“I know” always stops the flow

This editorial column by Dusty Takle was previously published in the print edition of The GRIP. “I know.” I can remember growing up responding to my parents with “I know” when they would say something to me. Every time, my dad would say, “Don’t say ‘I know.’ Say, ‘yes, sir’ or ‘yes ma’am.’” I had […]

Learn to love yourself

This editorial column by Dusty Takle previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. Matthew 22:36-40 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and […]

What are you allowing to master your life?

This editorial column by Dusty Takle was published in the previous print edition of The GRIP. What Is Mastering Your Life? We are created in the image and likeness of God. This is your inherent DNA. It’s mine. There is no getting away from it. There is no getting out of it. There is nothing […]

Remember that every disappointment in life is an appointment with God

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle was previously published in the most recent edition of The GRIP. It is honestly hard to be as raw and real as this post will be. Because, I am a positive girl. I take captive thoughts that drain me, that aren’t good for me, and I’m usually really […]

Real hope is the anchor to our souls

This editorial column by Dusty Takle was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. The word hope has come alive for me. Amidst the tragedies and heartbreaks we’ve all experienced this year in our nation, hope is something we all need to renew. Mass shootings make us cry out for peace and […]

Whatever you do, DON’T. GIVE. IN.

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle was previously published in a print edition of The GRIP. For the past six months, I’ve watched a very close family friend navigate through his third bout with cancer….his second with bone cancer. For those of you who’ve experienced or watched someone go through this kind of pain, […]

Decide what, who, how and do it

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle appeared in a recent print edition of The GRIP. Decide. The word decide came alive for me not long ago. I was sitting up in my bed, scrolling through social media and came across a video on positive thinking posted by a dear friend. In the video, several […]

Live around the banquet table

This is an editorial column written by Dusty Takle that previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. The church I attend and serve has focused the entire year around the banquet table. Our initial scripture that inspired the theme was from Luke 14:23, So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the […]

Parenting. It only gets better.

This editorial column was written by Dusty Takle, and previously appeared in print. Before I began parenting during the teen years, some parents told me, “Just wait. You think parenting is hard now…..” I always wanted to respond, “Do you not remember what it is like parenting two- and three-year-olds? That’s hard.” I never responded, […]

Like life to be a well digger

An editorial column by Dusty Takle We live on a farm in a very rural area. We have satellite internet (oh, the humanity); we have dirty cars because of dirt roads; and we have a well. I’ve adjusted fairly well to rural living and often remind myself that the reward is greater than any inconveniences […]

Discipline your mind to destroy those thoughts not from God

DUSTY TAKLE – RELIGION COLUMNIST ::: I have moments where I worry just like you. I let my thoughts run wild. I don’t discipline them, and before I know it, I find myself awake in the middle of the night doing the exact opposite of what I tell other people to do. Anxiety fills me. Fear […]

Keep calm and eat bacon

DUSTY TAKLE ::: In England, tea is the answer to all life’s woes. In my world, it’s bacon, but when bacon isn’t available, I have to make a choice to be calm. I have to choose calmness. I have to choose peace. We can choose to be calm at any given moment. We have trained […]

Think on these things

DUSTY TAKLE ::: 8And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from […]

Emmanuel – God is with you

DUSTY TAKLE ::: 21And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.  22All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through the prophet:  23“Look!  The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son, and they will call […]

Change the way you look at things

DUSTY TAKLE ::: Wayne Dyer wrote, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  This is not some theory in my life.  It has become a principle that has changed my life and how I view it.  I can remember when we first moved back from Oklahoma, and […]