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Local News 2.13.2018

It was a record making week for snow in South Central Iowa, with one of the busiest winter weather stretches in recent history.  According to the National Weather Service, 3-5″ of snow blanketed Marion County Saturday morning, with a final total of 5″ in Knoxville and 3.5″ in Pella.  Another 1-3” fell overnight into Sunday morning, with Knoxville officially reporting 2.3″.  Last week overall, between 10-14″ of snow fell in the region.  The Des Moines Airport recorded measurable snow each day from February 4th through the 11th, the most consecutive days (8) with snow since 1965 and 2nd most ever on record – A much drier and more mild week is in the forecast ahead.

Family-owned and operated Lee’s Hallmark Store is slated to close this spring upon the sale of the building at 635 Franklin St. to ATI Group, a real estate development company.  Lee’s Hallmark Store offered greeting cards for special occasions, unique household items and gifts for nearly four decades.  The building at 635 Franklin St. was first purchased by Lee and Mary Louise Vriezelaar in 1949. With hard work and perseverance, Mary Lou became a successful business woman. She continued to grow and expand beginning with Lee’s Variety and later opening Lee’s Hallmark  Mary Lou’s daughter, Jan Vande Voort, and her husband Jim, purchased the Hallmark business in 1989.  In recent times Jan tried selling the business, hoping to keep a Hallmark store in Pella, but to no avail. Vande Voort said she will miss all of her wonderful customers and treasured employees, but feels this is the right time to retire.

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How to Walk without Burdens
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Psalm 24:4

The One who continues to ascend the mountain of God realizes it’s the hands of His purity which make marks along the way. These hands which have been kept clean by busy serving with obedience for the owner. The hands have not been idle serving their selfish needs and desires but have found others along the way to help and to see the Lord. These hands have found a reason to exist outside of selfish gain and have been there to help others up the mountain. These hands have been anointed with the Spirit of the Lord, and the purpose is to help others see the Light and walk in it.

When the hands are kept busy serving others, there is no time left to pick up the idols of this world. When tempted to lay hold of an appealing treasure of this world the heart testifies to its defilement for there is no purpose when climbing the mountain of the Lord for worthless idols. The weight of the obsession will hold us back from the goals of our hands and heart. When we must carry around worldly idols they can make it too complicated to continue climbing. But again, the owner of the mountain gives us the strength to let go of the worthlessness of any false idol which tries to detain our journey.

We make life way too problematic when we try and hold onto vanity but letting go of the things which are making our climb difficult will make for an abundant and adventurous journey. Keeping our hands clean by reaching out to the world around us with compassion will keep our heart pure and our eyes on the Lord of the mountain. There will never again be another dreary day because it is filled with hands that are busy serving and a heart that is pounding with adventure.

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