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It is the beautiful spring season. God has again blessed us with green grass and budding trees! My devotion verse today is giving me a smile and a wonderful flashback. Nearly every year for the past 60, I'd go out at about this time in the spring and fix fence on three coulee pastures for close to a week. Then we would round up the cattle from the home winter lots and separate the cow/calf pairs. They would get their shots and bangs treated as we loaded them to go to the remote grass filled pastures. That would be 8 cow/calf pairs per load jam packed into the gooseneck trailer. Now here is the key to this devotion. Imagine the absolute joy watching the poopie calves leaping out the back door of the gooseneck trailer! The cows also showed great enthusiasm going out onto the fresh green grass. Just like us, when our sins are forgiven, and God gives us a fresh start!! 


“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall!" (Malachi 4:2) 


Since our church does not yet have a full-time pastor, some of us become depressed and are stuck in the old winter feedlot. We are not alone in our frustration. I just got a call to please come do pulpit supply way over by Watford City. Some of you are hurting because of illness, depression, addiction, death, kid (or grandkid) problems, financial worries, and the list goes on. Who told you your marriage can’t be restored? Who said your broken heart can’t be healed? Who said your situation is impossible to resolve? Not God!!! There is one source of help and that is our good God Almighty! Revere His name, pray for help with all your worries, and God will help us rise up to again enjoy the sun. 


I think it’s time to get outside and go for a walk......maybe even kick up your heels a little as you praise God!


Bruce Carlson, OVLC Gifts Leader

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