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"Gratitude & Grace"

During an especially difficult moment in my life…barely able to speak between tears of despair. I called a friend…looking for a little comfort…and a little sympathy too, I must admit. Instead...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    August 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Anxiety Has Become A National Obsession

In response to the fast-paced lives Americans tend to lead, countless books and articles have been written offering ways to simplify life and minimize stress. Typical lifestyle change suggestions...

 

"Perseverance"

Have you ever faced a challenge in life that seemed impossible? Boy, I sure have! Weather it’s financial, health, relational, spiritual, or some other area in your life, it may seem like an uphill...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    July 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Gardening and fishing may be the secrets to a life well-lived

They tell me the road was paved right before I moved here. Prior to then it was dirt. It is still not nice enough to call a farm-to-market road, but once upon a time there were cotton field along...

 

"Free Indeed"

What comes to mind when you think of the 4th of July? Perhaps you think about a day off from work with picnics, fireworks, and American flags displayed in front yards along your neighborhood or city...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    June 1, 2019

Exceptions For Rape And Incest Need To Be Added To The New Abortion Law

I did not realize during the last election that we were electing legislators to try and overturn Roe vs. Wade. Just like most Alabamians and all Christians, I would say I am pro-life. Some people say...

 

The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength

My husband, Brian, and I recently wrapped up the weekly small group/bible study that we hosted in our home this past Winter/Spring. What a fun group! As a token of appreciation, one of the participant...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    May 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Where The Little Boys Go

I had been handling things pretty well, until we went to the Piggly Wiggly last week. And I’m hardly alone. There are mothers everywhere feeling like I feel. It’s the road all parents walk. We...

 

"God is Our Strength"

This month my husband, Brian, and I will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. According to Hallmark, the 11th wedding anniversary’s material (or gift idea) is steel, which is a symbol of...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    April 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Now is the time for a Alabama Lottery

Few of us knew before the new gas tax that the Alabama Legislature was capable of moving any bill through both houses and having it signed by the Governor in one week. Governor Ivey announced it on th...

 

"Kindness! Sprinkle It Everywhere"

Have you ever spent time with someone who is simply unpleasant to be around because they’re always complaining and finding fault in everything ... even when life seems to be rainbows and...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    March 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: Beware Of Chicken Fever As Spring Draws Near

Based entirely upon my casual observation, women seem to be more susceptible than men, and children ag it on, but for some reason many people who have never so much as grew a turnip patch suddenly get...

 

"Finding Balance"

Recently, I was listening to a Podcast and one of the speakers referred to the word “ego” as an anacronym. E-G-O….Edging God Out. For me, and maybe for some of you, this is idea or concept is...

 

Tears and Laughter: The American Dream Is Achievable, But It Requires Sobriety And Both Hands

There seems to be a recurring subject in the headlines from various news outlets over the last few weeks concerning the American dream. Evidently it is out of reach, not available to everyone, and...

 

"Persevere!"

Hi Friends! I hope this second month of the new year is finding you well. As a rule (my own rule), I tend to not share deeply personal stuff publicly. At the beginning of the year, God laid on my...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    January 1, 2019

Tears and Laughter: We've Got To Get Sober About Suicide

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report last month announcing that for the third consecutive year the life expectancy of Americans is dropping. Another statistic that emerged...

 

"Just One Word"

WOW! Can you believe another twelve months have come and gone? Happy New Year! In December 2017, my husband, Brian, and I had the awesome opportunity to attend a leadership conference at our church. D...

 

Tears and Laughter: The ghost of dentistry's past...

I cracked-up in the middle of a root canal a few days ago. I didn’t just giggle. No. I went all out. I laughed until the dental assistant, the dentist, and an assistant in training who was just...

 

"The True Meaning of Christmas"

With the most popular holiday just around the corner, it seems like everyone is trying to get into the Christmas spirit. Stores are lining their aisles with Christmas goodies and decor, TV shows have...

 

Tears and Laughter: Alabama is heartbroken for Florida after Hurricane Michael's destruction

As I write this, there are people in the southeast corner of the state who are still cleaning up downed trees and are without power. There are farmers in the wiregrass region who have suffered extensi...

 

"Thankful"

I recently came across a cute story that I’d like to share with you… “A Sunday School teacher began her class by stating that everyone has been blessed and should be thankful. Then she asked...

 
 By Amanda Walker    Women    October 1, 2018

Tears and Laughter: County line signs, yellow butterflies, deer hunters, and lavender skies

The Wilcox County line sign is missing on Highway 41 in Hybart. I stopped once to take a picture of it. I guess that’s why I noticed its absence. I’m sure others have noticed too. It has been gone...

 

"He is My Defender"

Are you dealing with an “unsolved case or situation” from your past that needs resolution? Are you waiting for your day of justice or repayment? God promises in His Word that He is your...

 

Tears and Laughter: We Build Houses Like We Will Be Here Forever

We build houses like we will be here forever, but it is all very temporary. “Fleeting,” I think is what the Bible says, “The twinkling of an eye.” We are given, on average – if we are lucky...

 

"Rest & Wait"

God has put dreams and desires in your heart…things that you are hoping for, praying about, and believing in. Habakkuk 2:3 says, “The vision is for an appointed time. Though it tarry, wait...

 

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