The Rose Bush

The Rose Bush

The Rose Bush By Diane Faison-McKinzie Having moved into my new home, I walked the unfamiliar yard and came across a very old rose bush. It looked pretty sad, and parts of its branches were nearing death. I could tell it had lived a long life and was struggling for breath. As I became familiar with my new place, I began making new decisions concerning what paths I need to take now, including what to do with the old rose bush. In my usual morning prayers talking to God, I asked, “What do I do now at my age? I...

Time is of the Essence

Time is of the Essence

Time is of the Essence By: Rachel Manning This age-old saying rings true today. The modern world is increasingly becoming faster and more advanced as new technology shortens the length of everyday tasks. Instead of giving us more time, it instead gives us less, as we are expected to cram multiple tasks into a single timeframe. This can be challenging when we have a lot of other tasks on our to-do list. This is why time management is crucial.  I myself have many upcoming assignments and finals as I near the end of the school year. With these upcoming assignments...

Soaking up the Savior

Soaking up the Savior

Soaking up the Savior By: Margaret Wooten Here we are at Easter again doing the same basic things we have always done to celebrate the season. With the exception of last year, it always looks the same… same traditions, same meals, same Scriptures being read. These truths can become like “wallpaper” in the minds of “seasoned” believers. Yes, we have seen it and we have read the Scripture a million times. We know all the right answers to the questions. Let’s challenge ourselves this Easter season to look a little deeper. What are some things that we have never noticed...

From Student to Teacher

From Student to Teacher

From Student to Teacher By Kat Holmes “I’m not prepared.”  “I don’t know enough.”  “I’m not sure I’d be good at the teaching part.” These are three of the statements that plagued my 19-year old brain when asked if I might like to teach theatre. I was an assistant at the time to AFAAs’ previous theatre teacher, Matthew Davidson. Matthew had been teaching for three years and his response to these concerns was to give me three books, and time to read. Let me backtrack a little bit for just a moment. At the time this question of teaching was...

Three Things Theatre Taught Me

Three Things Theatre Taught Me

Just the other week, I was walking through town late at night. I felt utterly alone, having lost eight thousand dollars that would surely see my company go under, and I had just finished screaming at my whole family even though they had done nothing wrong. As I stopped to stare off into the distance, I heard a group of carolers coming. One of them saw me and recognized me, and after confirming my identity, another man approached and punched me in the jaw, causing me to fall to the floor. As I lay on the ground pretending to be...

He Is With Us!

He Is With Us!

He Is With Us! By Diane Faison-McKinzie “Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!” (Ezekiel 18:31, ESV). This verse encourages us to make ourselves a new heart and a new spirit, and we do that by casting off our transgressions (sins), spending time in God’s Word, and forming a new pattern of thinking. Couldn’t we use that as a guide to start our new year of 2021? I believe the answer is “Yes!” as the year 2020 has been a test of our faith and our...