Horses and Gifts


Well, I’m a big fan of the show Heartland, which is about a girl who basically takes troublesome horses and changes their behavior or even the behaviors of their people.  Furthermore, the show is about a ranch where her family takes in people who are just as troublesome and changes their behaviors.  I want to do something similar someday- either with a ranch or coffee shop – and help people walk through the life patches of life with the help of other humans, animals, and above all, God.

Yet, as I help people through life patches, like horses who were made for different tasks, humans have different gifts and talents.  For example, some horses were made to show jump, some were made to pull wagons, and others were meant to race around tracks.  Likewise, for humans, some were meant to be artists, some were meant to build houses, and some were meant to lead a corporation or even a church.

After all, according to 1 Corinthians 12:4-5 (NIV):

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

I used to work in various analytical and office jobs at different companies; however, when I was let go from my last job three years ago, I decided to re-invent myself and use my gifts and talents in the ways I was meant to use them.  After all, i was bored out of my mind with office work but noticed I was content in ministry type roles.  Just like a racing horse would be bored in a petting zoo but would be thrilled to race around a track.

In conclusion, I was meant to be an artist/craftsperson, write, and reach out to people through ministry; thus, the reason I eventually want to open up a ranch/coffee shop that reaches out to people.   Thus, with these gifts, my purpose is to reach people through creative methods like art or writing while showing them God’s love through His Creation and helping them heal from the wounds of painful experiences.”

Questions:

1) What are your  gifts?

2) What is your purpose?

3) Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose in life?

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Creativity, Creation and Holy Spirit Sensitivity


During one of my classes, I took one of those spiritual gift tests (which are the gifts God gives you to fulfill your purpose in life and even if you are not a born again Christian, these gifts can be in your talents i.e. carpenter, financial advisor, technical wiz, etc.).  During the course of this test, it was determined that my gifts include artisan/craftsmanship, writer, and even music…and thought, I can understand the first two; however, music is one that still puzzles me.

After all, I do love music and have been in choirs over the year; however, I cannot read music; however, I just love to tune into music especially worship music sing with my heart to my Lord and Savior.  I tend to be more sensitive when it comes to the Holy Spirit during moments of worship, either at church, in my car, or even in my home.  Though I learned a long time ago to never drive and listen to a song that really puts you in tune to the Holy Spirit ‘cuz one tends to start crying their eyes out.

Like the music that allows me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, so does being creative…I love sitting in a natural spot like my grandparents’ old farm, Mount St Helens, a forest, or even a lakeside beach as the sun either rises into the sky or slowly sinks into the horizon.  Then I contemplate what the scenery would like if I took the picture, drew something, or even journaled about the view.

During this contemplation, my thoughts eventually turn to God and seeking His voice as I try and determine what He wants from me or simply to communicate with Him without all of the distractions.  Sometimes I have created poetry or sometimes I just write out the words God is saying to me.  After all,  He does want our attention and we are too busy to give Him our undivided attention.

In the end, I feel refreshed and look forward to the next chat…something I haven’t done in a while until recently when I was at a church campout…I went on a walk, met quite a large beetle, and soaked up His presence.  I didn’t have pen or paper to write but I did take pictures including the beetle, who was determined to cross the path even with obstacles in his way.

Questions:

  1. How do you seek out God and become sensitive to His spirit?  What tools do you use to write or capture the thoughts He gives You?  Even if you do not have a artistic or writing gift, are there other tools you can use?
  2. What obstacles are in your way to fulfill your purpose or the path God wants for you?  Are you determined to fulfill them or is something holding you back?
  3. What is your favorite spot to contemplate God, life, or even your future?

Moving from cold rainy forest land to dry arid desert land!


Our first step with our vision, which is to open a community-type coffee shop, is to relocate.  Even though this is a beautiful area, my husband and I no longer enjoy the cold and wet of the great Northwest.  We both love dry, arid and desert type communities.  After all, I grew up in Eastern Washington so I remember the cold bitter winters and the dry, hot summers.  I miss those and I am starting to feel claustrophobic in Western Washington.  It is time we move on and so we are preparing to move to the great desert land called Nevada. 

We visited this area not too long ago and feel God calling us to go down there and set up our dream of a community-style coffee shop.  This process of deciding where to go has been long and we have visited many other states including Montana.  We decided that Montana was not for us and that we need to find another land so we drove down to Nevada last month.

That was a long drive but it was a great drive especially when we were in the Death Valley National Park.  Even as I admired the beautiful landscape, the temperature was quite hot and I discovered that we would need to acclimate to the warm weather especially when I became frequently dry and thirsty.

Why do we want to move here?  For one thing, along with the call, my husband and I noticed our aches and pains seem to go away.  I have arthritis in my hips and the pain lessened as my joints soaked up the heat.  Furthermore, my husband’s health improved as his diabetes related aches and pains lessened and he seemed more alive in that area then he does up here.  Normally, bedtime is 10 o’clock for us; while in Vegas, we were staying up until midnight and still had energy to burn even on just a few hours of sleep.  My husband’s appetite was tremendous down there; here I would be lucky to get him to eat a few bites for each meal.

As we study the pros and cons of this move, the pros outweigh the cons and we are pushing forward as we look at movers, medical staff, and rentals in that area.  We are praying that God opens the right doors since we hope to move at the end of our current lease in August.

What step do you need to take to fulfill your vision or purpose?  Where is God leading you?  I am praying that God opens your eyes to your vision or purpose.

Stay tuned for our next blog as we describe our vision and learning that cats do not like halters!

 

God’s Path of Life


Big Four Ice Caves Trail near Granite Falls, WA

Big Four Ice Caves Trail near Granite Falls, WA

Years ago, I wanted to know my own path in life so I went for a drive up into some local mountains near some ice caves.  He gave me answered through the following poem as I drove along a road that was indescribably beautiful with trees, water, snow, and rain and finally sunshine peaking over what is called the Three Fingers area near Granite Falls, WA.

God’s Path of Life

You set a path before us – called Your Purpose and Direction in our Lives

Sometimes we stray from this path and become list; however, You continue to lead us back

Sometimes the path is smooth and we feel Your Presence; however, when the path is rough we sometimes do not feel You but You are still there helping us through those rough patches.

On this path, You give us warning signs of danger through the Holy Spirit – we can choose to heed or ignore these warnings; however, when we ignore, You there to catch us as we slip.

We think You are leading us in one direction and as we get comfortable, You lead down another path when we least expect it.

Sometimes as we travel this path, we expect so little from You; however, You have much more to offer than we could ever imagine.

Sometime we go too fast on this path; however, You want us to slow down and enjoy life.

Sometimes the path is foggy and cloudy; however, as we seek Your Wisdom, through prayer and the Word, the fog of confusion lifts and things become clearer.

Sometimes we want to quit or go back the way we came; however, with Your Help, we continue to go on.

Sometimes we carry too much baggage called fear, sin and guilt on this path causing us to be weighed down and not reaching our potential.  You want us to give it all to Him.

Sometimes storms descend upon this path; however, You are there to keep us safe and secure and when the sun comes out, we feel the warmth of Your embrace.

Remember that as we travel this path, You are in control and will give us wisdom to make the right choices.

Sometimes we grow weary on this path; however, as a stream bubbles with strength from rushing water, so our Joy and strength comes from the You – oh, Lord.

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.  Ps 16:11

Thank you, God, for loving us so much that you created such a beautiful place to live.  It’s like you took a paintbrush and painted such a beautiful Masterpiece; however, as we bask in your creation, we must remember to worship the creator and not His Creation. 

Copyrighted 2005 by Ann M. Stenbak Cole

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So where is your path, or purpose in life leading you?  Is it through a desert?  The mountains?  Or to a large metropolitan area? 

Stay tuned for my next blog as it starts to describe the path that God is leading my husband and I as we help those who are thirsty and are unable to quench that thirst.