Monday, December 5, 2016

Rick Warren on Worry

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT, second edition).

It takes more than willpower to stop worrying. You already know that, because you’ve already tried it. You’ve thought, “I shouldn’t worry about this,” and yet you just keep on worrying about it.
It’s going to take more than your willpower to stop worrying. It takes four things:
  1. You have to get to know God.Jesus says in Matthew 6:32“People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things” (MSG). If you don’t have a relationship with God, you have every reason to worry. You’ve got to get to know God! As a believer, you have a heavenly Father who has promised to take care of you. You are God’s child, and children get special privileges. When you worry, God says, “You’re my child. Why are you acting like an orphan?”
  2. You have to put God first in every area of your life. Matthew 6:31-33 says, “Don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing …. Your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to” (TLB). Any time you take God out of the center of your life and put anything else there — no matter how good it is — you’re going to worry.
  3. You have to live one day at a time. The Bible says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own”(Matthew 6:34 NCV). If you’re worrying about tomorrow, you can’t enjoy today. You miss today’s blessings. It’s OK to plan for tomorrow, but you have to live for today. Also, when you’re always worried about tomorrow, the future gets overwhelming. But God will give you the grace and strength you need when you get there. Right now, you only need enough power for today.
  4. You have to trust God to care. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT, second edition). How do you do that? One way is to memorize God’s promises in the Bible. They’re like an insurance policy for believers. When you know something’s covered, you don’t worry about it anymore. Another way is to pray. If you prayed as much as you worried, you’d have a lot less to worry about. What’s the result of taking these four steps? Incredible peace of mind: “You will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand” (Philippians 4:7a TLB).

Friday, September 30, 2016

LOST in Caesar

(Newspaper article I wrote many years ago about Uncle Keith and his grandson, Josh Holloway. Published in the Picayune Item.)

You might ask, what does the hit ABC drama series, LOST have to do with Caesar, Mississippi?

The connection is simply that of family ties.

One of the standout actors on the series, Josh Holloway who plays bad boy, Sawyer has family roots in the small community outside of Picayune. His Holloway ancestors, including his father are from the area. The star’s grandfather lives in Caesar, Keith Holloway who enjoys watching his offspring’s acting success.
**note. Uncle Keith Holloway left this world a couple of years ago. Lived way into his 90's and was handsome to the end.
 “I knew he could get discovered. He had almost given up after just getting small parts. He is real good in acting in different parts. Many of the great actors starting out playing the bad guy,” said Keith.

As for the history of the Holloway name, it has been around this area since before the turn of the century when Lewis Holloway who had a generous spirit would make handmade, Cyprus coffins for those who died in the community. Known for working with their hands, Keith’s dad was considered a talented carpenter and was involved with the building of Picayune’s City Hall and the 1st Methodist church.

After the first great war, Keith Holloway returned to Caesar in 1937, married DaVera Lee and in 1939, Lee Lewis Holloway was born. Keith and DaVera would have five sons in all.

Lee attended Caesar school until he was seven, that’s when the Holloway's moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi where Lee grew up. Eventually he moved to California, married and started the next generation of Holloway men.

He returned to the South where he settled in Free Home, Georgia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He had four boys: Brad, Josh, Ben, and Sam.

“From an early age, Josh always liked to act. He loved to wear different hats,” said Grandfather Keith. “As a young boy, he was very active, especially riding horses. They always had horses.”

As for the actor to be, Josh was born in 1969 in California, attended school in Georgia and after one year in college, loaded up a bag and headed to New York. His career in modeling put his face in many magazines and took him all over the country and Europe. It wasn't always an easy life.

“He was sitting in this very living room when his face was on the cover of Vogue magazine,” said Keith, “Yet, he didn't have enough money to even buy one.”

The acting bug had bit the young Holloway but after years of small roles and movies, such as CSI, and Walker, Texas Ranger; and in movies such as Moving August (2002) Sabretooth (2002) Cold Heart (2001) - Mi Amigo (2000) he had almost gave up on landing a good role. The big break kept eluding him.
 Interested in real estate, he got his license in California and at that time he got the call to audition for the role of Sawyer.

 During his audition, the usually laid back southern gentleman drew a blank while saying his lines. In true ‘Sawyer’ fashion, he kicked the wall in frustration and then remembered his lines and continued. It must have done the trick because he got the role which would send his career in to high gear. The show is a phenomenal hit, with over 21 million viewers each week and growing.
**Note: This was written in during Season 1

As for being like his character, Sawyer -- a misunderstood bad guy, Josh's grandfather has a different view of the actor, “Josh is generous, and always likes to help. He is a good person to be around.”

After losing his first wife to a long illness, Keith Holloway left the Blue Ridge mountains and returned home to the Caesar community, near Picayune, Mississippi where he married Durscherl Polk.

Durscherl said of her now famous step grandson, “The first time he came to our house he walked in grabbed me and picked me up and gave me a hug. He is a most well mannered gentleman, and very good looking! He has an old Southern charm.”
On one visit to Caesar, Josh was filming a movie in Daphne, Alabama and came over to see his grandfather on a Sunday afternoon. Keith invited him to church; Josh felt his clothes were inappropriate so he wore one of his grandfather’s coats. It was a perfect match. Many say that there is a great resemblance in the two men, especially the jaw line. Although Keith will quickly tell you, Josh got the dimples and he didn't.

While attending Union Baptist Church, he met with some youth who were impressed that he was a film star and they asked for his autograph.

“This was the first time he was ever asked for his autograph,” said Keith. “Maybe some of those kids still have that today.”
As for the series LOST, Keith says, “It is unusual, more adventure. It is a very good drama.”

Sawyer from LOST, Josh Holloway

But don't ask him for any LOST secrets...Josh can’t reveal any details about the mysterious plot line, so the family watches every week praying he doesn't get killed off.

Keith states, “He is too valuable to the show.”
In his real life, Josh married his long time love, Yessica. They reside on the island of Oahu, Hawaii where the show is filmed. 

The Holloway clan still gather on Thanksgiving at Lee’s residence on the Alabama/Florida line where three generations of Holloway men will reunite. Keith can have all his sons and grandsons in one place.

With his career taking off, Josh's schedule is getting tighter. He filmed a movie over the summer hiatus, “Whisper” a supernatural thriller premiering in Spring 2006.
 Keith says, “He will still continue to visit us here.”

So, while in Caesar, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of “Sawyer” from LOST, and let’s just hope he doesn't bring that mysterious smoke monster along with him! Or a polar bear!
Josh and his brothers and father, Lee at the premier of Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol.


Josh Holloway now stars in the series, Colony.  
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

And School Begins

First Day for the last many years ago
Another year of school has begun....

For my decades of mothering, the countdown has begun...the youngest are Sophomores in High School....Life has flown by and watching four young baby boys grow up is bittersweet - and yet...a privilege.

The time has begun to send kids back to school, freshly groomed, new shiny clothes and shoes, and hopefully brand spanking new undies because you never know....

In this day and age, Moms have more to worry about than fashion points to impress the world, they have the dangers of the world weighing on them:

  • Mass shootings daily
  • Politics of the absurd
  • Isis
  • $$$$$$$
  • Keeping up with Jones mentality
  • Drugs
  • Race issues

These worries seem magnified with a daily barage of news....facebook statuses....fear is among us!

We have an epidemic of mental issues affecting our school age kids....anxiety disorders, ADHD, bi-polar and depression. 

Families are dysfunctional and defeated. Parents investing in their own lives and not their kids.

Yes, Moms have alot to worry about. The best we can do is love our kids, other people's kids too while praying for them in every aspect of their growing personalities. 

(I have begun a series of blogs at My Hometown Faith for the praying Moms  & Dads called Pray4kids.)

But....the new school year has begun and we reset our lives to morning rituals of pushing our kids out into this world that seems so scary.

Social Media is full of Happy Moms and Sad Moms!
Some Moms cry for their loss of time with their treasured kids and other Moms are celebrating in the streets dancing their 'back-to-school jam!' 

  Click for the Happy Dance!

Whatever category you are, I am astounded how quickly the end of school is crashing in to the back to school....such as most of my feeling on my life. 

Gone are the days of my youth, of being a new mother, a young Mom and now as the last in the batch of four boys begin their sophomore years in high school, I can see the end of that journey looming closer and closer.

Yes, time is slipping, slipping into the future...but really really FAST.

What can we learn from the speed of which it comes, grab your calendar and learn to slow it down! Choose that part which brings you enrichment and push the trivial appointments aside. Embrace this life with gusto, cherishing those you love around you while you have them. Treasure the innocence of our babies, spend time with them...

And...then, spend more time with them.

Stop busy with a sharp blade of prioritizing!

I love Kevin Hart, the comedian's new motto so I will copy it here....


Now, go have a second cup of coffee, enjoy the quiet of a house void of children. But, remember, those will be the things you will miss the most in the future!

God bless our kids!