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, September 26, 2012

"Our Choice" featured at KJV Blog Directory today!

Joshua became the leader of the nation of Israel after the death of Moses, and remained their leader throughout the conquering of the Promised Land.  Find out more about Joshua's choice and the choice set before us in today's post at The KJV Blog Directory.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Check Yes for Our New Library!

Our library is an important part of our community and an important resource.  Without “the big library” in Casper, we would not have access to our own local library.  The Summer Reading Program is an incredible encouragement for kids and adults to read, and we can access any materials in the state at any time through the Interlibrary Loan Program.

Supporting the new Natrona County Public Library would support our community in many ways.  It would allow for more books and materials to be housed, allowing us access to the new materials.  It would also support an addition to our own local library, with more technology and materials.  We would have access to more books, movies, CDs, books on tape, ebooks, playaways, and other assorted items.
Expanding the library is a necessity for the entire county.  It is so crowded, that it can be difficult to find a quiet place to read or an open computer.  The children’s section is divided among floors, so it’s a challenge to keep track of a group of children, and sometimes their browsing has to be limited to the materials in a certain room or area.  Parking is so atrocious, that on a busy day a space can’t be found for blocks, and where the library is, there is absolutely NO ROOM to grow.
The proposed site for the new library is spacious and beautiful.  There is room for parking, room for green space and pathways, for a children’s area, and even room to expand should the need arise again.

This would be a time limited campaign.  By law, the tax cannot be extended or increased without going back to the public for a vote.  Property taxes, gasoline and groceries would not be affected, and it would only be one cent more than we currently pay for sales tax. If you buy an item at the dollar store, it would cost $1.06, instead of $1.05, unless of course it’s a grocery item, because those are still exempted.  Out of town visitors will help pay for the new facility!

Did You Know?  Library use has more than doubled (up 120%) in the past ten years.  Its last major renovation occurred when there were only 35,000 people in Natrona County!

The planning board has revised and scaled back this plan from the original that was submitted to the ballot in 2008, and the property has already been purchased with private funds raised by the Natrona County Public Library Foundation.
People in this community fought so hard to keep our post offices, and while there were some concessions, we were largely successful.  This is a much easier fight, because all you have to do is check yes in November! 

How would a temporary penny affect me?
If you spend:
$60 for a tank of gas:      +0¢                            $25 for a pair of Blue Jeans:   +25¢ 
$20 for a large pizza:   +20¢                              $3 for a 6-pack of soda:    + 0¢
$1 for a fountain drink:   + 1¢                             $ANY for groceries/prescriptions + 0¢            

*Statistics and diagram gathered from Natrona County Public Library Website and Printed Materials.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Inescapable by Nancy Mehl

From the moment I "picked up" Inescapable, I wasn't able to stop reading for a second.  I found myself drawn to my computer screen over and over, unable to wait between each gripping chapter.

Yes, my computer screen.  I took advantage of the recently available Kindle download, but since I've misplaced my Kindle, I took advantage of the ability to use the Cloud Reader to read my books on screen.  I wanted to share that little tidbit just to give a little context of how excited I was about this book, to rivet myself to a desk chair in front of a computer screen for hours in order to finish reading it!

The description from the back cover:
Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, her family, and her faith with plans never to return. Five years later, Lizzie finds she'll have to run again. False accusations at her job, a stalker, and a string of anonymous threatening letters have left her with no other options. This time, however, her escape is back to Kingdom, her hometown.

As Lizzie becomes reacquainted with Kingdom, she realizes she may not have left her Mennonite roots and her faith as firmly in the past as she thought. She draws on the support of Noah Housler, an old friend, as she hides out and attempts to plan her next steps.

When it becomes painfully clear that the danger has followed Lizzie to Kingdom, suspicions and tensions run high, and she no longer knows who to trust. With her life and the lives of those she loves at risk, Lizzie will have to run one last time--to a Father whose love is inescapable.

Normally I'm leery of book trailers, because they can provide pictures that don't fit with my own images, and skew my view.  This one is good though, not too presumptive or detailed in pictures, but it gives you a sense of suspense and urgency that really fits the story.

I loved this book.  I was drawn in from the very beginning, and sucked in with every twist and turn.  I did figure out some of the mysteries just before they unraveled, but there were a few that got by me.  I loved that there was a prevailing message of faith and trust in God throughout, and that Lizzie had to learn to trust in Him, as we all do throughout our lives.  

As soon as I finished reading, I began looking for more Nancy Mehl books to dig into!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Link Up at The Modest Mom Blog

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with an oldie but goodie about Marriage.  Come along and join the fun!

I don't know why, but no matter how many times I try to share buttons from other sites or blogs, I just can't get it to happen, so here's the link!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Great Expectations at KJV Blog Directory

Parents have certain expectations for their children.  Children are representing their families, and parents expect them to do it well.  

God has expectations for His children as well...

Today I'll be sharing about God's expectations for us at the KJV Blog Directory.  Come on over and join us!

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