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By KATIE EUBANKS   Clay & Amanda Mansell Spinning plates and fostering faith      Clay Mansell has never performed in a circus, but he’s used to juggling.       From the late ’90s to the...

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         In summer 2008,  Belhaven University President Roger Parrott approached MCL with an idea for a Christian scholarship program. Since then, Belhaven has partnered with us each year...

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By KATIE EUBANKS   Donavon & Alice Thigpen On marriage, therapy and more        Donavon and Alice Thigpen have married each other twice.       At their first wedding, a...

Josh and Katie Braddy — Back home at Broadmoor

By KATIE EUBANKS   Josh and Katie Braddy Kids, COVID, and coming home to Broadmoor   Fun fact: The name Picayune, as in the Mississippi town of 11,000 just east of the toe of Louisiana,...

MCL’s Christian Leaders of the Year 2020

By KATIE EUBANKS   Earlier this year, MCL called for nominations for our 2020 Christian Leaders of the Year. Our four winners share a few commonalities, like working in and around education,...

Demario and Tamela Davis — On a mission from Mississippi to the NFL

by KATIE EUBANKS   Demario and Tamela Davis The New Orleans Saints linebacker and his ‘pillar’ are on a mission, from Mississippi to the NFL          Earlier this year, Demario and...

Elbert and Karen McGowen — Loving each other and all God’s people

By KATIE EUBANKS Elbert and Karen McGowen Loving each other and all God’s people      Elbert and Karen McGowan flirt like teenagers during our cover shoot. He can’t keep his eyes off her, and very...

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Kelly Headley — How life prepared her to serve at Prep

By KATIE EUBANKS     Kelly Headley How life prepared her to serve at Prep        “I would not be sitting in this chair, had I not been born into the family I was born into,” says...

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By LIBBO CROSSWHITE   Hope for when you strike out as a mom        “I TRIED MY BEST!”  she said through tears as the softball game ended. Last inning, down one, two outs, bases loaded, full count, all the things that set up for a moment of heroism or...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — How do I handle continued anxiety over COVID-19?

Question: Although things are opening back up, I continue to have anxiety related to COVID-19. How do I manage it?   Answer: The COVID-19 pandemic has been such an odd and stressful time for so many — wearing masks, socially distancing, quarantining, losing loved...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — It seems God has gone silent, and I have too.

By BRENNA WEAVER, LPC   It seems God has gone silent, and I have too. What do I do?   Answer: Sometimes silence is not always as golden as the idiom would like us to believe. I have also experienced moments when it seems God has gone silent, and in response,...

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By LAURA LEE LEATHERS Time to come to the garden alone The flowers are beginning to bloom. Birds, bees, and butterflies start to loom. Meanwhile, I come to the garden alone, To be in His presence, before His throne. Like a dried, withered seed, seemingly barren, I...

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By CLARA MONCRIEF     Experiencing ‘Phenomenal’ healing        To the one and only true and living God, Creator of all, the God of Job and Daniel. He’s my God too, and sovereign in my life.         I want to testify about the phenomenal changes I encountered while hospitalized...