Plugged In

Plugged In

Have you ever thought you were doing everything right and things still didn't turn out the way they were supposed to?

 

A Little at a Time

A Little at a Time

In our guest writer series this week, we hear from Pastor John Travis of Center Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Pastor John is a graduate of Arkansas State University, where he received a degree in graphic design. He is the Marketing Coordinator for Business Services at Ritter Communications. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Jonesboro and have three children: Michael, Matthew, and Lindsey. To read more from Pastor John, visit centerhillmbc.com.

What The Answer is Not

What The Answer is Not

Can I just be blunt? This world is falling apart and “going to hell in handbasket,” as people used to say. Okay, maybe that was a little strong. But let’s be honest, things will not get better.

Why You Should Care What Others Think

Why You Should Care What Others Think

Continuing with our guest writer series, the Relevant Blog features Pastor Michael Stinnett this week. Pastor Michael is Lead Pastor at Verge Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Williams Baptist College and teaches ninth grade. Pastor Michael and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, Ayden and Malachi. Pastor Michael is a Yankees fan and also loves the Arkansas Razorbacks.

When Faced with Fire

When Faced with Fire

This week, the Relevant blog features special guest writer, Heather Watson. Heather is the cheerleading coach at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. She is a graduate of WBC, where she studied studio art. Heather and her husband, Andrew, have two sons, Parker and Oliver. Heather really loves tacos and The Office.

Keep Going!

Keep Going!

I recently started running. Well, not really. I recently started jogging. I do not go long distances, and I do not go fast. I jog on a treadmill at the gym. I have been on treadmills before, and I have always had a hard time finding my balance on them. For some reason, I always feel like I am about to trip over my own feet, hit my head on the control panel (is that what it's called?), and be thrown backwards into the weight-lifting area.

My Lame Break-up Story

My Lame Break-up Story

In college, I was pretty superficial. I was in my early 20s, with no regard for anyone else but my own selfish and self serving desires. It’s no wonder why it was hard for me to develop any lasting relationships, especially with the ladies.

What Will You Say?

What Will You Say?

I don’t know about you, but I took the opportunity recently to watch the final game for a new legend of the game of basketball on Wednesday night.

5 Characteristics of a Godly Friend

5 Characteristics of a Godly Friend

     My friend recently had a baby. Last week, I went to visit her and hold the sweet new baby girl. We had a nice visit, and as I drove home, I noticed that I was in such a good mood. My spirit was really lifted just from being around my friend. The more I thought of her, the more I realized that I have a similar experience every time we are together. Being around her and seeing the way she treats her family makes me want to be better. A better mother, a better wife, a better Christian.
 

Work the Plan

Work the Plan

My mentor, Rod Lawrence, is kind, gracious, and wise. From the time I started meeting with Rod a little over 2 years ago, he's said three words: Work the plan.

Lead Me to the Son

Lead Me to the Son

One day, I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I love getting flowers. Immediately, I found an empty vase and filled it with water. I placed the beautiful arrangement on my TV stand, which is close to the window. As the day came to a close, I noticed my flowers were already droopy and limp. 

O Sluggard!: Balancing Rest and Work

O Sluggard!: Balancing Rest and Work

This Sunday, in Relevant Kids, we discussed three proverbs: The Proverb of the Ant, the Proverb of the Lion, and the Proverb of the Honey. As a teacher on the rotating schedule for ReKids, I sometimes miss out on hearing the service live. Usually, when I miss out, I hear more than once that, "that service was AWESOME!" But, God in his wisdom and grace, speaks directly to me through the lessons in ReKids, and the time I spend with the children is such a blessing to my heart

Progress Hurts

Progress Hurts

Think back to when you were in school. Homework instead of hanging outside with friends. Writing papers rather than going out. Studying rather than relaxing and catching up on your favorite TV shows.

Take a Deep Breath

Take a Deep Breath

Have you ever noticed the difference that a long, deep breath can make during stressful moments?

The phrase, “Take a deep breath” is almost so overused in our culture that it often means something abstract.

Come to Me

Come to Me

Overwhelmed. Tired. Exhausted. Insecure. Scared. Lonely. Frustrated. Anxious. Comfort. Joy. Victories. Peace. Humbled. Blessed. Loved.

Beware of the Bloodhounds

Beware of the Bloodhounds

I can guarantee one thing in this life: anything worth doing will cause them to show up. If they don't show up now, they will later. But believe me, they are coming.

 

Awake is the New Sleep

Awake is the New Sleep

Since we began our friendship in 2011, my best friend has texted me pretty much every day. She lives in Baltimore, where she works full-time, but she always somehow finds time during the day to send me a text--usually random information, and usually two or three, back-to-back.

4 Reasons to Apologize

4 Reasons to Apologize

There was a time I sat down with someone and did something I thought I would never do in a million years. I apologized.

Googling Grace

Googling Grace

In my dark room, the light of my phone illuminated the small space around me as I lay in bed and Googled, "Does God punish our children for our sins?"