Memories and Traditions

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year. All the events and aromas make this a joyful holiday. I can still remember the Christmas traditions my family had when I was a young girl. It was all about family gatherings and food. When Bill and I married and had our four children at home, each…



A Momma’s Dream

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Dennisha & her mom Kim This week has been all about getting Dennisha ready to leave Walter P Taylor to start Mission 21 (a residential discipleship program). It has also given me opportunity to spend time with her mom, Kim. Sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for Dennisha to get her physical, Kim began to…



Hope and a Future

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One of my favorite verses, Jeremiah 29:11, promises a life filled with hope and a future. A promise like that offers real encouragement to a child regardless of the circumstances in their life. Recently, I was reminded how important our work really is. We were invited by a group of Lonsdale community churches to take…



A Season to Face Your Fear

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  Have you ever experienced paralyzing fear? A fear that immobilizes you and keeps you from moving forward oftentimes goes unaddressed. Therese Borchard says, “Fears are like annoying relatives. You can’t avoid them forever, and ignoring them won’t make them go away.” It is just as important to know when it is time to face these…



Salute to our Graduates

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This weekend, lots of smiles and high fives were exchanged as friends and families gathered to celebrate a milestone—graduation from high school. The Knoxville Civic Coliseum was the site of many such events as it played host to five area high school’s commencement exercises. The excitement was evident both on the part of the graduates…



Surrounded by Opportunity

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While walking through the various KCDC housing developments yesterday, I was overwhelmed with the unmined opportunities. I could have filled up a bus then and there with middle and high school age kids wanting relationship. Yes, a few of the kids were excited about the fun things I might have planned for them, but many…