This is John, the resident guard mule at the farm where we board our horses, Gretchen & Scooby. Isn’t he gorgeous? His coat glistens; he lives at rapt attention; and he owns the space he occupies. He also detests being handled. John came to the farm that way. The owner tried simply sitting in the … More Chasing Off Demon John
“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” Proverbs 4:25 Do you ever struggle to ‘stay the course’ when you have begun a project? I do! Our bulldog, Barnabas fulfilled his role as “Encourager” this week as he set his mind to a task. After receiving a new ‘toy’ – … More Determined!
Ever fight a war with an enemy caused by an enemy you cannot see? We all have—and do. My current battle is a minor but aggravating one: chigger bites. Creatures so tiny, the head of a pin can hold two or three but their poison so vile it literally dissolves skin tissue. At first, they … More Winning in Life!
Horses have been used by mankind for centuries: they have been trained and employed in myriad ways. Horses provide travelers aid, power farmers’ plows, help soldiers fight, carry burdens and manage herds. Parents employ horses to teach children responsibility while building physical and relational skills. Of course, millions simply use horses for pleasure and enjoyment. … More Can Horses Help us Find the Path of Life?
Nearly 80% of school age children say they feel the piercing pain of being bullied. Surprisingly 20% of children admit they are bullies. The answer for both bullies and the bullied is the same: learning the value of each individual. Christians are uniquely qualified to present this message. Believing every person is created in the … More Finding the Answer to Bullying
Anxiety now ranks as the Number One mental health disorder in America. Nearly 20% of the population are being treated for anxiety-related issues…many more receive no treatment or are unaware of the root cause of problems. As Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, but we can’t always figure out how … More Finding The Answer to Anxiety
My animals often reveal things in my heart that I can easily manage or bury in day-to-day living. Yesterday was Gretchen’s turn to clean out my heart. It was hot and the week had been long and busy. I planned to stop by for a quick pat on the nose and a weight measurement … More Cleaning out the heart
God created us for relationship–and family is intended to be the safe place for learning and practicing relationship skills. We become our very best…and relate our very best to others…when we know who we are designed to be and how to live fully in Christ! What we learn only in our heads can be difficult … More Family – training for relationship
BULLYING Current statistics indicate half of school-age children report having been bullied in the past month. A strong link exists between bullying and suicide–the leading cause of death for young people. Bullying is an increasing problem, but it isn’t a new problem nor is it confined to schools. Businesses bully, politicians bully, police bully, minorities … More Bunnies are Bullies
It is the question we hate feeling: Do I matter? Does anyone care? We spend much of our lives seeking activities and relationships that give us an affirmative answer. There is only One who can answer that to our complete satisfaction. The only One who can answer it is the One who created us. Animals are … More Do I matter? Does anyone care?