Deacon’s Column

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Deacon’s Column

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Lean into God to navigate the road ahead

Familiar signs of fall fill the plateau: warm sweaters, changing leaves, and touring motorcycles – many, many motorcycles.   Whenever I trail a string of motorcycles along Highway 64, I feel a bit wistful.  Although it has been years since I hung up my helmet…READ MORE

 

 

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Keeping the window to the soul clean and clear

Although you have just started reading this column, please pause for a moment to ponder the wonder of your eyes.  As the gateway to the precious gift of sight, they not only open the door to this informative newspaper, they also admit countless other visitors into your brain…READ MORE

 

 

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Prayer is the pause that refreshes busy days

Some of my closest friends live in different time zones, so I am grateful that we can stay connected by email.  I am also grateful that they are low-maintenance.  We keep up with each other according to the ebb and flow of our lives…READ MORE

 

 

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Is life giving you more than you can handle?

I was inspired by Nate Lashley’s first PGA tour victory even before I heard his backstory.  He was the last player admitted to the recent Rocket Mortgage Classic, yet steamrolled past 70 more accomplished competitors to the championship.  It was an emotional win…READ MORE

 

 

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Beware of Life’s Beguiling Buttercups

When my husband and I moved into our cottage in March, the yard was a mysterious jungle, trampled down by winter and giving no hint of what lay beneath the thicket of broken brown stalks…READ MORE

 

 

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Words of Life Speak Hope and Healing

In these days of bullying, social media smears and trash talking, it is safe to say that the old adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me” has been laid to rest. And rightly so…READ MORE

 

 

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Celebrate the Power that Never Goes Out

Our dachshund Ziva is small but courageous.  With ten pounds of doxie moxie, she gladly greets much bigger dogs, noisy vacuum cleaners, and invading delivery trucks.  But there is one thing to which she yields…READ MORE

 

 

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Faith-filled Adventures Await at any Age

My last column ran on the brink of our long-awaited yet suddenly-precipitated move from Brevard to Sapphire.  That column was about trusting God during life’s transitions, and I can heartily attest that our trust in Him was thoroughly well-placed…READ MORE

 

 

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Jesus Is “God With Us”, Even in the Winter Doldrums

     It has been my pleasure to write a dozen of these columns since August, and each time inspiration came readily and words flowed freely. But not today…READ MORE

 

 

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Despair Looks Around, Hope Looks Up

Last time I wrote about following God’s command to “Count it all joy when we face trials of all kinds” (James 1:2) while our questions abound…READ MORE

 

 

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Standing at the Crossroads of Life

When I first visited Cashiers almost 30 years ago, I was charmed by the beauty of the area, the friendliness of the people…READ MORE