Relay for Life Rifle Event

Relay for Life Rifle Event
WHY WE FUNDRAISE!

While the American Cancer Society is making progress toward a world without cancer, only with your dedication and fundraising efforts can we finish the fight against the disease.
With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer – we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay For Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.
RESEARCH
For more than 65 years, the American Cancer Society has been finding answers that save lives – from changes in lifestyle to new approaches in therapies to improving cancer patients’ quality of life. No single nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization in the US has invested more to find the causes and cures of cancer.
You can find more information at http://www.relayforlife.org. Thank you to each one of you who helped, donated money, donated items and walked! We have an awesome team! This was a great time, even though we are worn out!! THANK YOU to everyone who participated!!

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is a day that is set aside to remember, and honor, our brave soldiers who have given their lives to protect our land and keep us free.  It began as a day to honor our Civil War dead, but after World War I, it was expanded to include our war dead from all the wars in which America was involved.  Go to http://www.usmemorialday.org/ for more information.

According to http://www.historycentral.com/wars.html , our country has fought in 12 wars (not counting the Afghanistan War which brings the updated total to 13.)  In every one of these cases, we have asked the young people of our nation to be willing to give their lives in the name of freedom (for us and others in foreign lands.)    The sacrifices these young men and women have made can never be totally comprehended nor can they be repaid by us.

Just stop and think about a little of what these wonderful young people have given up for us.  At the very least, they have given years of their life, time away from their families, to serve their country which they love. They have given us any chance of setting down “roots”, having to move from base to base once every 3 to 4 years.   Many will be physically disabled the rest of their life, having the use of one or more of their limbs taken from them.   Scores have been mentally disabled resulting in them being unable to handle day to day living.   And thousands upon thousands have given the ultimate sacrifice, their life, so that we can continue to enjoy our lives living safely in a land of freedom.

We can never begin to understand what they went through, and are continuing to go through, all because they love their nation and the freedoms we take for granted everyday.  We can never begin to repay them and their families for the sacrifices they have made for us.  It seems as if saying “Thank You” just isn’t enough.

Happy Mothers Day!

This is a day that everyone gets to enjoy- because if you are on this planet you have a Mom!

One of my favorite verses is:  Titus 2:3-5 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

It is one of the reasons I stayed at Rifle Church of Christ.  On my first visit I saw some of the greatest ladies I’ve ever been blessed with meeting.  I wanted to be known as part of their church family.  They each in their own ways had encouraged and trained me in Godly ways to react to worldly situations.

So today I thank you ladies!  I feel we are more sisters than mother – daughter relations and find that just as endearing.  You are important to me.  I appreciate all that you do for me, all that you do for others and that fact that you love God and lead everyone to love God impacts me personally in everything I do.

Thank you for loving me when I was unlovable.  Thank you for correcting me when I need correction.  Thank you for encouraging me to be more than I thought I could be!

I pray I can encourage others – women, children and the world the way you have encouraged me.  Be the change you want to see in the world and the world will change!  I am one of those changes that each of you gets credit for!

THANK YOU – I LOVE YOU AND GOD LOVES YOU EVEN MORE!!

Spring has arrived!

March 20 marked the beginning of spring for us this year!  Spring is my favorite season.  It reminds me of Genesis. Everywhere we see  new beginnings of life and our planet.

Genesis tells us of God creating the world, the heavens, oceans, animals and us.  Spring gives us a glimpse of what new life looks and sounds like.  With lambs, calves and foals in nearly every pasture we drive by!  There is grass turning green and flowers beginning to sprout.  Soon leaves will fill the trees and wave at us everyday.

While there is season for everything- seeing life spring forth encourages me and inspires me to learn and grow, whether it is a new skill or trying a new plant in my garden.  I have our garden mapped out and planned for planting the first week of June.  Winter at times feels to me as though it takes forever to pass.  I am encouraged listening to friends who enjoy the winter months as much as I enjoy the spring months.

I used to think a time for each season only meant things like plants growing, harvesting food, leaves falling and finally the vegetation sleeping thru ~ but thru the years I’ve discovered many reasons for seasons!  Some people love it to be hot – Others love it to be cold.  God is so wise in all of His creation!  He makes things that please people  in a variety of ways.

We praise you God for this beautiful world you have given to man to have dominion over and to utilize it wisely for the benefit of ourselves, our communities and our world.  We praise you for making us individuals with different likes and desires and all in your image.

Are you a winner?

Are you a winner? By Rebecca Maloney
I’ve heard so much news about our newest local celebrity- the George family who won the lottery.
I am happy for them. Mrs. George drove my daughters transfer school bus for four years. I find blessings in hard working people getting the chance of a lifetime through something like this. I do not buy lottery tickets. I get teased endlessly about this choice I have made.
Occasionally my husband will plead that I get his ticket bought which happened this last drawing. Even I got caught up in the ‘what if’ it was MY ticket!! Funny how instantly it became MY ticket and no longer my husbands.
We have had those ‘if’ we had won conversations all week long. It is fun to dream and listen to the dreams of Mike and Adriane.
Then reality burst through into our lives with a very sick Caedin all day Thursday and thru the night. Who sweetly shared this stomach bug with me. I have been laid flat all of my Saturday. The to do list is getting bigger not smaller and so forth.
As I sit here today I realize I am a winner! God loved me and you enough to send his only Son to save us. We do not have a ‘what if’ future! We are saved and KNOW we will have eternity in heaven. That counts more than anything in this world. To know and love our Savior as my personal friend who patiently helps me grow and learn more about Him in every way.
I stand and declare we are all winners! We are brothers and sisters in God’s family. Whatever we have or do not have in this world we have eternity to look forward to today, tomorrow and forever.
Thank you God for loving us enough to save us!!

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder

“And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” Genesis 28:12
When I was in elementary school there was one class everyone loved. Once a week we went to the auditorium for music. First what was special about this class was that we got to leave the classroom. Second was the young teacher didn’t make us do anything but sing, sing, sing. Those were happy times climbing up on stage at school. I have thought about the class from time to time through the years when I hear a song we sang there. One of those times happened this past week. I received a prayer request from a man named Jacob in Ireland. He asked that I spend some time meditating and praying asking God what He had for his life. He was searching for direction. When I get a request like that I do pray and I am very careful that I do hear from God before I respond. As I was praying the words to a song not only found their way into my head, but also began to come from my lips. The song was an old spiritual we once sang in music class. We are climbing Jacob’s ladder…Every rung goes higher higher…Sinner, won’t you love my Jesus? If you love Him you must serve Him. Rise and shine and give God glory, Soldiers of the Cross. What is amazing about this is that only forty years ago we could not only say the name of Jesus in public school, but also sing about Him! Today we are called to go higher. Our goal must be to get sinners to love Christ. If we love Him we must serve Him. We must rise up and give God glory. If we want generations who follow after us to be able to sing about and proclaim the name of Jesus, we must be soldiers climbing, bolding proclaiming, and baring His cross daily. Angels will be with us as we go.