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By CAROL GUNTER

Don't you just love the beautiful weather we are having with the temperatures in the sixties? This is more like it, and like me, everyone else loves it too. This time last year on March 11th it was 79 degrees. I know this as I had written it down on the calendar. That day I did some push mowing at the back of our house and washed my monster truck. Nine days later on March 20th, the first day of spring, I mowed both yards.

I'm hoping the days now will be on an upward swing with a lot warmer temperatures like we had last year around this time. I can't wait to get out on our patio. The grass is greening up in every direction. I noticed the daylilies are up about two inches. Of course, the buttercups are the main attraction, and other flowers will be emerging later on. We know we will have some up and down temperatures until the warm weather is here to stay, but that's not such a bother to us as we have survived one really harsh winter, and we can be upbeat in knowing sunny and warmer days are not that far away.

I was at Walmart in Smithville on Friday, and if you stay there long enough, someone you know will most likely be there that you will run into. Julie Fitts, a good friend of mine, was there as well as Mike "Moose" Nokes and Joe Dorris Curtis. It was good to see them, and we all got to do a whole lot of talking and cutting up. Also, on Friday, I went by Glenda's store, DeKalb Market, and saw Deb, Spider, and Skeeter.

I talked with Lou Davis Higgins on Friday, and she is doing well. We always have such a good time when we get to talk to each other.
Also, on Friday, I talked with Mai Nell Melton, and she is doing pretty well. Carlon needs your prayers as he's still not feeling too good these days.
Fay Pitts stopped by on Monday as I was outside working on our yard, push mowing, and trying to do some trimming. It got up to around 80 degrees, and you just couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to enjoy. I'm hoping you got to get out and take in the marvelous weather also. I was pretty sore that night and blamed that on being out of practice in push mowing and trimming for months now.

Thank goodness the little green men haven't been seen around here lately, and we all like that. With St. Patrick's Day coming up tomorrow, do the little green aliens celebrate it? They are already green, so they would just fit in nicely on that day in the scheme of things, wouldn't you think so too? I'm always watching for them when I'm outside working as I sure would not want them to surprise me if they're really out there.

I enjoyed "The Hope Line" with Dawson McAllister in last week's Courier. When you have in your heart the word of God, you live each day to honor Him in everything that you say and do, and you rest assured He is there to always honor you too. We are just His servants, and we want to do that which pleases Him. You are a beautiful creation of God, so you should act and dress like it. The world doesn't impress me and the people in it; only God impresses me. Being modest in the way you dress at (all) times shows that you are one confident person and are not one to be insecure in life. Never, but never, apologize for your Christian beliefs and values. Stand on them as you are with the winner, Jesus Christ, not the loser in this world. I look at it this way: If on TV you don't like what's on it, you can always put it on another channel or turn it off as you shouldn't let it control you as so many do. So much time is simply wasted in our existence here when we could be doing constructive things for the Lord. He loves us, and we are so very important to Him. We should never forget that.

Some people to keep in prayer: Edith Miller, Thurman Bogle, Jeff Brown, the Shirley Neal family, Trena Curtis, Donna Lawson, Denise Stanton, the Ronnie Barrett family, and also the Ronnie Arnold family.

If you have any news for the column, just give me a call at (615) 563-4429. Have a great day!

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His ways. Psalm 128:1

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