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By Tanya Wilson

One of my challenges with television has been finding something of value to watch during my down time. It’s really a matter of taste; for some there is a lot to watch, while others complain of having so many channels that have nothing to offer.

Recently, I discovered a program that I have truly enjoyed! “Sweetie Pie’s,” on the OWN network. It’s not a perfect show but a good show that offers a solid opportunity to laugh for an hour. It is the story of the actual “Sweetie Pie’s” restaurant in St. Louis Missouri. The owner Robbie Montgomery was a backup singer for Ike and Tina Turner. Because of a collapsed lung, she had to retire, returning to St. Louis to open a family restaurant with her son.

This series is an example of the promises of life’s restoration. Having a lung collapse when she was a singer that had worked hard to get her shot, could not have been easy. How many times in life have we thought we had finally “arrived” only to have things not play out the way we thought they would? But as we are reminded in Jeremiah 29:11, the plan for peace and not evil, and hope for our future, is available to each of us when we stand on faith.

Family is so important and believing and encouraging each other goes a long way. Bobby’s son has his challenges as we all do, but her trust in him as they strive to run a successful restaurant with almost three locations illustrates what supporting each other can produce. Seeing this 71 year old enjoying the latter days of her life in sassy style had me smiling from ear to ear.

Proverbs 17:22 is a verse that I draw on often as I face the challenges that are around me at times as I live life. “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

If your day is like mine, there is much to get done. So many of us try and pack two days into one. But at the end of the day, our rest is so important. Rest and relaxation is a necessary allowing us to refuel ourselves so that we can show up with our best self in the days to come.

Tanya is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. You can friend her on Facebook or email her at Read more columns by Tanya Wilson.

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