An Aptly Spoken Word

 

I am so tired of one-size-fits all, stale, pat answers and blanket statements that sound empty even to my own ears.

Aren’t we, as Christians, called to model our lives after Jesus? Then shouldn’t we strive to do that in our daily relationships and conversations?

A quick observation of the gospels shows how He spoke to Martha differently than He spoke to Mary. Which was different from how He spoke to the woman at the well. He addressed the rich young ruler, the Pharisees, Nicodemus, the Canaanite woman, Zacchaeus  all differently. He did not hesitate to talk to “tax collectors and notorious sinners” (Luke 15:1, NLT)

What was His secret? Simple, He treated each individual with respect. He saw everyone as unique, valued, worthy of His attention. He knew each one longed to be treated as such. Not another face in the crowd, not dispensable. He realized each had distinctive life experiences and  needs. One-size-fits all was not in His nature!

He never wasted words, always getting to the heart of the matter.Then, as now, we tend to mask our real issues. His encounter with the ‘woman at the well’ is an excellent blueprint. Gently peeling back the layers of her life to minister to her deepest need.  (see John 4)

His words could be very direct but never brutal, always intent on bringing healing, restoration, and truth;  Always filled with compassion and love. He wept at Lazarus’ tomb and over Jerusalem and its hypocrisy. The truth may hurt but never bring lasting harm.

I long to converse and connect as Jesus did! 

An aptly spoken word is like apples of gold in settings of silver, Proverbs 25:11, is my prayer! 

Lord, grant wisdom and discernment to speak appropriately! To treat everyone I encounter with respect, realizing how much You love them! Everyone is redeemable, no one is beyond your ability to restore! May my words have and give value! As I speak God’s truth with love and compassion, may my words encourage and give hope! May conversations point others to you and bestow  beauty, life and peace!   Help the broken, the hurting, the questioning, the lost receive The Word! Amen!

We can love and help our neighbors, we can impact our sphere of influence and the world simply with our words. Jesus did. Go and do likewise!

 

Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!

Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!

A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word.

Praise

When lack of understanding

overruns my faith

I will draw near to you with praise.

 

When anxious thoughts threaten

to sweep away my peace

I will be still before you and praise.

 

When wearied of the burdens

and joy is nowhere to be found

I will seek your presence with praise.

 

When all around is chaos

and lies are the loudest sound

I will rest beside your still waters and praise.

 

When all is said and done

matters come what may

I will trust in your loving goodness

and

With all my heart I will praise.

 

Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!

Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!

A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word.

Can I Trust The Bible?

We’ve all heard the critics. The Bible is archaic with outdated ideas. It’s been through too many translations, which one is correct? It’s just a bunch of myths with no merit. Can it be trusted? These are just a few comments about Bible reliability.

Let me offer a few facts about the Bible.*

It was written over a period of 1600 years and
has more than 40 writers, including kings, military leaders, fishermen, farmers and a doctor.
It was written on 3 continents, in 3 languages, on controversial subjects which
include history, poetry, genealogies, parables, letters and prophecy.
It employs common literary devices such as symbolism, metaphors, similes, hyperboles, and sarcasm.
It connects Old Testament and New Testament with over 300 fulfilled prophecies in the birth, life, miracles, death and resurrection of Jesus.

In all this it is constant in its worldview, teachings and God’s unfolding story of man’s fall and redemption!

In addition, there are over 5,000 copies of the New Testament. More than the writings of Caesar, Aristotle, Plato, Homer and many more combined.

II Timothy 3:16 (NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

The Bible can be trusted because, though it was written by men in their own style, God was guiding the content and accuracy.
The Bible records stories of man at his best and at his worst. It has been said that man could never have written it alone because he would have taken out all his own flaws and mistakes.

The Bible can be trusted because it provides absolutes for us, allowing each one to live a life pleasing to God.

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

The Bible is not just another book. It is alive! Evidence of this is found in the innumerable lives changed for the better by following its teachings.

Yes, it has been misused by people for personal gain and ideology. There are multiple warnings about this in scripture. We cannot control what other people do. We can only search for ourselves, with a sincere heart for truth. Almighty God himself has given and kept his Holy Word through all generations. He still speaks through it today and we have his promise:
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT)

So, can the Bible be trusted? Let me answer that with a resounding YES!

*There are many more in depth resources on this available online. Bible.org is one I like.

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Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!
Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!
A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word

Names

 

Written by Jodi Davis Lybrand

A common greeting goes something like this.
“Hello, my name is Jodi. What is your name? Nice to meet you.”

Our names are the means to identify ourselves to one another, Some names are synonymous with power or wealth, think, Rockefeller, Kennedy or Gates. Others for great athleticism like Owens, Williams and Manning. Then there are the one name people we all recognize, Elvis, Dolly, Cher. And infamous names such as Hitler, Capone or McVeigh. Don’t forget nicknames, Little Joe, Butterbean or Bear.

So names can either serve us well or hinder us.

Some people who never changed or regretted their wicked behavior are remembered as such but what about others who have had a true heart change. We do a serious disservice by reminding them, through their name, of their failures and flaws.

I think of biblical people like, “Blind” Bartimaeus. He’s probably yelling from heaven, “I’m not blind anymore!” Or “Doubting” Thomas who proclaimed. “My Lord and my God!”  Some names are hard to shed.

Do you have a name you’ve come to identify yourself with? Useless, addict, liar, fat, stupid, incorrigible, worthless, lost-cause, hater, good-for-nothing, ugly, never-amount-to-nothing, second-class….the list could go on and on. You don’t have to be defined by that name anymore!

There is one name that is above all names, the name of Jesus! If you would submit to His call he will forgive you and make you new. Come to Him just as you are, receive His forgiveness and join His family! You will discover your real worth in Him, gain a new name and identity, Accepted, Loved, Recovered, Priceless, Beautiful, Valued, Redeemed and most of all….His!

Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!
Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!
A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word

Spring Cleaning for the Christian

Written by Andrea Miles

I am not a gifted housekeeper. In fact, I’m pretty terrible at it, and if you come to my house and expect it to be pristine, then maybe we should meet at your house. In my defense I’m a mama to three boys and, yes I know that there are plenty of boy-moms out there who have sparkling, tidy homes, but for me, the terrible housekeeper, there’s a level of dirt I’m okay with. I’m just being honest. In fact, I don’t even see it. Until eventually I do see it and then I’ll clean. This means my hard-working husband (who does see every speck of dirt and dust) has picked up my slack in this department for the last seventeen years. (Yes, those of you with the tidy, sparkling homes should most certainly pray for him.)

Now, with Spring on the horizon, I’m suddenly inundated with information about spring cleaning. There are checklists, and challenges, and how-to’s, and product advertising for hundreds of resources out there to help us spring clean our home, and it is inspiring and encouraging and maybe even achievable, but what about spring cleaning our heart? Yes, we can sweep those cobwebs out of the high corners of our ceilings, wipe the dust from the baseboards, wash windows that are normally hidden behind closed blinds, but is there any dust on our Bible, any cobwebs draped across our spirit, wispy threads of sin clinging to our heart?

As Jesus says in Matthew 23:26: You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. Jesus is admonishing the Pharisees and teachers of the law for being hypocrites by following the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of the law. Sometimes don’t we do that without even realizing it? We say we are Christians. We know we aren’t perfect. We admit we are sinners. And that is all true. Only Jesus is perfect and sinless. And so we pray and we confess our sins and we ask for forgiveness and that’s all good. So good!

But there are many sins I forget about and don’t confess or repent of, sins you could argue are just human nature: my impatience as I sit in 280 traffic, the sharp reply I toss over my shoulder because I feel harassed at being interrupted, a snap judgment I make of a stranger, a feeling of discontent when I visit a friend’s new house or… By the time I’m preparing to talk to God, I’ve already forgotten those sins. I only remember I need to confess how I lost my temper or felt envious of (fill in the blank) as I scrolled through Instagram.

Are you like me, and don’t see the slivers of sin until they’re piled up like dust bunnies in the corner? Fine threads of unrepented sin can form a web around our heart. Psalm 139:23-24 reminds us: Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. The Holy Spirit will help us, if only we will ask.

Spring is a time for rebirth, for a fresh start, a time for spring cleaning. But let’s not just clean our homes. Instead, let’s look to spring cleaning our hearts first. The dust on the baseboards can wait just a little longer.

 

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Andrea Miles is the author of two novels, Trespassers and Tree of Good & Evil. Originally from the eastern shore of Maryland, she lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and homeschools their three sons. For more information, visit andreamiles.com.

There Is a Way From Here

Written by Jackie Tinkler

For years I had a rainbow over my head and the sun shining wherever I went.  Nothing ever really happened that was considered a “crisis,” “stressful,” or even remotely “devastating.”  I think sometimes our little bubbles preclude us from trouble, but as life moves on and we meet more people outside of our “bubble,” we try new things, we live long enough, we make mistakes and decisions that alter our course, we find out things don’t always work out as planned.

Somehow our beautiful day now becomes heavy with responsibility, challenges, crisis, stress, heartaches, financial pressure, and just difficulties all around that become chronic and most days are like this.   You may wonder, “Why is it that some get to skate by in life with very little to contend with?”

Do you ever try to  pinpoint exactly when it happened?  When did it go “wrong?”  Where was it?  Do you beat yourself up for decisions you wish were different?  Me too!   But, God doesn’t think like this, in fact, he sees you sitting in the green grass with the sun shining on your face because he knows the way you should take from here.  There is a way you can take “from here” which does not require going back to make it right. It can be right “from here.”  You won’t find God saying,  “See, I told you not to do that, now go back and fix it.”  It’s more like, “Hey, look to me, forget that stuff and I’ll make you smile again. I know the way from here”

” I admit that I haven’t acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover.  I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however, I do have one compelling focus; I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.” Philippians 3:12-13 (The Passion Translation)

Girlfriend, there is power to change it, to hold on, to be okay and to find a way through the mess. If we only know which way to take.  God said this in Jeremiah 29:11-13:  “I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.  When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.”

The problem is the negative voices swirling around in our heads, the well-meaning, ill-timed advice from friends or the notion that we can figure this out on our own and it will all be fine. But, it isn’t.  I think we get to the place where we have no other choice but to find God and His way.

In this age of immediate gratification, we can’t fathom going the slow way, but often it’s the little steps taken everyday that lead to progress. No pressure, no weight, just one foot in front of the other much like following the “yellow brick road” that led to the adventures and lessons, that led to  the “Wizard of Oz” and finally that led to the power (faith) that was inside all along to get back home.

Maybe “everything” is not always supposed to work out.  If it did, we may never find the path God intended for us all along.  You see, it’s in the hard places that we finally acknowledge we need God and where new life is forged.

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder along with Amber Edwards of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She has also written a women’s small group study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Jackie Tinkler

An indiscernible happy thought was swirling around in my head “Take your time and enjoy what you’re doing” Definitely a God thought. I’ve always been in a hurry. Ever since I can remember, I was brought up to “hurry up.” I’m not sure why, but we did everything fast. We talked fast, walked fast cooked fast, ate fast, you name it we were doing it “fast.”

Slow is just not my thing. Which is exactly why the Lord gave me my husband. If you look up the word slow in the dictionary, well… it says “he’s just right for me.”


It seems that’s all I hear from God is “Slow down” “Take it Slower” “Not Yet!” Patience is definitely a fruit that needed to be worked out in spades in my life. If I only knew how often God has protected me from making unnecessary messes in the middle of my hurry.


In this face paced world, it is not popular to slow down. Everything is real time and on demand. That is just not how God does things. Oh, he has his “suddenly” and his “now time” but it only seems that way. Those things have been cooking a long time.


“You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me.”Psalm 139:4-5 TPT

It’s hard to wait on God. Somewhere In the mix of our “when” is our why…why we are in a hurry.


Sure, you can go ahead and step out of God’s will and take matters into your own hands, the results may not be as lasting as they could be if it’s the right time. I remember a time when I stepped out too early on something I wanted to do. Yes! God gave me grace to do it, but it did stand the test of time. I think you know where I am going with this. God things take time because, well, he sees everything and we don’t.


God things matter for the kingdom today and beyond, so let’s not rush it. Cook it low (humble part) and slow (God’s Time.) One thing I have learned is when you are in hurry, it never comes out right.

Here are some ways you can enjoy where you are now while waiting for where you want to be xxoo Jackie


1. Make a list of what is good NOW

2. Make a list of NOW time scriptures to meditate on

3. Pray for insight and wisdom NOW

4. No complaining NOW! Negative thoughts and words make the time longer and unbearable

5. Keep facing forward and taking small steps toward your goals NOW

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Written by Jackie Tinkler

Taking a break on my back patio one summer morning I sensed a short bout of dizziness. Since nothing ever really had been wrong with me, I blew it off. I thought, it’s all in my head. Well, it happened again and again and with it came heaving breathing, and a rush of emotions and physical sensations I never felt before. I thought I was going to pass out or die. So, I made an appointment with a new intern and got it checked out. I know by now, you’re thinking the worst, but it was all in my head. They did every test you can think but all came back okay.

I had never experienced an anxiety or a panic attack to this level before but when it happens, you will think you are either crazy or dying.

The attacks were foreboding and would come out of nowhere. I hadn’t quite identified the fear but all I know is that I felt closed in, trapped, and unable to help myself.

You see thoughts of trying to make up for lost time was subconsciously playing out in the deepest part of my heart. I had anxiety about the future and my reality didn’t match my expectations. I was also in a season of tremendous loss and limits. The thought of losing total control of the things I put my hope in was just too much. We think we have everything under control until we realize not everything is under our control. Each passing day, more of life was behind me, AND I WAS SO TIRED of trying to fix it.

This was by far a new low and yet a new level of trust for me… Up until then, everything had been wrapped up pretty tight in a nice little bow of my own making. I could fix everything! No problem! But, this season was different. Instead of recuing me from it, God was calling me to walk with him through it.

I sensed him asking, “Will you, Jackie, trust and stay faithful even when it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted or in your timing? I have to admit, I didn’t like this question at all. What happens when life takes a turn you didn’t see coming? Well, here I was and I have to admit, there were days I found it hard to persevere.

It was made worse by the fact that I was embarrassed to admit these things were happening to me. I was a Christian and a leader and the last thing I wanted was for someone to think I was not trusting God.

So, what to do? I wish I could say I gave myself a pep talk and read a few scriptures and all was well again, but it didn’t work that way.

It was hard work to let go and trust that God had a plan even when I didn’t understand. But, I realized I had a choice. I could be bitter or I could find ways to be better. I started with forgiving myself for feeling like I had to have it all together. That was a tough one since I am very hard on myself. I worked on letting go of pride, shame, and what people were saying and thinking. Shame keeps us silent, but I partnered with God and let others in and told them my story. I decided to be brave and face things I didn’t want to face, to admit my needs and most importantly to find closure to the dreams that died. I found courage in words like embrace, accept, and different.

With God’s help, I forged a new path and found joy in the little things. I found life in the new and different as well as came into an exciting level of freedom and calling.

Walking this road was the hardest thing I have ever done but there is hope. I had to lose my life, my grip, and my plan to really find it. And you know what? By going through, I learned new things about myself and my relationship with God.

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it Matthew 10:39 NLT

Are you tired of trying to control everything? Has the rug been pulled out from under your tidy Christian life like mine? Friend, I don’t propose to know your story, but I do know there is hope for you. Take charge of what you can and give the rest to God. Keep focused on the end of the story where you come out of this shining like gold.

When the enemy is trying to destroy your testimony, call and faith, God is right there fighting the battle with you telling you not to give up. New days are on the way and never lose sight of it. The road may not look like you planned, but God is writing your message through the mess and when you get to the other side of this, you will be better than ever, more than okay! So, go girl! Put on that new shade of lipstick, cute boots and sparkly eye shadow and face the day because you are God’s girl and he always takes care of his girls! When the world says it’s over, God says there’s more.

xxoo Jackie

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Who Defines Fabulous?

Written by Jackie Tinkler

Somewhere we have come up with the notion that we have to be explosively beautiful and entertaining 24/7 in order for people to want to friend us. Just take a look at the everyday chatter on Facebook or Instagram to see what and who is getting all of the world’s attention. Endless destination photos, clever chatter, and trendy culture fill our hearts with envy and a feeling that we just might be well, boring.

I recently had somewhat of a known public figure friend me on Facebook and personally like my comments. I was thrilled! Until I realized they could see my feed too and you guessed it…I felt like I didn’t have enough interesting content to hob nob with such a person. Really Jackie?

It seems everyday life is not enough anymore for us or anyone else. I get it, and I’m guilty of vacillating between the extremes of “ordinary” and “somewhat fabulous” if I were being honest. I once introduced us, jokingly, in our couples small group as a “very exciting couple!” LOL! It got a laugh for sure! But what does God want people to see? And more importantly who defines fabulous?”

Why do we feel like we have to more than we are?

YOU ARE AWESOME JUST THE WAY YOU ARE WITHOUT FILTERS! I wonder what it would be like if we could take off the masks and be authentically brave with our love. That’s why we can say …

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.: 2 Peter 1:3 NLT


“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Sister friend, God doesn’t do basic or boring. He does EXTRAORINARY, MAGNIFICENT, WONDERFUL, AMAZING ! AND…he happens to LOVE your posts that light up the world.

xxoo Jackie

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

Your Go To Plan When The Battle Is Real

Honestly, this is how it feels most days, like I’m battling something everyday. And we are, because whether we want to admit it or not, there is a battle for our faith (drum roll please.)

So yesterday was supposed to be a day of rest for me. Didn’t happen quite that way. I’m all about flexibility, but when hard challenges come on the same day, it takes some pretty strong self control to NOT feel consumed by the negativity and bad news.

I began to think ” Why are we always in a battle?” And God reminded me ” Jackie, for all the good things that are coming, there is a battle to be won.”

Do you ever feel like the battle you are presently engaging in, can’t possibly be won? Like you have been battling so long, you don’t have it in you to take this new challenge on and win? Listen, sister, I need you to hear me. That’s exactly what the enemy does…he wears us down so that we will give up the fight and give up on our faith and calling.

Let me remind you that the battle is real

“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world! John 16:33 TPT

When the crazy is heavy and you find yourself tending for every shred of extra energy, you need a “go to ” plan for staying in the fight. So here they are!

  1. If you are physically tired and overwhelmed by the latest crisis, the first thing to do is get yourself to a place of clear thinking. Sleep, eat and get self care for your emotions before making any major decisions.
  2. Be armed with your “go to” scripture promises to remind yourself of God’s goodness to you.
  3. Pray more than you say. Stop repeating the negativity by constantly talking and thinking about it.
  4. Powerfully speak the word over your situation and get around someone or something encouraging FAST.
  5. Declare a drama free zone; no drama, gossip, idle chatter about the matter. Choose safe encouraging people to talk with.
  6. For the spirit of heaviness, put on the garment of praise. Begin to praise God for WHAT IS GOOD.
  7. Focus on just your next step.

I’m praying for you xxoo Jackie

Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.

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