The View from Burning Springs

Keep Growing, Keep Changing

Keep Growing, Keep Changing
First of all, I would like to wish all my readers a Happy New Year. It's my wish that 2012 be a happy, healthy, exciting and wonderful year for each of us. And I believe it's in our grasp to have this wish come true because with God and a positive outlook, anything could happen!
Edith Lovejoy Pierce said, “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” What are you going to write in your book this year?
Morgan's recent column on trying new things was inspiring to me and timely also. I've been toying with the idea of what changes I want to make in my life in 2012. There are lots of things I'd like to try and one of my top picks is to learn Spanish. That said, I've decided to take a break from my column and concentrate on some new goals. Life becomes stale without the fresh breath of change in the air.
I want to thank everyone who has read my column once, every now and then, or faithfully each week. We're all busy and you could be doing something else with your time so I appreciate the time you spend with me.
I would also like to thank the Manchester Enterprise for publishing my column each week. It's been an enjoyable experience for me and the staff at the Enterprise are part of the reason why.
Happy Golden Anniversary to Harold and Helen Cornett of Fogertown! They were married 50 years ago in Temple, Texas on December 19th, 1961. Since then they've been blessed with two children, six grandsons and one granddaughter. Hope you two had a wonderful day!
Happy birthday to Isabella Turner on December 30th. Isabella is the daughter of David and Jamie Turner. Brenda Rice also celebrates a birthday on the 30th. Wes Sandlin has a birthday coming up on December 31st.
Happy anniversary to Chris and Allison Chandler on January 2nd. Celebrating a birthday on the 2nd is Renee Marcum. Happy birthday to Kelsey Howard on the 4th. I hope you all have a great day!
I tried out a new restaurant, Aunt Bea's Country Diner on Court House Hill. They've only been open about three weeks. We had the chicken and dumplings lunch special and some delicious chocolate, red velvet and German chocolate cakes for dessert. (It was hard deciding so we tried them all!) Check them out if you haven't yet. You can call them at 599-9030 to find out the daily specials or to ask about delivery.
In Macedonia Baptist Church news, we went Christmas Caroling at the Laurel Creek Nursing Home the Wednesday before Christmas. The group stopped first at my mom's, Charlene Baker. She's recuperating from a hip replacement surgery and she certainly appreciated their visit.
We had a Morning Worship Service on Christmas Day. It does seem fitting to be in church on Christmas. We enjoyed a message from Bro. Charlie Goodman after some musical specials by some of the younger ones at church. Lilly Barton Smith played several Christmas selections on the violin, followed by a solo by Abigail Wagers and then a solo by Carley Hoskins who also accompanied herself on the guitar. Thanks to all our guests and we hope you come back and visit with us again.
I was thinking about how to end my column and nothing could be more fitting than some thoughts about fresh starts and new horizons. Pablo Picasso said, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
I wish for my readers a year of trying new things. Learn a new language or pick up a new hobby. Write poetry or start journaling. Paint with acrylics, cook with cardamon, discover a new author. Keep growing, keep changing. Eleanor Roosevelt said it best, “I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” Here's to an interesting year! Stay curious!

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A Month for Christmas Plays

A Month for Christmas Plays
December is the month for Christmas plays. As I said last week, I enjoyed the Clay Community Theatre Christmas play. I forgot to mention that I think Charlotte Day does a wonderful job with the costumes. They are always period perfect.
We had our Team KID Christmas Play at Macedonia Baptist last Wednesday, the 14th. I think a big pat on the back should go out to Rhonda Goodman for writing a Christmas play for a cast of over 100 kids! And thanks to all the visitors who came out. It's a blessing when you have to set out extra chairs for your guests.
This past Sunday, the 18th, our Sunday School children's classes put on their Christmas Play and our choir presented a Christmas Cantata. A big thanks goes out to Jan Hoskins for putting together our Christmas cantatas each year.
Happy birthday to Jennifer Watson on December 23rd. Marie Combs celebrates on the 27th. Rex Bray has a birthday on the 28th. Also celebrating on the 28th is Lora Howard.
Happy anniversary to Eugene and Linda Hensley on December 22nd. J.B and Brenda Rice celebrate their anniversary on the 26th.
I can't let this opportunity pass to include the Christmas story in my column this week. As it is written in Luke 2:8-14: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
I will close with a quote from Taylor Caldwell: “I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.” Merry Christmas to all my readers. I wish you a blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

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Friendship is a Precious Gift

Friendship is a Precious Gift
I'm dispensing with the whole “Happy Holidays” greeting and wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas. I appreciate all the friends who have given me encouragement as I've written this column over the past couple of years. “Friendship is a precious gift, to give at Christmas time. A cherished gift, a treasured gift, that lasts though out all time.” - Author Unknown.
I made it out to the 5th annual Christmas production of the Clay Community Theatre. This year's play was, “On Christmas Day in the Morning.” I've said it before and I'll say it again, we've got some real talent here close to home. The actors did a wonderful job and the play was both humorous and heartwarming.
In Macedonia Baptist Church news, we've got lots of Christmas activities coming up. First off, is the Team KID Christmas play, which will be on Wednesday night, December 14th at 6:00 pm. On Sunday, December 18th, we will be having the Children's Sunday School Christmas play followed by the Choir Cantata. Services begin at 11:00 am.
There will be a Christmas Day morning worship service on Sunday, December 25th. There will be no Sunday School or evening services on Christmas Day.
In other church news, Kathy Jones and Jan Hoskins provided our Christmas special during the morning worship service this past Sunday. Ladies Fellowship is scheduled for Monday, December 19th, at 6:00 pm.
Bro. Jason Root was with us this past Sunday night and spoke during our evening service. We appreciate Bro. Jason and his ministry.
In December birthdays, Curtis Smallwood celebrated his birthday on the 5th. Happy birthday to Jonathan Hoskins on December 15th. Jeanie Roberts and Hassie Russell both have birthdays coming up on the 17th. Heather Melton celebrates on the 19th. Happy birthday to Helen Sandlin on the 21st.
Happy birthday to Tyler Allen on December 17th. Tyler is the son of Mitch and Tyra Allen.
I'll close with a verse from Isaiah 9:2 concerning the Messiah: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great Light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the Light shined.” Have a great week!

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Turn Backward

Turn Backward
I hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas season. Doesn't it just make you wish that you could be a kid again? I've always loved this poem by Elizabeth Akers Allen, “Backward, turn backward, O time in your flight; Make me a child again, Just for tonight.”
In Macedonia Baptist Church news, Bro. Dick Smith was our speaker this past Sunday for our morning and evening services.
Ladies Fellowship took a group of fourteen on a Christmas shopping trip to Richmond Centre and ended the day by watching the Christmas show at Renfro Valley.
The Team KID Christmas Play is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th, at 6:00 pm. We encourage all the parents to come out and enjoy the play.
Happy birthday to Dorothy Hooker on December 8th. Lannie Perkins has a birthday coming up on the 10th. Jerry Abner celebrates on the 12th. Happy birthday to Tammy Hunley on the 14th.
The Clay County High School Academic Team had wins this week over Harlan County on November 29th and Pineville Independent on December 1st. The varsity team won both their games each night, and the junior varsity team won their game each night, also. It's been a great year so far for CCHS Academics and we're looking forward to seeing how our group does at the district and regional competitions.
In Sunday School this past Sunday, someone shared a quote they had heard this past week that had really stuck in their head and made them stop and think and I'd like to share it here. “If all you have tomorrow is what you're thankful for today...what would you have?” That's definitely something to think about.
I do have one more quote I want to share this week. This one was from Positively Positive on Facebook: “Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.” - Author Unknown. This one's kind of funny, but true! Have a good week!

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Knee Deep In Christmas

Now that we are past Thanksgiving, it's definitely time to be knee deep in everything Christmas related. There are some beautiful storefronts around town and it all definitely puts me in a Christmas mood. The icing on my cake was when I drove through downtown Lexington to pick my two oldest up for Thanksgiving break and past the evergreen and red bowed street lamps and the fountain at Triangle Park was a skating rink with skaters happily gliding across the ice.
I would like to wish a happy birthday to Mildred Montgomery. Her birthday was on November 27th. We miss her at church since she hasn't been able to come and be with us.
In other November birthdays: Happy birthday to Sherri Day also on November 27th. Lona Cornett has a birthday on the 28th. Celebrating on the 29th is Kameron Anderson. Happy birthday to Shelli Hurt on the 30th.
Jaxon Bradley Foster turned one year old on November 27th. Jaxon is the son of Brad and Jordon Foster.
In December birthdays: Happy 100th birthday to Marie Cornett on December 2nd! I don't get to write something like that very often. I hope you have a wonderful celebration!
Happy 20th birthday to Carson Stepp on December 3rd. Donna Marcum celebrates a birthday on the 5th. Happy birthday to Jesse Moberly on the 7th.
In anniversaries: Bryan and Jenny Day also celebrate an anniversary on the 29th. Herb and Yvonne Westerfield will celebrate their 52nd anniversary on December 4th.
Voices of Truth sang during our Sunday morning service on November 20th and it was a wonderful service. Our Sunday evening was a Thanksgiving service where everyone had a chance to reflect on what they were thankful for. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” - Gerald Good.
Sunday, the 27th, was our 2nd annual Black and Gold Sunday. During the morning service the players from the team were introduced by their coach, Robert Marcum, and each one was presented with a devotional book. Each player will also be given a basketball with the player's name and number inscribed along with the team logo. Kevin Rice and his band provided the special music and after our morning worship service a dinner was provided for all the congregation in honor of the CCHS Boys Basketball team.
Ladies Fellowship had 14 ladies at their meeting on the 21st. It was our yearly Secret Pal revealing and time to draw names for the next year. Ladies Fellowship meets monthly.
I will close with a couple of quotes to get you into the Christmas spirit: Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” - Norman Vincent Peale. “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” - Roy L. Smith. Have a good week!

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