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“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children” — Ephesians 5:1 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.


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Start Your Flooded Engine

My husband gave my daughter a lesson recently in starting the weed eater after it flooded. Apparently, when you flood the engine, there’s too much gas in the carburetor and it messes up the fuel/air mixture – so it won’t start. The remedy is to let it sit and drain for a bit. Makes sense. Well, you can apply that same remedy when your brain is flooded and you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything you’re juggling – the stresses, the deadlines and workload of your day. Try being still and letting all the day’s “stuff” drain out of your mind and instead be filled with thoughts of God’s beauty, and mercy, and His power. You’ll be recharged and be able to rev up and get started!

“I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him.” ~ Ephesians 1:19

Shopping Tip that Could Save

You’ve been pulling your hair out after every grocery shopping trip. Not because you don’t enjoy grabbing the groceries. It’s mainly because the bill is almost NEVER in your budget, which means trying to figure out what needs to be cut-back from the rest of the month. I’ve felt this at times…until I changed a few things.


Okay, I’ll be honest, what I’m about to share with you may be hard to do, and could even be annoying if patience isn’t your strongest suit. But if you take these tips to heart, it could mean you being UNDER you initial grocery budget every month. Now, I’m not a hardcore expert on grocery shopping, but I am a fan of sales, discounts, free stuff, and trying to get the biggest bang for my buck. And yes, right now my family consists of only 2 people and a hamster, but I think some of what I’m about to share could help any size family if you really give it a go.


First off, before you go to the store, set-up an excel spreadsheet. Yep, I’m the crazy lady walking around Brookshire’s on Rice Rd. in Tyler with a spreadsheet in hand. Now, you could make a list on paper or do your own style of listing, but I prefer Excel because I don’t have to write everything by hand every time, just the prices. On the sheet, make columns for the different stores you plan on price comparing, and rows with the items you plan on buying. I personally even go one step further by listing the actual brands if there are multiple ones for a food (Frozen Pizzas could have Store Brand, Digiornos, Tostinos, etc). Here’s an example:

 Excell Sheet


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You are Beautiful!

Did you take a wrong turn in life that took you far from God? Have your mistakes – even if they are momentary lapses in your Christian walk – made you feel ugly and unlovable to God? Well, don’t believe that lie! A. W. Tozer said: “We please [God] most…by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections, and believing that He…loves us still.”

Ephesians 4:22-24
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

So, turn around and run into his arms because He says you are treasured, you are sacred, you are His, you are beautiful.

Letting them Soar!

Did your child leave for college recently? Or just strike out on their own; get married? Well, for most of us, being a parent is our identity. So when your child leaves home, it can feel like a part of us has gone with them. I know that’s how I’m feeling these days! The YouVersion Bible Study “Launching Your Kids into Adulthood” has some great truths from God’s word for us:

Some moms and dads cope with that empty nest by continuing to parent their child, in some cases for years afterward. But that mindset ignores a crucial truth. For a teenager to successfully transition into adulthood, the relationship must move from a parent-child dynamic to an adult-to-adult one.”

1 Corinthians 13:11: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

As hard as that is, Moms and Dads, we have to let them learn to do that! You guided their foundation. Now you have to let them spread their wings and fly! “Your role should shift from one of authority to subtle influence. It’s okay to offer advice if they ask for it, but they need the freedom to make their own decisions – and, yes, mistakes,” says the Bible study.

So, let them rely on God. They’re going to be OK!

YouVersion – Launching Your Kids Into Adulthood

Adventures Without a Cell Phone

It’s kind-of like camping without a sleeping bag.


nokia-3210Since Sunday, I’ve been without my cell phone (I know, right now you’re probably going through an anxiety attack for me). Right when I was heading home from a major conference a few of the staff had gone to, my phone’s battery decided it was finished with this life and entered battery heaven. And you can say all you want, “Well if only you had ________ smartphone, you wouldn’t have had that problem,” but the truth is, unless it’s one of those old-school Nokia phones you could throw off a 5 story building and it would still work, ALL smartphones lose battery fast! So, once I got home, Nathan ordered 2 new batteries online (because it’s cheaper than the ones at the store) and the waiting game began.

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Gregg County Fair Wraps Up This Weekend

Saturday should be a good day for the fair! Cloudy skies but pleasant temperatures in the upper 70s!


Shine on America!

TobyMac posted this picture of the new One World Trade Center rising above New York City.

Shine On America

Encouragement for today and a great reminder that we won’t be shaken!

“I may never know the answers that plagued me after 9/11. But I know if we lean on God and each other, we will be guided to a better, brighter future.” – Michael Hingson, 9/11 survivor.

Trust in God’s Plan

When you’re not sure about where God is taking you, remember to trust His plan for your life! Jeremiah 29:11 is highlighted, triple underlined and the page is dog-eared and well-worn in my Bible! How about you?
Jeremiah 2911
My work world was turned upside down in July 2013 when I was laid off from my job. What now? Well, a few months later God opened a door here at KVNE and the extra time gave me the freedom to build my freelance writing business. But, as anyone working freelance knows, you have to juggle several part-time jobs to make ends meet. That’s the roadway He has me on right now and it’s a daily grasping of trust in Him that keeps me walking in the direction He is leading.

He said He knows the plans he has for me…

Plans to PROSPER me and NOT TO HARM me. To give me HOPE and a FUTURE. I hang onto that every time a bill comes in. Every time I have to fill up my gas guzzler. Every time I look in the pantry to make dinner. In those moments of trusting, I feel blessed and thankful for what He has given me and the opportunities that lie ahead, even when I don’t know what they are.

Many of you are facing much tougher challenges than this. Tragic circumstances. Heartbreaking loss. Take your Bible out and pray earnestly for His direction, for His highway signs. Then, remember and hang onto His promise in this verse daily…hourly or by the minute if you need His reassurance!

Remembering 9/11/01

Ghost of Twin Towers

People across our country today remembering once again where they were and the terrible images they saw, and the people they lost on this day 13 years ago. For me, the day takes on even more significance as I remember my son telling me how his 5th grade teacher explained to his class what was happening. And to know today that he is serving his country in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, gives me such pride in his service. I am praying for those grieving the loss of their loved ones on this day in 2001 and for the safety of all those who are serving with duty and honor – some who were just in kindergarten – to answer an attack that has forever changed all of our lives.

~Lynda Stringer

Cross and flag

President George W. Bush said, “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

Ground Zero Cross_praying rescuers

Psalm 34:17-18
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Teaching Kids Self-Discipline

As a mom with three kids, now grown and on their own, I’ve had to do a lot of nagging and reminding and fussing at my kids over the years for them to do what they needed to do…chores, homework, practice, college essays, getting up on time… For some reason, one word from Dad was all it took to get motivated. Dads just have that TONE!!! Well, here’s some great advice from All-Pro Dad on ways to teach children self-discipline:

1. Structured Routine.

Organized and consistent structure breeds discipline. By setting a designated time for homework to be completed each day, the routine will become a natural habit.

2. Committed Determination.

Persistence and determination are the keys to any form of success. Leading by example, we can teach our children that seeing a commitment to its completion is an important character trait to develop.

3. Learn the Fundamentals.

Use one of their personal heroes as an example of hard work and reaching goals. It takes passionate hard work and tedious hours of practice to become skilled at anything.

4. Enforce Consequences.

There must be a consequence to failure and it must be enforced. Punishment should always fit the action and should never be given emotionally. Make it clear from the start and calmly hand it down when required.

5. Praise and Reward.

A Reward Jar for younger children and allowances for older children are just a few ways to provide a reward for a job well done. Our children love to receive our praise, so give it liberally when deserved.

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