Author Archives: Tina Swaggerty Collins

About Tina Swaggerty Collins

Tina currently serves on staff at Ball Camp Baptist Church. A music graduate of Carson-Newman College, Tina has been active in church music ministry for over 30 years and is an ordained minister. She is the mother to two amazing grown children, who still allow her to be a nurturing mom from time to time. Her blog is an invitation to step into her life as a mom, a minister and a follower.

Here I Am, Lord

This Sunday, I am going to do something I have never done before. Something I never thought I would do. Something that makes the butterflies flutter all though my stomach just thinking about it. I am going to stand in … Continue reading

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New Year…..New Beginnings

For those readers who know me personally, you know 2017 was a year filled when disappointments, loss and great grief. I watched my mother’s health quickly decline, resulting in her exit from this world in March. Just a few short … Continue reading

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Blue Christmas

What do you do when Christmas isn’t merry? Do you “fake” it? Do you anxiously anticipate when it will just all be over? Do you tell people you’re miserable? What do you do when it seems as if “Christmas Spirit” … Continue reading

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All Things Work Together

Grief…….. Such a small and easy word for such a complex topic.  There is nothing small or easy about grief.  All of us have experienced it, and all of us will experience it again. It hurts like nothing we have … Continue reading

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Oh, For Grace to Trust You More

A sweet friend asked me once how I “talked to God.” My reply on that particular occasion was I just freely let my mind lift praises, thanks, needs, thoughts and worries toward heaven, having faith that God hears the voice … Continue reading

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No Turning Back

No one has EVER used the word “athletic” to describe me. God gave me some wonderful gifts, but none of them made me graceful or quick on my feet or able to catch a ball. I have accepted that fact. … Continue reading

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The Circle of Life 

The scene is familiar.  Anxious members of the animal kingdom have gathered at the appointed spot. Each species seems to have its own special area in which to gather. The sky is a beautiful crimson and gold. Everyone is looking … Continue reading

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