Leap of faith, part two

*Today is the second part of "Leap of Faith" by my friend LaTresha Woodruff-Johnson about her God-led journey. Check out this piece about LaTresha which appeared recently in Sync magazine. LaTresha celebrates her three-year anniversary with the Conway Police Department on January 31.* I committed a leap of faith when I left my television news... Continue Reading →

My leap of faith, part one

*Today's post is part one in a two-part series by my friend LaTresha Woodruff-Johnson. I'm thankful God places inspiring, compassionate women like her in my life. Stay tuned this week for part two.* I love the LORD; I am not afraid to say it.  In fact, I’ll take any opportunity to tell people that I... Continue Reading →

Being the dish

Giving back, paying it forward, passing it on. . .  these are concepts I live by—partly because other people have done these kind of good deeds for me and to me. A friend and mentor of mine once gave me her family’s tax refund to help pay for a mission trip overseas. Their donation funded... Continue Reading →

Give them their flowers

Today's beautiful post is written by Latresha Woodruff Johnson, one of the most encouraging people I know. Latresha, thank you for continually pointing me to God and reminding me that there is always hope in Him. My grandmother was named Jewel, and how fitting, because she always gave us little pearls of wisdom.  She also... Continue Reading →

The gifts that make a difference

Today's post is written by my student, Jordan Fryman, who wrote this essay in response to the question, "What are three gifts you've received in 2013, and why are they significant to you?" Growing up I have received several gifts, both tangible and  intangible, but the older I get I have realized that the gifts... Continue Reading →

The gift of growing up

Today's post is written by my student, Regan Doyle, who wrote this essay in response to the question, "What are three gifts you've received this year, and what are their significance?" I'll miss having Regan in class, but I know we'll keep in touch--I need a good fashion consultant in my life :). The year... Continue Reading →

Day 12: Dear Bethany

*Today's post is written by a frequent contributor, former co-worker, and wonderful friend, Debra Dickey. When Debra sent this to me yesterday, it surprised me, it humbled me, and it overwhelmed me with gratitude for HER. That's the beautiful thing about gratitude--when someone expresses it to me and thanks me for being me, I naturally... Continue Reading →

Talking her off the ledge

I remember the first semester of my freshman year of college. After a whirlwind week full of orientation activities, including dances, parties, receptions, matriculation, and workshops, I settled into my tiny dorm room with my roommate who had a real love for brewing beer and listening to opera music. I wanted to make friends, do... Continue Reading →

Things never change

Gratitude rarely actually changes things. Not in my life, anyway. Things stay the same. Circumstances come and go, as all circumstances do. My family members who irk me continue to irk me. The one who never says "I love you" may never say "I love you." My sisters will probably never agree with my lifestyle... Continue Reading →

My favorite WhINES

*Today's humorous post about that terrible tendency to whine comes from one of our regular and beloved guest writers, Debra Dickey-Liang. Thanks for the post, Debra, and for reminding me to appreciate the finer things in life (all the blessings) rather than critique the things that bother me.* Did a double-take, didn’t you? Yes, I’ve... Continue Reading →

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