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He is Risen!

He is Risen!

"Jesus Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah!"…

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Finding Peace in the Storm

Finding Peace in the Storm

A huge part of my job at the Ranch is to thank people for their ongoing support of our kids. Who wouldn't love a job where you get to meet and thank loving and kind people committed to a ministry that helps children and their families succeed in the name of Christ? I've spent the week in Texas, visiting with several of those folks. I was honored to spend time with them.…

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Feeling Healthy Again

Feeling Healthy Again

When I don't feel well, I am more emotional, less sensitive to others, and less able to focus on my tasks. This last week has been one of those "not feeling well" weeks. As I pushed through the days, I started thinking about our Ranch kids and the days they push through.…

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The Love of a Horse

The Love of a Horse

This past year, I decided to sponsor one of the horses at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. His name is Teddy and he is well loved by our kids. I grew up on an airport, so although we had dogs and cats, horses were never an option. It feels good to know "my horse" is helping kids heal.…

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen

Friends, Romans, Countrymen

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears..." If you can finish that line, it's probably because of an English teacher in your childhood.…

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With Wings to Fly

With Wings to Fly

Last weekend, Ranch staff turned out in numbers at the 96th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Held at a regional art museum, the staff were there to celebrate two Ranch students whose work was submitted by their teachers at Dakota Memorial School. The Scholastic competition is the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12. This year, over 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted across the country. In North Dakota, 417 works were submitted, and 118 received regional honors, which include Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices.…

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Connecting to the Life-Line for Lent

Connecting to the Life-Line for Lent

Life is a precious, fragile and amazing gift from God. Most years, I give something up for Lent, like chocolate, which was difficult for me! But, this Lenten season started out differently.…

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Getting Through

Getting Through

Whew! I don't know about life in your part of the country, but I am so thankful to be finished with February! Normally, I love the month that allows me to celebrate my birthday, Valentine's Day, and the bonus holiday, President's Day. However, my first February in Minot was cold, bitterly cold! For one three-week period in February, we had only one day in which temps were higher than 0. We drove on sheets of ice with windchills reaching -60.…

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The Gift of Today

The Gift of Today

The following is the opening prayer prayed at the Arizona Donor Appreciation Luncheons by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch board member, Dick Shorma. Thank you for praying alongside us today.…

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Celebrating the Dedication of Our Donors

Celebrating the Dedication of Our Donors

Wow! Attending the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Valentines Luncheon in Arizona this past Thursday was such a blessing! Being out of the snow and bitter cold for a short time was wonderful, of course, but the real blessing was the event itself and the people who attended.…

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Having a Snow Day

Having a Snow Day

As the great-granddaughter of North Dakota homesteaders, a winter blizzard is par for the course. I recall fond memories of snow days. Staying home from school and work with family, baking and cooking to add extra warmth to the house...unless the power goes out and you camp out in the living room. Oh, the fun!…

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Celebrating Love with a Thankful Heart

Celebrating Love with a Thankful Heart

"And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and "Love." But the greatest of these is "Love." - 1 Corinthians 13:13 The month of February is a celebration of love, and at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, we go all out in our celebration of Valentine's Day. Our kids make heart-shaped crafts, eat heart-shaped cookies (and sometimes pancakes), write about love, and discuss the power of love and friendship in their classes and groups.…

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Together We Help So Many Kids

Together We Help So Many Kids

The supporters of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch are so gracious and well informed about our ministry. I have learned so much of our history from those I am blessed to visit with. Please know that we appreciate you very much.…

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Breaking Bread Together

Breaking Bread Together

Lunch is one of my favorite times at the Ranch. We are all gathered together--kids who have just joined us, kids about to discharge, teachers, counselors, fundraisers, direct care staff, and more. We gather together to break bread and talk about the topic on people's minds that day. Just like we do around the dinner table at home.…

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I trust you, Jesus

I trust you, Jesus

In her devotional book, Jesus Calling, Sarah Young challenged readers on January 4th to make a new habit of responding to any difficult situation with the words, "I trust you, Jesus." ... Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is an amazing place. We help some of the most troubled, complicated and special children find a better way to live their lives. They heal from the pain in their past and learn skills to better navigate the ups and downs that come with being human. We can help them to also see that they too can know and say, "I trust you, Jesus."…

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Bringing Your Best

Bringing Your Best

At the Ranch, we help the most troubled, complicated and amazing children by providing best-in-class therapy and trauma-informed care where we look kids in the eye, walk with them and help them become their best selves in this world and in Christ. In short, we help these kids find and become who they really are.…

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Should old acquaintance be forgot and never cross your mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never cross your mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never cross your mind? This question is repeated at New Year's celebrations across the world as people ring in the New Year with the familiar song, "Auld Land Syne."…

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May Your Christmas Tree Fall Over

May Your Christmas Tree Fall Over

When Janet Zinke asked me to be the “guest writer” for this week’s edition of her sharing, my first thought was “What can I bring to a Christmas Greeting that hasn’t been said a hundred times?” And then I thought, “My wish for them is that their Christmas tree falls over!”…

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Stewardship at the Ranch

Stewardship at the Ranch

Thank you for believing in the ministry of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. We help troubled children recover from the pain of their past and find ways to overcome their struggles. As 2018 draws to a close, many supporters of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch begin to look at their year-end giving. Folks have called and written in requesting our Federal Tax ID, IRS 990 forms and other questions about how we are set up.…

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The Present Moment

The Present Moment

"Take a deep breath and pause to experience the present moment.” When you read that, what do you think? What does that statement mean to you?…

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A Season of Hope

A Season of Hope

O Holy Night continues to be my favorite Christmas hymn. The song’s beautiful refrain echoes in my mind … O holy night the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth…

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Much to be Thankful For

Much to be Thankful For

Good organizations require many components. Good leadership, a committed staff, a strong and compelling mission, and people like you who believe in the important work we do. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is blessed to have all of these—and because of our combined efforts, hurting children find their way. I am so thankful.…

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The Power of Perspective

The Power of Perspective

One day last summer I was reading a book and came across a line that spoke with me. In her book, "The Tenth Island," Diana Marcum wrote, "It had been a tumultuous week, and it occurred to me that in all levels of crisis, it is a good idea to lie down outside and look up."…

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Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude

About a year ago, we launched "Operation Gratitude" at the Ranch--which reminds us to thank people for all the things they contribute to our lives, our kids, and our organization. Today, I'd like to talk a little about the things we are grateful for at the Ranch.…

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Looking Forward to Thanksgiving and Advent

Looking Forward to Thanksgiving and Advent

While November brings reminders of cold and snow, I like to see it as an opportunity to look forward to Thanksgiving and Advent. Thanksgiving reminds us to focus our thoughts and lives on gratitude. Advent, and the Advent Wreath which symbolizes eternal life, reminds us we are all a part of the circle of life—a circle of life made possible by God.…

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