Bypassing Bullying

by LESLIE SPEAS We are called to love our neighbors, but some people can make it REALLY difficult. Bullies are probably among the most difficult to love. Let’s explore what bullying is. A simple definition is “one who uses superior strength or power to intimidate people.” As further definition, it is harmful, targeted behavior that […]

Triad Area Events in April

April offers a variety of interesting and exciting events for families to experience in and around the Triad. Here are some of the top offerings: Les Misérables Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro March 28-April 2, various times Tickets $29 and up This staging of the Tony Award-winning musical has been hailed as “Les Mis for the […]

National Single Parent Day 

National Single Parent Day is on March 21st! This is a day that can support and encourage those parents who are holding down their fort all year long. According to a 2022 study by Statista, there are 15.78 million single parent families out there, and this National Single Parent Day is a day to know […]

Moving From Hot Mess to God’s Best in 2023

by LESLIE SPEAS Are you a hot mess? Or, maybe just a warm one? Let’s just go ahead and admit that we all have our messy moments. For me (and I think for many of us), it’s mostly things that originate in my mind that contribute to my mess. Comparison, guilt, fear, rejection, people-pleasing and […]

Different Ways We Connect with God

Our God is so good, so intentional, and so creative! Just by taking a deep breath and looking around, we can see that the Lord has designed so many things with special care. From the nature we see outside, to the human body, to the ability to have electricity and technology, God has allowed us […]

My Worship-Full Life

Last January, I began a variation of “My Grace-Full Life,” focusing on different ways to be “full.”  This year, we’ve covered “Peace-Full,” “Mercy-Full,” “Joy-Full,” “Faith-Full,” “Hope-Full,” “Truth-Full,” “Fruit-Full,” “Mind-Full,” “Prayer-Full,” and “Thank-Full.”  This is the final one– “My Worship-Full Life.”   “Worship” was my 2022 Word of the Year.  And true to form, as is always […]

How to Read Your Bible

Candy Sakarapanee is a wise, godly, and special lady that has been a very influential mentor and encouragement to me throughout life. One of the things she taught me that sticks with me to this day was her emphasis on the importance of the knowledge of Scripture. She would point us to the verse in […]

Forgetful Israelites

“The Exodus,” translated as “the way out,” is when the people of Israel had a way out of Israel after the plagues. According to Exodus 12:37, there were about 600,000 men counted, and on top of that there were also women, children, and livestock. Exodus 12:50 says, “All of the people of Israel did just […]

A Whiner’s Guide to Gratitude

If you are like me, you have an “inner whiner.”  For example, you are at the beach on vacation, and you think, “Ugh, it’s too hot! Or after eating a meal out, “Yuck, I am so full!” or on a rainy Saturday, “Arggg, I am so bored!” We don’t consider the fact that most people […]

My Thank-Full Life

We’re in the home stretch of this “full-ness” project that began last January.  And this month is about “My Thank-Full Life.”  It may seem like a Captain Obvious choice for November…but thankfulness is an attribute that is essential in a Christian’s life.   In some ways—it’s easy to be thankful.  I’m thankful for my home…I’m thankful […]

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