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 By Amanda Walker    Women    November 1, 2022 

Tears & Laughter: It's Carnival Season

I bought a purse last week I will probably never use. It is small. A simple zippered change pouch. I don’t need it, and it doesn’t particularly suit my taste. It is not my shade of pink....

 

Gratitude Changes Everything

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and so I’ve been thinking about gratitude a lot lately. What is it? When should we show it? What does God say about it? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tell us, “Give...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    October 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - Rx: Laugher – take as needed, endless refills, no expiration

Remember how legendary columnist Lewis Grizzard used to write about how he could hardly wait for Cathy Rigby to go through menopause so she wouldn’t be in commercials advertising feminine care...

 

"Let Go & Let God"

I love fall!! The color change, the weather change, the smell change...it’s about change. I see it happening right now. Leaves falling. What was once a tree deep in rich green, then a tree with...

 

Tears & Laughter: The IRS may hire 87,000 new agents, but do not worry

In Camden…poor little small Camden, we have limited restaurants of any kind. Fried chicken is widely available. There are more places to buy fried chicken than there are gas stations or red lights,...

 

"Be Strong and Courageous"

It’s natural to have some fear or apprehension at the beginning of a new task. We may ask ourselves questions like “What if I don’t know what to do?” or “What if I’m not good enough?” I...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    August 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter: All grown people need a place of their own

I heard a report last week suggesting one way to deal with inflation is to live with your parents. As a parent, I would suggest that this might not be a viable plan. And let me go ahead and make a...

 

"Walking in Someone Else's Shoes"

I am not sure how many of you have watched the movie "Freaky Friday" with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan, where a mother and her teenage daughter exchange bodies. It's a hilarious comedy where...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    July 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - Guns for Hire and Wet Nurses Needed

I don’t encourage a whole lot of dabbling in soul searching, but consider questioning your relationship with whoever it was that encouraged you to vote for Joe Biden. I didn’t. A lot of us...

 

"A Little 4th of July Funny"

Happy 4th of July! I recently came across a funny parable (author unknown), and I thought I’d share it with you...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    June 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - Your Wallet, Your Voice, Your Vote

Nina Jankowicz, the executive director of the Disinformation Governance Board resigned Wednesday. She explained in her resignation letter that it was because the future of the board was uncertain....

 

It Is Well

“When peace like a river, attendeth my way… It is well, it is well, with my soul.” Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the hymn “It Is Well.” There was something about those lyrics...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    May 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - American Heartbreak for Ukraine

It is difficult to watch Russia’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t it? Since the beginning, citizens of the world have watched helplessly. As individuals, it can feel as if there is practically nothing...

 

"A Cord of Three Strands is Not Quickly Broken"

As humans, we like to plan. Whether they are big or small, we plan what we are going to eat for dinner and we plan what we want to do as a career or where we want to move after college. We plan for bo...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    April 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter - An Alabama Lottery Proposal Loses Value Every Year

The Alabama Legislature has once again introduced a lottery proposal that would give voters the opportunity to choose whether or not Alabama can have a lottery. It is one of the only states in the...

 

That's Easter

Before He was ever crucified, Jesus gave the perfect summary of the foundation of Christianity. I just saw this in His Word for the very first time. I was thinking about Easter and thinking about the...

 

"A Prayer of Blessings"

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly” – Psalm 84:11 In 433 A.D., history tells us that St....

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    March 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter: How to be Social Without the Social Media

The United States surgeon general has issued a report stating the negative effects social media platforms are having on mental health, especially in teens and young adults. The platforms generate...

 

Tears & Laughter: Waiting and Watching for Purple Martins

Even before daybreak, you can hear them singing their happy sounding songs from inside their swinging gourds. The purple martin song. It will soon be their season. They return every year from their...

 

"The Story Behind Valentine's Day"

Flowers, candy, pretty cards, gifts, love, and romance in the air…that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about…right? At least, that’s what the celebration has become in our modern-day society....

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    January 1, 2022

Tears & Laughter: Be Ashamed to Tell Others to be Ashamed

[Editor’s note: Introduction is from December 1, 2020] Before I launch into my topic this [month], I want to acknowledge what happened in Wilcox County yesterday. A long time, much-loved, retired...

 

"Encouragement for the New Year"

Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, we share this hopeful greeting with friends and family. At times, however, we may need a little more…more from ourselves as well as the people around us....

 

Tears & Laughter: The First Day of the Season of Excess

I’m sure I heard it somewhere, but I can’t remember where. Or maybe I read it. I don’t know. But for a few years now, when I think about the day after Thanksgiving – or Black Friday as it is...

 

"The Light That Cannot Be Extinguished"

For this year’s Christmas Card, my husband, Brian, and I chose a bible verse that is particularly meaningful to us…John 12:46, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all...

 

Tears & Laughter - Christmas is Not Trapped on a Ship Off the Coast of California

The White House cannot guarantee Christmas gifts will be available this year. It is warning that you many not get what you want. It has never occurred to me before to consider that the White House is...

 

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