Matthew 17:18 ~ If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Dear Church Family & Friends (Pastor Tammy writes from her Sabbatical):
I have been tucked away in the area of Grizzly Flats California for almost a month in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The town was apparently named back in 1850 by a gold miner named Buck who was preparing grub for his fellow gold miners when he had a surprise visitor – a big grizzly bear. There are many tales about this encounter, but the good news is I haven’t encountered any grizzlies yet, although I’ve been assured they still are in the area! In the spirit of the great gold miners of the past, I am here searching for gold – the spiritual kind… “gold tried in the fire,” seeking kingdom riches beyond my wildest dreams. There doesn’t seem to be a “gold rush” surrounding this great quest, but I am nevertheless determined, having unflinching hope and unyielding purpose.
I am not actually in a town. I’m midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe at 4,200 feet elevation, staying on the grounds of Leoni Meadows Retreat Center (which is 920 acres surrounded by the El Dorado National Forest) living among the pines. Just this last Sabbath after returning “home” from worshipping with a near-by (1 hour away ;-) community of faith, I took one of the books that was given to me before by departure by the great prayer warrior, Ruthie Jacobsen, entitled, “I Go to the Rock.” I packed my book and journal, heading out on foot to the meadow, planning to read this short inspirational book on prayer. I read as I basked in the sun, finishing its pages as the sun dipped beyond the horizon in subtle but brilliant hues. Before leaving to head back to my “home” I knelt down under the moonlit sky and prayed. Just know that you are never far from my thoughts and prayers…and even now I cherish the thought that I am never far from your own.
Set out on the quest with me – there are riches to be found!
Even Our Limitations Can’t Stop the Limitless God in Us,