Religion column: Put all trust in Lord

Have you ever given something to the Lord and then turned right around and took it back? You have given your total being to the Lord, but slowly and surely, a gnawing worry keeps a problem to creep back into your mind. I have to fight that thought and hold my ground. The enemy would […]

Heroes cheer themselves in the Lord

Joan Clayton The vastness of God’s creation is overwhelming. From outer space, Planet Earth is but a little blue marble, yet God provides every need for the earth’s inhabitants. God knows each one of us. He knows every hair upon our heads. All things are possible for you and me because he lives mightily in […]

In times of fear, put trust in Lord

The March spring winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband was in Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a day I […]

Put your trust in the Lord

Nothing quenches the peace and joy of life faster than problems, finances, health, strife or problems in relationships. Our faith wanes while depression and frustration disturbs our lives. I believe the following five steps will help us find peace and joy in hard times: 1. Trust in the Lord. Take this verse literally. Give everything […]

Still blessed with memories of Granny Lowe

Her name was Anne Haseltine Langley Lowe. She was my great-grandmother. She had 11 children, the second born, Lillie Anne Lowe Farrar, being my grandmother. Her daughter, Gladys Rosalyn Farrar Foster was my mother. My Granny Lowe never missed a service in that little Baptist church in Clarendon, Texas. Her sweet spirit and love for […]

Life deserves joy, excitement

By Joan Clayton I have never found a person who never had a problem. However, I have found many people who kept their joy even in the midst of adversity. I call them “heroes.” They are upbeat, optimistic, fun to be around and their attitude is contagious. When I think of “joy” an exceptional friend […]

With God, there are no endings

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Remember that wonderful feeling of “senioritis” around graduation time? It seemed that long awaited day would never arrive. We could hardly wait to pursue the next stage of life. My husband, being the high school principal, presented the diplomas and blessed the seniors as they walked across the stage. […]

No one is too old to have childlike faith

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Kallie had planned to stay all week. For three days, my 7-year-old vivacious granddaughter and I played every game imaginable. We ended up “playing school” every day. Kallie, “always the teacher,” dictated many assignments. I could never make above a “C” on my papers. I complained and asked Kallie […]

Life is full of changes

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Have you ever returned to your childhood home and found it to be almost unrecognizable? Yet, in your mind you remember it so vividly. My grandmother lived by the highway. Every time we pass by her old house, I can almost smell freshly baked gingerbread accompanied by a glass […]

Resolve to have new friends and life becomes enriching

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Friends bring sunshine and sparkle into our lives. Friends stick by us through “thick and thin.” It has been said that friends are like postage stamps. They “see us through, even if they have to take a licking.” Let’s make one of our New Year’s resolutions to be that […]