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...

Monday, July 1, 2013

Blueberry Soup...Good for What Ails You!

I went to college at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for one year, .  My first taste of homesickness was a pretty tough pill to swallow, and it wasn't the  most spectacular year of my life, but there were some highlights, one of whom was my wonderful roommate, Mari!  Mari, an exchange student from Finland, certainly had more reason for homesickness than I, but I never saw her throw herself down or wallow in pity.  She was a wonderful young lady with a great heart and a compassionate spirit.

Flash forward to a few years later, when Mari and her family returned to the U.S. for a visit.  While staying with us her daughter, Lotta, had a tummy ache, and Mari asked if I had any blueberries so that she could make blueberry soup.  I'd never heard of this before, so I watched curiously as she put it all together, and had to try it myself.  

Over the years, this has become one of my comfort foods, and one that immediately makes me feel better if I'm sick, or just feeling low.  I've lost and found several recipes through the years, but this is the best one I've seen since Mari's.   It's good for what ails you! :)

4 cups frozen blueberries 
3 cups water 
5 Tablespoons sugar 
3 Tablespoons lemon juice 
1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
Pinch of salt 
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
½ teaspoons vanilla 
Combine ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring well. Bring soup to a gentle boil, then reduce and simmer about 5 minutes.

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