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Inspired Living – Horses

Me on quarterhorse Western show horse Ace

Me on quarterhorse Western show horse Ace

Yesterday I recorded the last training video for my Just Write! No Excuses Virtual Summer Bootcamp students. I wanted to make it a special surprise, so I prayed, talked to a friend about what I wanted, and then God made it happen! He’s so good!

The surprise was a horse in the video! My friend Diane Bishop knew a woman with horses, Sandy Lowrance. She and her husband have an amazing ministry called Gentle Hands Horses Ministry in Pleasant Hill, MO, using horses with autistic children and teens.

I made an appointment with Sandy yesterday to use one of her horses, and then she recommended her friend Chris, who actually lives in Butler, where I do. It would be a lot closer and save gas…and it turned out to be a blessing!

I love horses. I used to take English riding lessons when I was pregnant with our daughter Leah, and then had to stop a couple weeks before I had her by planned C-section (I had pre-eclampsia.) As my doctors Leanne and Dr. Hull put me under anesthesia, I dreamed of laughing, riding on a beautiful, running horse. There were other horses in my dream, too.

Years later, Leah expressed interest in riding horses and when I went to a barn in Harrisonville, MO, that advertised riding lessons, to my shock, there was my riding instructor Tina, who had taught me years ago when I was pregnant with Leah!

I knew immediately I could trust her with my child’s safety and that Leah would be in excellent hands being trained. Tina had won national awards doing English riding shows.

Leah learned fast and became an excellent rider. Tina told me she thought Leah had the ability to be a champion show rider. The day Leah won first place in her second English show, I was overjoyed and so proud!

Several years ago, we went through a financial crisis and horseback riding lessons was one of the extra costs in our budget we had to cut. My heart was broken for Leah, because she loves horses.

Yesterday was the first time in years that Leah and I had been on a horse. This put a beautiful smile on Leah’s face, and on mine.¬†

The owner, Chris Cumpton of Butler, MO, not only allowed me to record the video on a horse, but also let Leah get on the horse too – and has offered to let us ride the horses this fall when it’s cooler!

I am SOOOO excited about this! This is a huge answered prayer for me and Leah both!

The horse who starred in my video was Ace. He’s a beautiful white quarterhorse, and is about 10 years old. Chris has had him since he was about 6 months old. She shows him in Western horse shows.

 

Our daughter Leah on Ace

Our daughter Leah on Ace

Ace was very gentle, an answer to prayer because I needed a horse who would cooperate standing still while videoing. He amused me looking at the camera once while videoing.

ace-chris

Ace and his owner, Chris Cumpton

I was on Ace first, and then Chris let Leah get on. The stirrups were too long for her, so she had trouble keeping her heel down. I reminded Leah later, “Remember, boot heel DOWN!” This is something that Tina was constantly emphasizing to me when I took lessons. But Leah had so much fun being on a horse again. Me, too!

leah-riding-ace

Chris also has other beautiful quarterhorses. They show as well in Western riding shows. Leah liked the pretty mare in the middle best.

Chris' quarterhorses

Chris’ quarterhorses

Leah thought this mare looked really sweet.

Pretty mare quarterhorse

Pretty mare quarterhorse

I love horses and was so happy being on one again! Horses inspire me.

What inspires you? Do what you love. Leave your comments below.

You can view the video of me and Leah on Ace that I created for the Writing Bootcamp students, Inspired Living, Inspired Writing,  by clicking here.

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Blog, Faith, prayer, Spiritual Gifts

One prayer away from a dream

“God is ready and waiting. So while I have no idea what circumstance you find yourself in, I’m confident that you are only one prayer away from a dream fulfilled, a promise kept, or a miracle performed. It is absolutely imperative at the outset that you come to terms with this simple yet life-changing truth: God is for you. If you don’t believe that, then you’ll pray small timid prayers. If you do believe it, then you’ll pray big audacious prayers.” – Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears ***, p. 15.

Are you praying big, bold prayers?

Recently I read a scripture that went right through me and deeply challenged my faith: Joshua commanding the sun and the moon to stand still. (Numbers 14: 12)

That same week, I received Sandi Krakowski’s email that was¬†about this Bible verse. I’ve walked long enough with God¬†by now to know that when something comes up two or three times the same week, God is speaking – and to sit up and pray close attention.

Sandi excitedly shared with her¬†fans¬†about Steven Furtick’s new book, Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible***.I promptly bought it and absorbed it like a sponge. Its theme is on Numbers 14:12 – ¬†praying outrageous prayers and God answering them according to His will. I love Steven’s passion for God and His people and his raw faith.

Next, I heard about and read Mark Batterson’s book,The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears***. Batterson challenges the reader that God is a big God, bigger than any of your problems, fears, or dreams, and He wants to answer your prayers in ways you can’t even imagine.

Sometimes we pray and believe too small. Sometimes we don’t pray at all.

I was challenged by these books to pray more, pray bolder, and pray outrageous, impossible prayers – because God is just waiting to answer them when they line up with His word and His will.

You are just one prayer away from a miracle performed, a promise fulfilled, or a dream coming true.

Your prayers are important. Your prayers are vital. Sometimes they can be a matter of life and death.

You can partner with God to accomplish the impossible through your prayers.

What is something that you have prayed or dreamed about that was way bigger than you? Share in the comments below.

***These are affiliate links. I only recommend products or services¬†that I’ve bought or believe are great products or services.

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Want to learn more about prayer? Click here for my ebook on prayer, Walking With God.

 

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