• Helping hands and encouragement to reach out by Jessica Tanner

    After a full day’s work, I forced my groggy brain and tired body into a local supply store. I grabbed a cart near the registers and then wove my way to the feed room in the back. For a second, I stood next to several piles of 50-pound bags. Which ones were on sale, and which were the kind of food I needed for my flock of chickens and turkeys? In fine print, I found the answers I sought. Bending my knees, I hefted one bag, then another and another onto my cart. The thump of each bag on the metal …

  • His Word Is My Mantra by Jan Davis

    My mantra. Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” A commercial on television refers to “your mantra.” “Mantra” means: a holy word used in meditation, or an often-repeated expression or idea. It could be a favorite song or a phrase we use to describe our beliefs and emotions. “It is what it is,” “What goes…

  • Building Legos with God by Mike Davis

    My oldest grandson, Braxton, loved to build Legos when he was young. I bought him a small set with a few pieces when he was two years old. He would look at the pictures and built it. Larger sets with dozens of pieces came sooner than expected. Mistakes were made as the designs became more difficult. Many had to be taken apart and started over. I tried to help him get it right the first time, but he preferred to do it by himself. Frustration mounted until he gave up and asked for my help. However…

  • Equipped for good work by Royce King

    That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Do you ever feel incompetent? As a mom, there were days I felt I wasn’t measuring up. You know, the days when the kids had a rebuttal for everything I asked. We were running late to the doctor’s office. Dinner was forgotten on the stove and ruined. My child threw a tantrum for all to see in the middle of the store. Surely I’m not the only one who has had those days. As an entrepreneur, there are days I am not sure about what …

  • I Can't Live Without You by Jan Davis

    “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid for I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (John 14:18, 27, Heb. 13:5) I heard a song recently and the lyrics went something like this: “I can’t live without you.” While I understand the concept the words were conveying, I can’t help but think, “its not that I can’t live without Him, but I don’t have to.” We have a choice: we can choose to live life our way, or choose His plan and p…