Verse of the Day, Romans 8:25

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Romans 8:25

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

“God writes novels, not sitcoms. He specializes in miracles that take time. He doesn’t cheaply wrap up our stories in a half hour. He’s into setting the scene and fleshing out every character and every plot line down to its last detail.

I’m in the middle of writing a novel right now, and I can attest that it takes a while. I create back stories and intricate plot twists. I have to take my characters through all kinds of crazy things to get them to my perfect ending, which I’ve already planned out. When I get frustrated with how long it’s taking, I press through and remember that God is an author too. He’s writing my story and He’s writing yours. It may seem like it’s taking a long time, but trust me, the ending will be worth it.” (Jennifer E Jones, CBN)

Verse of the Day, James 1:6

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But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6stormy_sea_by_jrivadulla-d651j21

“James, familiar with sailing on ships at the mercy of stormy waters, described doubt in those terms: “The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” Winds make the sea unstable. Waves move back and forth in a constant state of disruption. What wind does to water is what doubt can do to faith. Doubt will keep your life in stormy turmoil.

James 1:6 says we should pray with faith—with no doubting. He has just told us that trials and testing are God’s preferred method of training us into maturity. Then he lets us know we’re going to need wisdom in order to exercise joy as the training unfolds. We’re going to have to ask for it, expect it, and rely on it. If we don’t get God’s wisdom, we will end up“double-minded [and] unstable in all [our] ways.”

So ask God for the wisdom to identify doubt and turn away from it. Ask with the humble faith of the man who said to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24), and step forward with confidence and the promised presence of God.”  (James McDonald, Walk in the Word).

Audrey Hepburn

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A few days ago on May 4th the world recognized Audrey Hepburn on what would have been her 86th birthday. Audrey died of cancer in 1993, after leading an extraordinary and inspirational life. Though far from perfect or smooth, Audrey’s life is an example of a life lived by someone full of heart. Inspired by her own childhood struggles with poverty, she grew to be a compassionate woman who not only stunned the world with her beauty, laugh, and personality, but also with her kindness and dedication to serving others. To honor her birthday and share her spirit, here are ten quotes from Audrey about life and love:

 “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.”

  “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

“Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.”

“The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present — and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

“There is more to feminine charm than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much femininity, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”

 

“If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.”

 

 

quotes from (http://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/fitness-and-wellbeing/166084/Wednesday-Wellness-with-Willow-Lane–10-inspirational-quotes-from-Audrey-Hepburn)

 

Verse of the Day: Matthew 11:29

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Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

“Rest! Doesn’t that sound nice? In a culture gone mad on business, a culture that has exchanged recreation for rest, that sounds nice. But we must not be deceived. Jesus’ way isn’t necessarily easy. His call to discipleship isn’t escapism. But there is a difference between doing nothing and resting. There is a difference between being burdened and doing strenuous things. In a world where so many things we chase for gratification leave us depleted, Jesus is promising that when we take up our cross and follow him, he can give us rest—that restorative, nurturing, and rekindling strength that gives us the power to face what life brings or Satan throws in our paths” (heartlight.com).

Verse of the Day, Psalm 31:24

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Psalms 31:24   Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD.

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Christian courage may thus be described. It is the undaunted audacity of a sanctified heart in adventuring upon difficulties and undergoing hardships for a good cause upon the call of God.

 Some conceive our English word courage to be derived from cordis actio, the very acting of the heart. A valiant man is described in 2 Samuel 17:10 for to be a man whose heart is as the heart of a lion. And sometimes the original translated courageous may most properly be rendered “a man of heart.” Beloved, valour doth not consist in a piercing eye, in a terrible look, in big words; but it consists in the mettle, the vigour that is within the bosom.

 http://www.biblestudytools.com

Skater Girls

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“Skateistan” is a German Non-Profit organization that teaches children to skateboard in Afghanistan, providing them with community, learning opportunities, and a particularly precious chance to play. Sixty percent of the students come from impoverished backgrounds, and forty percent are girls. Photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson was so inspired when she heard about the skateboarding girls of Kabul that she traveled to Afghanistan to photograph them.

They hurl themselves forward with unstoppable courage, and if they take a tumble they bounce right up again, running back to the queue and cheering on their friends,” the artist told Hyperallergic. “Life for these skate girls is undeniably different in so many ways to that of their Western counterparts, but it’s also touchingly, heartbreakingly and amusingly the same.”

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 “I met so many impressive women and girls in Afghanistan,” Fulford-Dobson told Saatchi Gallery. “A teacher as tough and determined as any man; young Afghans in their early twenties who were volunteering at an orphanage and were passionate about being seen as strong and willing to fight for themselves, rather than as victims of circumstance; and girls who were being educated to be leaders in their communities and who were already thinking carefully about their own and their country’s future. And of course there were the young skate girls, so fun to be around and so totally unspoilt.”

To read more about Skateistan and find out how you can get involved, click here to read the full article and see more pictures:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/23/jessica-fulford-dobson-skater-girls-kabul_n_7121546.html

Verse of the Day: 2 Timothy 1:7

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For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.  2 Timothy 1:7

“Paul says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear,” and then explains what God has given us in contrast to the spirit of fear. We have been given a spirit of power, love, and a sound-mind. And I think the order of these three are important to note.

The Greek word used here for power is dunamis or dynamite in English. It means force, miraculous power, ability, abundance, might.And it is the same word used to describe the power that raised Jesus from the dead (Ephesians 1:19). This dynamite power, this miraculous spirit power, is available to us; but we must “stir it up–fan the flames,” which then allows us to love others (and ourselves) and be of sound-mind. Only then can we do all things through Christ who gives us strength, who gives us the endunamounti, which is the Greek term for enabling power or life-giving power—again, that samedynamite power that raised Jesus from the dead! (See Philippians 4:13).” (Sunday School Network).

Can Nature Make us Nicer?

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You’ve probably heard or been exposed to the general idea that time in nature can benefit your physical and mental state, but studies show that these benefits can reach to every part of our lives. Time in nature is more than just some peace and quiet, or even just a break in routine. Did you know that nature can actually make you a happier and more caring individual?

An article from the University of Rochester, “Can Nature Make Us More Caring?” explains the following things.

1) “Nature affords individuals the chance to follow their interests and reduces pressures, fears, introjects, and societal expectations” (Weinstein).

 

 

2) “Many behaviors indicative of intrinsic aspiration, such as relational emotions, relational mind-sets (e.g., perspective taking and altruism), and less selfish decision making have been linked to connectedness to nature” (Weinstein).

 

3)Studies suggest that nature brings individuals closer to others, whereas human-made environments orient goals toward more selfish or self-interested ends” (Weinstein).

 

In summary, time in nature relieves the pressures and fears of life and allows you to be more freely yourself. Feeling more freely like yourself, you are likely to be happier, healthier, and to act more compassionate and kind to others. Where human made environments tend to be based on boundaries and create distance, nature made environments tend to be more free-form, and help to create connection.

Spend some time in nature this spring!

 

Sources:

Davis, John. “PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF NATURE EXPERIENCES: AN OUTLINE OF RESEARCH AND THEORY.” Naropa University (2004): Digital file.

Weinstein, Netta, Andrew K. Przybylski, and Richard M. Ryan. “Can Nature Make Us       More Caring? Effects of Immersion in Nature on Intrinsic Aspirations and Generosity.” University of Rochester: Digital file.

 

First Look at our Finished Projects!

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New Paint in McNeil Hall

With the help of donors, volunteers, and our generous staff, we’ve been able to make quite a few wonderful improvements to our facility. These include, paint in McNeil Hall, a beautiful fresh coat of green paint and inside remodel of cabin 23 and the upgrades and remodel of Cabin 95.  Additional improvements to the grounds include, adding benches and cleaning up the hiking trails, renovations to the volleyball court and upgrading our Game Room and basketball court area in Gilboa Camp.

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Upgrades to Gilboa Camp Basketball Court and New Pool Table in Gameroom

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New Exterior Paint and Interior Upgrades to Cabin 23

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Strawberry Creek Clearing and New Benches

 

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Cabin 95 is Beautiful! New Interior Paint, Carpet and a Complete Remodel of the Bathroom!