He’s Still Coming! (Advent Week Two)

The days before Christmas speed by as we add into our busy days the bountiful extras of the holiday season.  Last week, to start our Advent awareness, we set our hearts and minds on receiving the interruptions of God.  Trusting that the Sovereign God is involved in our days is a habitual thought we mustContinue reading “He’s Still Coming! (Advent Week Two)”

Building Relationships

“There is no beauty in domination. Control is a cheap substitute for partnership.”   Anna Blake  Relationships matter!  We have shared before some principles taught in an equine coaching program that offer solid wisdom for our human connections.  In a relationship: If it’s not good for both, it’s not good for either. A healthy relationshipContinue reading “Building Relationships”

Heartsong AART

Birthing a new program feels like extended labor.  My gratitude to those who labor with me and listen as I seek to articulate the vision of my heart.  I wanted to share part of the labor with you for feedback, prayers and interest.  We have a new booklet, A.A.R.T., Animal Assisted Relationship Training, which outlinesContinue reading “Heartsong AART”

Spring!

Spring-time brings out the hidden gardener in most everyone.  The tender green buds on trees and the first flowers make our hearts sing–and anticipate the joys of summer.  The visions–and memories–of long summer evenings, splashing water and fun with friends.  There is a longing in our heart for simple connection with others. Spring reminds usContinue reading “Spring!”

Why won’t he listen to me?

Jump, Scooby, Jump! She’s four.  She’s been on a horse for about four hours in her life.  She knew what he could do.  She knew what she wanted to do.  She spoke clearly and told him so. Scooby, who loves jumping, ignored her.    Her voice became more insistent until the words were a plaintive plea:Continue reading “Why won’t he listen to me?”

Choices Empowering Change

If you missed the first two segments, you may wish to begin with Real Relationships Are Messy and Healing Relationships. Continuing our look at relationships, leads us to consider how choices and change relate to our connections.  God did not make a mistake with providing choice in the Garden of Eden.  It was and isContinue reading “Choices Empowering Change”

Real Relationships are Messy

Love.  Family.  Friends.  There is nothing like the holiday season to expose the imperfections of relationships.  Our ideals are so high; our desires grand.  The television commercials and social media shares leave us thinking everyone else has more love and better relationships than we do.  Take heart!  Real relationships don’t always look beautiful…and sometimes theyContinue reading “Real Relationships are Messy”

Finding Real Love

Human love is fraught with problems that come from our human nature–selfishness, self-centeredness and a lack of faithfulness.  We say “I love you” and really mean “I love how you make me feel.”  The only way we can really love is to receive the love of God and let it pass through to others.  True agapeContinue reading “Finding Real Love”

Going Along To Get Along Kills

Relationships continue to weigh on my heart.  The longing of God for each of us to connect to Him (and one another) with depth and honesty beats loudly in my mind.  The tendency of humanity is to settle for much less than God desires in our relationship with Him and with others.  Truly connected relationships are whatContinue reading “Going Along To Get Along Kills”

ABCs of Relationships

  The beautiful depths of life require connection with others.  God created humanity for relationship.  Much of our culture today draws us away from deep connection with others–but the longing never leaves us.  It is the design God wove into humanity. Part of the plans for Heartsong Ministry include using horses (and other animals, inContinue reading “ABCs of Relationships”