Life’s Short – Wear the Shoes!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Archives, Blog, Features, Finery, and Fun Stuff | 4 comments

    by Deb DeArmond They were candy apple red patent leather Mary Janes. Remember Mary Janes? And at eight years old, I truly loved those shoes. They were special, and I felt special when I wore them. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I felt transformed when I put them on. I was terribly afraid that they would get ruined, so I began to save them for what seemed like an important enough occasion. Invitation to a birthday party? Maybe not. There could be games outside and they could get scuffed up. Dinner...

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Don’t Forget Who You Are!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Archives, Blog, Features, Finery, and Fun Stuff | 2 comments

by Deb DeArmond Many of us grew up with adults asking us the question, “So what do you want to be when you grow up?” It was fun when I was five – “A dancer and actress and maybe a singer!” By ten I had decided I would be a journalist. I believe it was more an effort to identify with my much older brother (who was a news man) than follow any real interest of my own. But I discovered that I enjoyed it. It came easily and my teachers said I was good at it. And it made me seem more grown up, too. A...

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Just Show Up

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Archives, Blog, Features, Finery, and Fun Stuff | 4 comments

by Barbara Collins Showing up matters. Life gives us so many opportunities to not show up. I won’t bore you with my list because your list is just like mine. I have discovered that it is only through loss that we come to understand the importance of showing up. We have much to be thankful for with our Lord, who always shows up. And He will continue to show up, always and forever. It may not always be true with everyone else in our life. Have you ever had a friend who says sincerely, “I really want to see...

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The Nail

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Archives, Blog, Features, Finery, and Fun Stuff | 1 comment

by Karen DeArmond-Gardner But the LORD of Heaven’s Armies also says: “The time will come when I will pull out the nail that seemed so firm. It will come out and fall to the ground. Everything it supports will fall with it. I, the LORD have spoken!” Isaiah 22:25 This is one of those verses you read a hundred times and skim over until, at some point, it jumps off the page. I imagined the Nail being most anything good or bad that holds our life together. As I pondered the verse, my first thought was the...

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Empty Nesters…….Once Again

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Archives, Blog, Features, Finery, and Fun Stuff | 6 comments

by Deb DeArmond Today is a different kind of day in our house. For the first time in 14 months, I will awaken to a home with an empty guest room. In fact, in the last seven years, there have been only about 14 months when that room was NOT occupied. It’s been a virtual revolving door since we moved in. Something we never anticipated. And candidly, something we sometimes struggled with. We moved to Texas leaving every bit of our family in other states. It was a decision prompted by God’s guidance that the Lone...

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Mentoring Matters: Get Ready, Get Set, GO! Part 3

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Blog, Features, Finery, and Fun Stuff | 0 comments

by Jayme Hull     Can you remember the game show in the early 90’s called Supermarket Sweep? Three or four teams of two people each would hear the word announced by the emcee: “GO!” Off they would run in a crazy frenzy down the grocery aisles, each couple pushing their grocery carts in a panic to try and fill their basket with all kinds of groceries. Their goal: to have the highest grocery bill to win the grand prize. As a bonus, they could be invited back to the show the following week and play...

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