. I going to work out. He’s got this, and even choose to live in victory because He did if it doesn’t go my way or partially my way, not come to take away my joy, but He came I will survive. THIS WILL NOT KILL ME. to give me an abundant life (John 10:10).

Truth #4: I am still typing on my laptop. It’s still hanging on even if it is by a thread, Typically I’m not a worrier, but Satan so I praise God for a working computer knows how to get us to the point, the to minister to others (when my head is on breaking point, the worrying point. I may straight and my heart is right with Him). be exhausted, but I am determined that every time Satan brings me to think about Truth #5: I have a beautiful, smart, funny the accident while we wait for the insur- daughter in Europe having the experience ance companies to determine liability, that of a lifetime. Every time I talk to her she’s I will change my thought pattern to reflect having a great time. The pictures I see show whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, her grinning ear to ear. That is a blessing. admirable – anything excellent or praiseworthy (Phil 4:8). That’s my choice. Truth #6: I still have one kid at home that I can love on, even if it is my hairy-legged, 18 | Faith & Family

So, time to break out the holy water, pray over every door in the house, lift up my family to God and praise Him for all He has done. This is how I choose to deal with the stress in my life. This is how I choose to deal with the things Satan would have me worry about. These are the things I will choose to think about. Kristy Timmons Mullins Shreveport, LA

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1.  You recognize your bitterness for what it is and turn from it. 2.  You find the clear plastic bags you have left over from your daughter’s eighth birthday. 3.  You get out the butterfly and flower tatoos you have lying around the house. 4.  You get rid of some of the candy from the

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