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Local News 12.20.2017

A surprise donation just before the holidays will benefit Oskaloosa Middle School special education students.  OMS Principal Andy Hotek said the local Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy donated $1,000 to the school’s special education department.  Hotek said each student in special education has an Individualized Education Program, or IEP, that explain the special education services, activities, and supports each child will receive.  According to Hotek many of those IEPs involve sensory therapy and activities that are very tactile; he said the funds from Kinetic Edge will be used to acquire new sensory items for the special education department.

Could South Central Iowa see a white Christmas?  The answer is a big “maybe.”  In Ottumwa, State Climatologist Harry Hillaker said it has been 281 days since the city last saw any of the white stuff, 1.2 inches back on March 13th.  He said the first snow typically comes by December 1st – a date we’ve long passed.  Up in Des Moines it’s been 272 days without snow -the 3rd longest snow-free streak in the city’s history.  A snowfall of more than 3 inches?  Des Moines hasn’t seen one of those in 721 days.  All the normal cautionary notes apply, but right now it appears a front may move through Saturday night and Sunday. The National Weather Service gives Sunday a 50 percent chance of snow. While things can certainly change, there’s at least a chance of a last-minute snowfall and white Christmas.

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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.

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What trouble do you have that you can take to your friend?
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