(Courtesy of the author) Have you ever felt uncomfortable talking about your faith with other people? Maybe you tell yourself your religious beliefs are too heavy to discuss with friends or perhaps you feel you’ve been too much of a “sinner” to talk about your faith, or it could be you think people will think you’re trying to convert them on the spot if you mention your beliefs. You don’t want to be pushy. You don’t want to force it. I used to feel ALL of these emotions when presented with opportunities to talk about my faith in Jesus with friends and acquaintances; a little voice in my head would say, “They’re going to think you’re an uptight religious freak. Bringing up your faith will only make things awkward.” For a long time, I let that little voice drown out Jesus when these situations presented themselves. I think this happens to a lot of Christians. We let our insecurity and pride inhibit us from sharing the good … [Read more...] about I used to feel self-conscious about talking about my faith until THIS amazing thing happened
God makes things happen for a reason
Holly Rowe is working on her bucket list.Not a work-related one. After you’ve been an ESPN reporter for the past two decades, covering a far-wider range of sports than most of your peers, there’s probably not much you haven’t already done.It’s no exaggeration to call Holly Rowe the hardest-working woman (or man) in sports broadcasting. The week before Christmas she went from the volleyball Final Four in Minneapolis to the Mississippi State at Oregon women’s basketball game to the Duke-Texas Tech men’s game at Madison Square Garden to preparing for Saturday’s CFP semifinal between Notre Dame and Clemson in the Cotton Bowl.Rowe’s upcoming schedule includes Tuesday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl, marking her 10th time to be at the event. The Sugar Bowl is her first of 2019 after she has worked 86 events in 2018, 10 more than her norm of the past few years.No, this bucket list is a much more personal one.Diagnosed three years ago with … [Read more...] about In town for Sugar Bowl, ESPN’s Holly Rowe says ‘I’m living better because I have cancer’
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and former Navy pilot Amy McGrath.Timothy D. Easley/AP; Matt Goins/Lexington Herald-Leader/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. When Amy McGrath, a former Navy fighter pilot, was first thinking about moving back to her home state of Kentucky to run for Congress after the 2016 election, she followed all the usual steps. She wrote to former Rep. Ben Chandler, the last Democrat to win an election in the sixth district, to ask for advice. She dropped by the Kentucky Derby. And she met with the highest-profile Democrat in the district—the popular, two-term mayor of Lexington, Jim Gray. “’You’re the man,’” McGrath recalled telling Gray when we met at her campaign office in April. “’You’re the Democrat in this area. Do you want this seat? Are you gonna run? ‘Cause if you are, I’ll do something else.’” When Gray, who had just come off an unsuccessful US … [Read more...] about As a Kid, She Petitioned Congress for the Right to Fly Fighter Planes. Now She’s Gunning for a Seat of Her Own.
Backed by dark green trees and the shimmering surface of a lake, the two faces in the snapshot instantly grab your attention.Posing side by side, Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible sport carefree smiles.Their heads touch playfully. Lauria’s is cocked slightly back, meeting her taller friend’s at her temple.It’s the image from the high-profile case of the two missing girls that people are most familiar with. For almost 20 years now, it has circulated widely, staring out from flyers and billboards, and appearing in news stories and TV crime specials.But for those who knew the real people now reduced to crime victims in the headlines, it is both a happy and a haunting reminder.“I think about them every day and where are they? It just breaks my heart,” said Kathy Wood, their former teacher.Wood said the mystery of their disappearance hasn’t only haunted those who knew Bible and Freeman, but the entire area where they lived and died too young.“It hit … [Read more...] about Ashley Freeman loved to fish. Lauria Bible was a country girl who raised pigs. This is the story the family and friends of the missing Welch girls want to tell.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. —Proverbs 22: 6 My mom called recently and in the course of our conversation she said, “My friends all tell me they wake up withyou every day. And I thought to myself,You wake up with my daughter? But then it hit me. They were talking about your news show.” And then she added, “Honey, I think you might be famous.” “I know, Mom. It’s so crazy.” We both laughed at the idea. My mom wasn’t the first to say something like this to me. Not long after my daughter was born I was talking to a group of girlfriends about schools and I expressed my apprehension about getting Hayden into the right one. “Oh, you won’t have a problem,” one said. “You’re a daytime news anchor.” “Yes, but I don’t feel that makes … [Read more...] about Ainsley Earhardt: ‘God put me here for a reason’ — Read an excerpt from ‘The Light Within Me’