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...

Friday, August 3, 2012

"Here We Stand"

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Mignon McLaughlin

One of my friends posted this on her facebook wall the other day, and I absolutely agree.  Everyday I find different things or traits that make me love my husband even more.  

Does that mean marriage is always easy?  No.  It definitely does not.  I'm sure that all of you wonderful ladies (and gentlemen) have your own stories to tell about arguments, forgotten anniversaries or birthdays, disagreements about where to spend or how to celebrate the holidays, and probably plenty of other things, but learning how to understand each other and love each other anyway is part of marriage. And after all the arguing is over and the storm is passed, you can sit down together and realize you've successfully navigated another obstacle in your path, and the glue that cements you together is stronger than ever.

I think my favorite pictorial analogy used in weddings is the three stranded cord, and the bond that it stands for.  You see, a two stranded cord is too easily broken, but when you add that third strand, God, and you depend on Him to bind it all together (Ecclesiastes 4:12)?  Well, that's a bond that's not easily broken and will make the relationship stronger than the world around it. 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Each day, my husband and I have our own independent quiet times, but we also pray together.  We pray for our family, and for our marriage.  We pray for each other, our church family, our friends, and any decisions or challenges that we may be facing.  We pray that our children will grow in their relationships with God and with others.  We even pray that they will each find God fearing, loving spouses that the Lord has chosen for them.

I want to leave you with a beautiful, powerful song that says so much to me about marriage and how it all fits together.  It was written by the very talented Tony Carter, who has graciously allowed me to share it with you in this entry.  

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