Devotion in Motion: The book for “regular” Christians

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

Sometimes I read the Bible while I’m sitting in a coffee shop by myself. Invariably the waitress will see this and will remark, “I notice you’re reading the Bible.  Are you a preacher?” Of course I always say “yes.” But there’s a part of me that always wishes I could say, “No, I’m not a preacher. I’m just a ‘regular’ Christian. God’s Word is important to me and I really enjoy it. It’s not just a book for preachers.”

Last week I told you a story about my cousin Richard. Richard wasn’t a preacher, but he was a Christian who loved God’s Word and studied it every day. As best I understand it, his habit was to get up about 4 or 4:30 in the morning.  He got out his Bible, a concordance, and some other study helps, and then spent an extended length of time in prayer and the reading of the Scriptures.

In fact, it was because of the study of the Scriptures that Richard (several years ago) discovered that he had had a minor stroke. Sitting down to start his daily Bible study, he realized that for some reason he could not comprehend the words on the printed page. He awakened his wife Mary Lu and told her he needed to go to the hospital.

rp_bible-300x200.jpgMost Christians believe that God gives insight to His pastors as they study the Holy Scriptures. But I have found that God illuminates His Word for all who spend time in prayerful study. Even though Richard wasn’t a preacher, I was always fascinated and heartened by the things he had learned from God’s Word. Once when we were visiting he said:

“John, when I went to Church Camp all those years ago, the preacher always said that at the Last Judgment the Lord would have a movie projector. On a huge screen He would show the movie of our entire lives, and everyone in the world would be watching. Every secret wicked deed and sinful thought would be known by every person in the world — and we would be horrified and ashamed for everyone to see us as we really are.”

But after I started to study the Bible, I came to the verse where Paul says, ’There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’ Jesus died in our place to remove our guilt and cleanse us of shame. So the Judgment Day is not going to be anything like what the preacher said about the movie theater.  Instead, at the Judgment, each of us will sit down with God, one-on-one. And we’re going to have a heart-to-heart talk with Him about what we did with our lives. It’s going to be very quiet. And it’s going to be very serious. That’s why we need to strive to serve Him every day.”

The longer I live, and the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Richard was right. Let’s spend some time in God’s Word this week so that we’ll live in a way that’s more pleasing to Him.

rp_john-l-cash-212x300.jpgDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 30 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.) He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the Preacher believes that God’s Word is “good for everything.”) Their kids include Spencer (age 24), his wife Madeline (age 24), and Seth (age 21).

The Rockwood Files: Microwave obituary

rockwood files colorBy Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3

The Rockwood family microwave, affectionately called “Mike,” died suddenly in the home on August 6, 2015 while attempting to reheat day-old pizza. It was 10 years old.

popcorn microwaveThe microwave is survived by two adult roommates, three children and a matching dishwasher, stove, oven and refrigerator. It also leaves behind two bags of frozen chicken nuggets, several cans of soup and a pantry full of microwave popcorn.

Born into the family during the Great Kitchen Remodel of 2005, the microwave served admirably during its decade-long life, heating everything from baby food to bacon. Its kitchen timer ticked steadily through years’ worth of mandatory 20-minute piano practices, while the family’s mother listened from the next room.

“How much longer does the microwave say I have to practice, Mom?”

“Twelve more minutes. Now keep playing.”

The microwave witnessed many family milestones – baby’s first bite of solid food, first steps, birthday meals, Christmas cookie baking, and weekly Sunday lunches lovingly prepared by the family’s Memaw, who always knew just how to push the microwave’s buttons.

As the kids grew, it was “Mike” that taught them the valuable lesson every child must learn the hard way at one time or another: Never put aluminum foil in the microwave. (The children will never forget the shower of sparks they saw that day.)

The family has been dealing with the shock of this loss for many days now. It’s even worse than the Ravioli Explosion of 2009 which left the microwave looking like a crime scene. The mother and most loyal user of the microwave has been stunned by its sudden departure.

“I just didn’t realize how much we needed it until it was gone,” she said. “We haven’t been able to eat microwave popcorn since the day it happened. We just can’t do it.”

The microwave was a devoted appliance and avid re-heater, known for its accessibility and easy-going personality. It wasn’t like most microwaves that slowly rotate their trays. This one defied cultural norms with its side-to-side “gliding tray,” an innovation the family had never seen when they brought it home 10 years ago.

When the family’s children learned to cook, it was the microwave they leaned on most in their time of hunger. Jack, the middle child and most enthusiastic cook in the household, was recently overheard saying, “I keep going to the microwave to put something in there, and then I remember. It’s gone.”

Even the family cat has been lost since the appliance’s passing because the microwave’s over-the-range nightlight has gone dark, leaving the fat feline to eat her Fancy Feast cat food in a pitch-black kitchen.

The family has survived by relying on old-school methods of food preparation, like boiling hot dogs on the stove. The kids said it was “weird and takes too long,” proof that their grief is still palpable. Good old “Mike” will be deeply missed.

The family said the best way to celebrate the microwave’s life and service is to welcome a new appliance into the home and continue the tradition of heating, timing and night-light shining. So it is with great joy that they announce the birth of a new microwave that arrived on August 17th, measuring 2.1 cubic feet, named Maytag or “May” for short. May’s sing-song chime which signals that the food is heated has brought happiness back into the kitchen.

Even so, the family will never forget “Mike” and the many times it heated up leftover lasagna. They hope the machine has found its rest and that its signature “gliding tray” might still be floating side-to-side in a much better place.

gwen-headshot-2014Gwen Rockwood is a mom to three great kids, wife to one cool guy, a newspaper columnist and co-owner of nwaMotherlode.com. To read previously published installments of The Rockwood Files, click here. To check out Gwen’s book, “Reporting Live from the Laundry Pile: The Rockwood Files Collection,” click HERE.

Funny Friday: Northwest Arkansas mamas get it done LIKE A BOSS

Earlier this month we posted this on Facebook:

like a boss

The response was rapid and hilarious. Read below to see snapshots in a day in the life of NWA mamas:

Eurina: Put my son to sleep like a boss

Vanessa: Broke up a tiff (over the tablet) between my kids like a boss

Jacqueline: Spoke to a group about leadership… like a boss.

An: Picked a popcorn kernel out of my teeth, like a boss!

Jordan: Had a 21″ baby and a 12″ sub Sandwich like a boss!

Kate: Checked our new downtown building for roof leaks LIKE A BOSS.

Erin: Processed Payroll LIKE A BOSS (well, I AM the boss…so, yeah.)

Cori: Shopped at Sam’s

Sodi: Volunteered at my Church’s storehouse, giving clothes to children needing school supplies, like a boss. ;)

Wendy: Got three kids down to afternoon nap….Like a Boss

Tiffany: Went back to school shopping…like a boss!

Rhonda: Walked around the mall…like a boss.

Angel: Made all the “transfirmers” toys stand up on their own. Like a boss!

Jen: Bought kids school shoes…like a Boss!!

Camille: I ate a piece of key lime pie for lunch…like a boss! (My unborn daughter demanded a piece of pie…who am I to say no?)

Carrie: Ran the vacuum… LIKE A FREAKIN’ BOSS!

Amanda: Made the kids lunch…which consisted of leftovers, like a boss!

Angela: Did Zumba class…like a BOSS!

Penny: Drove my mother-in-law to the doctor in the rain on the interstate through road construction….. LIKE A BOSS!!!!!

Heather: Scrolled facebook…like a boss!

Meredith: Got drenched in the rain…like a boss!

Audrey: I just wiped a bottom, like a boss. ?

Cassie: I just created a grocery list, like a boss.

Kim: I just unloaded the dishwasher…like a boss.

December: Breastfed like a boss.

Laurie: Went to Lion’s Club… like a BOSS!

Stephanie: Sent a email..like a boss ;)

Stacy: Wasted time on FB and Internet like a boss!

Mindy: Snuck into my room to eat cookies by myself…like a boss

Jamie: Folded towels out of the dryer- like a BOSS

Christina: Brushed my teeth like a boss!!

Judy: Shredded papers “like a boss”!

Amanda: Went to Amazeum – like a BOSS!

Karen: Added 20 more work hours to my schedule like a boss!

Jan: Mowed the yard #likeaboss

Tara: Decided my job title is COO(chief operations officer aka stay-at-home mom)…like a boss. I guess that makes the hubs CFO.

Marla: Cried…like a boss!

Jan: Flossed my teeth, LIKE A BOSS

Magdalene: Changing a diaper like a boss

Kerri: Washed Baseboards like a boss!

Angela: Ordered two dresses online for our cruise; like a Boss!

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: September 2015

Calendar logo, The Jones Center

First Friday Flicks

The Lego Movie!

Date: Sept. 4

Time: Approximately 8p.m.

Location: Lawrence Plaza, Bentonville

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Lunch Spin Classes

Lunch spin classes will start at The Jones Center on Sept. 4 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:45 p.m.

SpinClass_750x375Date: Starting Sept. 4

Time: Noon

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair

Date: Sept. 5-7

Time: Starts at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

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Labor Day celebration at War Eagle Mill

Labor Day with live music by local country singer, Ronny Gibbons, and jewelry craft demo by Eureka Janet. Enjoy a pulled pork lunch special at the Bean Palace Restaurant as well.

Date: Sept. 7

Location: War Eagle Mill, Rogers

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Labor Day weekend: Celebrate at Crystal Bridges

From Light Night to a tour through Crystal Bridges’ Collection Highlights, your holiday weekend is covered. Learn from an expert in monarch butterflies with a special Discover the Grounds on September 5, enjoy High South Cuisine in Eleven, and stroll through our many galleries—including Warhol’s Nature and Jamie Wyeth. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette recently interviewed Wyeth as he shared stories of Warhol, his thoughts on viewing his own work, and the lessons learned from his father and grandfather. Spark creativity with our Experience Art Studio, a fun discovery space for both children and adults featuring a creative play space, art-making supplies, toys, and games to enjoy together.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

Time: Varies

More info: Click here to read about more upcoming events at Crystal Bridges

Teal Talk luncheon

In honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, First Security Bank is hosting a Teal Talk luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The event will provide information on ovarian cancer prevention, detection, treatment and recovery from physicians and experts in the community.  According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women age 35-74. One in 72 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetimes. In Arkansas, approximately 200 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and 150 deaths occur per year from this disease. The event is free, but seating is limited. Call (479) 527-7015 to reserve your ticket, or stop by any First Security Banking Center.

Date: Sept. 8

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: John Q Hammons Center at 3201 Pinnacle Hills Parkway in Rogers.

More info: Click here

Farmland Adventures Corn Maze/Pumpkin Patch

Fall outdoor family fun on the farm. A variety of attractions including a 9-acre Giant Corn Maze, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, farm animals, pig races, a kids play area and more. Open September 11th to November 7th on Fridays from 1PM-9:30PM and Saturdays from 9AM-9:30PM.  Also available for group outings or birthday parties. NOTE: Farmland Adventures will be selling Christmas trees this year! They’ll be open for the holiday season from Nov. 27th through Dec. 19th!

farmlandDate: Open Sept. 11-November 7

Time: Fridays, 1-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: 5355 Parsons Rd, Springdale

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Chefs in the Garden

An evening of cooking demonstrations, samplings, wines that complement each dish and a complimentary bar to complete the evening.

Date: Sept. 15

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

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City of Rogers 4th Annual Dog Show

Registration starts at 5:30pm. Dog show with 8 categories for a doggone good time with your doggie best friend. $8 to pre-register – $10 at the event. Showcasing 6 free dog adoptions (all spayed/neutered and ready for a forever home) All from Rogers Animal Shelter. Winning categories – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place: Best kisser, Best trick, Best Looking Big dog, Most fabulous fella, Most stunning small dog, Best costume, Loveliest lady, Most gorgeous golden oldie and Best in Show. Rogers Police Department K9 demonstration while judges vote. ALL proceeds go to the Rogers Animal Shelter.

Date: Sept. 18

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Frisco Main Stage, Rogers

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Exeter Corn Maze

Corn Maze: Enjoy seven acres of twist and turns, over scenic bridges, check out our observation tower and while your in there make sure to find the clues to help navigate your way through. Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkin Jump. Zip Line: Fly through the air from one tower to the next on the most popular activity in the barnyard. (Riders must meet 5 ft height illegibility.) Pumpkin Canno. Cowtrain. Corn Cannons. The Shootout Shack. Free Campfire Areas. Hayrides. Lots of Free Activities including: slides, indoor zip line, barn swings, petting zoo and more. Zombie Paintball. The Harvest of Terror. The Haunted Barn.

exeter corn mazeDate: Opens Sept. 19

Time: Varies

Location:

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Bikes Blues & BBQ

Date: Sept. 23-26

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

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Annual Northwest Arkansas Author Book Fair

Meet and greet talented local authors and illustrators who will read and talk about their books in the Library’s Children Auditorium! This event is free and open to the public.  For more information visit the Reference Desk or call 479-750-8180.

Date: Sept. 26

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will hold the annual Book Sale Wednesday, September 23 through Saturday, September 26, in the Shiloh Room. On the final day of the sale, a $2.00 bag sale will start at noon and continue until 4:30 pm.

Dates: Wednesday, September 23 – Saturday, September 26

Location: Springdale Library

More info: Click here

Upcoming event:

The Expelled Haunted Attraction

Oct 1st = $8 / Sissy Night (some overhead lights on, as well as all set lets. NO ACTORS) This night would be ideal for anyone wanting to see the haunted house and all of its spooky details, without having to worry about being scared by any actors.

Oct 8th = $10 / Family Night (no overhead lights, all set lights on. Some actors) This night falls somewhere in between Sissy night and the regular season event. There will be some actors, but children (or terrified adults) get to control the scare. Each group will be given a flashlight upon entrance and if the actor is too scary for the child/adult then they’ll shine the flashlight on them, and the actor will cower away (as if they’re afraid of the flashlight).

Date: Oct. 1 & 8

Time: Varies

Location: Huntsville (click here for directions)

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On Your Mind: 7 tips for handling anxiety about school

on your mind

My son is going to a new school this year and he is having a lot of anxiety about the new environment. It’s still early in the school year but he hasn’t found new friends yet and I see him withdrawing more and more. What can I do to help him through this tough move?

It’s completely understandable that your son’s worries have got you worried, too. Here are 7 tips that can help you and your son deal with this new school boy stress schoolsetting in a way that should calm his fears and keep anxiety at bay.

1. Call it normal. Acknowledge the fact that anxiety about a new school is normal. In fact, it would be highly unusual for a kid going into a new school to not feel some level of anxiety. Assure him that other “new kids” all over the country are dealing with some of these exact same feelings.

2. Get specifics about what worries him. You can’t deal with what you don’t know about, so try to get as many specific details as possible about what is causing his anxiety and worry.

3. Help him find people he is comfortable with. I can almost guarantee that at least one person at the new school is friendly. Help him figure out how to find that person.

4. Encourage him to join a group. Depending on your son’s age, most schools have groups around specific interests (Quiz bowl, sports, robotics, chess club, etc.) This is a great way for kids to “find their people” — other students who he is most likely to have things in common with.

5. Play your role. New situations can be scary so practice the scenario of meeting new people at home, especially if your child is very young and tends to “freeze up” when meeting new people. Role-play with your son in a pretend “getting to know you” situation so that he knows what to say when the opportunity presents itself.

6. Talk about the day. Ask him to tell you about what happened at school each day so he can fill you in on any new developments that might be worrying him.

7. Ask him what he DOES like. It can’t be all bad, right? Ask him to think of at least one thing he likes about the new school and build on that so he can focus on the positive things in this new situation.

If you’ve tried all these tips for a period of time and still have some serious concerns about your son’s anxiety, I’d encourage you to see a counselor who can help sort out these feelings. The therapists at Ozark Guidance are always happy to help. Good luck with the new school year.

Therapists at Ozark Guidance would be happy to answer your questions and read what’s on your mind. Click the butterfly icon below to fill out an anonymous submission form with your question or concern. The form contains NO identifying information and is designed to give local women an online place to share concerns with a person qualified to offer feedback.

Disclaimer: This RESPONSE does not provide medical advice It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on nwaMotherlode or Ozark Guidance websites.