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Local News 6.26.2018

The Blank Park Zoo brought a few animals to Pella Friday to show children the noises they make and to talk about their habitat.  About 100 eager children received the opportunity to meet four animals, including Zoobie the parrot, Smiley the fox snake, Rachel the ferret and Bog the American alligator.   The Pella Public Library held the event at the Pella Community Center – the zoo’s community program manager Samantha Collison talked about each of the animals: where they’re from, what they eat and how long they live.  Kids looked in awe as she pulled out Bog the alligator, who is five years old and about 3 feet in length.  Before leaving the kids were allowed to carefully pet the alligator using only two fingers.

As the 4th of July holiday approaches, residents are reminded about the restricted usage of fireworks in Marion County.  The county allows fireworks to be fired on July 4th from 6pm to 11pm, and is restricted to personal private property by the property owner or with the permission of the property owner or with lawful tenant present. The use of fireworks is banned within the city limits of Knoxville with a penalty of $500 for an infraction, with fireworks also banned in the city of Pella.  The City of Pleasantville allows consumer fireworks on July 4th from noon to 11pm.  Monroe allows consumer fireworks between the hours of noon and 10pm on July 1st through the 8th and from noon to 10:30pm on July 4th.  Melcher-Dallas will restrict the use of fireworks from July 1st to July 8th between the hours of am and 11pm.  Bussey adheres to the county restrictions.

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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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