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Behind the scenes

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Trips to North Carolina dotted my childhood, the Smokey Mountains stirred something within both me and my family souls. Places like Linville Caverns where you could explore dimly lit caves with a guide, and see the unique formations created over time. The setting was something I'd imagine being straight out of a Mark Twain novel. Also the theme park Tweetsie Railroad, with it's gunslinger show. The local actors thrilled the steam train passengers with a wild west show and a later on, you could do a little panning in a mock gold town. My sister and I would eagerly dip our hands into the mud-reddened water to get an errant flake or two.

This love for the beautiful, rolling mountains of North Carolina led me to use it as a setting for a story I am currently writing. It's set in the Smokey Mountains in the fictional city of Briar Creek. The lead characters take their cue from my own life and my families. Job transitions, moves to a new state, testing of faith, they all come …

Peace in the midst of chaos

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As I sat in a traffic jam earlier today, my mind whirred with things I needed to accomplish this weekend before heading back to work on Monday. At the top of the list was writing, followed by laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, and other things needing to be accomplished before the alarm sounds early Monday morning.      

Sometimes, truthfully more often that not, we feel pressured to finish our self-created "to-do lists" in a certain amount of time. Almost a race against our 24 hour clock. As chaos can ensue in trying to squeeze every second out of the day, take hope in knowing that He is there.  Don't let all the busyness of life keep you away from your quiet time so you can rest and recharge. 

Isaiah 26:3 says-"You will will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you."

When things seem to be causing you stress, breathe, pray and remember He is there with you. Relax, rest, and be restored through Him.

Directionally Challenged

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My SUV which has carried me and my family on trips to the beach, mountains, and college visits has lost it's direction. The temperature and compass built into the mirror stands silent.You might think that it's not a problem. For me it is. I can proudly say I belong to the "turn right at the Star bank and then make an immediate left" kind of adventurer. My husband, bless his heart, has tried to get me on road trips to use the usual directions, north, south, etc. Let's just say there were some pregnant pauses in the car a few, ahem, times. Thank the Lord for GPS!

Back to my "lost" car, it's got too many years on it to think of fixing it, perhaps someday it will go to the great car lot in the sky. But for now, the old Tahoe's got to make it at least another 50 to 60 thousand miles. We've got two girls in college, heaven help us, please everyone pray for our sanity. Thank you.

As for needing a compass, thank goodness I've got my wonderful h…