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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010 7 A Thought What if you receivea a letter from God? Rick Kraft pression of love -' I John 4:16. And it is my desire to lavish my love on you - I John 3:1. Simply be- cause you are my child and I am your father - I John 3:1. I offer you more than your earthly father ever could - Matthew 7:11. For I am the pdrfect father - Mat- thew 5:48. Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand - James 1:17. For I am your provider and I meet all your needs - Matthew 6:31-33. "My plan for your future has always been filled with hope - Jeremiah 29:11. Because I love you with an ever- lasting love - Jeremiah 31:3. My thoughts toward you are count- less as the sand on the seashore - Psalm 139:17-18. And I rejoice over you with singing Zephaniah 3:17. I will never stop doing good to you - Jeremiah 32:40. For you are my treasured possession - Exodus 19:5: I de- sire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul - Jeremiah 32:41. And I want to show you great and marvelous things - Jeremiah 33:3. "If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me Deuteronomy 4:29. Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart - Psalm 37:4. For it is I who gave you those desires - Philippians 2:13. I am able to do more for you that you could pos- sibly imagine - Ephesians 3:20. For I am your greatest encourager - 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17. I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles 2 Corinthians 1:3-4: When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you - Psalm 34:18. As a shepherd car- ries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart - Isaiah 40:11. One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes - Revelation 21:3-4. And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth - Revelation 21:3-4. "I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus - John 17:23. For in Jesus, my love for you is realized - John 17:26. He is the exact representation of my being - Hebrews 1:3. He came By RICK KRAFT :. What if you went out ind picked up your mail one day and there among the other letters you received was a letter with your name on it with the re- turn address being God in Heaven? Most of us would first think that it was a prank letter and wonder who might do ;uch a sacrilegious thing. Regardless, I think each of us would open the envelope to see what was in it. On one of our family vacations we spent a week in a small town in Colorado. One day we went out and visited the local shops. There was a store located in a basement with a basket with "Letters from God" in it. I picked one up to see what such a letter might look like. Let me share with you the letter along with the biblical scripture that was cited for each message. .As you read this letter imagine you received it in the mail today. "My Dear Child: You may not know me, but I know everything about you - Psalm 139:1. I know when you sit down and when you rise up - Psalm 139:2. I am familiar with all your ways - Psalm 139:3. Even the very hairs on your head are numbered - Matthew 10:29-31. For you were made in my image.- Genesis 1:27. In me you live and move and have your being - Acts 17:28. For you are my offspring - Acts 17:28. I knew you even be- fore you were conceived.- Jeremiah 1:4-5. I chose you when I planned creation - Ephesians 1':11-12. You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book - Psalm 139:15-16. I deter- tflined the exact time of your 13irth and where you would live - Acts 17:26. You are fearfully and wonderfully made Psalm 139:14. I knit" you together in your mother's womb - Psalm 139:13. And brought you forth, on the day you were'born - Psalm 71:6. "I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me - John 8:41-44. I am not distant and angry, but am the complete ex- Foster, a00lopti00 parents needed in New Mexico Amanda Unlike a lot of teens, Amanda likes to interact with the family and enjoys their time together; she doesn't seclude herself in her room. Amanda is a jokester and is playful with her family; she likes to pull an occasional prank in the home. She is active in her com- munity church and enjoys the church functions with her peers, as this gives her an outlet to meet friends and interact in a fun set- ting. Arna.nda does love to meet and make new friends, but she 'can easily succumb to peer pres- sure if not supported with grounded parenting and good decision making. In school, Amanda has great' abil- ity, but has a hard time focusing on the cur- riculum with the dis- traction of her peers. Amanda has a lot to offer a stable, loving family interested in opening its home and heart to her. For further infor- mation about this child, please contact Camille Scarcella, CYFD Adoption Con- sultant, at camille.scarcella@ state.nm.us or 505-827-7450 ext. 1032 (phone For general information on how you can become a fos- ter/adoptive parent with the Children, Youth and Families Department, please call 1-800- 432-2075 or visit www.CYFD.org. Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- t!ve parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an information meeting to be held this month of February in your area, Please Call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at www.cyfd.org. Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Amanda Age: 13 Grade level: 8  This beautiful young lady is Amanda. While she can be quiet and re- served, getting to know her is definitely worthwhile. Amanda loves to be on the computer, playing games, surfing the web and chatting it up with her friends. She has a great rela- tionship with her foster parents and their granddaughter. Amanda takes pride in helping out her fos- ter family in the home by keep- ing her room and laundry clean. She enjoys spending time with her fostel = mother, doing fun "girlie" things like getting their hair done or nails painted. Amanda loves to shop, like most teens, and enjoys doing this with her friends and foster mother. to demonstrate thatl am for you, not against you - Romans 8:31. And to tell you that I am not counting your sins 2 Corinthians 5:18-19. "Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled I - 2 Corinthians 5:18-19. His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you- I John 4:10. I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love - Romans 8:31- 32. If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me - I John 2:23. And nothing will ever sepa- rate you from my love again - Romans 8:38-39. "Come home and Fll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen - Luke 15:7. I have always been Father, and Will always be Father - Ephesians 3:14-15. My question is "Will you be my child?" - John 1:12-13. I am wait- ing for you - Luke 15:11-32. -Love Your Father, Almighty God" Wow, what a message! My challenge to you today is to respond to this letter. Write your own letter back. To have a relationship there must be two- way communication. Pull out a sheet of paper and write "Dear God:" at the top. Then continue your thoughts. As is in His letter, God knows when you sit down and when you rise up. There is no need to mail your letter. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, an.d an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto:thekraftlawfirm @ aol.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex.net. Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, andnot-nebessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- .ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Good memories Letter to tile Editor: I would like to thank Edmund Saucedo for submitting "A Picture From The Past" - In Memoriam, featuring the late Coach Ralph Craig in the Hidalgo County.Herald, April 23, 2010. Coach Craig began his first year as Head Football Coach in my freshman year at LHS: And, from the very beginning, all of the students and athletes quickly realized he was a very special in- dividual in the way he conducted himself with such tremendous self-confidence, great knowledge of the game, an outstanding mo- tivator and teacher. We were very lucky to have been under his tutelage, because he instilled con- fidence in ourselves that we ex- ceeded our own expectations in what we were able to accomplish individually. After the article appeared, many of his former students, also, confirmed to me how much Coach Craig had affected their lives then and after they gradu- ated and went on to start their bareers. LHS and the commu- nity of Lordsburg was very fortu- nate to have had such an out- standing "local boy" who accom- plished so much as a LHS athlete, an "All-American" college foot- ball player, war hero, a tremen- dous LHS coach, but most impor- tant a wonderful human being that Lordsburg was very fortunate to have had him as a native son. George Y. Gallegos Silver Cit, N& NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX DELINQUENCY Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of the Property Tax Code that the second installment of property taxes due which is required to bepaid ito the treasurer of this county, will become delinquent if not paid before May :11, 2010. If the second installment is not paid before May 11, 2010, then the tax is delinquent and interest at the rate of one (1) percent a month or a frac- tion of the month is imposed as well as penaltY'0f one (1) percent of the delin- 'quent taxes for each month or any portion of a month they remain unpaid. The 'total penalty shall not exceed five (5) percent of the delinquent taxes. Patsy M. Camacho ,,.,29, Hidalgo County Treasurer A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy MARGARET MARTINEZ GOMEZ / Clifton and MARY HELEN MARTINEZ ESTRADA / Lordsburg, from the historic photo co//ection of their/ate mother Ramona Diaz Martinez Elfido Francisco Martinez (left) (1894 - 1954) and unidentified person, Lordsburlg, circa 1918 Martinez, other.cancer victims, to be remembered at 2010 Relay For Life Elfido Francisco Martinez was born in 1894. He was the son of Patricio and Juanita Martinez. His siblings were Longino, Dolores, Cassie, Elena, Patricia, Librada, and Jose Manuel. After the death of his first wife, Simona Diaz Martinez, .he married Julia Holguin and had a son, Patricio. Elfido also raised Romie (Renteria) and Henry Holguin, Julia's children from her previous marriages. Romie and Henry loved and respected Elfido as their own father. Elfido was self-employed as a mechanic and had a mainte- nance garage in Lordsburg from the 1930s through 1952. Elfido is remembered as a good citizen and loving husband and father. In 1954, he lost his battle against cancer. Elfido will be one many remembered on June 18 and 19 at the Lordsburg Relay For Life. .:, RelayFor Life@,On day. One night. One community: By pirticipating in Lordsburg's American Cancer Society Relay For Life on June 18 and 19,you honor cancer survivors, pay trib- ute to the lives lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight it - all right in the local community. Much more than a walk around a track, Relay is a time to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost and get inspired to fight back. Those who have shared the same expe- rience find common ground, hope and healing at Relay. By partici- pating, you have the power to continue the American Cancer Society's progress toward a future where cancer doesn't take the lives of our friends and family. Every dollar yeu raise makes a difference to people in your community whose lives are touched by cancer. The Society has contributed to almost every major discovery in cancer re- search. Millions of lives have been saved as a result, including people you may know. For those people and countless others, the research the Society has funded is resulting in better ways to pre- vent, detect, and treat cancer. The American Cancer Soci- ety will also continue to exert influence on all levels of govern- ment, advocating for stronger policies and enacting legislation that will save lives and conquer cancer. Relay For Life opens as can- cer survivors take the first lap. This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution. A fes- tive atmosphere always develops as participants make new friends and spend time with old ones. Highlighting the evening is a luminaria Ceremony of Hope held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember loved ones lost to cancer. The luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incred- ible importance of their contribu- tions. Sign up today to become a part of the Relay phenomenon. . Udall focuses on reducing DWI, making roads safe for pedestrians, bicyclists Courtesy information U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, last week discussed his efforts m reduce drunk driving and to improve the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on AmeriCa's i'oads during a meeting of the Senate Envi- ronment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. To view photos of Udall during, the hearing, click here. Udall, a member of the EPW Committee, highlighted his recently- introduced ROADS SAFE Act (The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere Act). The legislation is designed to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes and fatalities on America's roads by funding the development of new technologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. "We can't develop this technology fast enough," Udall said in a statement submitted to the committee. "Every day, dozens of people die needlessly on America's roads because of drunk driving. If this technology were available today, it would have prevented the recent deaths of five people in New Mexico who died as the result of drunk drivers." As New Mexico Attorney General from 1990-1998, Udall fought to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road and has continued to champion the cause in the Senate. In December, Udall joined Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N J) in introducing legislation that wold make states require the use of ignition interlock technology for all con- victed drunk driving offenders. This legislation would make New Mexico's current DWI ignition interlock mandate the national stan- dard. As a result of actions at the state level - including those Udall proposed and fought for while serving as state attorney general - deaths from drunk driving accidents in New Mexico have dropped by more than 50 percent over the past two decades, from 304 in 1990 to 143 in 2008. Udall also questioned panelists, including Deb Hubsmith of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, on what should be done to improve the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on America's roads. The Senator highlighted an accident last month in Albuquerque where a bicyclist was killed when a driver lost control of her vehicle and left the road. 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