Inspirational stories, with the occasional sweet treat

Tina A.

Tina A.

Happy Tuesday!  So I know I have been a little M.I.A with posts the last few weeks, but believe me when I tell you there is SO much going on in our lives, that I will definitely write about at a later time, and I just needed a little time to truly focus.  So now I am getting back into the swing of things, and today I am starting with Tina’s story.  Tina is seriously awesome.  She is a lot of fun to be around, and all I ever do is laugh when I see her.  I hope you enjoy her story of “facing fears”, and I also hope you get to be outside for a little bit today.  The weather is GORGEOUS, get some Vitamin D!



“In 2007, my family relocated to Greenville, SC… far away from my favorite place where I grew up spending summers practically living in the ocean. In the fall of 2012 my oldest daughter and I wandered into a dive shop looking to sign my son up for Scuba Diving lessons as a Christmas present. By the time we left the shop, not only was my son signed up for classes, but our whole family was too!

The first time out on the lake, I was so distracted “being a mom”, that the dive instructors wisely determined it would be better for me to do my check dives separately.  I mean who puts an 11 year old in really deep water strapped with “tons” of weight to make her sink? Did I sign up for this? Despite my anxiety, all 4 kids did fantastic, just like fish, they loved every minute of it… and I loved it even more when we were all back on dry land.

Two weeks later, it was my turn to take the “giant stride” into the lake. I was so excited to experience what my kids so happily chatted about. Little did I know hiding deep within me was a giant fear of water.  When I jumped in, and the water hit my face, I had a full blown anxiety attack and had to be helped out of the water!  Not only was I embarrassed and confused, but I felt like a failure. My discomfort in the water was unlike anything I could have every imagined…I grew up LOVING the water, how could I possibly have an issue?

After several trips back to the pool and lake, I finally achieved my Open Water Certification. I would like to say my successful check dives put an end to my anxiety but that wasn’t the case. My initial set of dives didn’t go as I had planned. It has been several years since, and each dive is better than the one before. It has been an incredible adventure working on something that is physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging. To say I love scuba diving now is an enormous understatement.”


What is Tina’s definition of Sugar and Strength?

“Sugar, are the times I’m still enough to hear Jesus speaking to me in His still quiet voice; the friends He has blessed me with to encourage and hold me accountable. Strength is His and not mine. Psalm 84:5 “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on a pilgrimage“.


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