13 years after Paul’s death, a loving sister carries the legacy of her exceptional brother

Today’s guest blog comes from a inspirational, Jesus-filled woman who I greatly admire. It is an honor to share her story on Still Waters Blog. Thank you for sharing your story, Katherine, in this post and part II coming next week!   My name is Katherine Devine. I am 26 years old. I graduated from Samford University last year with my Master of Science degree … Continue reading 13 years after Paul’s death, a loving sister carries the legacy of her exceptional brother

Summer 2019 cultivated confidence in me

Summer 2019 brought more than international travel and unforgettable memories, summer 2019 cultivated in me something I’ve desperately needed: confidence. I have a new found confidence in who I am TODAY, not just in who I was in my “former life.” These six long years robbed me of so much. Sickness stole almost every part of me. It’s been a strenuous journey figuring out my … Continue reading Summer 2019 cultivated confidence in me

Five Encouraging Nuggets from my Journal

I wasn’t sure what to write about on this post. Yet, I felt a pull to share something today. “But.. what, Lord?” Most days I scribble away my thoughts, prayers, things I hear from sermons and wise people, and of course what I learn from studying God’s word, inside my trusty journal. Since I don’t have one cohesive message, I’m sharing random nuggets from recent … Continue reading Five Encouraging Nuggets from my Journal

My pro tips for making simple, creamy, nutritious soups

Ahhh humble soup. Warm and comforting. Thick and creamy. Slurp-y and broth-y. Flavorful and refreshing. Soup is a perfect food (in my opinion) that can be both filling and super nutritious. Unfortunately, most soups served at restaurants (in my area at least) are packed with excess sodium, heavy dairy and unnecessary oils, preservatives, and low quality animal products. Soup has become a staple of life … Continue reading My pro tips for making simple, creamy, nutritious soups

Learning to communicate with your friends/family in need

During youth group this month (Tyler and I are adult leaders for the high schoolers) we are discussing “Real Life” problems with our students. As they learn about loneliness, pain, anxiety, and life stages, they are challenged to consider how they can help others dealing with these very real issues. This got me thinking about my own experiences of support and love through my sickness, … Continue reading Learning to communicate with your friends/family in need

In the midst of negative thoughts, remember 5 truths that God says of you.

Positive self-talk is a challenge I am continually working to master. This is an area of constant sin/struggle for me. It’s much easier for me to see the best qualities in another, give grace and encourage a friend to stop criticizing herself, than it is for me to believe/do this for myself. I’ve always been highly critical of my every move, to the point that … Continue reading In the midst of negative thoughts, remember 5 truths that God says of you.

Happy Retirement, Mrs. Chaney (mom)!

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” -Herman Cain   In 1986 Miss Maria Rivera began her teaching career at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School. The 3rd grade teacher was a University of Kentucky Graduate with big brown eyes and an unforgettable smile. As a 22-year-old with a petite … Continue reading Happy Retirement, Mrs. Chaney (mom)!