"Sometimes just changing our perspective can make what’s troubling us go away. Sometimes just reminding ourselves that Christ is enough can totally change the situation."
"I can’t quite explain what happened at that moment, but suddenly I felt released from it all. The panic that had begun to build inside was gently dispelled by a reassuring presence that engulfed my life and drew my attention."
"Jesus wants us to experience the fullness of life and His blessings; there are so many great things in store if you trust Him and surrender all."
...Excitement over the possibility of being a stem cell donor swept through me and I jumped into the process of finding out if I was the right match...
"...I have never felt a more powerful peace than what I experienced when I gave God control."
"Thankfully we have one perfect example that shows us exactly what a life of humility looks like..."
By Bubby Stapleton In the book of Hebrews, chapter eleven is often referred to as “The Faith Hall of Fame.” Eighteen of the first thirty-one verses in chapter eleven begin with the words “By faith…” The writer to the Hebrew Christians reminds his audience, including us today, how God accomplished “His purposes” in a variety... Continue Reading →
“….nothing less than the shaping of the bodies and souls of humanity, the family is the factory that manufactures mankind.” G.K. Chesterton
"Although communicating with our teens has some built-in obstacles, there are some key things we can do to facilitate the process. One of them is to develop the ability to ask good questions."
"God really started to make the truth of doing all things for Him so real to me, that first summer and it’s become more clear in my life as time goes on."
"Well, it's nearly February and the pandemic has been long, so I know I must intentionally nourish my soul to keep going strong, too."
"Funny how the story of Christmas is about the birth of a child in the middle of a mess."
"God used a professor’s line in a lecture to nudge me from my spiritual slumber and rattle me in the days to come. “About 80% of people hate what they do. So, seriously consider what you do with your life and choose something you are passionate about.”
"...How can horses be used for God? How can you have a horse based ministry? It’s actually quite simple; in life we are called to use every part of our lives for God."
Rounding the corner into our 8th month of restrictions and cancellations – we’re getting weary.Like that 2nd arena lap of posting trot without stirrups, when you’re losing your poise and realize it’s only your head nodding up and down. I advise the riders I coach to work on their equitation without stirrups or in two- point position... Continue Reading →
"My teenage daughter was reading me an article the other day “Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up” which explored how young adults take longer to reach adulthood than they used to...and it got me thinking."
"Have you ever felt like God was distant, perhaps unable or unwilling to help... disinterested?..."
"...Thirty-Five years have passed since that summer, but I’ve never forgotten the lessons learned back then."
"...I was listening to Francis Chan recently, and he talked about how sometimes we put Biblical characters on a pedestal. We see them as larger than life, as somehow super human..."
Each autumn as leaves turn gold and burgundy, our conversations and posts turn to gratitude. For friends and family. For health and happy times. As I count my blessings, topping my list are, funnily enough, what I HAVEN’T received. Not only what I’ve been given, but what I’ve be spared from. Amazing graces… I’ve never... Continue Reading →
We are not out of the woods yet.....so to speak, as there are still challenges and opportunities and dangers ahead. As we have been facing a personal shift from the familiar (yes! we are moved!) it is clear that our security must be found not in favourable circumstances or preconceived conditions, but in our dependence... Continue Reading →
"I read this comment on FB the day after Mel died. “God tends to pick a nobody, to become a somebody, in front of EVERYBODY”. That sure sounds like Mel Stevens."
...On one occasion, he laced his fingers to make a platform of sorts for my foot. I stepped onto his hands and he gave me a boost—a big one. Up and over I went, landing on the opposite side of my horse.
"A nagging worry is like a rope drag obstacle in competitive trail events. The longer we drag it, the heavier it seems..."
...I was six years old the first time I put on ice skates. My sisters took me to the arena with a hand-me-down pair of white figure skates...
"God likes to see people do good things as well, but His focus is not on those actions alone it’s on the motivation behind them."
"...It was 6:30 am on a beautiful, Saturday, spring morning. I was taking it all in as I jogged the quiet country road..."
“One final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8. The Bible.
"During my forty years at Teen Ranch, I inherited a spiritual lineage that I am very proud of."
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. …Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Jesus
In 2006, I attended Teen Ranch's open house because I noticed a sign on the side of the road. I ended up meeting Sharon who told me about how she was looking for volunteers to help with the summer camp. I was a high school student looking for volunteer hours, was curious about learning more... Continue Reading →
By Ann Stevens So, how do we find peace? A quick search of Amazon books on the subject of peace generates more than 50,000 results. Needless to say, advice on the topic is prolific. Where do you even start? Through the years, I’ve found peace in one place. Guess where? It has not been by... Continue Reading →
It’s amazing that in the horse world, you can spot beauty and creativityin “functional” places. At the horse show, there's artistry in the jumpcourse design and trail obstacle design. “Bling” customizing everyhorse accessory imaginable – browbands, belts, braids and boots. I believe the capacity to create is the imprint of God – uniquelyhuman. I see... Continue Reading →
By Alyssa Edward If you asked me two months ago what COVID-19 was, I would have no idea, now it’s a household name. It has changed the way we move and act and function (or not function) as a society. It’s changed the things we prioritize and it’s even changed the basic way we live... Continue Reading →
By Paul Robertson - email@example.com Have a digital free zone in your house - one room where no technology is allowed.Buy a digital alarm clock instead of a smartphone.Remove all social media apps and games from you cell phone and only access through your personal computer. It will greatly diminish the number of hours you... Continue Reading →
A medley of horse performance issues stem from the same source – lack of straightness. Anyone driving a horse trailer will tell you that in stopping or backing, you’d better have the rig straight! The same is true with horses. When a horse has his head, neck, shoulders and hips aligned with his line of... Continue Reading →
My Christmas gift request list as a kid was always sports related, as in hockey equipment or a baseball glove. No electric trains, model airplanes or complicated games for me. I was a jock from very young. I really did want a bicycle though. For a couple of years I earned money from the jobs... Continue Reading →