Religion column: Put all trust in Lord

Have you ever given something to the Lord and then turned right around and took it back? You have given your total being to the Lord, but slowly and surely, a gnawing worry keeps a problem to creep back into your mind. I have to fight that thought and hold my ground. The enemy would […]

Heroes cheer themselves in the Lord

Joan Clayton The vastness of God’s creation is overwhelming. From outer space, Planet Earth is but a little blue marble, yet God provides every need for the earth’s inhabitants. God knows each one of us. He knows every hair upon our heads. All things are possible for you and me because he lives mightily in […]

In times of fear, put trust in Lord

The March spring winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband was in Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a day I […]

Put your trust in the Lord

Nothing quenches the peace and joy of life faster than problems, finances, health, strife or problems in relationships. Our faith wanes while depression and frustration disturbs our lives. I believe the following five steps will help us find peace and joy in hard times: 1. Trust in the Lord. Take this verse literally. Give everything […]

Still blessed with memories of Granny Lowe

Her name was Anne Haseltine Langley Lowe. She was my great-grandmother. She had 11 children, the second born, Lillie Anne Lowe Farrar, being my grandmother. Her daughter, Gladys Rosalyn Farrar Foster was my mother. My Granny Lowe never missed a service in that little Baptist church in Clarendon, Texas. Her sweet spirit and love for […]

Life deserves joy, excitement

By Joan Clayton I have never found a person who never had a problem. However, I have found many people who kept their joy even in the midst of adversity. I call them “heroes.” They are upbeat, optimistic, fun to be around and their attitude is contagious. When I think of “joy” an exceptional friend […]

With God, there are no endings

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Remember that wonderful feeling of “senioritis” around graduation time? It seemed that long awaited day would never arrive. We could hardly wait to pursue the next stage of life. My husband, being the high school principal, presented the diplomas and blessed the seniors as they walked across the stage. […]

No one is too old to have childlike faith

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Kallie had planned to stay all week. For three days, my 7-year-old vivacious granddaughter and I played every game imaginable. We ended up “playing school” every day. Kallie, “always the teacher,” dictated many assignments. I could never make above a “C” on my papers. I complained and asked Kallie […]

Life is full of changes

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Have you ever returned to your childhood home and found it to be almost unrecognizable? Yet, in your mind you remember it so vividly. My grandmother lived by the highway. Every time we pass by her old house, I can almost smell freshly baked gingerbread accompanied by a glass […]

Resolve to have new friends and life becomes enriching

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Friends bring sunshine and sparkle into our lives. Friends stick by us through “thick and thin.” It has been said that friends are like postage stamps. They “see us through, even if they have to take a licking.” Let’s make one of our New Year’s resolutions to be that […]

Life without pain leaves one numb to joy

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist When you were just a plan in the mind of God, what if he were to ask you some questions about your journey on earth? With incredible technology having been accomplished already and the God given intelligence to master such feats, it is not inconceivable that God could show […]

God sends gift of joy from above

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist Have you ever noticed how many times the words “joy, joyful, rejoice, rejoiced, rejoicing” appears in the Bible? It’s because the gospel is indeed “Good News.” I believe the greatest gift to mankind is truly “ Joy To The World.” Joy is a fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Happiness […]

Everyone needs place to hide sometimes

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember those wonderful days of childhood? We all had our favorite hiding places. Mine was in the fork of my grandmother’s peach tree. It was just right for me to lie down, prop up my feet, eat peaches and find all kinds of shapes in those fleecy white clouds. My […]

Lessons learned on the way home

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Family gatherings are memory-makers. Before you know it the time quickly comes to say goodbye, so I hang on to every moment. Our backyard became the perfect place for sons, daughters-in-love and grandchildren to play badminton, horseshoes and volleyball. We dined on barbecue, hot dogs, hoagies, watermelon and homemade […]

God helps place our lives on higher ground

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Many references to the word “ground” are recorded in the Bible. I find it fascinating that the Lord formed man of the “dust of the ground.” (Genesis 2:7). He breathed the breath of life into Adam and he became a living soul. It’s humbling to know that when our […]

Where do you run when your soul hurts?

By Joan Clayton We go through pain being born into this world. Many endure excruciating pain upon leaving it. Somewhere between these stages, we will have a brush with problems … mental, physical, and emotional. Love makes vulnerability. It takes risks. Reaching out with love may find rejection, abuse and scorn. I once heard it […]

Humor is a good slice of life, even in the Bible

By Joan Clayton I think God has a sense of humor. I like to read 1 Kings 18:22-39. The wicked King Ahab had brought his followers to Mount Carmel to confront Elijah. They each made a sacrifice and Elijah told them to call on their god and he would call on the Lord. The people […]

Embrace upcoming new year with hope

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist We have a brand New Year upon us. It has not been lived before. Make each day a masterpiece. Live it to the fullest. Know: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). You can become a brand new creature, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is […]

Be happy amidst changes of life

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Life is filled with changes. Children grow up and leave. Job situations can require uprooting, moving far away from friends and family. A loved one’s illness requires many changes. Retirement brings challenges. In all of these circumstances adjusting to changes is hard. Knowing that changes are inevitable, planning ahead can soften […]

Forget your age and enjoy life

Joan Clayton: Religion columnist Believe it or not, advantages come with growing older and you can be happy about it. Our culture puts a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young looking. Extreme makeovers are “in,” despite the pain and expense. I think we should try […]