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Cedar Key FFA Places
At Florida State Fair

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The Cedar Key Middle FFA Chapter ended the horse-judging year with a top 20 placing at the state event. Seen here are (from left) Payton Campbell, Kayley Sloan, Emmy Everidge and Raechel Brinkman. The Florida State Fair was in Tampa from Feb. 6 through Feb. 17. CKS FFA member Campbell placed as a top 20 individual in the state. This year, there were many obstacles at the event itself including poor lighting, distance from the horses (30 to 40 yards) and a written (instead of physical) skill-a-thon. Everyone at Cedar Key School is super proud of the team for placing so well with so many obstacles placed in front of them. Cedar Key School FFA strives for a top five placing at the 2021 Florida State Fair.
Published Feb. 19, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.

Information and Photo Provided By Rachel Wetherington,
Cedar Key School Middle and Senior Chapters FFA Advisor

 

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Rotarians learn
about animal massages

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Lynn Wingate speaks about how she would massage Mac, a Border Collie.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 18, 2020 at 11:10 p.m.
     WILLISTON –
Members and guests of the Rotary Club of Williston on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 18) enjoyed a presentation by an animal massage therapist.
     Lynn Wingate, 51, of Ocala was the featured speaker. She has been helping dogs and horses with massage and acupressure for 24 years now, she said. Now dog has bitten her, nor has nay horse hurt her in all those years.
     Certainly, the animals feels some pain in places, and that is part of the reason for massage, Wingate said. She starts with dogs at their heads and necks and helps them feel at ease. A typical dog session lasts 30 minutes and a horse takes an hour to complete message therapy, she said.
     Wingate said she moved to Ocala about 42 years ago, but she spent a 10-year span in Colorado during that time too.
     She owns Promised Land Holistic Services of Belleview.
     Williston Rotarian Anne Sterman brought the guest speaker. Sterman also provided her 7-year-old Border Collie named Mac to help Wingate demonstrate how she treats dogs. Mac is a national competitor in agility where he was active in 2012 and 2015 at that level, Sterman said.
     Mac may compete at the national level this year in Perry, his owner said.
     Williston Rotary President Jennifer Jones led the meeting, which include about a dozen members and guests at First Presbyterian Church of Williston. Due to Rotary Sergeant-At-Arms James Mixson being absent due to a health issue, Rotarian Chris Cowart accepted those duties.
     Members and guests dined on a buffet-style lunch featuring Winn-Dixie fried chicken.

 


QuitDoc Foundation encourages
people to quit chewing tobacco;

Through With Chew Week is Feb. 16-22
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By Kristina Zachry, MPH
Published Feb. 14, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
This Through With Chew Week, Feb. 16-22, Levy County is encouraging smokeless tobacco users to set a quit date.
     Each year, Through With Chew Week raises awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use (chew, dip and snus) and the effective tools available to quit.
     “We still see a significant amount of smokeless tobacco use in our rural area,” says Kristina Zachry, the Levy County Community Health Advocate for the QuitDoc Foundation. “Smokeless tobacco is not harmless and using it can cause serious health problems. We want the citizens of Levy County to know that Tobacco Free Florida has free tools and services to help them break the addiction and live healthier lives.”
     Smokeless tobacco is not harmless and can lead to nicotine addiction. Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, esophagus and pancreas, as well as increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke. , Smokeless tobacco can cause white or gray patches inside the mouth (leukoplakia) that can lead to cancer. It can also cause gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
     Mrs. Zachry will be at the Tri-County Community Resource Center in Chiefland on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. until noon to share resources with the community and to engage in conversations about the smokeless tobacco issue and how the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County is working to create a healthier Levy County through policy changes. There are also various print resources available to community organizations, schools, healthcare providers, and others to spread awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco and to promote the free cessation resources Florida provides.
     Additionally, the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) teams at Levy’s middle and high schools will be promoting smokeless tobacco awareness throughout the week.
     Those looking individuals who are seeking to quit tobacco can create a personalized quit plan using Tobacco Free Florida’s free Quit Your Way tools and services. The Quit Your Way program offers free tools and services like Phone Quit, Group Quit and Web Quit, in addition to individual tools like text support, a Quit Guide and helpful emails. Free nicotine replacement therapy – nicotine patches, gum or lozenges – are available to tobacco users who are 18 or older, if medically appropriate.
     For more information on quitting tobacco, individuals can call 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669) or click HERE.


CF student honored to play in
prestigious music competitions

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Published Feb. 12, 2020 at 9:10 p.m.
     OCALA —
The past three months have been a whirlwind of honors for College of Central Florida Visual and Performing Arts student Dominique Gandiongco.
     She was awarded winner of the Florida Flute Association’s Piccolo Masterclass Competition in November, and she was chosen as one of two flutists in the state to perform on Dr. Troy Paolantonio’s Orchestral Excerpt Masterclass in January at the Florida Flute Association Convention. Paolantonio is a flutist in the United States Army Field Band.
     Gandiongco, who is a sophomore and an active member of the Student Activities Board, won a spot to perform in the Piccolo Masterclass Competition with Dr. Sarah Jane Young, professor of Flute from the King Hussein Foundation National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan.
     Each year, the Florida Flute Association sponsors competitions in various categories, open to advanced collegiate and professional flutists from across the state. Gandiongco won her competitions for the second consecutive year.  She was the only community college student in the state to receive this recognition. 
     "It has been a pleasure to teach Dominique during her two years at CF,” said CF Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair and Professor Dr. Sarah Satterfield. “She has excelled in our music program, winning spots to perform not just at the Florida Flute Association Convention but also, for two years, at the Florida State College Winter Music Symposium. Dominique has an amazing gift for music."
     This is the first time that a CF student has won spots on the Florida Flute Association master classes.

 


Lions Give Safety Patrol $1,000
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Cedar Key Lions President Stephen Rosenthal presents Cedar Key School teacher and Safety Patrol leader Kearston Andrews and Safety Patrollers Tesa Sharp and Bella Bishop with a $1,000 check to support their summer trip to Washington, D.C. The presentation was made at the Lions Club meeting Tuesday night (Feb. 11).
Published Feb. 12, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

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Chiefland students honored
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(from left) Jamar Kellam, City Commissioner Rollin Hudson and Michael Goodale pose for family, friends and members of the press photo opportunities immediately after the presentation of the award to the two boys.

Story and Photo © Feb. 11, 2020 at 7:10 p.m.
By Jeff M. Hardison
     CHIEFLAND –
Two students from Chiefland public schools were honored Monday night (Feb. 10) at the regular City Commission meeting.
     Jamar Kellam, a kindergarten student at Chiefland Elementary School and the son of Shacarole Richardson, was the first to be called to front of the meeting room by City Commissioner Rollin Hudson, who was the designated presenter for this round of awards.
     CES Kindergarten Teacher Jackie Villanueva nominated Kellam for the recognition.
     “Jamar is the most courageous student in our class,” Villanueva wrote. “He is always willing to answer questions even if he is unsure and he is never afraid to try new things. His bright smile and positive attitude makes him a friend to all of his peers. His bravery inspires us all!”
     Kellam’s teacher noted his character trait of being courageous is why he was chosen as Student of the Month.
     Michael Goodale, a seventh grade student at Chiefland Middle School, was nominated by the whole seventh grade faculty.
     He is the grandson of Kathy Snow.
     “Michael is loved by his teachers and peers,” the faculty noted. “He is an athletic student. He always keeps up with his assignments. He is always polite and well behaved. He is always willing to help others.”
     Both students received the certificates noting they are Outstanding Students, and the Rotary Club of Chiefland awarded each student with a $20 gift certificate to Walmart.

    


100-plus daughters
dance with dads;

Dixie County Rotary Club
fundraiser succeeds

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Daughters and their dads danced the night away at the 9th Annual Dixie County Rotary Club’s Daddy-Daughter Camo Hop. Here are some of the participants in this year's event.

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By Anne Hodges
Published Feb. 11, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.
     CROSS CITY --
It was an exciting evening, as just over 100 daughters of Dixie County donned their tiaras and entered the ballroom at the former Dixie County High School Gymnasium Saturday Night (Feb. 8).



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     Accompanied by their dads, or other father figure in their life, the girls were dressed in a variety of special evening attire or comfy camo. They took no time getting to the dance floor when the music started.
     The gym had been transformed from an ordinary basketball court to a magical fairyland just for this evening -- a special time for daughters to spend time with dad.
     Katrina VanAernam and Heather Smith, both members of the Dixie County Rotary Club, gave everyone a warm welcome and shared our deep appreciation for our partners in this endeavor, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition and the Dixie County Historical Society, the long list of sponsors, contributors and volunteers.
     All the guests were reminded to watch the PowerPoint presentation which listed all of the sponsors and contributors as well as providing pictures of the prior year’s event.
     Couples were invited to visit the photo booth where local photographer Angel Lee was on hand to take keepsake pictures.
     The complimentary dinner featured delicious pulled pork prepared by local Pit Master Buddy Schofield. Dixie County Superintendent of Schools Mike Thomas kept the serving trays filled with hot French fries. Hotdogs, baked beans, green beans, and beverages completed the menu. The dinner culminated with a selection of delicious cupcakes arranged in beautiful creations of princess dresses, all inspired and prepared by Rotarian Holly Houghton.
     Once dinner was over, it was time to dance. For the first official dance, dads and daughters were invited to the dance floor. The dancing continued interspersed with breaks for the excitement of door prizes. Each daughter was given a special ticket as she entered the ballroom -- pink for ages seven years and younger, and green for those eight years and older. Each ticket offered the chance for a door prize and then was returned to the pot for the selection of the princess and queen at the end of the evening. And then it was back to dancing again, and maybe another cupcake from the dessert table!
     As the evening began to wind down, the suspense increased as the time for the drawing for the 2020 camo queen and princess came closer and closer. Who would it be? The Dixie County Rotary Club is pleased announce that the 2020 Camo Queen is Morgan Davis. Congratulations!
     And the 2020 Camo Princess is Luna Sanders. Congratulations to you as well!
     The Queen and Princess enjoyed special dance with their king and prince, and then all participants were invited back to the dance floor. The Dixie County Rotary Club looks forward to seeing the Queen and Princess again next fall as they represent the Rotary Club in the Dixie County High School Homecoming Parade.
     The outpouring of the community sponsors making a financial contribution for this event is amazing. Rotarians work hard to make this memorable night for all who attend. From the decorations, the logistics, the food planning and preparation, the advertising and countless other decisions and arrangements up to the final moment when the doors are open, local Rotarians volunteer their time, their ideas, and their labor to make the evening a success.
     Other individuals volunteer their time just because they want to be a part of this special event. Based on its continued success, community support and the number of dads and daughters who come back year after year, the Rotarians believe this event builds lifetime memories for the families of Dixie County. Thanks to all who make it so!

 


FGC Phi Theta Kappa chapter
named a 2020 REACH Chapter

By Stephen Culotti
FGC Public Information Specialist
Published Feb. 8, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     LAKE CITY --
The Florida Gateway College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has been named a 2020 REACH Chapter for outstanding membership development.
     PTK is a national honor society that recognizes students for academic achievement at two-year colleges.
      “We created this program because we believe strongly in the mission of Phi Theta Kappa and want as many students as possible to receive the benefits of membership,” said Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Ph.D., President and CEO of PTK, “including scholarships and increased opportunities for engagement with peers and faculty on campus which lead to higher rates of completion.”
     Along with the honor, FGC will receive PTK graduation stoles to be worn by chapter officers and members during graduation ceremonies.

 


CF offers information sessions
regarding health program

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Feb. 6, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
Updated Feb. 19, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
     OCALA--
The College of Central Florida is scheduled to conduct information sessions for Health Sciences programs including Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Dental Assisting, Radiography and Surgical Technology.
     Potential students must attend a session this spring before applying to any of the programs, which begin this fall.
     Sessions provide details about admissions criteria, program requirements, costs and more.
     There is no waiting list for any of the Health Science programs. Some programs have part-time enrollment options.
     Upcoming information sessions include:
     ● Emergency Medical Services
Friday, Feb. 21, 2-3 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 35, Room 105, 3001 S.W. College Road.
Friday, March 27, 2-3 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 35, Room 105.
     ● Nursing (Associate Degree Nursing, Bridge, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
Wednesday, March 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Citrus Campus, Building 3, Room 107, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.
Tuesday, March 24, 5-6 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 16.
Tuesday, March 31, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. Highway 19, Chiefland.
Monday, April 13, 3-4 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 16.
     ● Physical Therapist Assistant
Tuesday, March 3, 4-5:30 p.m., Hampton Center, Room 102, 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala.
Monday, April 6, 4-5:30 p.m., Hampton Center, Room 102.
     ● Dental Assisting
Tuesday, April 14, 4-5 p.m., Hampton Center.
     ● Radiography
Tuesday, March 10, 4-5 p.m., Ocala Campus Building 20, Room 209.
Tuesday, April 14, 4-5 p.m., Ocala Campus Building 20, Room 209.
     ● Surgical Technology
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1-2 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 19, Room 108.
Wednesday, March 25, 4-5 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 19, Room 108.
Wednesday, April 15, 4-5 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 19, Room 108.
     For information about any of the programs or sessions, call 352-873-5817, or call 352-873-5800, ext. 1655.

 


32nd Annual
Early Childhood Conference
scheduled to be at CF March 28

By Tina Banner
CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Feb. 4, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida is scheduled to host the 32nd Annual Early Childhood Conference in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County Saturday, March 28, at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     The conference will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center. Registration is $40 before Feb. 25, then $60 after.
     Attendees can participate in sessions and discover ideas to enhance the social and emotional development of children and participate in meaningful learning activities. The theme for this year’s conference is Roaring ’20s: Look How Far We’ve Come. Nearly 600 participants will enjoy an opening keynote presentation and more than 30 breakout sessions during this daylong conference.
     The keynote speaker is Lisa Murphy, founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey Inc.
     Murphy is nationally and internationally renowned for her educational presentations on topics related to early childhood education. She is known for her ability to link hands-on activities to educational standards, her outspoken advocacy, and her commitment to creating child-centered, play-based early childhood environments.
     Featured presenter is Family Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Marion County Children’s Alliance, Monica Bryant presenting, “The Boogey Man: Not always a child’s imagination.”
Educators may be eligible to receive in-service credit and Continuing Education Units.
     For more information, contact Bebe Rahaman via email at rahamanb@cf.edu or by phone at 352-854-2322, ext. 1405.

 


Foundation Awards $14,500 in
Muns Nursing Scholarships

By Executive Director Lauren Deiorio
Published Jan. 29, 2020 at 7:09 p.m.
     OCALA –
The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County recently awarded $14,500 in scholarships from the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship fund.
     According to the Florida Center for Nursing, by 2025 Florida healthcare system could be crippled due to a shortage of nurses. These scholarships help provide a way to improve those numbers. Five nursing student recipients recently accepted their awards at the Foundation's Nonprofit Resource Center.
     College of Central Florida (CF) Student, Josh Copeland, was designated the Therese McPherson scholar with a $2,500 award. Dr. Lon McPherson, former Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Munroe Regional Medical Center (now AdventHealth Ocala), established the Therese V. McPherson Scholarship in loving memory of his wife, for nursing students who “bridge” programs toward an advanced nursing degree.
     The six additional CF students receiving Muns Nursing Scholarships of $2,000 each are: Timothy Quick, Ronald Oliver, Deanna McDaniel, Lovely Elein, Emma Baird, and Christasia King.
     Since 2016, the Community Foundation has administered the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship. Mrs. Muns, a United States Air Force Lt. Colonel and registered nurse, served during World War II and established a nursing scholarship to ensure those interested in entering the field could have resources to obtain a degree.
     Mrs. Muns and her husband both received excellent healthcare in Ocala/Marion County and established this scholarship in recognition of the exceptional care they received. The legacy scholarships not only enable students to pursue nursing degrees, but post-graduation, recipients must continue their career in an acute healthcare facility for up to two additional years. Qualified applicants/recipients must be enrolled in a certified nursing program in Marion County and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
     By administering the Muns Nursing Scholarship, the Community Foundation enhances its mission to connect the charitable interest of donors to build a strong community. Additional programs include the NonProfit Business Council, the Estate Planning Council, and the new Nonprofit Resource Center in partnership with Marion County, the City of Ocala, the Marion County Hospital District and Advent Health.

 


Florida Arbor Day
Enjoyed By Students

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Trenton Elementary students celebrated Florida Arbor Day recently by planting trees on campus. Two Southern Crabapple trees were donated by Chestnut Hill Nursery in Alachua. Arbor Day in the United States was first observed in 1872 as an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Trenton Elementary students received “hands on” instruction on the proper way to plant a tree by Florida Forest Service County Forester Joe MacKenzie. The Florida Forest Service provides technical forest management assistance in addition to protecting Florida and its people from the dangers of wildland fire.
Published Jan. 28, 2020 at 9:09 a.m.

Photo and Information by Ludie Bond of the Florida Forest Service

 


Levy County Canvassing Board
events schedule shared

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By Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones
Published Jan. 25, 2020 at 3:09 p.m.
Updated Feb. 19, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
     BRONSON --
Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones recently provided a listing of the meetings of the Levy County Canvassing Board will be held on the following dates:
Feb. 26, 2020
     9 a.m. Testing of Voting Equipment
March 4, 2020*
     8:30 a.m. Public Inspection of Mail Ballots received
     9 a.m. Canvass Mail Ballots & Process
March 11, 2020*
     8:30 a.m. Public Inspection of Mail Ballots received
     9 a.m. Canvass Mail Ballots & Process
March 16, 2020
     2:30 p.m. Public Inspection of Mail Ballots received
     3 p.m. Canvass Mail Ballots & Process
March 17, 2020 (Election Day)
     4:30 p.m. Public Inspection of Mail Ballots received
     5 p.m. Canvass Mail Ballots & Process
     7 p.m. Canvass of Election Returns
     7:30 p.m. Begin Releasing Results
March 19, 2020
     5 p.m. Canvass Provisional Ballots & Process
     File 1st Unofficial Results
March 27, 2020
     1 p.m. Canvass 10-day Overseas Ballots
     File Official Results, Conduct of Election
March 30, 2020
     9 a.m. Audit of Voting System
     In accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, this meeting is open to the public. The Levy County Canvassing Board will meet at the office of the Supervisor of Elections, 421 South Court Street, Bronson, Florida.
     * The March 4 and 11 meetings will be held at the Levy County Courthouse in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room.
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Feb. 20, 2020  Thursday at  8:10 a.m. 

THIS IS THE VICTORY

Read Psalm 46

     For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
-- 1 John 5:4 (KJV)


     The apostle Paul expended himself in tireless exertions for the Christ whom he had seen on the road to Damascus, and for His sake endured hardships, shipwrecks, imprisonments and, at the last, death itself. His dauntless spirit was that of the conqueror who allowed nothing to down him. “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.” Christ was the unseen Companion of his way, and Paul’s faith never wavered.
     Paul’s faith was practical, enlisting head, heart, hand and will. It was a faith by which to live, giving him singleness of purpose, songs in the night of prison, courage in the face of danger and death. His last word was one of victory, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”
     A worthwhile life is never easy. To conquer oneself, to win spiritual victory, to maintain courage and cheer in the face of disappointment, discouragement and danger is not easy. But such victory can be won through faith in the sustaining presence of Christ, “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He will never leave you nor forsake you. Keep the faith, for that is victory.
     DEAR LORD, may I not be one who says, “Lord, Lord,” and then fails to obey Thy command. Strengthen my faith that I may win the victory over temptation. Help me to live for Thee “a life that is true, striving to please Thee in all that I do.” Bless my loved ones, and provide all things needful for them. Amen.
Pastor A.W. Webster
First United Presbyterian Church
Pasadena, California

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Outdoor Truths Ministry

By Gary Miller © Feb. 17, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
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     In my area there are a few small streams which feed into the rivers. When I say small, I mean only about 10 to 15 yards wide. Several times each spring our wildlife agency releases trout into these shallow streams in order to offer more opportunities to catch fish. There have been several times I have went on an early morning turkey hunt, then afterwards go home and grab my spinning reel and head back to one of these creeks for a couple of hours of trout fishing. It really is a fun way to spend a morning. I can remember the first time I took my son and introduced him to this new type of fishing. He was an older teenager and I could tell he was a little skeptical when I pulled up to the little creek that seemed too shallow to hold any fish of consequence. I knew what he was thinking because I too had shared this sentiment. It really does look like if there were any fish in this creek you would quickly be able to see them. After convincing him the fish were actually there, we proceeded to wet a line. It didn’t take long for him to understand that what looked to be too small, too shallow, unproductive, void, and barren could actually hold great potential. What he needs to learn is that life is exactly the same way. I’m glad he decided to fish that day instead of allowing what he saw to determine what he did. Let me write that again so you will get it. I’m glad he didn’t allow what he saw to determine what he did. If he had, he would’ve missed a good time and a great harvest.
     Some of you are getting up each morning and looking at your day as my son did this creek. When you give it the eye test it seems what lies in front of you is too small and too shallow to hold anything of real value. It may even seem God has given you a Ranger Bass Boat, but only a stream to fish in. But what you must remember is that faith is more about seeing through the eye than it is in seeing with the eye. Faith doesn’t look at the small and insignificant stream, but it remembers the God who has stocked it. Faith simply casts its bread on the waters without regard for the past, present or future; knowing that if God can bring salvation from a cross, then He can bring big blessings from my little brook.

 -- Gary Miller  gary@outdoortruths.org

Gary Miller has three books that are compilations of the articles he has written for nearly 15 years. He also speaks at game dinners and men’s groups for churches and associations.
Gary Miller's website is located at http://www.outdoortruths.org/.

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