Parents of sick kids: You are not alone

This editorial column by Maria McCoy previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. I have previously written about those who suffer their disability in silence, but I want to touch on a subject with which I am incredibly familiar. I want to talk to the parents of the sick kids. I want you […]

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 […]

Jackson Road Elementary students ponder, “Who Am I?”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Too often, children are inundated by negative influences and standards that are impossible to attain, but Jackson Road Elementary School third-grade students now have a daily reminder of how incredible they are, and motivation to strive to accomplish their goals. The “Who Are We?” initiative, which was brought to JRES by […]

Some things should be left behind

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. The things we are not taking into 2018……. The pain. The awful, excruciating pain of 2017. It must stay behind because it is crippling. It is suffocating and debilitating and has held me under for far too […]

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 […]

Don’t fear falling to the ground, for what is broken can be rebuilt

This editorial column by Maria McCoy was originally published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. I can’t say that I have suffered depression my entire life. I have had events occur in which I needed some sort of anxiety or depression medication for a short while, like the death of my father, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learn how to shift to love you now

DUSTY GOSS TAKLE ::: I have found recently struggling to enjoy this season of busy schedules. Because it was really easy to enjoy every moment there, I’ve thought about a recent vacation to Maine and said, “Can we just go back to Maine where we eat six meals a day and linger at every beautiful […]