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Opinion

  • I have always liked the term, true grit, which I first discovered from the title of an old John Wayne movie. It’s apparent that true grit is a quality that people from all walks of life possess. It takes as much true grit to rise from homelessness to job stability and home ownership as it does to be a concert level pianist. 

  • By Ginger Lumpkin

    I will soon be traveling to Chattanooga, Tenn. for surgery. People often ask why I am willing to drive seven hours for something that could presumably be handled by a local doctor. Truth is, it was a local doctor that caused my issues in the first place.  

  • These last two weeks I have written about living in the precious present. To do this we must find healing and freedom from the chains of the past. 

  •  An old story tells of two men who were walking along the streets of London when the music of some grand chimes in a nearby cathedral floated through the air.

    One of them remarked to the other, “Isn’t that wonderful music?” 

  • By Ginger Lumpkin 

  • By Thomas Massie

  •  Do you have any shattered dreams?  

  •  Do you have any shattered dreams?  

  • We have all been injured emotionally at one time or another, in one way of another – hurt by family, friends, business colleagues, news media, politicians or whatever – and the bitter urge to strike back becomes our first reaction.

  • By Zack Van Zant

    After a child is born, he or she progresses through an infinite number of “firsts.” First breath. First cry. First laugh. First tooth. First steps. What about first investment?

  •  Why don’t I feel good?  

    When will I get where I want to be?  

    Did I do the right thing?  

    Why am I not understood, and why can’t I be more understanding?  

    How do I make the right decision?  

    How do I overcome my fear?  

    What if I don’t fit in?  

    Am I good enough?  

    What if I end up all alone?

  •  Perhaps you had a late night when you were on a date and found yourself on lover’s lane. There is kissing and maybe touching. You wonder how far this is going to go.  What was your greatest fear?  

    Most people would say it was getting caught. What if someone recognized the car you were in?  What if blue lights started flashing? What if someone you knew, like your dad, showed up to shine a light in the car and see what was going on? What does God think?

  • Slowly but surely, I am making progress on the unpacking of my new house. Because the packing was done quickly, there isn’t much rhyme or reason to the contents of many of the boxes. A left shoe here, a random charger for some electronic gadget there, it’s all rather hodge podge.

  • Appreciation takes courage and resolve. It’s the high road and not everyone is willing to take it. When you choose thoughts of valuing and gratitude as your primary way of being, you are turning off the road well traveled. You are saying no to blame, to resentment, to revenge, to violence in any form, from bad-mouthing others, to kicking the dog, to berating a person. You are saying no to victim-hood, to martyrdom, to passing the buck, to criticism and to demeaning yourself or others.