Their view: Make sure to pass on blessings

We all get consumed by everyday life. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important. We try to make up for it here and there, never thinking to look at those around us in need. I for one am guilty of this. This year my husband and I were plagued by bad luck. We are […]

Americans strong on courage, faith

America has endured many hardships but the blessings far outweigh the problems. We, like the Pilgrims, are strong in courage and faith. We have so many blessings and I can’t count them all. Aren’t you glad you are alive? Can you hardly contain the joy of knowing God planned your birth? He has a special […]

Much to be learned from animals

I am always amazed at the many blessings and gifts God has bestowed upon mankind. I am also fascinated with Adam’s intelligence in being able to name every animal. “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to […]

Nation gives us much to be grateful for

Seldom do we hear about good things but on any given day. We have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, many great things can be said about this country. I can name so many that reams of paper would be required. I bet you could add your list to mine with many […]

My turn: Life’s surprises hold blessings

Often, when we don’t face fear, we’re forced to face regret. Often, when we face fear, we’re met with unforeseen strength and abundant blessings. I’m one of those annoying people who plan ahead. However, I’ve been thankful at times that things didn’t go as planned. And there have been times when things went as planned, […]

God inhabits your praise

All of us have more blessings than problems. Everyone can look back upon life and see the hand of God guiding a path through difficult circumstances. Being thankful for blessings evokes praise. The book of Psalms blesses me. One of my many favorites is the first verse of chapter 34: “I will bless the LORD […]

Wake up: Blessings are everywhere

Daily you and I seem to be bombarded with bad news. One would think it’s terrible to be alive! Seldom do we hear about the many good things in our lives. I maintain we have many more blessings than problems. Daily, God showers us with his goodness. I am reminded of the ten lepers in […]

My turn: Blessings come in many forms

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Our church deacon, Roberto Herrera, blessed my daughter Laura’s new car on Sunday. He did a good job, practically drenching it as he walked around the vehicle, sprinkling his bottle of holy water. Having your vehicle blessed is like full-coverage insurance, on the spiritual level. Many people have their homes, religious articles and boats blessed. […]

We all have teacher for life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist A student who recognizes and remembers me is one of the many blessings in my life. Thirty-one years of teaching little ones stay indelibly imprinted in my memory. The bond between teacher and student remains. I tried to figure out one time just how many students I had taught in […]

Thursday morning briefing: Count your blessings and potholes

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Count your blessings Yucca Middle School is hosting Family Math Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Question of the day What’s a better Valentine’s Day date … going out or a planned evening at home? Web site of the day Report your favorite — […]

Look for blessings in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Jesus has provided the greatest gift in the history of the human race by laying down his life for our eternal salvation. Yet he sends beautiful gifts just waiting to be opened every day. They are wonderful little surprises that, unless we are tuned in, will go right on by […]

Blessings come with prayers

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist We may never know where or how our prayers are answered, but be assured they are. I was privileged to know an answered prayer that happened in a doctor’s office many years ago. “Have a seat, and the doctor will be with you shortly,” the young receptionist said. She then […]

Thankful I can count many blessings

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things large and small. For instance, on the world stage I am thankful that Saddam Hussein finally got what he had coming. But I’m also thankful for more personal things like the fact that there are still airports and convenience stores that have […]

Life is full of God’s blessings

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist

State workers’ union not pushing pay issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State-employee union members are counting their blessings that New Mexico hasn’t seen layoffs and furloughs of government workers like so many other states this year. As a nod to the tough economic times, they’ve agreed to take a zero percent pay raise through the end of the 2010 fiscal […]

Thanksgiving a time to celebrate God’s blessings

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Let us be a truly thankful people because of God’s many blessings. “Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done” (TLB). Recognize the touch of the Master’s hand. I believe both great and small miracles happen every day and we let them go by […]

Memorial Day a time to reflect

By Joan Clayton My memories bring blessings on Memorial Day. My great-grandparents left me a legacy filled with love, faith and fortitude. As a child, I remember them coming down the antique stairs on their golden wedding day. She and Grandpa Lowe renewed their vows, and I wondered why they wanted to get married again. […]

Life meant be be lived

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember those wonderful childhood dreams … when I grow up, I’m going to be …? As a small child I dreamed of my knight in shining armor sweeping me away on that beautiful white charger. That “someday” finally came for me. I married my tall, dark and handsome knight and […]

God’s surprises surround us

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. They are wonderful little surprises and unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go unnoticed. I’ve discovered 10 ways to receive blessings but there are many more. 1. Have childlike faith. Children do not sweat life […]

Non-profit looking to Portales for funding

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By Tony Parra A Clovis-based non-profit organization which tries to help children from Roosevelt and Curry Counties with disabilities wants to see if there is a way to get funding through the City of Portales. Mini Blessings a non-profit organization which offers horse-riding therapy for disabled children and some adultss. Lexie Meyers and Kathy Stallings […]