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The First Time I Went to Black Church

The First Time I Went to Black Church Our small college town had a great pastor. If ever there was a man who loved God with all his heart, it was the preacher we called Brother Jim. He preached a little fire and brimstone, mixed it with a generous helping of love, and faithfully fed his flock. One Sunday, Brother Jim announced that another congregation of believers would be joining us in a few weeks. He and a friend wanted to combine their churches for a Revival. That meant the singing was going to be out of this world. And we

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Get Through This With 25 Encouraging Scriptures



Like the line that divided our days into increments before and after 9-11, life has now become measured by what we remember before Covid-19 and how much has changed in the months after. Where do you turn when times are hard? To whom do you go for strength to get through this kind of turmoil? How do you keep going when you feel like giving up? Is there any hope that we can get through this and actually be better for it on the other side?

These are such hard times, aren't they? One thing happening after

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Where to Eat in Austin – Add These Favorites to Your List

Where Should We Eat? People ask me this question all the time, but for lots of different reasons.  Maybe company is coming to town. Perhaps they're new to Austin. Most are celebrating something special that has happened in their lives. No matter why they’re asking, however, I’m always thrilled when they do. Because over five years of living in the Capital City of Texas, I definitely found my favorites. This is my go-to list of 10 restaurants I always recommend when the subject of discussion is where to eat in Austin.
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Why I Wish I Could Have Known Lady Bird Johnson

On a visit to the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, I expected to learn a lot about Lyndon Baines Johnson and the time he spent as President of the United States. Which I did. There were so many tidbits of history I had never known before. As we meandered through the exhibits, I pondered how truly difficult was the time in our nation's history when this man was called upon to lead us. I found myself wishing I had asked my parents more about how it had impacted them to live through it. In addition, our time at the library made me

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Things I’m Glad I Did During the Coronavirus Quarantine

Things I'm Glad I Did During the Coronavirus Quarantine Just like you and everyone else I know, the global pandemic we've experienced has been a crazy time in history and a strange time in life. Because of one tiny, microscopic, particle, our whole world has been shut down, locked down and set into isolation mode. Other pandemics have occurred, just not in my lifetime or yours. It's been big, bad, and all kinds of ugly, my friends. However, if we've looked for it, it's been easy to find some good that has come along with it. The

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Thou Shalt Wear a Mask – A Timely Insight

Thou Shalt Wear a Mask  Here we are in the middle, or peak, of a global pandemic, the likes of which no one living on our planet has ever seen before. In four or five or six weeks (anyone else losing track?) time, we've adjusted from going to staying, from out to in, and from carefree to way, way, way careful. This week, masks become mandatory in Dallas, and while I'm ready, I must say that I am so very glad Moses wasn't instructed to inscribe an 11th commandment on his tablets of stone: Thou shalt wear a mask.
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Valentine’s Day in Texas: 5 Special Ways to Celebrate

Valentine's Day in Texas  Texans are known for doing things up big. In fact, even if we're low key about something, we know in our hearts that we can always ramp it up a notch. Or two or three. Valentine's Day in Texas can be a huge celebration, blowing out all the stops, as they say. But it can also be a quiet, romantic occasion, with less fanfare. Either way, Texans have big hearts, and we are known for spreading the love. Here are 5 special ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Texas. Tip Your Hat Take your favorite Valentine

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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies Ever

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies Ever I never met a cookie I didn't like. Tall ones, short ones, fat ones, skinny ones. I love 'em all. Perhaps it’s because of my pleasant childhood memories associated with after-school cookies and milk. It could also be that cookies were the first thing I ever learned to make all by myself. I remember that I felt so accomplished, so trusted, that my mom would allow me full reign in her kitchen. Snickerdoodles were my first favorite, and I made them all the time for my brothers and me. But I never

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Texas Chocolate: Delysia Chocolatier in Austin

Y’all know it’s all about living a life filled with everyday intentional adventure here at Texas Over Fifty, right? I believe it’s having those little daily adventures that keeps us thinking about ourselves a little and thinking about every other good thing in life a lot. Like chocolate. That’s a good thing to think about, isn’t it? And, hey. Thinking about a chocolate adventure? Now, that’s a very good thing to think about.

Where to Find Chocolate in Texas  When we first moved to Austin from Amarillo a few years

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Bestselling Books By Favorite Texas Pastors

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Texans love their churches. Many of us have grown up going to church, and we still love to go. We’re passionate about the worship, excited about the message, and proud of the pastors who lead us. They are great leaders, faithful servants and really good authors, whose writings make lots of

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