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Julie Wells

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RECIPE BOX: Vegetable chowder has a creamy base, great flavor

While hanging out with the in-laws and watching some college football one Saturday afternoon not too long ago, my mother-in-law Janie stirred up a delicious pot of vegetable chowder for all of us to eat.

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JULIE WELLS: Music, whether it be traditional hymns or Christian rock, can help you worship God

There is something about the old hymns that just bless my heart. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of the worship songs and contemporary Christian music we have nowadays. But just to reach down and pick up a hymnal does something for my soul.

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RECIPE BOX: Cabbage casserole a time-saver for busy moms

We've all heard the old saying, "Southerners can make any dish into a casserole." Well, that is exactly what I thought when I heard about this cabbage casserole that my sister-in-law Stacy Ingram was making for our Christmas dinner this year.. I'll have to be honest --

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JULIE WELLS: This new year focus on loving one another, spreading the good news of God

It is so easy to get caught up in resolutions in January, only to have forgotten about them by February. But maybe this new year we should just focus on doing what God truly created us all to do, and that is to love one another and spread the good news of Him.

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RECIPE BOX: Make a French toast Christmas tree for your holiday breakfast

The memories behind this week's featured recipe are just as sweet as the syrup that covers this homemade French toast recipe.. As a child, it used to amaze me how my grandmother would whip loaf bread into golden delicious squares of french toast, lightly sprinkled with powered sugar and drizzled with hot syrup.

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JULIE WELLS: Receiving the gift of 'Joy' at Christmastime is a blessing

"I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart!" Yes, the lyrics to "I've Got the Joy in my Heart" have been sung more than once at our house since my husband and I found out that we will be the parents of a little girl. And we are naming her Joy.

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RECIPE BOX: Make a French toast Christmas tree for your holiday breakfast

The memories behind this week's featured recipe are just as sweet as the syrup that covers this homemade French toast recipe.

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JULIE WELLS: Receiving the gift of 'Joy' at Christmastime is a blessing

"I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart!"

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RECIPE BOX: Christmas tree cookies a quick, festive treat for the holidays

Christmas tree cookies are this week's featured recipe and the last installment of our cookies-for-Santa for the month of December. I hope you've enjoyed checking out the recipes over the past couple of weeks. I know we've enjoyed eating them at our house.. More importantly, I hope you've

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JULIE WELLS: God already knows everything about baby yet to be born into this world

Well, hopefully by the time you read this column, my husband and I will have found out if we are having a little boy or a little girl.

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RECIPE BOX: Reindeer Cupcakes

Start to finish: 40 minutes

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RECIPE BOX: Reindeer Cupcakes

Today, we honor some of Santa's helpers by making this Christmas treat -- reindeer cupcakes.I can't remember where in the world I first saw the recipe for reindeer cupcakes. It may have been online or in a magazine. Either way, the recipe has stayed in my memory long enough for

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The Recipe Box: Reindeer Cupcakes

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JULIE WELLS: Among the lights, parties and presents, make room for Jesus at Christmas

For the month of December, I have the privilege of teaching the little ones at City of David Covenant Church about the birth of our holy Savior.. We, the other teachers at the church, all rotate throughout the year and sign up to teach a month or two during the

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RECIPE BOX: Nutter Butter Santas as much fun to make as they are to eat

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and at Kelly Richard’s house, it has begun to smell like Christmas, too.

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JULIE WELLS: Remember to put love into your 'Merry Christmas' greetings

How does the saying go? Without Christ there would be no Christmas.That's right. For He is the sole -- or for a Christian I should spell it out as "soul" -- reason in celebrating Christmas.

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RECIPE BOX: Black Forest cake brings back fond childhood memories

We all have a certain dish that makes us smile from the inside out when the holidays appear. Maybe it's the turkey you just ate. Or maybe it is your mom's homemade fudge. For me, it is Black Forest cake.. My grandparents used to make Black Forest cake every holiday

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JULIE WELLS: Don't let the worldly things steal the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus

Are you working on getting your Christmas cards sent out? Have you bought any presents yet? Or are you like some folks who still can't believe its December?. I started getting the Christmas fever earlier this year. I was kind of hinting around to my husband that I thought it

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JULIE WELLS: Don't let the worldly things steal the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus

Are you working on getting your Christmas cards sent out? Have you bought any presents yet? Or are you like some folks who still can't believe its December?

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JULIE WELLS: Find your calling in this life and follow it

Aren't you glad to know that Jesus isn't finished with you yet?

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RECIPE BOX: Black Forest cake brings back fond childhood memories

Start to finish: 45 minutes (5 minutes active)

RECIPE BOX: Sweet potato casserole can be a tasty side dish

Start to finish: 1 hour and 10 minutes

RECIPE BOX: Sweet potato casserole can be a tasty side dish

You can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without turkey. And you certainly can’t have Thanksgiving dinner and turkey without the sweet potato casserole either.

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JULIE WELLS: Find your calling in this life and follow it

Aren't you glad to know that Jesus isn't finished with you yet?. I mean, if you are reading this column, then your time on earth hasn't expired yet and there is still work for you to do.. Isn't it great knowing that no matter how many times you've messed up

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RECIPE BOX: For a tender, juicy turkey breast, cook it in the Crock-Pot

There is a first time for everything, and this was the year I tried my hand at cooking a turkey -- not a whole turkey, it was a turkey breast. But nonetheless, it was a turkey.

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JULIE WELLS: Now is the perfect time of year to unplug and connect with family

As I shopped this week for items to fill up some of the Operation Christmas Child boxes we would be making this weekend at Greater Love Baptist, I thought about how the simplest of toys would bring such joy to those kids who would be receiving a box this Christmas. Operation Christmas Child is a nonprofit program which provides gifts to needy children throughout the world.

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JULIE WELLS: Be thankful for God, loved ones all year long

So begins the month of thankfulness.

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RECIPE BOX: Chicken melt sandwich a manly meal

This week's recipe, a chicken melt sandwich, is a man's meal, and it is compliments of my husband, Kevin.. As some of you know, we are expecting our first child and my cravings haven't gotten too wild or too frequent yet, but I have had a couple of them. With

JULIE WELLS: God's story for our lives is perfect

Christian artist Heather Williams recently released a new song titled, "God Is Still God." I've read several interviews concerning her message in the lyrics of the song and I couldn't agree with her more. She says it all in some of her lyrics that go like this:. "He's been

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RECIPE BOX Witch hat cookies liven up Halloween

The Recipe Box -- Witch hat cookies

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Olde Town Festival celebrates 31 years

The festival is Conyers' oldest festival and crowds seem to enjoy it as much now as ever.

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RECIPE BOX: With holidays approaching, remember caramel Heath dip

The Recipe Box - Caramel heath dip

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JULIE WELLS: What can you do to further God's kingdom?

One of my favorite quotes by Christian author Max Lucado is, "To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether.". It reminds me of another old saying -- actions speak louder

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RECIPE BOX: Warm up a cool fall night with chicken casserole

You may not think it is quite time to make a chicken casserole, and if so, that is fine. But I'd save this recipe if I were you, and use it at a later date.. A lady who I call my second mom, Patricia Richardson, gave this recipe to me

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JULIE WELLS: Students shouldn't be afraid to pray at school

The annual See You At The Pole event was held all across the nation on Wednesday.. Some of you may be familiar with the annual event, which was started in Texas in 1990 by a group of 10 or so students. What they did was gather around their flag pole

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RECIPE BOX: Even the picky eaters like Crock-Pot fiesta

What does a mother of three children, age 5 and under, do for dinner every night?. She pulls out the crock pot, of course.. Conyers resident Khrystle Wagner has her hands full with three kids and doesn't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.. Crock-Pot fiesta

JULIE WELLS: Let the Lord guide your steps through change

Today is the official first day of fall. It is a new season, time for things to change. Speaking of change -- who doesn't love to see the leaves change from colors of green to amber and gold?. I've always said winter was my favorite season and it still is

JULIE WELLS: Papa loved the Lord and people

There are those people who leave lasting impressions on your heart. You know, the kind that often brings a smile that stretches across your face when thoughts of them flood your mind.

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RECIPE BOX: Firecrackers heat up any tailgate

The Recipe Box -- Firecrackers

JULIE WELLS: Keep Jesus first in marriage

Monday, my husband Kevin and I will celebrate our two-year wedding anniversary.. These past two years have flown by. On the one hand, it is hard to believe it has been two years and, at the same time, it seems like we've just always been Mr. and Mrs. Wells

JULIE WELLS: Lead by example for your child to know God

With the news still spreading to people of mine and my husband Kevin's announcement that we will be parents soon, we've been getting a lot of parenting advice.. The best part of partaking in all the new advice is watching the people's eyes light up as they talk about their

JULIE WELLS: When God does not reveal His plans, trust in Him

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11). Personally, I think we all need to hold onto this verse like never before. With all the

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RECIPE BOX: No name pie a sweet, tart, church-cookbook recipe

The Recipe Box -- No name pie

JULIE WELLS: Even in times of sickness, He will carry you through

I feel like I've repeated "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," a thousand times lately.. Just when I think I am ready to sit down on the floor and absolutely cry like a baby, since I've been experiencing morning sickness and sometimes all day sickness

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JULIE WELLS: Forgive, forget the past just like He does

While driving home the other day I found myself looking in my rear view mirror several times. There was a car behind me making me pretty nervous. He was the kind of driver that rides your bumper and seems to be in such a hurry behind you that he swerves to see if he can pass you.

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RECIPE BOX: Transform refried beans into a delicious dip

Refried beans -- most people love them or hate them. They used to not be something I'd even touch. That is, until one day someone showed me how to mix in salsa while heating up the refried beans and it opened my taste buds to refried beans.