America! America! God shed His grace on thee. And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!-Katherine Lee Bates (1904) A couple of years ago, my family and I went on a cross-country trip. Now, when I say “my family and I” I mean my extended family, too…my parents, my sister and her family, and…

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Here it is! My first book…ever. I’m super excited to share this with you. The downloadable version is ready at Amazon.com. If you would like to actually have the book form, that will be available to order in a couple of days and you can start turning those pages. Also, check out keepthefaith.com to hear me…

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“Faith don’t come in a bushel basket, Missy. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.” –Lynn Hustin, Candle in the Darkness “What? I’ve lost 15 pounds…

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“The lesson will always repeat itself, unless you see yourself as the problem–not others.” –Shannon L. Alder “I’m going to make a smoothie, do you want one?” my husband asks. Now, y’all might think that this is super nice of him to offer to make me one…and it is nice, but the timing is all…

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien “I won’t eat it!!” I screamed. “You didn’t put sugar on it, and it’s going to taste bad.” I feel the tears go down my cheeks and drip off my chin. I see the…

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As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. I hung up the phone with my best…

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“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” –Corrie Ten Boom I am totally starving to death! I’m so hungry, I could literally eat anything….and I mean anything. I have spent the entire day drinking only clear liquids, and having the occasional banana popsicle and half of a bowl of orange…

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“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. I was coming home from teaching one afternoon, and I was stuck in traffic. You know,…

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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” –Robert Frost We are almost there! My sister and I raise our hands as our parents go faster and faster over the little hills that lead to my nonna and poppy’s house in Arkansas. It’s like our very own personal…

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“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Ugh! This does not look good. As my children are asleep in their beds, they are completely unaware that I am totally stressing out. I mean, I just found out that I’m going to be…

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