Tonight at Girl Scouts, we made posters about why we love the town where we live. The posters are going to be part of our decoration for our float at the annual Lions Club Harvest Festival this month. We all talked about the same things on our posters - the fun we have at our different activities and the friends that we have here. It's a pretty great place to live!
Every year Mom tries to take off work to help with VBS. Nana used to do the same thing for her kids when they were little. There is something special that happens when a "village" come together to train the children in the way they should go. Blessings flow. Every year, when we start to think I'm too busy or too... whatever, I'm thankful that we are reminded of the blessings that come from such a small sacrifice.
Not only blessings on the adults, but on our children. The friendships, the lessons, and the scripture memory are phenomenal blessings to our children. Most importantly, though is the love that is shared and multiplied throughout the week. This year, finding God's love was the theme of VBS. God's love is the treasure. Oh, is it ever. We pray that the people involved with VBS this week remember what a treasure God's love truly is.
There was something special about it all this week. Perhaps it was a friends marriage on the rocks while another is expecting a baby or a town surrounding a coach in prayer for health issues so soon after tragically loosing another teacher. Without the love and support of the church, in whatever form that takes, those situations could seem impossible, insurmountable, but surrounded by a village, maybe it's not.
From the lessons about loving people when no one else does, like the Samaritan Woman or Zacchaeus to lessons about obedience, like when Jesus was baptized or crucified to lessons about forgiveness and redemption like when Peter told Jesus three times that he did love him, the love is evident. The application of the principals are timeless. What a gift, what a treasure, it is to know that love.
Yesterday I intended to send an email to let the teachers and staff in the school district where my children attend school know that they'd be prayed for, to encourage them for the new year, and to thank them for coming back to day #2, but I didn't. I just put it off and I didn't do it.
Today when I wrote the letter to send to them, I hesitated. I wasn't sure how it would be recieved, what people would think, or if it would just add more to their inbox than they cared to recieve. I certainly didn't want people to think that I was "godly" or something more than I am - I just prayed and wanted them to know I was thinking about them. Nothing More. Nothing big, right? I sent the emails at 10:20 and by noon I had 35 responses thanking, encouraging, and affirming the effectiveness of our prayers. As I read each one, my heart grew full and my eyes filled up with tears. I was overwhelmed and very humbled by the responses and they are still coming...
Prayer Changes Things. Prayer Changes Me -
NAME, Welcome to the middle of the first week of school!
I wanted to share with you that you have been prayed for by name every day for a week now. Members of the community even came together on Sunday to walk the campuses and pray blessings over you for an amazing school year. (See More on the Prayer Walk at http://www.medley6pack.com/back-to-school-prayer-walk.html) I truly hope that you have felt their prayers and support as you have started this wonderful journey into touching the lives of our children this year.
Whether you are picking up trash, counting wadded up dollars for T-shirt orders, planning your scope and sequence or just the daily duties of JOB TITLE, please know that it is making a difference. I know that you don’t hear it enough for all that you do to impact the lives of our children. Watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaHJRLoCyWc&feature=player_embedded#! and know that for every one of these there are hundreds more like them who thank you for what you’re doing right now, today.
Ahhhhh! This is wonderful. Thank you so much for this wonderful message and encouragement for this year. We have a larger group of children but our school still seems small town due to people like you and things like prayers for our teachers. Thank you for all that you do for us!
Thank you dearly! It takes all of us praying diligently to raise our kids! If you ever need anything, please call or stop by to see me. I have the best job in the building! J
Thanks so much …I really needed to read this today…it means more than you know!!!
Thank you so much for this! It absolutely made my day (gave me chills and tears as wellJ). I appreciate you thinking of and including me! You are such an amazing an inspirational lady!
Thank you, friend. This means more than you know.......
Thank you so much! It is so nice to know that our school and community still has Godly values!!! It is a great help to know that I am not the only one praying for my classroom! Please continue to pray for me, that I may do God’s will and that I may ALWAYS be a positive influence in the lives of my students!!! Thank you again,
Thank you Heather! I firmly believe in the power of prayer. This is a great thing that the members of this community is doing. May God bless each of you as you continue to do His will. Have a great day!
Thank you so much. I needed this today and prayers everyday. You are a blessing to our town.Thank you so much!! It has been an amazing first week!! You just made my day too!!
Thank you so much very much for your prayers. I truly appreciate all your prayers and support and I hope that I can be a positive influence to every child and parent that works into our school. Please continue to pray for every teacher, staff, students and family for a wonderful and blessed year. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call. Thank you again
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I cannot tell you how glad I am to know that this is being done for me and all of Shallowater isd. I am so thankful we live in a spiritual town, and we are not ashamed to show it! I have been doing the same thing; praying each day for the children of Shallowater and especially myself to be God’s servant each day. I can truly say that the prayers are working, and God is helping me for sure. Thank you so much
I have certainly felt all the prayers! I have had the VERY best start to this school year…in fact, this has been the best start of all my years of teaching. And I have praised God for it. Little did I know, there were members of our community that were praying for me. How blessed you have made me feel. Words cannot express how thankful I am, as this will impact me throughout this year, along with my 8th grade students.
May God truly bless you,
We have all felt your prayers, and those of the community. How blessed each of us are to have each of you on our team. The start of school has been amazing! Nothing is more precious than the bright smiling faces of “my” children. LOVE the youtube!
Thank you so much! I’m a big believer in the power of prayer and appreciate you praying for me! What a great start to the school year!
I have truly felt and unexplainable peace this year. We both know that can only come from one place. Thank You so much for the thoughts and prayers! I always say I need all the prayers on behalf I can get:) Please Thank the others who have been praying and let them know that their prayers are greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much. My family and I are truly blessed to be apart of such a wonderful community.
You guys are awesome! Thank you so much. I can definitely feel God's strength and joy this week.
I really appreciate your prayers.Thank you for your prayers. They are important and I’m very persuaded that God hears them. God bless you and your family!
Wow!!!! What a blessing to know that this has been done for me. I am truly grateful!!!! I am touched by you taking the time to do this for ME, wow! J May the Lord bless your endeavors! I welcome the prayers with open arms. Thanks again!!!!
In the middle of the day, Levi Stinson, owner and operator of the Shallow Ice stand in Shallowater was quite busy. This is his first week to be open this summer and it seems that the people in Shallowater were ready for him to open once again. The shaved ice stand consists of an unbrella, two chairs and a table loaded with an ice machine and a great selection of flavors - like pina colada, tigers blood, bubble gum and more...
We ordered two tigers blood, a bubble gum and just a cup of yummy shaved. It took quite awhile to get the fourth cup because Levi had to get a new block of ice - and it was giant! it looked like the bottom of a soda can, kind of. It was well worth the wait. That ice was really smooth and it just tasted great.
We brought the shaved ice back home to enjoy them. "The best part about my shaved ice was the flavor," said Preston
- by Clayton
The service was super friendly. The owner is not a grown up, which is cool for kids.
The ice is amazing. It was cool seeing the big block of ice getting turned into little pieces of snow. The flavors are delicious. I think that tiger blood is the best.
Find Shallow Ice at the corner of 8th and Ave L in Shallowater
Find Shallow Ice on Facebook
After watching the first episode of Nickelodean iCarly, where the main character decides to do a web show, my kids decided that they would like to do a "show". Choosing to share our experiences with others, sounded like a really fun idea.