Exodus 9:16 "I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."



This month we see the beginnings of another farming season.  We also see the end of another school year and children anxiously ready to start summer vacation.


 Beginnings and endings.  Our lives are full of these two events.  Sometimes the beginnings are the birth of a new baby, summer vacation, unemployment or a serious illness.  Instead of blaming God for “bad things” happening in your life, I challenge you to look at your situation differently.  Why is it that we don’t ever blame God for good things happening in our lives?

I don’t know why God allows “bad things” to happen in your life, but I know that God still cares for and loves you through it all.  Usually, God allows “bad things” to happen to you in order to draw you closer to him.

As you go through some “bad thing”—pray.  Pray the Lord’s Prayer and think about what you’re praying as you pray each petition.  Pray is not a magical formula.  It’s simply talking to God—to your Father in heaven, who loves you more than you realize.  If you want to know more about prayer or how to pray, please contact me.


 Pastor LaBoube

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Mapleton, IA 51034

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