Monthly archive for November 2014

Inside Prison Walls

Inside Prison Walls

I waited to write my December article because I knew I would have something special to write after my first time to speak inside a women’s prison.  As I write these words on November 22, 2012, it is early Thanksgiving morning and the 11th anniversary of the homegoing of our middle child, Shari.  On Tuesday evening of this week, I went to share my story inside the faith-based unit at Gatesville Prison in Gatesville, Texas. In 2001, on Thanksgiving night, our daughter, Shari, and her family were preparing to leave the parents’ home of her husband, Jeff, after having Thanksgiving dinner with his family.  Shari went to the back of the car to retrieve some clothes she wanted to give Jeff’s Mother.  As she and his mother were standing behind the car, a young, inebriated 18-year-old girl’s car left the street, hit a light pole, swerved and hit Shari.  Shari

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Honoring the Family Name

Honoring the Family Name

You will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. (Luke 1:31) When our son, John, was born, I wanted to name him John Talton Lewis, Jr., after his daddy. His daddy had always gone by “Johnny,” so we decided to call our little boy John. When John grew up and married Lisa, their first child was a boy, and they named him John Talton Lewis, III, and called him Tal to differentiate between Johnny and John. Have you ever thought about the fact that God the Father chose the name for His only Son, Jesus? The angel was only a messenger delivering the news from God to Mary. Names are as important today as they were at the time Jesus was born. I knew a little boy named Dan McGrew who spent his childhood struggling to overcome the

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All is Calm, All is Bright

All is Calm, All is Bright

You may not know it, but your home has a light over it. The Bible says that we, as followers of Christ, are the light of the world. We should be shining as bright as a city on a hill. The world needs our light. This Christmas there will be people coming to your house seeking love, food and good news. At Christmas our homes are the place where the nativity comes to life. I think back to the first nativity found in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. How Mary and Joseph handled that first Christmas amazes me. There are lessons to be learned from the first O Holy Night. LESSON ONE – Expect Company. As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running,

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Holiday Tips for Staying on Track

Holiday Tips for Staying on Track

People who are most successful at preventing holiday food blowouts use a variety of strategies.  Here are a few that work for them:   Be discriminating.  Don’t eat everything willy-nilly — go for foods that are specific to the holidays and worth the indulgence. For example, say yes to a dish that you can only get one time a year, or one that nobody but your grandmother makes and is really special.   Scope out the scene. Give the buffet a once-over before digging in.  Set your sights on a few things that you’d really, really like to have.   Watch your portions.  A big amount isn’t going to taste better than a small amount.  In fact, eating too much and not feeling good afterward defeats the purpose.   Stay active.  Keeping up physical activity is important, as well and not just because it burns calories. When you’re exercising, you’re making

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Holiday Tips for Fitting in Exercise

Holiday Tips for Fitting in Exercise

 Plan holiday activities around things other than food. ©     Go on an ice-skating party followed by hot spiced apple cider. ©     Bundle up and go on a walking sightseeing trip to view the colorful decorations and lights in your neighborhood.  Go on a walking window-shopping expedition at your favorite mall. ©     Take a trip to the woods to chop down your own tree. ©     Have a tree-trimming party where everyone brings their favorite healthy treat. ©     Have a caroling party and go from house to house (or floor to floor) and sing.

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Holiday Tips for Staying on Track

Holiday Tips for Staying on Track

People who are most successful at preventing holiday food blowouts use a variety of strategies.  Here are a few that work for them: Be discriminating.  Don’t eat everything willy-nilly — go for foods that are specific to the holidays and worth the indulgence. For example, say yes to a dish that you can only get one time a year, or one that nobody but your grandmother makes and is really special.   Scope out the scene. Give the buffet a once-over before digging in.  Set your sights on a few things that you’d really, really like to have.   Watch your portions.  A big amount isn’t going to taste better than a small amount.  In fact, eating too much and not feeling good afterward defeats the purpose.  Stay active.  Keeping up physical activity is important, as well and not just because it burns calories. When you’re exercising, you’re making time for

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