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Enjoyed a week with family in the Smoky Mountains.

Hiking Trail at Waterrock Knob, NC

Smokey poses for a pic on the trail at Waterrock Knob

We were in a Fourth of July Parade at Lake Junaluska, NC…our nephews rode in back and threw candy to the on lookers. Our theme for our car “Who Rescued Who” and played “Rescue Me” over the CD player.

Memorial Chapel….one of the views from the porch of where our family stays at Lake Junaluska, NC

We discovered at spider had spun a web on the corner of the porch of where we were staying. As we looked closer, we noticed not only was it a web but a web with a cross in it…what a better picture to end vacation with…”He is with us always.”

I am looking forward to sharing new thoughts and words God whispered into my ears and heart while I was away. Praying that you are having a safe and fun summer with many God moments in the midst of it all!

Blessings-

Anthology

Helping Hand

Who and What Molds You?

 For those who know me personally, you know that I am big with relationships. Building relationships with other people whether are like me or different is the biggest investment that I can make in life. It’s through building relationships that enables me to share the love of Christ.

Jim sharing a story with his nephew, Bryan

Part of the process of building a relationship is to hear the stories of people God places in your path. Each one of us has a story.  On my web page, you can see my story on my About April page, and  on my Personal Testimony page.  You can also see parts of who I am through my writings of each blog post. As my son, Drew shares, “it is a series of short stories. In other words an Anthology.”

Sharing good food and stories around the table in Gatlinburg, TN

 Jesus” life was chronicled in what we know as the Gospels of the Bible.  We read in scripture from the time of His birth to the time of His death and resurrection  how He listened to stories of others. We read how His listening and shaped other people’s lives for the better, thus, giving them a story of hope and encouragement to share with others.

Taken at the Shrine of Christ Passion in St. John, IL

As you go through the days ahead, think about the story or stories that have molded and are molding you. Share your story of Christ and how He has molded you and continues to mold you into God’s image. Then, listen to someone else’s story and hear what has shaped them and molded them. It is out of the exchange of sharing that relationship with others and Christ are formed.

April and Jim @ Lake Junaluska, NC Summer, 2010

Below, is a copy of a blog post that my son, Drew wrote over a year ago. It is his Anthology. You can find his web site on my blog roll on the right side bar.
My Anthology
By Drew Hawkins

Drew laying down on the Sky Deck of the Sears/Willis Tower,,.Chicago, IL

Challenged by Chris Brogan, I decided to take a few moments to evaluate the importance of story in my life. Seeing how I have chronicled my last year or so on this Journal portion of my blog via a series of stories, the element of story is very key to how I express my thoughts about life and how these different experiences have put me where I am today.
So what is my story?
It’s not an epic poem or something that would be written as a screenplay to earn millions of dollars at a box office. I wouldn’t even go as far as saying it’s one long story. It’s more of a collection of short stories – some more exciting than others – that have each had some impact on the person I am today.
My story isn’t a story. It’s an anthology.
Each story has shaped who I am today. Whether it has been running up a mountain and encountering a bear, having my first wreck when I was 16 (not my fault btw), family trips, running victories or telling my future wife “I love you” for the first time, each little moment has done something to form my views, teach me a lesson and make me the blogger, marketer, runner and friend you all know.
The anthology is far from complete and I hope that it’s ultimately worthy of a best-seller by the time it’s all said and done. It’s a constant work-in-progress and there’s still a long way to go.
What’s your story?
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