Saturday, June 27, 2020

DEHYDRATED HIKERS AND DOG: SARA CRACK TRAIL, SOUTH LAKE HAVASU CITY



Late Friday (6/26) morning, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office received a call of three hikers (58-year-old female, 50-year-old female, and a 46-year-old female) and their dog visiting from California who had become dehydrated while hiking the SARA's Crack trail system, south of Lake Havasu City. They started their hike late in the morning, around 9am, and were unprepared for the blistering hot temperatures forecasted for Friday. They had run out of water for themselves and their dog and had indicated their dog's paws were bleeding. They had no idea where they were and had left the trail system trying to find help. During their search for help, they had got into an argument and the 58-year-old female hiker had walked away from them. Search and Rescue, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Division of Boating Safety, Lake Havasu City Fire, River Medical and a Careflight medical helicopter were activated. Search teams began a route and location search through the extensive trail system. All three hikers were found separately from each other. The 58-year-old female was found responsive, but showing signs of heat stroke and was extracted by Careflight and flown to a local hospital for further medical evaluation. The other two hikers were located separately from each other, along with the dog. The hikers were all showing signs of heat exhaustion and brought back to the Command Post. Great job by everyone involved! Search and Rescue would like to remind everyone (especially if deciding to hike on the surface of the sun) to bring plenty of supplies for themselves, as well as everyone in the hiking group – including your pets! Poor decisions like these put our first responders and your pets in dangerous situations. 


Monday, June 22, 2020

Not gonna lie, at 45 and during the craziness of 2020, this hits a little different. ———————————— Ecclesiastes 12:1–8 (NLT): Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” 2 Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. 3 Remember him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly. 4 Remember him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades. Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint. 5 Remember him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire. Remember him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral. 6 Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well. 7 For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

God’s Solution for Anxiety

God's Solution for Anxiety
The apostle Paul knew a lot about anxiety. He dealt with difficulties, hardships, trials, imprisonments, beatings, sufferings, and persecutions—just to name a few. But listen to what he has to say in Philippians 4:4-7: 
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
You can look to this passage penned by Paul and inspired by the Holy Spirit to find God's solution for any anxiety or worry you face.
1. You must acknowledge what you're anxious, worried, or concerned about. You have to be willing to get honest with yourself and admit that you're struggling with anxiety. As long as you ignore your anxiety, it's going to poison you, taking a toll on your life. Be willing to find the courage to face your anxieties and worries head on.
2. Bring your concerns to the Father in the spirit of thanksgiving. Remember that the Lord is always near. Come before Him with thanksgiving, expressing gratitude to Him for being your God, loving you unconditionally, hearing your prayers, understanding exactly where you are, and being willing and ready to help you. 
3. Let your request be made known to God. Tell God everything that concerns you. Share with him your anxieties, worries, fears, and uncertainties, then ask Him to help you overcome them once and for all. 
4. Believe that He loves you, hears your prayers, and promises to help you. Be fully convinced that not only does God love you and hear your prayers, but He has promised to help you overcome and defeat any difficulty you face.
5. Trust that He has the power and provision to accomplish what you ask. Remember your all-powerful, all-knowing, omniscient, omnipresent God has provided all you will need to overcome the anxieties and worries consuming you. By the might of His Spirit, His power is not only available to you, but resides within you to help you overcome and to work all things together for your good.
6. Rest in the peace and knowledge that God will give you the victory. The peace of God will garrison you about, which means that the Father will exchange your anxiety for His peace. He will cover you and protect you with it, building an impenetrable wall of protection around you. It's a matter of simply giving your concerns to Him. 
Anxious thoughts and situations will always present themselves in this life, but how long you hold on to the anxiety—that's the key. Whatever you're going through, I promise that if you'll take the passage from Philippians mentioned above and meditate upon it, asking God to work in your heart, He promises He will give you a peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil. 4:7). I've watched Him do it time and again in my own life, and I know He will do it for you.  
Friend, you don't have to live in anxiety unless you choose to. I pray the Father will help you overcome your anxiety and lead you to victory once and for all. If you're willing to trust Him, He will set you free.

Quick note from the author, the above is a repost from a You Version Daily Devotion from the series named  Victory Over Anxiety.