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...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Importance of Fellowship and Study Together

I just came from the first Women's Bible Study we've had  in our church family for quite awhile.  It is a topic that has come up many times, but even though the men have a regular meeting time, we ladies have never quite gotten there.  It was a great evening of fellowship and time together in God's word, and it just reminded me that God gives us Christian friends and family so that we can support each other, worship together, fellowship together, and lift each other up.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Check out today's Monday Ministry Highlight -Jesus Christ, The Mediator at KJV Blog Directory!

1 Timothy 2:5  -  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Find out more about Jesus Christ, The Mediator over at KJV Blog Directory today!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SUSPENSE SISTERS: WILLIAM PAUL YOUNG AND AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY

I had to share this one. Tears in my eyes, tears in my eyes.

SUSPENSE SISTERS: WILLIAM PAUL YOUNG AND AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY: Hi all, welcome to Monday. If you’re reading this post in the morning, I salute you. A great way to start your day! LOL. Just kidding. Re...

Monday, November 19, 2012

What Do You Value?

I know my blog has been light on the posts lately, and for that I apologize.  I could scapegoat it all on the past week, but I'm sure you've noticed that post traffic was light well before that!

I will tell you that this past week we experienced an event that I'm still reeling in shock from.  It wasn't a violent "stick 'em up" burglary or home invasion, but the fact that someone broke into the car and took things from it is still something I'm having trouble processing.  I feel like it didn't really happen, it's just a nightmare, and all the stuff will be back where it belongs when I wake up.  

On one hand, I feel like I'm being overly dramatic, because there are people who have experienced far worse trauma, but on the other, it was a violation.  And a loss.  And yes, it was just stuff, but I will admit that it was stuff I had grown attached to, like pictures of my children's field trip that day that were on my camera, and other pictures, music, and writing that was on my computer.  My library book!  My notebook with all of my stories from the writing class I took this summer, sermon notes, blogs written, and those yet to write.  All the girls' spend, save, gift and tithe money.  Three of my favorite Thirty-One bags, including my beloved Cindy Tote, brand new zipper pouch and the mini zipper I carry all the kids' medicines in...and all the kids' medicines themselves.  There's another thing to be thankful for!  I am very, very thankful that no one got sick this weekend, since I didn't have any children's Tylenol or Motrin!  

And more than anything, I am thankful that all of my family members are okay, and that it was just a lesson, albeit an expensive one, about not putting too much value on stuff.

What do you value?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Remember to Check Yes!!!!



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.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Encouraging and Assisting!

Today we're encouraging and assisting our friends, the Suspense Sisters, by sharing their new blog and facebook page!  Zip on over there and check it out!