Posts by J Hall

Posts by J Hall

Joy and Happiness

What are some things that bring you happiness in your life? What about these things provide you with that feeling of happiness? As you briefly stop and contemplate these things, it’s fairly easy to start coming up with multiple answers ranging from spending time with family or friends all the way to more simple things like enjoying ice cream or a good meal. Now, with that list made, what are some things that bring you joy? Is there a difference…

A Mother’s Sacrifice

In a 1945 Texas newspaper article, written on the recent success of a local athlete, we are given the first known mentioning of a commonly hea­rd phrase that states, “Behind every great man there is a great woman.” If you’re like me, you have heard this phrase many times and in many capacities. Most commonly, it seems as if it’s used by successful men who are seeking to give due credit to their spouse’s part in their accomplishments. Today, I…

Prepared But Not Ready

On June 28th, 1914 an assassination took place in which the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, was killed by a political extremist while riding in a parade. This single event is credited as the lynchpin that set off the first World War, one that would last over four years and forever change the course of history. Armies from around the world prepared themselves to enter into this conflict, whether or not they truly were ready is the question. WWI is…

Empty Arms with Full Hearts

In John chapter 4 we have Jesus talking to someone who, according to the apostles and the Jews of that day, He has no business talking to. Culturally speaking, Jesus is crossing a line by having this conversation that completely shocks His apostles. In John 4:27 we have their reaction described as, “…At this point, His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman…” The word used there to describe their reaction to what Jesus…
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EXTRA-ORDINARY MEN

People do not decide to be extraordinary, they simply decide to accomplish extraordinary things. One such man was named Sir Edmund Hilary born July 20, 1919.  Starting out in life Edmund was always much smaller than the neighborhood kids and classmates. Instead of going out and playing with the big kids he spent his time mostly indoors reading or playing with toy trains. As he grew up, though, his problem of having a small frame and a short stature quickly…
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Is God an “Indian Giver”?

The phrase “Indian giver” is an interesting phrase that we sometimes use. It’s what we call someone who gives a “gift” and later wants it back, or who expects something in return. The expression itself has its own unique history that shows how it has changed over the years. It is thought to have originated around the 15thcentury when there was a cultural misunderstanding between European settlers and Native Americans. Th new settlers thought they were receiving gifts from the native…
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“There’s more than one way to skin a cat”

I am not much of a cat person. I don’t like the way they seemingly look down on me with their smug glances, their lack of engagement when it comes to being able to play with them, and to top it off I am allergic to them. Now I say most of that in a joking manner and to be completely honest, if it wasn’t for being allergic to them I believe I would be much more up to liking…
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Articluhaphobia

What are you afraid of? What is something that gives you chills or makes you feel uncomfortable when you see it, feel it, or even just think about it? When it comes to the population of America there are a few fear or phobias that affect a majority of people. See if you fall into any of these categories:   -Arachnophobia – Fear of Spiders. Affects as many as 1 in 3 women & 1 in 4 men. -Ophidiophobia –…
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Signing Up & Staying On

In January of 2017 I decided I wanted to sign up for something I had always wanted to try, a half marathon. So I signed up for the Tuscaloosa Half and started my 3-month training right away. Everything was going great until about a month into it when I injured my left foot and had to wear a boot for 6-weeks. I had to completely cut out running up until 2 weeks before the race. To say I was a…