In 2016, my (13-year-old) daughter was struggling greatly with depression, anxiety, suicidality and more. I shared this with my small group at Bible Study Fellowship and one of the women asked if my daughter liked horses. My daughter did like horses and I began bringing her to Hope Ranch Ministries. She certainly received hope and healing. Sometimes just touching a horse can relieve anxiety and lift a hurting heart. One of the horses became available for purchase and we felt God’s leading to become a vested part of the ranch.
What we didn’t know at the time was that although I was terrified of horses, I would be the one who truly fell in love with horsemanship and would make Hope Ranch Ministries an important part of my life and ministry. Horses have taught me how to be a strong leader in my home and how to set boundaries while following through with clear consequences. Horses have taught me how to face my fears and to be strong and courageous despite my natural inclination to want to run away or not show up at all. Don’t get me wrong, I really, really love horses. I’m just naturally timid, and strong personalities make me uncomfortable – enter a great big horse. I’m learning to face fear while leaning on God’s strength, a profound and useful life lesson.
I love being a big part of what God is doing at Hope Ranch Ministries. He continues to provide so many different people with so many different needs and challenges. We all have one thing in common, we all need more hope, healing and personal growth. I am passionate about “paying it forward” in our community as a Hope Ranch volunteer.