Among the Dead

My family, friends, and I went to the Yellow Daisy festival this weekend at Stone Mountain Park, and then did a sunset hike up the mountain afterwords.  Along the way, we found some of the yellow daisies for which the festival was named. 

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This one in particular captured my attention and I took a picture of it—because there was just one flourishing among the dead. 

It reminded me of the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37:

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Guest Post: Corrie Haynes

I’m so excited to introduce my new friend Corrie to you all! She’s a DJ on my favorite radio station, and I’ve listened to her for several years.  Last year, I would listen to her speak in the afternoons as I came home from cosmetology school, and it encouraged me to keep going.  She was also a cosmetology student who wanted to keep her faith first in the life of glitter, glam, and make-your-own-way.  A couple months ago, she shared on the radio that she wished for a friend who understood what she was going through, and I found her on social media and reached out to her.  After chatting for a couple weeks, we met up in person and really enjoyed each other’s company (yes, if you’re studying the pictures, it was at a Waffle House).  I asked her to guest blog today so that I could share her with you all; she radiates the joy of the Lord and wisdom, and is really a treasure.

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Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof is the latest book I’ve received from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild.  They have been sending me several books recently, so the next couple of Wednesdays will be highlighting Fiction Guild releases.

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Scaling Stone Mountain

Are these alliterated adventure titles a little cheesy? (Last week’s was Adventuring to Amicalola.)  I’m not sure yet; I guess we’ll see how long I can keep it up.  Anyway, this week, my friends and I hiked another one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders, Stone Mountain.

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Life Verses: Part Five: Zechariah 4:10

Well, it’s been a while since the last Life Verses post, hasn’t it? I got so caught up in sharing my travel adventures that I just never got back around to telling you about some verses that impacted me for a season of my life.  In case you’re new here and don’t remember the previous Life Verses posts, let me catch you up on what’s going on.  In Christian circles, it’s not uncommon to hear people saying they have a “life verse” or asking other what their “life verse” is.  This would be a verse that has stuck with them throughout their Christian life.  For me, there’s not just one verse that’s a favorite or dear to my heart: there’s several.  Each one made an impact for at least a couple months of my life for the season I was in.  In this series, I’m going back through verses that have been special to me and telling you what they mean to me.

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Guest Post: Hope from Hope for the Animals

My sister is back with another great post! If you missed her post last time, you can check it out here.

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Tori Kelly: Hiding Place

This week I’m super excited to share with you all a CD that I was invited to review! It’s the latest from Tori Kelly, a girl who was on American Idol and who I’ve come to recognize from seeing her singing at Christmas Day parades and events.

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Why I Went Off

This week we had a special guest worshipping with us, Matt Redman, and he sang his song “10,000 Reasons“.  That was followed by a baptism and singing “Build My Life” by Housefires, followed by a spontaneous rendition of “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand”.  (I missed the first song due to technical difficulties so I’m not sure what it was.)

My notes read:

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