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 relationship … More 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 outlines … More 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 us … More Spring!

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 they … More 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 agape … More Finding Real Love

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, in … More ABCs of Relationships