Fresh Reflection - 01/02/14

    I love the New Year.  It's a time of reflection and simultaneous dream building.   We wrap each year at my house by writing out our dreams and prayers for the new year.  We get one sheet of paper and draw a line across the middle horizontally and down the middle vertically.  This leaves 4 squares, one spot for each family member.  We've been doing this for the last five years.  Even before the kids were old enough to write sentences, we would have them articulate their prayers and dreams and we would write it for them in their little square.  We then place the paper in a little metal tube (almost like a time capsule.)  It's packed away with the Christmas decorations.   Each year, when it's time to pull out the lights and ornaments, we get to look in the rear view mirror of life as we read each entry aloud.   In some shape, form or fashion... God has addressed everything on all of our lists. 

    For our family, this is such an important act of gratitude.  We've found that by writing down our hopes and prayers, we're better able to see God's miraculous ways in black and white.  Each and every year, this exercise leaves us amazed at how He uses us to help others, to spread light and love, how He answers requests, fixes issues, heals broken bodies, opens doors and blesses our little family well beyond anything that money could buy.

    This weekend, as we take down the tree, we'll once again sit down and write out our prayers and dreams for 2014.  Not for God's sake, but for our own.  Without this visual accounting on paper of our blessings, we'd be hard pressed to remember them all.  



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DENVER (AP) -- Some pot smokers in Colorado are getting out of joint -- over pesticides in their legal weed. Two pot users have sued the legal marijuana store LivWell over the use of a fungicide called Eagle 20 EW. The chemical can be dangerous when heated and can't be used on tobacco. Lawyers say it's the first product liability claim in the nation involving the legal marijuana industry. LivWell lawyer Dean Heizer says the nine-shop chain no longer uses Eagle 20 EW. Heizer adds no consumer illnesses have been linked to marijuana pesticides in Colorado or any other state.

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PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) -- Victor Nelson and his wife, Tabitha, are milking an idea. They're bringing goat's milk to southeast Alaska. Fresh dairy products are a rarity in the area. KFSK-FM reports the couple is supplying raw milk from their goats to people in Petersburg. The Nelsons started with just a pair of goats. Now, they have 30. Raw milk carries the risk of disease and is heavily regulated in the state. The Nelsons say they inform their customers about the risks. One customer adds the goat's milk makes nice, frothy lattes.


ELLENDALE, Del. (AP) -- A would-be gas station bandit didn't get what he wanted. Delaware State Police report a clerk chased the robber out of the station and its convenience store in Ellendale. Troopers report a man with a handgun demanded money from the clerk. Police add the clerk refused to hand over the cash and ran man out of the place. Officers say the robber was last seen running on a highway.

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