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Local News 2.7.2018

Would you like to learn how to create your own prairie garden? The second installment in the new DIY Prairie Series will be from 10 a.m. Saturday at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. This program will give you the information you need to establish your own prairie. From seed cleaning and planting to weed control and using a prairie garden for educational purposes, learn a new skill every month in this series. The February topic will be “Garden Planting.” Early planning can make prairie garden creation a snap. Learn the steps of designing a successful garden. For more information, check out the KCWN Community Calendar at wherehopeshines.org.

For some Oskaloosa Middle School students the numbers added up at Southeast Iowa Chapter Math Counts Competition this past Friday.  This year’s competition was held on the Central College campus in Pella; Seven schools and 65 students participated in three rounds of competition in which students solved different types of math questions.  The first round was the sprint round – students had 40 minutes to solve 35-40 problems. Next was the target round – answering pairs of questions for 8 problems. The final was the team round, where a group of four students collaborated to solve problems and show mastery of math concepts.  This year Oskaloosa took a group of ten students who are also part of the Talented and Gifted program – Andrew Drost came in first place overall in the individual competion.  His Team of Drost, Roach, Linder, and Nelson came in second overall! Lawson Morris came away with a fourth place finish overall in the individual competition as well.

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The Greatest Attitude
15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15
David now proclaims to God that his life is in His hands. This kind of attitude will keep us walking steady without responding negatively to all the evil in the world. This perspective will also keep our heart bent towards God no matter what the cost. David remembers God is in control of not only his life but the very cosmos he is living in.

Many of us struggle through life because of our attitude towards our troubling situations as we grant the circumstances of life permission to guide our attitude. For most, if all threats are gone in life our attitude can remain positive and fortunate. However, the minute we experience an unfortunate occurrence, our attitude can plummet. We have to make daily choices of how we will remain by saying “my times are in your hands.”

It is a matter of choice of how we will or will not be provoked by our troubles. David’s attitude rose above his life-threatening circumstance to realize God is in control. I wonder if he knew deep in his heart, that if the current situation took his life, the battle would be over. God will carry us through all battles of life but only if we allow His involvement. If we choose to dwell on the negative, is there any room for God’s participation in our life? What would happen if we agreed with David and said, “My times are in your hands.”

Today in the Workplace
How is your attitude towards the troubles of life? Surrender control today and find the joy of the Lord.
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