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Bringing Out the Winner

September 25, 2016

Formula for Success in Tough Decisions As parents we are making decisions every day regarding our family. Now imagine you are one of my children, Brodie or Reagan, who are now leading Big Oak Ranch. When they make a decision, it affects over 220 children and staff. That is a lot of pressure to say …

Bringing Out the Winner

September 9, 2016

What’s on your Priority List? I had the chance recently to take two of our grandsons to a bungee jump park in Panama City. They both did very well and had a great time. The youngest, Gibbs, jumped so high, he was above the support beams. His older brother, Will, was doing backflips – and …

Back to School from a Mom Perspective

August 26, 2016

My husband calls me a “schoolie.” I loved being a student, I loved being a teacher… I would go get another degree right now. Post-grad school I taught tenth grade at Briarwood Christian School, and after some settling in, found the job to be a source of great joy. My days were filled with hilarious …

Going for GOLD AGAIN

August 11, 2016

Allyson Felix Preps for Rio with God-Given Speed Allyson Felix has won more medals than any other track and field athlete in the last three Olympic Games. She has four golds and two silvers, plus six wins in the U.S. Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Her best event is the 200-meter sprint. Humble and soft-spoken, …

Special Feature

May 11, 2016

ROOFTOP FRIENDS‘ Camping Adventure Ministers to Special Needs Families The mission of RoofTop Friends is to “love, serve, fellowship and share faith with individuals and families affected by disability.” One way this Alabama based non-profit ministry carries out its mission is hosting an annual Family Retreat at Camp ASCCA on Lake Martin. June 20-24 families …

Cleaning Out the Night-Stand Drawer

May 11, 2016

Spring has always been about working in the yard, doing some much needed house cleaning and taking or planning some long weekend trips with the family! At the same time all the local flowers shops start putting out their various displays, everyone begins ordering mulch or pine straw for their yards and you start seeing …

Impacting God’s Kingdom thru Foster Care

May 11, 2016

John DeGarmo, Ed. D. is a leading expert in the foster care field and the author of the recently released must have foster care resource, (ITALIC)Faith & Foster Care: How We Impact God’s Kingdom (New Hope Publishing). DeGarmo shares insight into how all of us, and particularly the church community, can provide support to the …

City Scene

April 20, 2016

Bible Reading Marathon The front steps of Birmingham’s historic Southside Baptist Church will be the site of the sixth annual Birmingham Bible Reading Marathon. Reading of the Bible begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 and will continue around the clock until 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, the National Day of Prayer. The Bible Marathon will …

Fashion for You

April 13, 2016

What to Wear When Exploring the Outdoors The days are longer and the sun is brighter- it’s time to get outside and take advantage of the gorgeous Alabama scenery! Of course, you will want to keep yourself fashionable when you are half way up a mountain, walking down the beach or camping in the wilderness. …

Encouraging Word

April 10, 2016

7 P’s for Problem Solving Problems; those situations or circumstances that are unpleasant, undesirable, inconvenient, uncomfortable and unwelcome. Nobody likes them yet everybody has them. Problems are inevitable, yet we seem surprised and become disappointed when they cross our path. Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me …