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Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/29/16)

Most blessed and loving Jesus, when we are lost and troubled with little hope, you Lord, bid us to come to your well of redemption where things of this world seem to fade and a beautiful sense of peace brushes over and around us. Oh how we thank you, precious Lord, for loving us this much and even more. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Living Columns & Blogs

A tribute to the blues

Musician Tinsley Ellis will never forget hearing blues master B.B. King in Miami, when he was a starry eyed 14-year-old with blues on his mind. On June 17, Ellis brought a few friends to the Cox Capitol Theater to play selections from his recently released album, “Red Clay Soul,” and to pay tribute to King, the man he credits with influencing his lifetime of music.

Mark Ballard

Memories of cow-licks and towheads

I never gave much thought to my hair when I was a small boy. The only documentations of my locks are from perfectly staged Olan Mills studio shots or blurry black and white photos taken by Mother or other family members.

Local

75-And-Over Birthday Club

The 75-and-Over Happy Birthday Club this week extends best wishes for many happy returns to five midstate residents, including James S. Allen, of Gordon who turns 97 June 30.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/26/16)

Heavenly Father, remind me that the Sun should not go down on my anger. Help me not lay down nursing a grudge that will haunt my sleep and get up with me when I wake. Instead let me value my relationship enough that I commit to working through the conflicts that arise. I know you want us to live in harmony. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/28/16)

Heavenly Father, l pray for the people all over the world. You already know what each of us are in need of before we began to open up our mouths. I ask you to bless accordingly. You know what's best for us, and I am depending on you to see each of us through our most difficult times. Help us to continue to depend on you. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Driven to distraction

Dear Mr. Dad: This may sound dramatic, but I'm hoping you can help save my mom's life. She's constantly on her phone, talking or texting, while she's driving. I'm only 13 and I've tried telling her to stop but she says she has it under control and says I should be quiet. She's cut out some of your columns and stuck them on our refrigerator, so I know she respects your opinion. I can't get through to her. Will you help?

Family

Living with Children: Could my 8-year old have OCD?

Q: My 8-year-old daughter is having anxiety issues that seem to border on obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants me to repeat certain things back to her and has a set routine of things I must say when I'm tucking her into bed. She's genuinely upset by all this and tells me she thinks there's something wrong with her. I'd say it was something she can't control, but she does not do this sort of thing when she's alone with my husband. I've talked to her, tried ignoring her, refused to cooperate, and even yelled - all to no avail. Could she have OCD at this age? Does she need medication? What can we do to help her?

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