Tuesday, January 31, 2017

~Fall riding party

This fall I had my two riding students and their families over for a riding party. It was a lot of fun having all the horses out (except Sheika) riding and switching mounts around. The horses did good. Hank as always was very lazy! I took them two at a time for a quick trail ride before dark and I did a small obstacle challenge. They all did really good, even the guys who don't ride much. So I put together a movie of that day! Enjoy!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

~We have the power

A few weeks ago I went with my parents to a Land of Promise conference that was held in our area. Was it good? Absolutely! I was so inspired, encouraged, and challenged by the speakers and especially my group leaders.
Its hard to pick out what I appreciated the most about it but tonight I was really hit by something God showed me in one of my small group sessions.
We were praying and at the end my group leader would always wind up with "Holy Spirit speak to my heart." And so we would stop and listen, then she would look around at each of us and ask "What did He tell you?" Well, this particular time I very distinctly heard "You have the power to love."
Now I have to say I do love... but I don't love. What I mean is, in my heart I do but I have always had trouble showing it, and expressing it to others. I'd always say things like "I'm not a huggy person." Or "I'm not the emotional type." But God so impressed it on me, that He has given me the power to love, and to show it to others. It's always been there. But I was not embracing that power. I was not living in it. (Not saying that go around giving everyone hugs now) Does that make sense?
Since then I've caught myself thinking, I'm not like that. But you know what? By God's grace I can be and will be! I am not bound to what I was or think I am. I have been adopted by the God of the universe and set free by the death of His Son. I have the power! Not in myself. Not in my abilities, talents, or strengths, but by God's grace!
So I want to specifically point out one that I hear lots of people use. "I'm not a talkative person." You aren't? Maybe not. But does God want you to be? Does it stop you from sharing with people and offering encouragement when its needed? If so, that is not God's will for you! You really are believing a lie! Is God's grace not enough? Does He lack in strength? Where God guides, He provides!
And He said unto me "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.    2 Corinthians 12:10
God showed me something a while back. I was struggling with something, but then it dawned on me. If I did not struggle, I would have no need for His power. That is really what I see in this verse. God stands there with His hand stretched out towards us. Holding in front of us the strength and power we need. But until we reach out in faith, and actually believe that it is enough, we never experience all that God has to offer.
I always thought that I had faith and believed God. But at the conference I actually started looking and even more, expecting God to move. For Him to do what He said He would. Or to grant what we asked. And He really did. He really does. I guess it all comes down to "Do we believe what God says, He will actually do?"
We have the power, if only we have the faith to believe it and do it.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

~Our first music video!!

Hey! So while we were in Arkansas we decided to make a music video. Slightly a spur of the moment thing...soooo after some tinkering, we (me and my uncle Joel) got it all put together! We prayed about it and over it, and I really feel God blessed our efforts! No, it's not professional! When I watch it now I see all the problems we had with editing and some videoing... but all in all we're happy with how it turned out.