Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Celebration


A wedding was celebrated at our house today.  You might consider it a bit unconventional, the wedding of a pregnant cat to a stuffed tiger, but my girls felt that she shouldn’t be alone.  You see, our beloved and wonderful male cat, Lancelot, was hit by a car and killed a few weeks ago.

Our previously aloof and independent Guinevere became a loving and affectionate cat, constantly choosing to be close to us instead of wandering off on her own as she once had.

Within a short time, it became evident that there was more than one reason Guinevere’s temperament had changed.  She’s going to be a mommy! 


And as her time approaches, the girls began to fret that she wasn’t taking good enough care of herself, that she needed someone to look out for her, that she would be lonely.  Thus the ultimate motive behind today’s celebration dreamed up by a trio of small, adorable people.


The dictionary definition of marriage states: “the social institution under which a man and womanestablish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.

But what I find so much more important, is God’s design for marriage.  He made woman so that man would have a companion, so that he would not be alone.


Genesis 2:18-24
 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

and Matthew 19:4-6

And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Men are to love their wives, to protect them, and take care of them and their children, which is ultimately why my girls felt that Guinevere needed a husband, even if he was just a representation.
There is someone special who will love and protect us, take care of us and provide for us even more than an earthly husband, and not just through the time constraints of human life, but for eternity.

Ephesians 5:22-25
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Yes.  Christ gave Himself for the church.  Does that mean that He gave Himself for a fancy building downtown, or an old leaning building in the middle of an oilfield?  No.  Christ gave Himself for the people.  He loves us, and He wants to be our Lord, Protector, Comforter, Friend, and so much more.  He wants to be our Savior.
 
Christ is the one true love we have who will never leave us, forsake us, or even disappoint us.  He is everything, and He wants to be your everything.  If you don’t know Him today, take the time to invite Him into your heart.  


If you do know Him, make sure that you take the time and make the time to sit down and spend with Him.  There is no greater friend than Jesus, and there is no greater love than that He has for us.


Romans 5:8
 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.




2 comments:

  1. Lovely picture of marriage! And so cute that your daughters took what they knew from scripture and applied it to your cat. I'm sure they're excited to meet the kittens!

    Thank you for visiting Life Lessons! Appreciate your insightful comment. I can definitely relate to becoming impatient when things don't happen in my time frame. And you're absolutely right that the 'waiting' periods are times we can use to prepare ourselves for when God opens the door of opportunity! Thanks again for stopping by! God bless!

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  2. Thank you for coming by and for your comment! And yes, they are very excited about meeting the babies!

    I really enjoyed reading your post, and I am sure I will be dropping by more often! :)

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