There are many reasons to visit this great state. It is full of history being the home of country music, great night life, smokey mountains, Elvis Mansion plus so much more.
I love the rich history of Tennessee so much that I wrote a series inspired by 3 of the historical mansions here in middle Tennessee – Wynnwood, Fairvue, and Belmont but can’t forget thoroughbreds.
Tennessee was known throughout the country as the center for thoroughbred horses long before it was famous for the Tennessee Walking Horse.
In the nineteenth century, Tennessee was the hub of horse breeding and horse racing in the United States, with Sumner County contributing the most of Southern racehorses. In 1804, Gallatin, Tennessee held the first official horse race. (My hometown)
Fear is something that is experienced at some point in life. I’m not only talking about just being scared, but I’m also talking about a bone-chilling experience. If you haven’t experienced that type of fear, then you are blessed.
Fear is a complicated emotion caused by the belief that something or someone is a threat or danger. IT (fear or Intense Torment) causes a chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that causes the heart to race, rapid breathing and tensed muscles including a feeling of being paralyzed, unable to move, along with many other effects.
Fear isn’t something that should be taken lightly. It’s one thing to be scared or frightened but it’s a totally different thing when it comes to being terrified. When fear grips an individual, it can affect everyday life. There are around 365 or more scriptures dealing with being afraid in the bible. God doesn’t want us to be afraid.
I was so scared as a child that I couldn’t sleep by myself, it was horrendous. But by God’s grace and deliverance years later, I was able to overcome that fear.
Does your fear:
Cause intense anxiety or panic.
Cause you to be paralyzed at times.
Cause you to avoid certain places or situations.
Cause distress and interfere with functioning in everyday life.
Are your fears keeping you from moving forward with what you want in life?
My book, “Faith Over Fear,” is an informational book full of wisdom, insight, and biblical content. It can build confidence, faith, and aide in overcoming fear.
Did you know that Jesus says (commanded) to LOVE YOURSELF?
For some that is easy, but for others to love themselves is hard. Circumstances in life can make us bitter. We can sometimes feel bitter at others, feel like we don’t fit in, or compare ourselves to others. No matter the circumstance, we are to still love ourselves. In Mathew 22, we are to love our neighbor as yourself. Did you get that? AS YOURSELF.
If you do not love yourself, then it’s not easy to love your neighbor.
A simple step to know if you love yourself is to look in the mirror square in the eye and say, “I love you, (say your name), or write yourself a love letter. State on paper what you love about yourself.
There is ONLY one you and that person is valuable! You have purpose. You’ve been made for a time such as this.
In your quite time with the Father, ask Him what you purpose is.
Begin to F.L.Y. today!
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor As Yourself.’ (NKJV)
Our thoughts are so important! They can determine how your day can go. The bible says to take EVERY thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). That means that I have a chance to do something about negative thoughts. You may ask, how do I take a thought captive? Well, this will take a few seconds of action. You take a thought captive with another thought using God’s word. God’s word is alive and will defeat any situation. When you read God’s word, you are replacing those bad thoughts with truth. Soon, your thoughts are remembering what the word said about the situation.
EXAMPLE: Let’s say you get angry and that puts you in a bad mood. You can go to the bible and search scripture about anger. James 1:19-20. “So then, my beloved, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Other scriptures: Psalms 34;14, Colossians 3:15, Ecclesiastes 10:14
There is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1;9.
Did you know one of the hebrew meanings of a ‘virtuous woman’ is cha-yil. Cha-yil has a military overtone. It means might, bravery, success. She is more than a homemaker, she is a warrior! The Proverbs 31 woman is shown actively doing productive things. She works with her hands, engages in trade “like the merchant’s ships,” and oversees workers in her household (Prov. 31:13-16, 19, 22, 24). She’s not full of anxiety because she has confidence in her ability to care for her business and family (Prov. 31:18, 21, 27). She does her husband good and not evil all the days of life. Proverbs 31:12 Read Proverbs 31 again to see the strong, brave, and successful woman, not the frail, stay-at-home woman.
The legend of the brownie originated in 1893. Bertha Palmer, a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owed a hotel, asked a pastry chef for a cake-like dessert suitable for ladies attending the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition that could be included in boxed lunches and wa-la the brownie was created.
The Chocolatier is a sweet read that will melt well with the chocolate goodie!