Pastor/columnist Ronnie McBrayer returning to Walton County

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

‘I don’t think my heart ever left’

McBrayer announced in late 2012 that he would return to A Simple Faith and the area in the new year.

“I had a bit of an epiphany that led to this decision,” he said. “It would take way too much copy space to explain it, but I felt like I should return. It was as if God and universe left me no other option, and I say that with a chuckle.”

About two years ago, the family moved back to Georgia because of growing family needs.

“Our parents have not improved, but they have stabilized,” McBrayer said. “Other family transitions have made it possible to return. I don’t think my heart ever left.”

McBrayer says that juggling demands on time between writing, speaking, preaching and family has taught him that if you don’t make time, there will never be enough for those who need it. But how does he make time with his family?

“Like porcupines making love — very carefully,” he said. “This is one thing I am much more deliberate about than ever. I carve out intentional time for my family and they are my highest priority. I also wave off most other invitations to do other things — chamber of commerce, sitting on boards, etc. I have only so much of me, and I want to be where I am most effective. My family, speaking, and writing take precedence.”

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