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A vehicle crashed into the side of a house at 1111 Franklin Street in Pella yesterday afternoon.  Authorities on scene say no people were inside the house at the time of the crash, but a dog inside was uninjured. The driver of the silver Mazda hatchback has been identified as Kyle Martin, 18, of Pella, he was alert and suffered only minor injuries in the accident. Both the west side of the house and the sedan received significant damage.  The Pella Police Department is handling the investigation; the cause of the incident is unknown at this time.

An innocent request at a Pella church in 1995 changed everything for Deb and Mike Schuring. The preacher’s daughter asked if they would consider being foster parents; 22 years later the couple is now holding their 100th foster child.  The couple began doing newborn-only foster care after two children of their own were born. The decision was sparked from initial heartbreak of having two children born on May 9th in 1982 and May 9th in 1983 die within days of their birth because of lung issues.  The family keeps pictures of all the children they’ve held in their arms–a photo album with memories of all 100 kids.  For the Schurings, giving back has given them so much more.

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What to do with a Troubled Heart
Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Psalm 25:17

There is no greater answer for our troubles than to have a conversation with our Lord. Not a one-sided conversation but truly enter a time of listening. Often, we want to share our anguish but how regularly do we want to hear feedback. This prayer takes more than sharing our troubles for it takes waiting in His presence and receiving instruction.

We all have a trusted friend we share the troubles of our heart with but what if we looked towards God as a trusted friend and confidant. He is ready to hear from us and will help us as our friend with the problems we carry.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

He calls us his friends and His desire is to sit with us in our troubles and anguish. His friendship is motivated by love for us for His very essence is love for us. When He approaches our problems, he hears them through love, so I’m not sure why we wait to carry all our difficulties to our friend.

Today in the Workplace
What trouble do you have that you can take to your friend?
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