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…

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…

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…

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…

Are You a Fruit Lover?

Written by Jennifer Morrow Even if you are not a lover of fruit, most people like at least some kind of fruit.  For most of us fruit lovers and enjoyers, here is perhaps why – fruit tastes good, and fruit is good for us.  Fruit is light, refreshing and naturally sweet too. For those who don’t like any kind of fruit, us fruit lovers…

Psalm Twenty Three

Written by Jodi Davis Lybrand The twenty third psalm contains such familiar and comforting words! It is a favorite to read at funerals. Who wouldn’t like to leave the daily pressures and drama to lie down and rest beside peaceful streams? Who doesn’t need refreshing and restoration from time to time? Yet, when we are assailed from every direction we have the promise of…

Blessing and Brokenness

Written by Jodi Davis Lybrand This Mothers Day marked the day of my mom’s death twenty-one years ago. Fond memories filled the void of not having her on this special day. Then sorrow came with the thoughts that her great grandchildren would never know her sweet smile and hugs. Did you catch the paradox? The blessing of memories, then the pain of loss, blessing…

The Power to Change The Hardest Day

Written by Jackie Tinkler It had been a long day at the home office and I decided to take a break. Facing deadlines, fixing problems and relational conflicts have taken their toll and I just didn’t want to fight it anymore. I’ll pick it back up in a minute. Most of us in truth fight battles everyday. Oh, my battles may look a little…

Sorry, I Can’t Today, I’m Binge Watching and Eating Popcorn

Written by Jackie Tinkler Recently, a friend of mine and I were talking over a delicious Shrimp Po Boy and Fried Green Tomatoes. As we enjoyed our lunch, we found ourselves commenting about how some days we just don’t feel very “up”. After we shared all of the vitamins, supplements, lotions and potions we were taking to feel good, it hit me. I said…

Seriously, It’s the Little Things

Today, my sweet husband of 24 years woke up with a sore throat and cough. I knew something was up when I got up to a very dark house and no movement. He is usually up very early singing with the birds (yes, morning person!) I found him in the guest bedroom under a pile of pillows and one very large dog. I hate…