Thursday, March 22, 2018

Word of the Month: Recap

I have had my challenges this year, but I have also had many blessings already. One blessing in my life has been intentionally focusing each month on a word for growth. By changing my word monthly, I have been able to change my focus based on what is active in my life.


In January I decided to focus on TRUST. In December I was feeling anxious about letting God have final say in my life. It is so hard to hand things over to Him, and I knew that I needed to let Him in and let myself just trust that He knows what is best for me. It sounds easy, but this was not an easy task. I prayed every day for trust. Little by little, I felt my heart change. January started off strong, but by mid-January everyone was getting sick and now hindsight tells me that I was beginning to have a flare-up. By the time we got to the end of January, I realized I had a new task on my heart.


After finally beginning to trust, I knew that the next step to grow spiritually was to SURRENDER to God's will. It is one thing to start to trust God, but to surrender completely? Oh, man. February was a rough month for a few reasons. We were sick pretty much the entire month. I started feeling worse and worse. Winter was never-ending and then we were hit with some financial struggles. I was feeling like I was backed into a corner! The only thing I could do was surrender. There were no other options. I was despairing and knew that God was the only way out of it.


Now that I hit rock bottom, I had to focus on HOPE. Hope that spring is around the corner and we won't be sick so much. Hope that my flare-up will get under control. Hope that we can get out feet under us financially. "Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer." ~St. Padre Pio.  Honestly, right now hope is hard when you feel so terrible, but then I remember: this is only temporary. Jesus is the living hope, and in heaven there will be no worry or misery.

As I look back on the first quarter of the year, I can see God's hand in my life. He is guiding me somewhere. I have no idea where, but I trust Him. I surrender to His will. And I hope that it will be good.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Elijah Trusted the True God

By: Kaelyn 

After Solomon died, Ahab, who was evil, ruled Israel selfishly. Ahab turned the people away from God. They were worshiping a false God named Baal. Ahab had 450 prophets of Baal. God only had one prophet. His name was Elijah.

Elijah, who was God’s only prophet, bravely challenged Ahab and his 450 prophets. Ahab’s prophets made an altar. They called to their god to make a fire but there was no fire because it was a false god. It was Elijah’s turn. He threw a bullock on God’s altar. He poured buckets and buckets of water on the altar.

Elijah called on his God. A fire rapidly appeared because Elijah had the true God. The prophets, who were now believing in Elijah’s God, kneeled down and declared, “The Lord is God!” Always trust in God, no matter what.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Danger Men

by: The Awesome Sebastian

Unsurprisingly, mountain men were always in danger. The area of mountain men began in the 19th century. Because they were so close to danger, many died in violence. Although the Indians were friendly, he grizzlies were furious, which ended in a large amount of death. Fortunately, there was a decent amount of beaver pelts. Their life was difficult.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Solomon Had the Wisdom of God

By: Kaelyn

In Israel, after amazing King David died, Solomon, who was his son, became the king. Solomon asked God for wisdom to judge. Since God liked that, he presented Solomon with wisdom and riches.

Two women charged toward King Solomon. Both women claimed, “I am the mother of this baby!” They needed Solomon to judge. Solomon, who quietly listened, thought and had a smart idea.

Solomon yelled, “Bring me a sword and I will cut the baby in half.” The first mommy agreed but the second mommy shrieked, “Nooo!!!!” Kindly, Solomon gave the baby to the real mother, who had shrieked. Solomon had the true wisdom of God.