05.13.17 – An Open Letter To My Grown Boys: I Miss You, By Christy Mobley

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – I did not write this article, however the parallels between my life, and feelings about my sons, are amazing.  I have my own version of each of the photos in this article.  My sons are in their 30s now and I hope both of them will get to read this.  I love you both dearly.  It’s a different love than when you were boys. but it is just as deep.

Life is very different than it was 20 or more years ago.  This description I believe will touch a place in the hearts of many mothers of older children, specifically sons. God bless all the Mother’s out there this Mother’s Day Weekend!

This mama’s letter to her grown sons is heart-wrenchingly beautiful! May we all have such grace to let them go when the time comes.  Here we go!

I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since your Meemaw left this world. We’re still clearing out her condo where the stored memories linger.

And among those are pictures…loads of them.

Pictures of friends, relatives, weddings, birthdays, Thanksgivings and Christmases past.
A trip back in time to days forgotten. The good, the bad, and oh so ugly…
Pop-Pop loved to catch us in the worst possible moments and Meemaw kept them all to savor or perhaps for torture.

But the photos that burned my eyes and stirred my heart were the screen shots of my little men.

Toe-headed scoundrels playing in the mud with bare bodies and Sunday shoes.
Practicing future Olympians on a backyard swing set.
Little boys cuddled sweetly in Meemaw’s lap after a nap.

I miss you.

And to be honest, when the normal busy of the day gets tucked away and I’m ready for sleep…sometimes my heart will ache with the miss.

It aches for tiny arms stretching around my neck to squeeze the ever lovin’ life out of me.
It aches to hear chipmunk-like voices say, “Mommy, I love you more than anything in the world.”
It aches for the heart to heart talks about problems only a mama can solve.

It aches for the excitement of new toys on a Christmas morning and a first time visit to Disney World.

Yes, it aches for the T-ball all the way to middle school baseball games—hearing you recount the home run, the awesome catch, how you won or should have won when you didn’t.

I miss you.

The pickup trucks lined in the driveway and up and down the street. The endless, sleepovers and sleepless nights waiting up for you. The sneakiness. The mischief that came with teenage years.

I miss you.

I miss your smell. I miss your presence.

But most of all, I miss how you loved me.

It’s not that you love me less. I know you don’t.

It’s just different. It has to be.

You’re all grown up and married. And I love who you’ve chosen for your forever.

I’m caught here in a strange place.

I can’t be your buddy like your Dad. I can’t be on your frontline like I once was. That place is for your lovely wife—my new daughter.

So now I take my place on the sidelines. And from here I will not miss a chance to cheer you both on.

But it doesn’t stop the ache. The missing.

Motherhood is a bit of a conundrum in that way—a position where joy and heartache mingle together on a daily basis.

But the blessing far outweighs the pain.

I miss you but please don’t misunderstand me.

I don’t want you back.

I’ve always known you were a gift from the Lord and were not mine to keep. But I didn’t realize our time would pass this swiftly.

I love who you’ve become but my job is done. I pray that you’ve learned some good from me, but more so I pray for God to give you discernment to throw out the bad.

I don’t want to be intrusive in your life or rob you of the joy you share with your wife. You belong to her in every way. And I don’t want to mess that up.

You’ve blessed me with a daughter I didn’t have. I want her to know I’m not competing for you or with her and I’m not judging her every move. Oh, quite the opposite.

I want to be her champion.

Her safe place.

Her friend.

But I didn’t raise her and I know only time and experience can grow the tender seed of trust. Such a relationship takes seasons to build.

So I will build. I will love. I will wait.

And even then,

I know there will always be those days after the busy gets tucked away and I’m ready for bed, when screen shots of little boys at play will flash through my head.

And I’ll find myself missing you.

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28

Looking forward, pressing on, seeking God.

By Christy Mobley
Christy is a girly girl who chases tennis balls for recreation and at the end of the day does her best thinking in the tub. She’s also a wife, mother, mother-in-law, mentor, and Life Purpose Coach. Her passion is to encourage women to move forward, and press on while seeking God’s presence in every bump and turn in the road. You can find Christy at Joying in the Journey christymobley.com, Twitter, and Facebook

Tomorrow I will share a tribute to my amazing mama, Josie Mae Blum Traylor.  Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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05.30.16 Lane Southern Orchards

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Monday, May 30, 2016 – Some of the best places we’ve visited are ones we just stumble across traveling down the highway.  Today was definitely one of those times!

While driving along Georgia Highway 96 on our way to Dublin, Georgia we started seeing signs that Lane Southern Orchards were ahead.  At 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley, GA we stopped to check it out! It’s 5 minutes west of Interstate 75.

 

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“If you are anywhere in the Middle Georgia area, it’s worth a trip to visit their huge Roadside Market filled with fresh local, seasonal produce, gourmet treats, local wines and souvenirs. Enjoy lunch served up with genuine southern hospitality at the Peachtree Café. You can even take a farm tour during the season. But, all year long, you can sample some homemade favorites and grab a rocking chair on the front porch and relax. Everything will be just peachy!”

From inside the store you can access the peach processing self guided tour.  We walked along elevated catwalk, learned the basics from the informational cards along the way, and watched the journey of the sweet Georgia peach from the farm to your table. These picture and videos were from the tour.  The first pictures are from when the peaches arrive in the processing area in the large white containers on the left side of the photos.

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Later in the year they have these events going on.  “Our pick your own Strawberry Patch opens in early April with a warm and welcoming Spring Fling. We commemorate American’s independence with a fabulous July 4th picnic and patriotic celebration in the summer sunshine. A mind-boggling seven-acre Corn Maze and our famous Pumpkin Patch officially opens when the air turns brisk each October during a huge Farm Fall Festival.”

You can order most anything (including fresh peaches) from their online store at Lane Southern Orchards.

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We originally planned to boondock for three days along the way from Amite to Savannah.  Last night was spent in a Walmart lot in Columbus, GA where we sweat all night.  We weren’t going to do that for two more nights so we made reservations at Honeysuckle Farm RV Park in Dublin, GA where we will stay the next two nights in the cool comfort of our RV!

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05.27.16 Madisyn’s last two softball games

Friday, May 27, 2016 –  This week Madisyn played her last two softball games.  Before Thursday I think they only won one game.  Thursday they won their last game and they won it big.  All the girls played good, some played great, they scored, they stopped the other team from scoring, lots of fun!

Whether Madisyn plays softball again next year we don’t know.  Right now she says no, but time will tell.  She’s on to cheerleading from here.  This was her first year playing softball.  Some of the girls have played 3 years and some are older than she is.  She learned as the season went along and did really well for a first timer!

Here are some pictures of their last two games and pictures of them receiving their medals and awards. A couple of videos at the end will wrap it all up!

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Paw Paw, Grannie and Madisyn

We love you little girl!

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This  brings to an end our time spent back in Louisiana while Madisyn played softball.  They may not have won a lot of games but they had fun, she learned a lot and we all created memories!

Friday and Saturday are being spent picking the last blackberries, soaking our fruit trees and bushes with water, picking up from outside all our decorations and plants that travel with us.   Roy cut down a couple of pine trees that aren’t doing well living in the water since the water level is so high constantly lately.   Roy’s been working on a small pink computer for Madisyn.  It will be ready Saturday so we’ll take it to Ponchatoula and will tell Chip, Misty and Kallie good bye then.  We’ll put away the BBQ pit, all our lawn chairs and tables, and say good bye to the cows.  We will head out on Sunday morning early going east.

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05.26.16 Madisyn, Grannie and Paw Paw fun times!

Happy Wacky Wednesday! – Nope it’s not Wednesday and this is not that blog.  This was Madisyn’s contribution to today’s blog.  She posed for all the photos as her other contribution!

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We crawled under the fence and picked blackberries, went fishing, fed the fish, did lots of crafts, went girlie shopping, to the movies, watched Daddy Chip play softball, ate pancakes topped with bananas every morning, ice cream topped with strawberries and served over sliced bananas every night, and lots more fun stuff!  FamilyFun

We even had a wonderful visit from my sister Harriett and brother in law George.  They brought Madisyn an art project which she created while they were here.

The following photos depict quite well the wonderful time we had with our little pixie!!

I want it known that I do a ton of things with Madisyn that no one ever takes pictures of so therefore Paw Paw is in most pictures, not sweet Grannie.

Ice cream with strawberries and bananas.  That makes it healthy, right??

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Madisyn and I tried our hand at Oragami and on step 2 of 16 we could go no further.  When Madisyn went on to doing some cross stitch, Paw Paw conquered the Alice in Wonderland Oragami figure. The rest of the Oragami figures are stored till we all grow older!

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Checking out the pond, planning a day of fishing!

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Chip is playing first base at the game we took Madisyn to.  It was wonderful getting to see him play ball again!  We have promises from Misty that she’ll send videos while we travel!

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One of Chip’s hits,  I know Madisyn will want to watch this one again!

One our way back to Ponchatoula to give this precious one back to her parents.  Sad but we had some great times these past few days!

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We returned Madisyn to her parents at her softball game yesterday evening after enjoying a yummy dinner at the Chinese restaurant in Hammond.  She got a great hit in the game, and made it to second base.  Now our little darlin’ is back home and our home is so quiet.  We’ve cleaned up so there isn’t pink and glittery everywhere now.  We will miss her as we travel but are so happy to have been blessed by having her snuggle and love with us for a few days!

Tonight is her last softball game and we’ll have front row seats for that!

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05.21.16 This past week in Chauvinland!

Week of May 16 to May 21, 2016 9 Tuesday morning we attended Madisyn’s awards celebration at Tucker Elementary in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.  A room full of first graders and lots of parents, grandparents, etc.  Madisyn had a total of eight of us there for her.  Chip, Misty, Roy, me, Liz, Artie, Ms. Jackie, Mr. Danny!  That little girl is really loved!  They sang songs with hand motions, a nice year in review video was shown and they all handed out a rose to their mamas!  Each child was given the awards they earned and a special one from the teacher.  Madisyn received the Taylor Swift Award for demonstrating creativity by thinking of new ideas and solutions.

Here are some of the photos we took.

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This short video is just a small portion of the song the children did hand motions to.  This song always makes me cry and Tuesday was no exception.  This little one is growing up and maturing into a beautiful young lady and we are so blessed to have both she and Kallie in our lives!

Wednesday morning we attended Kallie’s Junior High awards and graduation from Ponchatoula Junior High.  Kallie too was quite well represented for this event.  She received two awards.  One for having a B average in Louisiana Studies.  One for Outstanding Academic Performance in Science.  And she is just cute as a button!!

Here are some of the photos we took. First is a panoramic photo.

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After Kallie’s graduation, we stopped at the Hammond Hobby shop for Roy to do some remote control plane shopping and he found the one he wants.  It’s much smaller and will help him learn better.

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We then headed to Sam’s to load up for getting back on the road on the 27th.  Sam’s is always fun for us!

Thursday we went to the Hammond remote control flying field where Roy tried out his new plane.  After some lessons from Mr. Bill and his cousin Chris, he flew the plane himself for quite a while and did really well!  He’s going to go back on Saturday to the flying field. I will rest up at home getting ready for Hurricane Madisyn to land at our house Sunday evening for a few days!

Chris’ dad Junior Fox and Roy’s mother Vivian Fox Chauvin were brother and sister!  Chris is one of thirteen children of Rosemary and Junior Fox.  Two wonderful people whom we loved dearly.

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After the flying we went to Madisyn’s softball game.  I’m pretty sure they’ve still only won one game but they have fun.  Madisyn got a good hit and scored a run so she was quite happy.  We got to visit with Misty and Chip during the game so it was a good day and evening!

Roy and Madisyn after the game.  Chip trying to get in on the photo with his fingers!

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Our little leftie Madisyn at bat with that pink bat and monogrammed helmet!!!  If nothing else, she makes a fashion statement!

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Friday we rested and Roy drove in the late afternoon to Baton Rouge to pick up our drivers side outside rear view mirror that we had re-chromed. More on that another day.

I took photos of some of our 25 cent flower bushes and our fruit trees.  All are flourishing and producing well!

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That’s it for this fun filled week in Chauvinland!

We have several full days planned for this weekend and next week.  When we settle down a bit I’ll write again.

amite to gettysburgOur travel plans are firming up now!  Since I discovered that RV parks on the East Coast fill up quickly I decided to make reservations along the route through the end of July.  We do not usually make reservations too far in advance but we had to so we did!  We start out in Savannah, GA; then on to Myrtle Beach, SC; then on to Williamburg, VA; then on to Washington DC and finally middle of July to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  These are where the parks we’ll be staying at are located.  Not necessarily all the locations we’ll visit.  I’m still missing someplace to stay July 1, 2, 3 between D.C. and Gettysburg, but other than that, we’re reserved up!  As always I appreciate recommendations on what to see around these areas.  We’ve received some already and they are now in our travel plan but can always use more!!

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05.17.16 A day at the flying field!

img0017Saturday, May 14, 2016 – Roy went earlier this week with our brother in law, George to the Tangi RC Flyers Association flying field in Hammond, where George is a member. George has been building and flying remote control planes since I was a little girl so I estimate he has about 60 years of experience. He has several planes, they are all magnificent and perfect in detail.

This is George and one of his planes from the day they went together.

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When Roy was younger he built and flew his own for several years. His niece’s husband, David, brought them home to do some repairs on them years ago and we’ve never seen them since. I don’t remember any of this but unfortunately Roy does and it still hurts.

He bought a new one a couple of years ago which has traveled with us several thousand miles, boxed up in our closet!! He finally put it together but after so many years of not flying, and wise advice from George and Roy’s cousin Chris Fox, he’s going to put it back in the box for now. He’s asked for a smaller one for Father’s Day so we’ll be smaller plane shopping soon! Once he learns to fly a smaller one well he can start moving back up to the size he really wants to fly.

Here’s the bigger one that lives in our closet!!!

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On Saturday the flying association had a WWII flying show which Roy and I went to. It was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed seeing all the planes fly. There is a nice large covered area with tables for people to sit out of the sun. They sold BBQ burgers, chips and soft drinks. I, of course, snapped picture after picture, way more than I am sharing. If you’re a remote control plane enthusiast you will enjoy all the pictures, if not just look at what you want!

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If you are interested in learning more about their club the web address is: http://tangirc.com

A link to the map showing the flying area is at http://tangirc.com/map.html

We’ll be looking for flying fields when we get back on the road so Roy can practice with his new plane often! I enjoyed watching so it will be something we can do together while traveling!

When we got home, I started feeling terrible, went to bed and have almost been in bed ever since. Slept 15 hours Saturday night and 14 hours Sunday night. I am mostly just worn out and really tired.

Hoping to get better by tomorrow morning when Madisyn’s school Award Celebration will be held, and of course we’ll be attending! Kallie has Jr. High graduation on Wednesday so it’s up early and out two days in a row so Grannie needs her energy!!

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05.14.16 Madisyn’s first blog post

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – This was originally posted yesterday on my Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays blog but I thought that more than those followers may enjoy seeing this!  Here it is for those who follow Dora and the Explorers!

Today’s Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays blog was created by and published on Friday by Madisyn Ann, our precious granddaughter! Grannie got to stay with her today since she was sick and we got very creative!

First her creative nails!

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First, what she really wants you to know!

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And now all the amazing photos she found and loved and wanted to share with everyone!
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And finishing it all off with a scripture from God’s Holy Word!

Daily Bible Verse in English - 407 - QuotesAdda.comShe wanted to close with this picture of bananas! She is 7 of course!!

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So long from Madisyn and Rosalyn wrapping up a wonderful day of staying home with her trying to keep her resting so she could get well and we had fun also!

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She’s thinking about what she can write for my Dora and the Explorers blog so you may not have seen the last of this dynamic duo!!

05.10.16 Do you think you’re going to Heaven because you’re a good person and do good deeds?

Monday, May 9, 2016 – Do you think you’re going to Heaven because you’re a good person and do good deeds?

I have felt for a while a burden to share in my own little words why this is not the way to salvation.

My life has been a roller coaster, like most of ours are. My one rock has been my Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him I would not be able to be the person I strive to be.

I am such a sinner I am not at all deserving of what His forgiving Grace and, what His presence in my life, does for me. Yet He loves me with a love that cannot be matched. Roy and I love each other deeply. I love my children and grandchildren with all my heart. But none of them, and no other human, can provide in my life what Jesus Christ does.

Sometimes when I’m in church I think about others who are not there or in any church that day or mostly ever. I write a lot about going to church, God, Jesus Christ, and my Christian life. What I want you to know is that I do not go to church because I am expected to, or because I want to be seen there.

I go because I must, I desperately (and I need to blow that word DESPERATELY into large font!) need that in my life. I need to be reminded of what Christ did for us. I need to be sung to and preached to in a way you’ll only receive in church. I read my Bible daily and pray throughout the day each day. Being in church with other folks that I know also sin, but I know depend on the Lord to straighten their paths and to go to in bad times as well as good times, is something I wish for all of you.

When a person gives their life, heart and soul to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior they become a Christian. Their life changes and from that moment on they are to be lead by God’s Grace to change anything in their life that does not bring them closer to God. Friends, even family, cursing, alcohol and drug abuse, infidelity, and how their life is lived with others and at home. Christ did good things and was a good person so it is natural for Christians to want to do good things for others and live a good life. The process a Christian goes through is called “Sanctification” which means they grow more and more like Christ over the course of their lives.

However, many people believe they are going to Heaven JUST because they are good people and they do good deeds. They are not. They are going to Hell. ONLY if they have given their life, heart and soul to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are they a Christian.

A Christians life should be filled with good deeds because it is a natural thing for Christians to do. It is not, however, what saves them.

This is as simply, and hopefully as clearly said, as I can say it. I am far from a Bible scholar but I know what Christ has done in my life and will always be happy to share that with you.

Ephesians 2:3-9 ESV 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:5-7 English Standard Version (ESV) 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

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05.14.16 Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother, but what does Honor mean?

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – Our current pastor at Trinity Baptist Church,  Rev. Bob Adams, preached Sunday before last about Honoring thy Father and thy Mother.  This sermon, as always, is clearly a message God wanted him to deliver.  I urge you to listen to it and share it.  He speaks about three different relationship stages throughout our lives and what Honoring our parents means during those times. The first stage is as dependents of our parents, next is the friends stage through the vast majority of our adult years, and the final stage being the supporter stage.

Here are the 10 Commandments, the 5th of which is what the sermon was about.

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You shall not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Please listen to the sermon, it is so clear and touched my heart so deeply that I needed to share.  It is powerful, mighty powerful with wonderful insight into the various stages of our parents and our relationships and what God expects from us during each of those times.  If this sermon could be put on television in the 7 pm prime time slot it would make such a difference in this world, it’s that important.  Here it is!

I am hopeful that both of my sons will read this and listen to the sermon.  They have both, at times, been the most honoring of sons, and at other times not so much.  Bro. Bob speaks about the power that your child has to bring joy or pain by not honoring their parents.  I know this too well. If you feel like I may be speaking directly to you, I probably am.

I pray that if any part of this sermon spoke to any of you that you take what hits you most and apply it to your life.

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