God Bless America

Second week at Alert Academy has our team working on the same types of projects.  The women are still in the sewing room and the men are replacing plumbing and shower heads in the many bath houses on this campus.  The massive amount of damage the freeze had on this facility is heart rending. This is a very large campus with many shower houses. This deep freeze caught much of Texas unaware. The sewing room is busy with putting new patches on the cadets’ shirts due to graduations and promotions.

Face on a Tree?

This tree with the huge lump on it, is across from our campsite.  Many questions come to mind as to how and why this occured.  What happened along lifes’ journey for this tree that made this deformity?  All of us are dealing with deformities.  Not all of them are visible.  Some wounds have tons of scar tissue over and around them.  Some wounds are inside.  Wounds can be very troublesome if they are bumped or scabs are pulled off.  No one else can understand the pain that has made the wound and the only one who can heal it is Jesus.  Let’s give Him our deformities and our pain and let Him heal them completely.  

Interview for Class Project

The young men here are such an inspiration!  We have such hope for our nation as we watch these men treat us with such dignity and respect.  They are a delight.  They have a wonderful curriculum here and their classes are challenging.  We hear them at 5 am marching and calling a cadence.  Some of the young men interviewed the SOWER men as one of their assignments.  They were to learn about financial decisions the men have made in their lives and what they wish they had done differently.  

A newspaper was discovered in one of the rooms here from 1944.  One of the headlines read “ FDR will Pray for Nation tonight from Washington, DC.” It brought tears to my eyes as there is nothing like that coming out of Washington, DC at the present time from the Office of the President.  However, seeing the future generation that is here at Alert Academy gives us hope for our nation and for a new revival of a desire for Jesus.  

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

Harry S. Truman
Cadet Teddy R. Bear

I brought along my old bicycle and have really been enjoying riding it on this beautiful campus.  Exercise is much needed as they feed us really well.  We have some kind of homemade bread every meal.  I think this old farm wife will get spoiled here.  It’s such a treat and the salads at every meal are delicious.  They have many mouths to feed and they feed those hungry recruits well and they feed us old SOWERS well also.

Bicycle Built for One

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was like in the United States where men were free.

Ronald Reagan

We are Blooming!

July on the Prairie

Thankful for the sacrifices made for our freedoms.

The farmer put up a couple of flag holders so that we could fly our United States flags on the fourth of July and praise our God for the freedom we have in this country to pursue our relationship with our Lord. We thought of many who have given it all to allow us to keep these freedoms. My dad was in the Navy in WWII and many we know served in VietNam. The farmer served six years in the National Guard. Thank you to all of you veterans out there for keeping this country free.

Every day we grow more thankful to live on the wide open prairie far from the happenings in the world. We don’t watch the news and do not watch TV at all. It has been a tremendous blessing to be free of that. We love to read and pray and keep our ears to the news with a Christian radio service.

We know our world is in turmoil and we know much of our world is in great fear. Every day there are new concerns and much, much is unknown. Tomorrow is a different story from the day before. Everything is changed and we don’t know when or if we will ever be back to “normal”. One constant is that God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalms 90:2
The Heavens declaring the Glory of God.

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Psalms 19:1

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.

Colossians 1:16
Gorgeous Sunset

With all that is happening in the world today the only place of safety and security is in His arms. Even here on the prairie the only place of refuge is in His loving arms. The only peace, the only calm, the only place to be free of fear is to put our trust in Him. Peter in Matthew 14:22-33 could walk on the water as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. When he looked at the circumstances (the waves crashing around him) he sank down in the water and thought he would drown if Jesus didn’t reach out His hand and lift him up.

We too can drown in fear if we take our eyes off of Jesus and listen to the chaos around us. But for Jesus and his hand to rescue and save us, we may be overcome by fear in these days. Have you given your life to Jesus today? He is ready to give you the free gift of salvation. All you must do is ask him and believe. Here is a prayer you can use to ask him for his peace and faith instead of fear.

Lord, I believe you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for my sins and then He arose from the dead. I repent of all of my sins and ask you to forgive me. I believe that you have forgiven me and I invite you to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me, Jesus.

Oh How He Loves You and Me!