Arizona has been wonderful this week.  The people down in Tucson were absolutely magnificent.  The Phoenix friends we've made over the last several years welcomed us with open arms yesterday, and we are so thankful this place has been an incredible recruiting trip for us.

I checked our enrollment numbers yesterday, and we had 20 people sign up for Kanakuk Colorado, over the weekend. Can you imagine?  Here we sit in the greatest economic downturn in the last 100 years, and parents are still seeing the importance of helping teenagers understand a comprehensive worldview.  I'm so grateful for the people we get to minister to.

In any event, we've had a great re-connect, and we feel as though God is doing miraculous things down here. 

Over the course of the week, I've spent time with grandparents, parents, and teens; talking about the major issues the cities of Tucson and Phoenix are dealing with, in respect to spirituality.  The issues look a bit different from generation to generation, but the bottom line is the same.  Life is hard. 

Life is hard when you're a year or two away from retirement and all your life savings have been depleted in a crashing economy.
Life is hard when you're working in real estate here in Arizona with the largest devalued home prices in the country.
Life is hard when you're trying to stand up for good in your school, while you watch your friends turn to alcohol, drugs, or even sexual relationships to numb the pain.

The theme is the same.  Life is hard.

This morning on my walk with the Lord, I found a wonderful encouragement that may help you today, in your situation. 

Psalms 29 is the song of my heart today. 

"Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.  The Voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters.  The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty." (v.2-4)

The Voice of the Lord is filled with power today. 
It's the only 'real' part of life we can count on. 
Money fades.
Business takes downturns.
Families have hard times.
Relationships begin to fall apart.

But, The Voice of the Lord is consistent and un-moved.

"The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.  May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with PEACE!" (v.10-11)

O Might we be a people who can recognize the things of this world are only a small portion of a whole life.
May we see the economy, relationships, even our own future; as a gift from a God who sits on the very throne of heaven and earth.

It is by HIS VOICE that waters crash and thunders clap.  It is the power of God's voice that is worthy of our praise today! 

May you find in the hardship of life the truth that God is still sitting on the throne of the Universe. 
May you call on His mercy for Peace in your world!

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