Posted: 10:58 am Thursday, October 20th, 2016
By Staff Writer
Lots of talk about storms lately… Is there one brewing in your life?
We all must weather storms of living, but some are much more difficult than others. Losing a loved one, divorce, betrayal, career set-backs, physical injuries and illnesses, addictions… These are the storms that cause our psyche to run, to flee, to take cover.
Sometimes our instincts mislead us and tell us to shut EVERYTHING out, not just the danger but the help we need to get us through.
Are you experiencing a tumultuous time such as this? Take heart, you are not alone.
As my friend, Robin Roberts, says, “Everyone’s got something.”
If you are going through a rough patch, I hope that you are supported.
We hear so much about “staying strong,” and “looking at the bright side” but sometimes the winds, the waves, the water is too high and panic sets in. I get this.
Don’t isolate yourself on a desert island of despair. You are too important for that.
In times such as these, reach out. Find support through friends, family, church, professional services. You are not alone.
And if you can find just the smallest, teeniest, tiniest, kernel of hope in your heart, things will get better. I pray that you can.
Thank you for trusting me enough to let me in to your cars, your homes, your families, and your hearts. If you consider me to be a shelter for the storms in your life, I am humbled and grateful.
New Movie | I’m Not Ashamed
The tragedy of Columbine High School, where two disturbed students wounded 21 people and took 12 lives before ending their own in 1999, will remain a dent in the American psyche forevermore. It haunts me still.
Comes now, I’m Not Ashamed, a movie of how one life, the first taken on that bright spring morning, has touched millions more.
“I’ve always been drawn to hands. I think it’s because it’s the way we touch people. If one person could go out of their way to show compassion, it could start a chain reaction.” ~ Rachel Joy Scott
Rachel was a beautiful girl who believed in the love of Jesus and who dreamed of a life helping people. She was targeted on that fateful day because of her faith.
Her life was short, but her reach was not. Rachel’s touch has been felt by more than she could have ever imagined. The girl who was drawn to hands comforts, heals, and inspires.
I’m Not Ashamed will be in theaters everywhere October 21. Watch it. It will touch your heart and leave a lasting and welcome impression upon it.
I’m Not Ashamed
Spicy Buffalo Ranch Wingettes | Moore’s
Moore’s has become a go-to place for dinner ideas my family eats up! The convenience and great taste of their marinades and sauces, combined with simple ingredients and instructions, is a perfect recipe! Here’s one for Spicy Buffalo-Ranch Wingettes – Bridgette loved these!
• 12 chicken wingettes
• 1 cup Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauce
• 1 packet Ranch Dip, Dressing & Recipe Mix
• Chili Powder
• Salt & Pepper
1. In a gallon-size resealable plastic bag, combine the wings and Moore’s Cream Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauce. Seal bag and toss to coat evenly. Refrigerate 4 to 8 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Place chicken on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. of Ranch Dip Mix and Chili Powder, salt and pepper.
4. Bake, uncovered 40 to 50 minutes until golden brown, turning half way through cooking time.
5. For some extra spice, add a few dashes of hot sauce on the hot wings.
6. Mix Ranch Dip mix according to package directions.
7. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
Moore’s Marinades & Sauces always has great recipes and coupons at their website. Check them out and I bet you’ll feel the urge to say “awesome-sauce!” lol
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water,
and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light.
For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
~ Wendell Berry
This poem helps me to remember that there is no benefit to worry. It neither calms my fear nor eases my reality. Plan, prepare, act; yes. Worry; no.
Life and nature will bring storms, but if you can find but a kernel of faith, a seed of hope, all will not be lost. This is my wish for you, to come into the peace of wild things.