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Seed Catalogues and the Hope of Eternity

Seed Catalogues and the Hope of EternityThe cold, dreary days of December and January are very hard for us gardeners. We long to get our hands in the dirt, to see the garden filled with greenery and colorful blossoms, and to see tiny fruits growing larger daily. We want to be busy tying vines to…
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Blossoming in Christ

Blossoming in Christ Lily joined the CVYR program about a year ago. She is a quiet teenager who doesn’t say much and her attendance was a bit inconsistent when she started coming. Her family is strongly Catholic and her parents don’t speak any English, so communicating with them has been nearly impossible.When Lily started coming…
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Grafting

Grafting When you think of grafting in the Central Valley of California, generally horticulture comes to mind. Every citrus, peach, plum, nectarine, and a whole bunch of others are all grafted from a rootstock to the particular desired variety of fruit. This is a very intricate and precise process, an experienced grafter can make it…
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The Neglected Garden

The Neglected Garden I had a goal for the Jeremiah Garden to be ready for planting when sessions started in mid-September. But life interfered. There were things to do, schedules to be put together, lessons to be written, rooms to organize and people to train; not to mention that it was very hot to be…
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Overcoming Fear

Overcoming fear About a year ago, I began seeing a boy named Caleb, a boy that was afraid to pray. As I was looking back on our first session together, I recalled the time when we were having devotions, and I asked him if he had any prayer requests. Caleb got very uneasy and seemed…
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A Sanctuary for Children

A SANCTUARY FOR CHILDREN Orlando not pictured in photo. In the fall of last year, I began to mentor a boy named Orlando. Orlando, like many of the children we serve at Crown Valley Youth Ranch, had experienced pain early on in his life. He’s a child of a single mother, as his father had…
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Patience in the Learning

PATIENCE IN THE LEARNING As one of the CVYR horse team members, I’m usually just doing tune ups on older horses or educating fellow mentors on techniques to understand how horses think and learn. So when we purchased our first rescue, a mare about 6 years old, I was excited to maybe have the opportunity…
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The Jeremiah Garden June 2023

The Jeremiah Garden, June 2023 The garden has always been a place of wonder for me. I love the sound of the wind and the birds, the bees and the rustle of a lizard scurrying away. The colors are a delight to behold throughout the growing season. Right now, the Jeremiah Garden here at the…
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Excerpts from an Exile

EXCERPTS FROM AN EXILE This time in our lives is definitely a new adventure. Throughout the bible, we see stories God’s people in exile, in slavery, and in a dispersed and persecuted church. We may not be in ‘exile,’ but all these circumstances describe God’s people traveling through scary and uncharted territory. Sound familiar when…
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Renewing our View

Renewing our view It’s the middle of Easter week, but on the surface, it doesn’t seem like it. There aren’t the usual reminders of stores with their shelves piled high with chocolate bunnies, peeps, Easter baskets and grass, and toys and candy in all shades of pastels. I suppose you can find all the commercial…
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