​SPRING INTO HEALTH
By E.B. Hutchinson
Days last longer, flowers bloom, and pools reopen. Energetically, the spring season provides a much needed boost inspiring many of us to improve our health and get in shape during the warm months ahead. Here are three practices that will benefit just about anyone looking to maximize health this spring.
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Volume 1, Number 3
Spring 2014
A Quarterly Christian e-Magazine
Looking for a husband?   So was I. 

And then I gave up.   And it’s probably the best thing I ever did.

There’s plenty of advice out there about choosing a husband.   There are many lists of things you should look for, and matching services – even Christian ones – promising to help you meet Mr. Right.  

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The gentle breezes of Spring flutter new leaves like pages turning in a book.  

We invite you to be inspired by Robert J. Morgan's writings: All to Jesus 
and The Red Sea Rules.

Sit down in the grass.  Read and enjoy the life-affirming words that you will want to share with friends and family.

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University of Tennessee
Knoxville 
Jack & Cynthia Heald
Don & Nancy Richards
​FROM HIGH COTTON TO THE HIGH SEAS
by Harold D. Harris, Lieutenant-U.S. Navy (Retired)
Prayer is a learned activity. Though we may instinctively cry for help in a crisis, the regular habit of prevailing prayer isn’t as natural to us; and some of us have hardly an inkling about the process.  We’re like the disciples, who once asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.”   It’s a lesson the Lord loves to give, for He knows the influence wielded when His people pray. During the process of teaching us to become prayer warriors, the Lord often uses His choice servants — mothers.

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I was born during the height of the Great Depression and grew up helping my family grub out a living on a hardscrabble farm on Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama.  The term child labor wasn’t in our vocabulary; we all did our share, beginning as early as five years old.  I’ll never forget those mile-long rows of cotton stretching out before us in the sweltering sun and the long cloth sacks slung over our shoulders to free up both hand — so we could pick twice as much cotton. 

By 1953 — at age 18 — we were still getting by, but just barely.  At this point in my life, having done little more than pick cotton until my fingers were pricked and bleeding, and grumble at stubborn mules that wanted to Gee when I wanted them to Haw, I had decided I wanted more out of life.

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ENGAGING IN THE GATES OF GOVERNMENT
By Marlene Tidwell
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS 
By Joann Jordan
". . . teaching will be as Garlands of Grace . . ."   Proverbs  1:9
10 MISTAKES TO AVOID IN LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND
By Carol Peters-Tanksley
HEALTHY EATING AT WORK
by Heather Kyle
Knox County Extension Agent
A GLIMPSE OF GLORY
By Jo Harris
GINNY L. YTTRUP
Three Book Recommendations by this Author
By Marcia Nelson
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AN INKLING ABOUT PRAYER
By Dr. Robert Morgan



Best Environment

Take a break from your workspace.  Go to the cafeteria or outdoors to eat.  The point is to savor your meal.  If you do stay at your desk, set aside your work as often as possible while you eat.
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"I Then Shall Live"
Prestonwood Choir
Garlands of Grace Bible Studies are meeting now.  Please check the state above for schedules or call the national office at 865.436.0313.

Come, be a Garland Girl and learn to lead by learning to know the God you serve.  Women of all faiths, nationalities and ages are invited.  

Blessings, Joann
The next Pastors' Gathering is scheduled for June 12, 2014 in Sevierville, Tennessee .  Please note the new location,
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NOTE: This page also includes future Christian conferences and concerts in East Tennessee.
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PASTORS' GATHERING
BIBLE STUDIES
The church program listed the title of the pastor’s message in bold print.  “A Glimpse of Glory.”   I was just a visitor at the church, but in the few times I’d been there, I’d learned that Pastor Carlos’ Sunday messages were usually inspiring.  The choir was just ending their rendition of Majesty, the final hymn before the sermon would begin.  I settled into the padded pew with Bible and heart open. 

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For well over a decade the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance has been serving governmental leaders thru prayer. Our mission is to intercede for, and interact with these leaders in order to impact our cities, state and nation.

Our mission is grounded in the scriptures from I Timothy 2:1-3. 

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"I love butter.   If stranded on a deserted island, given the choice between a pound of butter and a man, Honey, you know I’d choose the butter, says Ellen DeMoss."

Those words made me laugh out loud!   
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Song of Solomon 2:12 (KJV)

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of the birds has come . . .


Ode To Spring

It snowed today
Again
Like yesterday
And once more
Snow tomorrow

A harsh winter
That's what they say
Colder than it's ever been
Snow like we've never seen
Spring... it will be late

But I will wait, for like fate
Spring always follows
Spring always comes
Spring has never failed me

Even under 6 feet of sorrow
No matter how long I burrow
Spring somehow always finds me 
~Sonya Florentino
RAISING CAIN
By Bobbie Diane Cain
I know that God has a great sense of humor. How else would I have ended up being a Christian comedienne?   Okay, I know what you are thinking . . . can humor be a spiritual gift?   
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Welcome to Spring!

It’s time to leave behind winter’s coat and gloves and venture into glorious warm days filled with sunshine.   I look forward to quiet evenings sitting outside listening to the birds preparing for rest, and the quiet of the little ground animals scurrying to their beds.
​I love the mornings of Spring though; when with coffee in hand, I head to the balcony to watch nature and its wonders.   The robins have arrived, the mother stays in the tree as the father does what God has designed him to do.   Out he goes gathering small pieces of twigs, a bit of fur from some passing friend, maybe a little twine - gathering treasures to build their Spring home so they can begin their annual family of little babies.
After a time, the nest is ready and I watch each day as she begins her duty of making those beautiful colored eggs that are so familiar to us.  She sits and waits - I wait, too.  Each day I listen for the first sight and sign.  One morning it happens just in time with the warmth for the babies. Spring has arrived!

As I reflect on this unchanging miracle, it reminds me of the preparation of our Lord to provide us with eternal life.   From the ‘Hosannas” on Psalm Sunday, His divine plan for death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven.   We are renewed each Spring season as we prepare our hearts to thank Him for the ultimate sacrifice.