Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

When your dreams seem out of reach

By Denae Jones – 

How do you define success? We all have different ideas of what that looks like. Will you feel successful when your bank account reaches a certain dollar amount? Or you purchase the house of your dreams? Or get married and start a family? Or get a degree? Or get a promotion? Or cross things off your bucket list? Or retire early?
My definition of success has changed many times over the years. It started out being more materialistic. (I wanted a degree, and a Jeep and a house.) I got all of those at a pretty early age, and still didn’t really feel very successful. It was all about me. Over the years, my definition of success has transformed into something more meaningful. I think that’s because, when I have a goal in mind, I ask, “to what purpose”? Is this goal self-serving, or serving others? If I reach this goal, is it something that will simply make me boastful, or will it make God proud? God doesn’t care if I’m driving a brand new Jeep or a rusted-out car with three actual tires and one donut tire, as long as I’m using it for the right purpose.
Sometimes it seems impossible to reach some of the goals that we imagine for ourselves. For years, I felt like I was in a balancing act between hope and faith. I hoped my dreams would work out, and sort of believed it would. But I had doubts. Here’s the difference. Hope is wishing for something that we think we can make happen on our own. Faith is thanking God ahead of time for the realization of dreams way bigger than our own, that haven’t even happened yet.
Here’s a perfect example. About a year and a half ago, I knew that I wanted to reach out to people with my words. To what purpose? To help others look inside themselves. To challenge myself and others to strive to do better. (See the difference? This time, my goal was not all about me.) I prayed about it and woke with one thought in my head. I knew I was supposed to write a newspaper column even though I had never done that before and didn’t know anyone at the paper. However, by the end of that day, the fine people at this paper read some sample stories and agreed to let me submit a weekly article. (Thank you for having faith in me!) I wasn’t even sure if I would have enough ideas to submit on a weekly basis, but had the peaceful assurance that the words would come. And so far, they have! Faith.
Then, I started thanking God for the book that I had published. Only, I hadn’t even started writing one yet. And I didn’t even know what it would be about. I simply knew that I was supposed to write one. To what purpose? To serve God by helping others in some way. I thanked Him for letting my book, whatever it may be, get put into the right hands, way before I ever put pen to paper. Faith.
Today, I am happy to announce that my first book titled “Love, Joy, Peace” has been published by the Ellie Claire division of Worthy Publishing in Franklin, Tenn. It is now available for pre-sale on Amazon. It is a devotional journal on how the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control) can be found in our everyday lives. This devotional shows what God looks like in a very practical way. During times when life gets crazy, when we are going through a rough patch, when we have cause for celebration, or even when it’s hard to forgive. The official release date is October 1st, so it will also be for sale in book stores at that time. Of course, I’ll have some for sale locally too! If you follow my newspaper column and enjoy what you read here, I’m confident that you will enjoy “Love, Joy, Peace” as well, as excerpts of some of my articles appear in the book. Thank you, dear readers, for encouraging me along the way!
So how do I define success? By having faith and watching what God can do with it. I know that His dreams for me are far beyond my own. What are your dreams? Do they seem out of reach? If so, try thanking God ahead of time for what has not yet happened, and see what amazing things He has in store for you.
Philippians 3:12-13 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”

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