| April, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 18 April 2013 by LeslieM

To our wonderful supporters

Dear Editor:

After totaling all proceeds from Relay for Life, we’re just below $100,000 in fundraising!

We raised over $20,000 at the Relay!

Thanks to all of your contributions–from publicity, entertainment, activities, food, accommodations, supplies, manpower, to the inspirational message. We couldn’t have pulled it together without you. It was truly an amazing and inspirational 24+ hours, and we are so appreciative of your support.

Nona and the Relay Committee

Deerfield Beach, Lighthouse Point, Hillsboro Beach, FL

 

Visit to Deerfield beach

Dear Editor:

We visited Deerfield beach on spring break. We could not believe that there was no place to eat on the beach, except for two restaurants that charged $50 for a couple hamburgers. We’ve been to Miami beaches and others that have Tiki bars and strollers with food/drinks.

Deerfield beach has nothing. Probably just the two restaurants, one was JB’s, can’t remember the other one. And the beach is terrible. Full of cigarette butts, junk, trash. Don’t you ever clean your beach?

Larry

Omaha, NE

 

Editor’s note: For many years, Deerfield beach has also offered a more affordable “beach shack” for beachgoers to pick up something simple to eat. It closed for pier renovations in October 2011. The new Deerfield Beach Café is now slated to open in late May 2013.

 

Funding loss for NE Focal Point

Dear Editor:

We need your help in advocating and educating to restore the proposed funding cut by the Florida Senate to our Deerfield Beach Alzheimer’s Day Care Center.

We appreciate your assistance in promoting the importance of this funding, along with the devastating impact that it will have on families who reside in the northeast section of Broward County whose loved ones have this dreadful disease. It is vitally important that the $195,150 be restored. This funding cut is to start July 2013. It is an over 50 percent cut to our Alzheimer’s Day Care Center’s budget!

Please call and/or email your State Senator.

Find your State Senator by looking at your voter’s registration card to find your district:

• State Senator District 34 Maria Lorts Sachs 561-279-1427–sachs.maria.web@flsenate.gov

• State Senator District 29 Jeremy Ring 954-917-1392–ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov

• State Senator District 31Christopher Smith 954-321-2705–smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov

• State Senator District # 33Eleanor Sobe 954-924-3693–sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov

• State Senator District # 36 Oscar Braynon II 305-654-7150–braynon.oscar.web@flsenate.gov

The information below will give you “talking points” to use.

The main objective is to have them save/restore that funding. Please start by thanking them for their support of senior services and Alzheimer’s Day Care programs. Please tell them that you heard about the cut mentioned above and then tell them of the importance of the respite program at NE Focal Point Alzheimer’s Day Care in Deerfield Beach. This state funding for the respite program is crucial in order to provide daycare services for individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and other memory-related disorders. In addition to providing services for the individual with Alzheimer’s disease, it is important to provide respite/relief services, case management, and caregiver training and support for the caregivers. These vital services delay premature institutionalization, which makes the services much more cost effective than long-term care facilities. In addition, the services provide caregivers “peace of mind” and allow them to be able to continue to contribute to society by maintaining active employment. This significant funding loss of $195,150 to the daycare center will be devastating to the families who care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

Donna DeFronzo

Director

NE Focal Point

Senior Services Center

Deerfield Beach, FL

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 18 April 2013 by LeslieM

Cruisin’ South Florida Classic Car Show

Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pompano Citi Centre US 1 & Copans (southwest corner) Pompano Beach, FL 33062

The juried show is FREE to the public, and there will be special giveaways for attendees! (Car owners must pre-register. Call 954-560-5412 or visit www.cruisinsouthflorida.com or www.pompanociticentre.com.

 

11th Annual Arboretum Plant Sale

Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Arboretum Constitution Park 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Great selection of plants, from flowering trees, fruit trees, orchids and palms to hard-to-find tropical and foliage plants.

 

Hillsboro Lighthouse Tour

Saturday, April 20, starting at 8:45 a.m.

Sands Harbor Hotel dock 125 N. Riverside Dr. Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Park in Pompano Beach City Parking Lot (fee required) across from the Sands Harbor Hotel & Marina. Proceed to the Sands Harbor Hotel dock and look for the HLPS Lighthouse tour table. First boat departs at approximately 9 a.m., last boat leaves hotel at 2:30 p.m. and returns to hotel at approximately 4 p.m. Must have flat shoes with rubber soles and closed toes. No sandals, flip-flops or shoes with heels allowed inside Lighthouse. Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be a minimum of 48″ (4 feet) tall to climb the tower. No pets allowed.

Hillsboro Lighthouse Museum and Visitor’s Center open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at Hillsboro Inlet Park, 2700 N. Ocean Blvd. in Pompano Beach. Admission FREE.

 

Fruitful Field workday

Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon

Parkway United Methodist Church Grounds 100 NE 44 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Plant, build new rows, create watermelon mounds, prune figs. Snacks and lunch served. Wear closed-toe shoes, broad-rimmed hats, garden gloves and enjoy being in the garden and making a difference! 954-942-8310 or www.fruitfulfield.org.

 

About Boating Safely

Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spanish River Park HQ 3939 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33431

Coast Guard Auxiliary offers one-day class discussing boating terminology, handling and navigation rules, and more. Course gives participants certificate and Florida Boating ID card, which is required for boaters under age 22. Insurance companies give discounts for class attendance. Materials fee is $35. Bring lunch. For questions or RSVP, call 561-391-3600 and leave a message.

 

Bingo

Sunday, April 21, 3 to 6 p.m.

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church 1111 E. Sample Rd. Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Held on Sundays. INFO: 954-942-5887 or www.saintnicholasfl.org

 

Toastmasters

Monday, April 22, 7 p.m.

Old Schoolhouse 232 NE 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Enhance public speaking, listening and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Meets every Monday. Call 954-427- 8171 for info.

 

Card party

Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elks Lodge 700 NE 10 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Held by the Benevolent Patriotic Order of DOES, Drove 142. Play cards or your favorite board games with your friends. Open to the public. Bring your table of friends or group. $4, includes dessert and coffee or tea. Call 561-479- 2002 for reservations.

 

Broward Democratic Club meets

Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Civic Center 1801 NE 6 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Speaker: Sheriff Scott Israel, BSO County update. FREE and open to the public. Refreshments served. INFO: 954- 783-8232.

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CLERGY CORNER: Happy Birthday, Israel

Posted on 18 April 2013 by LeslieM

If you look at the movies that are playing in the theatre, you will find one called “Hava Nagila.” I haven’t seen it yet, but I have heard that it lifts your spirits and that is not too surprising as Hava Nagila basically means “let us celebrate” or “let us rejoice.”

And, if we are wise enough to count our blessings, then we have much to celebrate. In fact, we just celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, and, in case you didn’t know it, this year, we marked Israel’s 65th year as a modern nation.

There have been several movies made over the years that have an extremely moving scene where, after all the struggles of the Jewish People, after all the yearnings to return to our historic homeland, David Ben Gurion announced the formation of the modern state.

It was on Nov. 29 in the year 1947 that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution for establishment of Israel as an independent Jewish state. The U.N. urged the inhabitants to take the needed steps on their part to put this plan into effect.

And that is exactly what the Jewish people did. Sadly, even in Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the new country had to include the words, “In the midst of wanton aggression, we yet call upon the Arab inhabitants of the state of Israel to return to the ways of peace, and play their part in the development of the state, with full and equal citizenship and due representation in its bodies and institutions–provisional or permanent.”

The Declaration went on to say, “We offer peace and unity to all the neighboring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all.”

This was to be the fulfillment of a dream that Jews had been dreaming for generations. After all, as the Declaration states, “the land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people.” It was here that our “spiritual, religious and national identity was formed.”

Even after being exiled from the land, our people “remained faithful to it in all the countries of dispersion, never ceasing to pray and hope for a return and a restoration of our national freedom.”

I know many of our Christian brothers and sisters have been very supportive of Israel and the Jewish people, so I thought you might like to see the last paragraph of the Declaration, which states, “With trust in Almighty G-d, we set our hand to this Declaration, at this Session of the Provisional State Council, in the city of Tel Aviv, on this Sabbath eve, the fifth of Iyar, 5708, the fourteenth day of May, 1948.”

That’s right, “With trust in the Almighty G-d!”

I thought about that a lot recently, especially as I focused on the word “Independence.” I broke that single word into two words and got “IN DEPENDENCE.”

The state of Israel lives … The United States lives … and each of us as individuals lives … IN DEPENDENCE. We live IN DEPENDENCE of G-d and we live IN DEPENDENCE on each other. If there is to be peace between all peoples and all countries of the world, we would do well to remember that. No one country, no one people and no one person is so great, so powerful, that they can do it on their own. We need each other and we need G-d Almighty.

“Mi Chamocha … Who is like unto You, O Lord among the Mighty?”

Shalom my friends,

Rabbi Craig H. Ezring

Rabbi Ezring is a member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and of the Association of Professional Chaplains, He works professionally in this capacity with a number of healthcare facilities in the area, and with hospice. He is the Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Israel of Deerfield Beach.

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SunFest is almost here!

Posted on 17 April 2013 by JLusk

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The moment music lovers wait for all year has almost arrived. Sun Fest (May 1-5) is just around the corner and has a plethora of fantastic acts coming in. Groups from Barenaked Ladies, Offspring, The Black Crowes and The Smashing Pumpkins to Ed Sheeran, Boz Scaggs and Gavin DeGraw (and many more!) will be gracing the stage.  Visitors can rock all day and night long.

SunFest brings in more than 165,000 people annually to listen to music, browse through art and vendor booths, enjoying the food, fun and festive atmosphere.  Their BB&T Juried Fine Art Show runs Friday through Sunday at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at the Artist Demonstration Booth feature many types of media.

From providing college scholarships to helping the environment, SunFest continues to help the community and provide a wonderful creative showcase for art and music.

Can’t wait for the music event of the year to come into downtown West Palm Beach? Neither can we! For more information, to buy tickets and to see the line-up and schedule, visit www.sunfest.com.

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Brew Dogs: Coney dogs & more

Posted on 11 April 2013 by LeslieM

Pages 09-16By Rachel Galvin

Home of the Coney Island Hot Dog and Brew Burger, Brew Dogs is really starting to attract attention. Not only are there many hot dogs to choose from, but there are also burgers, chicken and other sandwiches, and even breakfast.

Their authentic Coney Dogs, like those made in Michigan (owner Steve Brewer’s home state), Ohio or Pennsylvania, bring flocks of hot dog fans. The hot dogs are made without beans, but plenty of cumin, Greek style. Brewer is testing out some new prototypes, including the Big Papi, a hot dog wrapped with swiss cheese, ham, pulled pork, mustard and pickles, and the Big Texan, a bacon-wrapped hot dog with BBQ pulled pork, jalapenos and cheddar cheese. Their juicy hamburgers are 50 percent beef brisket with Angus. Both hot dogs and burgers can be customized. Breakfast items range from a sandwich or burrito to assorted pastries or a bagel. A potato pancake, bacon and sausage are welcome sides. Entrées are under $8! They also have beverages, including miniature Copa de vino wines and beer. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday with $2.50 longneck beers and Copas.

Brew Dogs, at 131 NE 2 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take-out available delivery to certain areas. For information call 754-333-8648 or visit www.brewdogs.net.

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FLICKS: PBIFF wraps, On the Road & Jurassic Park 3-D open

Posted on 11 April 2013 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

The 18th Annual (PBIFF) wraps up this evening with a screening of Chez Upshaw, a comedy about a bed & breakfast that becomes the home for assisted suicides.

Director Bruce Mason and character actress Ileana Douglas are expected to attend with a wrap party at the Frank CineBowl and Grille in Delray.

Unlike the previous nine festivals, which provided postcard-perfect weather, PBIFF 18 was fraught with traffic jams and tornado warnings.

Yet one must acknowledge the tenacity of Executive Director Randi Emerman and her loyal sidekick Laurie Wein. When the opening night rooftop party was cancelled due to tornado warnings, the party moved indoors. Ticket buyers were entertained by the movie Decoding Annie Parker and music by the Sheffield Brothers Band.

There is no doubt the PBIFF team found inspiration from the Comedy Warriors. This 90-minute documentary lived up to the hype. Director John Wager confidently manages the emotional minefield between tragedy and comedy.

This film also provides a fine tutorial on how to construct a joke for comedy at the Improv. Expect to hear more about this documentary.

Still Mine held a screening during PBIFF. Starring James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold, this drama about self-determination is scheduled for wide release in May.

In other movie news, On the Road opened last weekend. Based on Jack Kerouac’s cult novel, this film explores the end of the beatnik generation and the beginning of the hippie era. While much of the hype has centered around Kristen Stewart’s nudity, this is an ensemble piece featuring quirky performances from Steve Buscemi, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams. On the Road will not please every ticket buyer, but neither did Kerouac’s novel of the same name. When PBIFF ends, the summer blockbuster season begins to heat up. The Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery IMAX Theater is presenting a reminder about how much fun a Summer blockbuster can be with a limited engagement of Jurassic Park 3-D. The last screening will be next Thursday. Visit the website – www.mods.org/IMAX/ index.html

 

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 11 April 2013 by LeslieM

DEERFIELD BEACH

April 4 A woman reported her residence at 2031 Deercreek Wildwood N. was broken into and jewelry was stolen.

April 4 A woman reported her vehicle parked at 740 NE 41 St., Tallman Pines Rentals, entered and a perfume bottle and a watch stolen.

April 4 A man reported his van parked at 540 SE 2 Ave. and 10 fishing rods and reels stolen. Loss was estimated at $3,500.

April 5 Someone broke into a second-floor condominium at 1953 SW 15 St., #76, and stole jewelry, a television, a laptop and an Xbox. Loss was estimated at $2,100.

April 5 A woman reported her purse with wallet, two credit cards, a Florida driver’s license and $400 taken from her car.

April 6 A home at 345 NW 46 St. was entered via a back window. A laptop, cell phone, watch, jewelry and cash were stolen. Loss was estimated at $4,210.

April 7 A man’s residence at 269 SE 8 Ave. was broken into. The man’s car keys and his girlfriend’s car keys were taken. A tracking device was placed on both cars. The thief came back and took the woman’s car. The car was tracked and the driver bailed out of the car. The man was arrested and charged with auto theft.

April 7 A man reported that two men entered a storage area at 1409 SE 8 Ave. and stole a Go- Ped valued at about $200.

DEERFIELD District 4

April 2 Commercial burglary was reported at JM Family Enterprises, Inc., 519 Jim Moran Blvd. JM Corporate Security Brian McDonald reported the theft of a Dell laptop computer valued at $1,500. It was placed in FCIC/NCIC. Incident occurred between 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on April 1.

April 2 Commercial burglary was reported at Target, 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd., at 6:42 p.m. Loss prevention reported subject entered the store and utilized a hand-held shopping cart. Subject loaded the cart with 5 DVD box sets of different TV shows valued at $970.Subject exited without paying for the merchandise. Video surveillance was provided.

April 2 Arrest was made at 1700 W. Hillsboro Blvd. at 7:40 p.m. In November, victim had her vehicle window smashed and her purse stolen. Investigation revealed a latent hit for suspect. On April 2, suspect was located and brought to the district office. Suspect was uncooperative and requested his attorney. He was charged with burglary conveyance and transported to Broward County Jail.

LIGHTHOUSE POINT

March 29 The front door at 1809 NE 24 St. was smashed. The store was entered and$240 was stolen from the cash register.

April 2 Two batteries were stolen from a truck parked at Seafood World Restaurant at 4602 N. Federal Hwy.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 11 April 2013 by LeslieM

Thank you! Citizens of Deerfield Beach

Dear Editor:

A couple weeks ago a notice was put in the Deerfield Beach Observer asking for assistance on behalf of my college tuition. [“Help a District 2 college student with tuition,” in the March 28 Observer.]

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your efforts to help me successfully matriculate at Savannah College of Arts and Design.

With your help, I was able to continue my college education and become one step closer to my dream.

I would also like to extend a very special thanks to Mr. Frank Congemi for putting his belief in me.

I will continue to work diligently and perform with academic satisfactory.

Again, Thank you! I really appreciate what has been done on my behalf. May your days be filled with splendor!

Sincerely,

Nathaniel Myles

Deerfield Beach

Let me breathe the air

Dear Editor:

A recent edition of the Observer newspaper [March 14] featured a “GOING GREEN resolution check-in” column — a list of steps one can take to clean up our world.

Buying and using more sustainable products was one idea, but what are they, and where can you find them?

Personal care products and any products that contain fragrances are not green, because fragrances contain a host of the same cancer-causing toxins that are in tobacco smoke, including formaldehyde, benzene, toluene for starters. Even essential oil, plant-based fragrances are toxic respiratory irritants to many people, because they become a form of turpentine in the milling and distilling process.

As a Florida resident in winter months, I am shocked at the heavy fragrances that permeate shops and emanate from people on sidewalks, in restaurants, and on the beaches. It is hard to find clean air anywhere in South Florida — air that is unscented.

To go greener, we must read labels to be sure the word “fragrance” or “plant-based fragrances” are not in products. “Natural, green, organic or biodegradable” mean nothing if fragrances lurk in them.

Julie Mellum

President, Take Back to the Air

www.takebacktheair.com

Deerfield Beach

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 11 April 2013 by LeslieM

Ladies First”

Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m.

LTS Wake School 3731 NW 9 Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Wakeboard, wakeskate, wakesurf, waterski, paddle board, tubing, kneeboard, boat cruise, boat party, hot tub, bbq, bonfire, games, music and more-all in one day–for women of all ages and skill levels! Only $149! RSVP: 954-278-2812. www.facebook.com/events/163132487173869/?fref=ts.

Relay for Life

Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m. Registration Sunday, April 14, 9 a.m. Closing Ceremonies

Quiet Waters Park 401 S. Powerline Rd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Survivor’s ceremony and dinner, LIVE entertainment, Luminaria ceremony. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society. Info: http://main.acsevents.org.

Voice lessons starting

Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Source 230 Lock Rd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Hosted by Gene Townsel. Info: 561-436-0868.

Pancake breakfast

Sunday April 14, 9 a.m. to noon

Elks Lodge 700 NE 10 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Hosted by the Benevolent Patriotic Order of DOES, Drove 142. Adults: $5, Children: $2.50. Open to the public. For information, call 954-587-1121.

Angelfest

Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elks Lodge 700 NE 10 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Sponsored by Coral Cadillac, this family fun day includes sand volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, corn hole, Hula-Hooping, pet adoption, silent auction, Dunk-an-Angel booth, LIVE entertainment. Food available, including hog roast. Entry and parking: FREE. Car and Bike Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration: 9 to 11 a.m. On day of show, entrance fee: $15 cars, $10 for bikes. Car clubs welcome to participate: $100 for five or more vehicles. Proceeds go to Construction Angels, (which provides financial assistance to families of deceased road construction workers, including funding children’s trust funds, and giving money for college and counseling.)

Sunday Matinee Music Series Concert

Sunday, April 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Spanish River Library 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33431

One-hour concert by worldrenowned classical and flamenco guitarist, Howard Greenblatt. Sunday Matinee Music Series events and concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Raton Library, a volunteer not-for-profit organization. Reservations required. www,bocalibrary,org, click on Events Calendar to register or visit library and ask staff. For more information, call 561-299- 8684.

Yoga fundraiser

Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

BCFitness Conditioning Center 1670 SE 3 Court (in The Cove), Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Sponsored by BCFitness Conditioning Center. $10 donation. Space limited. Funds help to get a kidney transplant, as well as aid in treatment and dialysis for 15-year-old Talia Bennardo, who has been diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glumerulo Sclerosis (FSGS), a life-threatening and irreversible kidney disease. 90-minute Vinyasa workshop taught by Melinda Bruck. For more information, visit http:// www.rnifla.com/fortaliabennardo.html or call 800-478-7913.

Avoiding Senior scams and identity theft

Monday, April 15, noon to 1 p.m.

Percy White Library 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441

Alexander Borge, director of Community Education for Consumer Credit Management Services, will be leading program. Info: 954-357-7680.

Detection and treatment of Breast Cancer

Tuesday, April 16, noon to 1 p.m.

Percy White Library 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441

Chanelle Udvardy, from the Florida Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program of the Broward County Dept. of Health, will present FREE educational program. Info: 954- 357-7680.

13th annual Cuisine of the Region

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Hillsboro Club 901 Hillsboro Mile (A1A) Deerfield Beach, FL 33062

Enjoy cuisine from local restaurants, wine and delicious desserts while supporting the NE Focal Point. Door prizes, silent and LIVE auction. $50 in advance, $60 at the door. For information, call 954-480-4460 or email rwilliams@deerfieldbeach. Com.

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CLERGY CORNER: Fight and rest

Posted on 11 April 2013 by LeslieM

Do you ever get tired, weary, or just worn out? I think we all go through times in life where we are just beat up and beat down. I guess then the question would be, what in the world do we do in order to get through those tough times without having a nervous breakdown?

If you ask anyone from our church, they should all know that I say often, “NEVER GIVE UP – NEVER GIVE IN – NEVER QUIT.” This is one of those things in life that we have to remind ourselves of every day and even sometimes more than one time in the same day.

GALATIANS 6:9, NLT

9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

I believe we need to simply trust God even more with our lives and that includes the things that wear us down. We need to talk to Him about everything. We also need to learn how to rest and have fun.

Sometimes, life is tough and hard, so if we are going to work hard, then we need to play hard. We need to find things that help us to have fun and relax. Enjoying a hobby or sports activity is not a sin; it will actually help you deal with issues when you are fully relaxed and rested. Lastly, we need to let things go that we have no control over. I shared a story with you a couple years back, and it is very fitting with this story, so I wanted to share it again.

The Donkey

One day, a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours, as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. So, he invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.

Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping-stone. We can get out of the deepest well, just by not stopping and by never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up! Always remember, you WIN! When you are resting and trusting God, then He is working.

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