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Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, re-reading a blurb from way back, our first astronauts, while being trained for that moon flight, were required to give 20 answers to the query, “Who are you?” If we took the same test ourselves, and ran out of things to add to...

 

The Scriptures on Finances - Trust in God to show us the way in which to walk

This year I purchased some financial books by Howard Dayton who is the author of “Money and Marriage God’s Way.” I enjoy listening to him on the radio when he shares Christian principles about money. I was most impressed with how Howard served...

 

Pastor's Corner: Commitment

We celebrated a wedding at Abundant Life recently.  The bride and groom wrote their own vows, and I was very impressed with the promises they made to each other.  One statement in particular has been rolling around in my head since then. Here’s m...

 

Out Our Way: Hitting a dry spell

Out our way, we sometimes don't get all the moisture we want. Even a winter like this one with one Alberta Clipper after another may not provide enough to fill the reservoirs this summer. The snow...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, rifling through an old stack of saved papers; it’s amazing what one might find! It’s Valentine’s Day, how about a “poem” called “ONLY LOVE,” written long ago by Ann Thompson Jester: “Only love will last. An old home...

 

The Scriptures on Finances - Investing your wealth in people

I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. [Luke 16:9] How are you spending, investing, saving, giving, or using the money that God has put you in charge of...

 

Saying farewell to First Baptist Church

It is with great sadness that I am writing this letter but also with great love and memories for the First Baptist Church! First Baptist Church was started in 1912 and had many different ministries over the years around Havre, around the state, and...

 

Out Our Way: Listen - Psalm 46:10

Out our way, solitude is not that hard to find. Even in town, there are places of quiet - and The Bear Paws are just down the road. When Charley and I rode on the Tiger Ridge together we didn't do...

 

Out Our Way: When the chinook winds blow

Out our way, it's calving season and, just as regular as clockwork, the Alberta Clippers have come. It is February, and that's what we expect up here on the Hi-Line. Yet the skies are clear and the...

 

The Scriptures on Finances - Giving guards hearts against greed

2 Corinthians 9:8 God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. One of the insulators to help guard our hearts against greed is giving. Giving can be...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

February You know, Lord, February is Winter Losing Heart. Is this month sitting down for a breathing spell? As winter seems to relent, surely our area ranchers are pleased to have better weather for calving and lambing. We’re all in high spirits to...

 

Grief Poem - Walking Alone

We think of you in silence, dear, we often speak your name. But all we have are memories now, your picture in a frame.   Your resting place is up the hill, flowers put there with care, But no one knows how our hearts ache; we turn and leave you...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

Lord, who would think that cobwebs would remind us of You?  A friend shared that her hubby asked her where she’d put the long-handled duster. She gave him a quizzical look and told him, “back corner in the laundry room closet” then asked him...

 

The Scriptures on Finances - Money - A blessing that can bring problems

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it. My favorite book of the Bible is Proverbs. There is much practical wisdom in the Bible regarding money and finances. All of us may say we want to be blessed, but...

 

Out Our Way: First Church of Who?

Out our way, horses tend to need to create a pecking order. If you bring a few new horses into the pasture, there will likely be some jostling to determine status. There is only one alpha horse and...

 

Out Our Way: Clippers and chinooks

Out our way, we tend to take our heritage for granted. We sometims forget what a blessing it is to be a Montanan and especially to live on the Hi-Line. I have the advantage of having lived all over...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, friends were planning their dream vacation. They showed brochures and flyers for some breathtaking and astonishing places they wished to visit, some even out of the USA! They were busy checking and planning their schedules, choosing a...

 

The Scriptures on Finances - To whom much is given, more is required

Psalm 112:1-3 Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his...

 

Out Our Way

Out our way, you sometimes learn things about nature and creation that you might have taken for granted if someone hadn't pointed them out to you. Some time back when Charlie and I were riding fence,...

 

The Scriptures on Finances - 'God is the source of our provision and the giver of every good gift'

1 Chronicles 29:12 Wealth and honor come from you … God is the source of our provision and the giver of every good gift. Sometimes we forget that God is our provider. If the sun were closer to us we would burn up and if it were farther from us we...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, we’ve worked hard for years and years trying to build our life into what we felt it should be. But still, after all that effort, there are still areas that are “out of control.” We know that You see it, Lord. For some, their...

 

Out Our Way: I must decrease so that He may increase

Out our way, we are used to the reality that seasons change but life goes on. We see countless acres of farm land transformed from barren nothingness into fields of crops, and then back to barren noth...

 

The Scriptures on Finances - Let the scriptures be a light for the path on finance

Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” This scripture is well-known but perhaps not well-lived. In the following series of articles concerning money I will be using some material from Che Ahn’s book “The Grace of Giving.”...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, watching it snow is fascinating as it falls or twirls around. There’s usually also ice! Oh! Look, more snowflakes falling. It’s told that a snowflake is an ice crystal from a super-cooled cloud! Remembering back when we were kids...

 

Grief Poem - Pain will abate

Who would have thought that certain things could bring on such a haze? Like days of rest or ’versaries[1] and other Special Days.   Another thing that’s bothersome is when the West wind howls. The house or floors, when ere they creak and when...

 

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