Category Archives: Inspiration

Texas Baptist Men prepare to help hurricane victims

By: FOX4News.com Staff

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DALLAS – The Texas Baptist Men will deploy Tuesday morning to help with Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts.

The North Texas group will stop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and wait until the bulk of the storm passes before driving to Florida.

The crew will then make their way up to North Carolina with their kitchen and water trailers. Their kitchen trailers can prepare thousands of meals each day and their water trailers offer showers and laundry services to those who need them.

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TEXAS TEEN EARNED 6.9 GPA, BECOMES FIRST BLACK VALEDICTORIAN IN SCHOOL’S 125 YEAR HISTORY

Screen_Shot_2019-05-06_at_7.38.15_PM_1024x1024Tobechukwu “Tobi” Phillips just broke a barrier as the first Black valedictorian in Alvin High School’s 125 year history. The Texas high school was first established in 1894 and integrated with African-American students in 1965. 

Phillips earned a 6.9 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, placing her at the top of her class. She only took AP courses aside from her electives and earned all A’s all four years in the courses. Out of a school with approximately 2,800 students only 86 are Black students.

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3 young men invite elderly widow to sit with them after seeing her dining alone

BY CAITLIN O’KANE

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Howard, Baker and Knight with their surprise dinner guest (Facebook)

Three young men from Alabama learned a valuable lesson when they sat down for dinner with an elderly stranger: “Go see your grandparents. They miss you.” The enlightening encounter happened when the group of friends spotted an elderly woman eating alone at a local restaurant and decided to join her.

Jamario Howard says he and his friends, JaMychol Baker and Tae Knight, were waiting for their food at Brad’s in Oxford, Alabama when the spotted the woman dining solo. “My exact thought was, ‘Dang I’d hate to have to eat alone,'” Howard wrote on Facebook. “So after thinking about it a minute I walked over to her and asked if I could sit with her.”

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Autistic Teenager With Higher IQ Than Einstein On Path To Nobel Prize

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When Jacob Barnett was two years old, doctors told his mother, Kristine, that her son had autism and he would probably never be able to talk, read, or even tie his shoes.

Upon recommendations from Doctors and other experts, Kristine put him in a special preschool designed for kids with these kinds of challenges and special needs. Soon after, his Mom realized that the intensive program was not helping and against the advice of many, she decided to teach him herself and focus on the subjects that he seemed drawn to, like science, physics, and math.

Read more from Expand Your Consciousness…

Girl with terminal cancer made honorary Texas Ranger

By KXAN Staff

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Rangers have a new recruit in six-year-old, Abigail Arias. On Monday, she became an honorary Texas Ranger and took a tour around the Texas State Capitol. Arias has a rare childhood kidney cancer that is terminal.

Several weeks ago, she became an honorary Freeport police officer which is the area Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen represents.

When Bonnen learned about her dream of being in law enforcement, he decided he wanted to do something extra special for the little girl. 

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Never in my 20+ years as a Rep have I experienced a day as rewarding as today. Cancer is no match for 6 year-old Abigail Arias. She was doing such an outstanding job fighting bad guys as a @FreeportPD officer that today she got a new title. Say hello to our newest Texas Ranger. – D. Bonnen on Twitter [@RepDennisBonnen]

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Weatherford police make ailing but courageous youngster ‘one of their family’

BY RICK MAUCH

Wilson Adams isn’t old enough to drive a car. He certainly can’t use a handgun.

But Weatherford Police Chief Lance Arnold said the 11-year-old, who is battling back after having a brain tumor removed, displays the sort of courage and determination every police officer should possess.

So he made Wilson an honorary reserve officer in the Weatherford Police Department (WPD) at the recent meeting of the city council on Oct. 9. He was sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Tim Galbreaith.

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Weatherford Police Chief Lance Arnold makes Wilson Adams, 11, an honorary police officer. Wilson is recovering after having a brain tumor removed. (Rick Mauch Special to the Star-Telegram)

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IF — Rudyard Kipling’s powerful poem recited by Sir Michael Caine

Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If,” recited by Sir Michael Caine.

Chance Westlake Starbucks meeting spurs friendship, book

By Suzanne Majors Davis, Contributing writer

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Lane Orsak (left) and David Griffin (Photo: SUZANNE MAJORS DAVIS)

Local writer Lane Orsak is a warm, gregarious guy who knows everyone by name at his favorite Starbucks in the Westbank Market. This camaraderie led him to the topic of his sixth, recently published book, “Dylan’s Divide.”

It’s the story of a character named Dylan Griffith, a Texan who joins the Army to serve his country in Afghanistan and returns questioning the value of his mission and course of his life.

The tale is partially based on experiences of David Griffin, a 29-year-old Marble Falls man who was the roommate of Orsak’s Starbucks barista he identifies only as Mikey. He introduced the two at the coffee house.

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Letting Go is Not A Weakness

From Jay Shetty…

If you want to change the world, make your bed

Former US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven, conquers his day with this one small task in the morning.