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  • Notes from the Church Lady: Friend was faithful servant of God

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Oct 23, 2012

    "Well done thou good and faithful servant…" Matthew 25:21 Another treasure of our community went home to heaven last week. Allene McMurphy led a long, active life until only a few days before her death. Even as she lay dying, she was still thinking of others. I can truly say she was a faithful servant of God and served Him to the end. Allene taught me much about service to the Lord, but also how to reach out to others making them feel special. I was one of those people who felt special when I was around Allene. I met her when I came to T... Full story

  • Notes from the church lady: God can teach lessons through small creatures

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Sep 11, 2012

    "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise" Proverbs 6:6 It doesn't take much to entertain me. Oh sure, I love a huge fireworks display as much as the next person but I don't always need excitement that is over the top. No, most of the time it is watching the clouds or looking at my flower garden that floats my boat. The other day it was ants that caught my interest. I fed the cats a little extra and after they were through eating there were a few kernels of cat food left. I was enjoying the change of weather and especially...

  • Notes from the Church Lady: There is a season and time for everything

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Aug 28, 2012

    "To everything there is a season..." Ecclesiastes 3:1 Where did summer go? It seems as though we were just celebrating Memorial Day and already it is time for the last hurrah of summer with the approaching Labor Day holiday. We experienced an especially hot and dry summer and now many are predicting an early fall. Everywhere I go I hear about the drought that holds most of the country hostage. Is there no end in sight? Will our land ever be green and lush again? I think so. Recently I watched a show about the 1930s and was especially touched...

  • Notes from the Church lady: Good idea to take breaks from technology

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Aug 14, 2012

    "Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statues..." Technology is a wonderful thing which makes life easier for us (most of the time). Typing this column is much easier than writing it with pen and paper, and sending it by email is much easier, except the times one's computer fails to cooperate. When I started writing this column almost 20 years ago, I had to go to the office, type it out on the computer, print it out, and paste it on the template that would become the printed page. Now it is a matter of sending it out through email where new... Full story

  • Notes from the church lady: Best course to stay as far from sin as possible

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Jul 31, 2012

    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:08 Imagine you are out for a casual ride without a care in the world and you come around a bend to discover a skunk right in the middle of the road! What do you do? Do you A: plow on ahead and run over that stinky varmint (after all he shouldn't be there)? What about Plan B: go off the road around him through the weeds? Finally there is Plan C: quickly turn around and go the opposite direction? Mark, Gracie and I... Full story

  • Notes From a Church Lady: We are all winners in God's Olympic games

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Jul 17, 2012

    "I will run the way of thy commandments". Psalm 119:32 In a matter of days U.S. athletes will compete in the London Olympic Games. Each one has practiced long and hard in their event hoping to win a gold medal. There are numerous events, like track and field and gymnastics are well-known to the average spectator. However there were some like badminton and canoeing that are lesser known Olympic events. With all of these athletes, I know there will be at least one that will stand out due to their performance. Perhaps they will win several gold...

  • Notes from a churchlady: Patriotism is not allegiance to political party

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Jul 3, 2012

    "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..." Psalm 33:12 A hundred years ago every community gathered for a big Fourth of July celebration that included parades, contests, speeches, and lots of food. People came from miles around to celebrate the birth of our country with flags waving. They celebrated the country they not only loved, but that God blessed from its founding. In New York, a man by the name of George M. Cohen wrote many patriotic songs including "It's A Grand Old Flag", "Over There", and "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Also in New York...

  • Notes from a churchlady: God makes people, animals in unique way

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Jun 19, 2012

    "...I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14 The last few weeks I thought we were running a kitten nursery around our house. Three stray mother cats each had kittens. We didn't see them for a long time but eventually they started darting around the garage. The mother cats were weaning them and ready for them to go. I don't mind a couple of cats around to take care of the mice, but I didn't need that many kittens. It was fairly easy to catch the first six kittens and each of them went to a good home. One kitten wasn't so compliant...

  • Faith helped get Americans through tough times

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Jun 5, 2012

    "Be strong and of a good courage..." Joshua 1:6 This past weekend I watched a documentary covering the time period from the stock market crash through the 1930's. It was interesting as it incorporated actual news reels of the day. Updated, much of it was the same subject material of today. One of the reasons the stock market suffered was due to greed and people buying on margin. However it survived and is still in existence today. During the 1930's our part of the country was in the midst of a severe drought, even worse than what we are experie...

  • Real Christians don't just talk about love

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|May 22, 2012

    "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love". 1 John 4:8 In an experiment to find a substitute for milk I bought soy milk. I couldn't stand the taste of it so it was given to the cats. The first cat started lapping on it and stopped suddenly with her tongue going in and out like she was trying to get rid of the taste. None of the other cats liked it either, but I laughed and laughed at their reaction. They knew the taste of real milk and weren't about to settle for anything less. Despite the claims of the product, my taste buds knew th...