Trust: (n)a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

Porverbs 3: 5-6 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Since neither Chris nor I have a job, it is really obvious that we must rely on God for all of our needs. It’s not because we can’t have jobs; we don’t have jobs because we are being obedient to God’s call. The call to start a ministry using horses to restore the love of God to all people.

This journey has been full of peaks and valleys. The valleys are not too deep, but they seem long. Then a peak comes along and it’s amazing; but it comes and goes in a blink. When I started this blog, it was just a journal for me to be able to look back at all of God’s blessings along this journey as an encouragement and a reminder of the truth of God’s plan for our lives. One of the first big steps we took was to sell our house one year ago. Two weeks before our closing date, we still didn't have a new home to go to. We were looking to rent month to month, with four children and a dog (a Doberman Pinscher, rental companies won't rent to Dobermans due to insurance constraints). The picture is one of many of the amazing and peaceful place we landed (you can read about it in the first or second blog post). It was our first big leap of trust. Our reward has been greater than I could have ever imagined and a daily reminder of how much he loves us.

In the past two weeks, we have experienced a cluster of peaks and it has been pretty amazing. It started about two weeks ago. Chris was in a valley. We, admittedly, have these types of days when we question everything! Satan is so crafty! When you start to open the door to doubt, he shoves himself right in and sets up shop! It’s a terrible, dirty, trick, but an excellent reminder that keeping our eyes on God, while not easy, is essential. We must be vigilant. Anyway, the very next morning, on the heels of a very depressing day, we got an out-of-the-blue text from our pastor. Knowing nothing about the day before, he offered his prayers, encouragement, and this verse:

Hab 2:3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

Thank you, Lord, for your obedient servants. That you come near us through them! Things have started to snowball since then…in a very good way. Less than a week later, we got another text from a dear, sweet lady, pledging to give us a portion of her monthly tithe. Really?!?! To us?!?! Amazing! Then we got a contribution from our church! Who are we to receive such generosity? It is very, very, humbling.

After church last Sunday, a woman came over to us to share the following story with us from a program she had recently watched on TV:

After describing how erratic their income was in those years, living with his wife on the offerings they received from churches in which he preached, he told of one evening where a single “love offering” from a small church surprisingly met their monthly budget needs, which always included a tithe to the Lord; 10% off the top, leaving 90% to live on. They gratefully

received the check that evening as a miracle blessing from God, able to meet their needs.

Morris went on to describe how that same evening a missionary had offered a testimony and an update to the congregation, and now… God was placing on Robert’s heart an encouragement to give this “miracle” check to this missionary. While wrestling with this Word, it only became clearer to Robert that this is what God wanted him to do. He heard “Give

him the whole offering. Trust me. So he did so very discretely, with the instruction that the missionary was not to tell anyone about this.

About an hour later Robert and his wife were enjoying dinner with about 20 members of the congregation at a local pizzeria. One of the men leaned over the table and asked Robert “How much was your offering tonight?” Eventually, after some consideration, he told this man how much; a man he had met only one other time; a man who then asked another unusual question: “Where is the check?” Awkwardly, wanting to keep his offering to the missionary a secret, Robert tried to avoid answering the question, but the man kept insisting until finally telling Robert that God had spoken to him about that check.

And then this man said to Robert…. “God is about to teach you about giving so that you can teach the Body of Christ”. And following those words, this man handed Robert Morris a folded

piece of paper; another check … the amount, to the penny, was 10 times the amount of the offering Robert had received and had given away to the missionary.

Morris, Robert, The Blessed Life, Regal Books, 2002, p. 18-22.

Trust in Him!!!!! We don’t have to understand we just have to trust Him!!! Wow! As if that weren’t enough, just to hear that story and be encouraged, while we were listening to the story, another woman came over to listen. When the story was over, the other woman said she could not believe that the first lady was telling us that story!!! She had read Robert Morris’ book, The Blessed Life, and it was that very story that inspired her to give us a donation! What?!?! Is this real life??? Not only that, but the second woman had been trying, for a couple of weeks, to find the right time to give us her donation and the timing never seemed quite right. God was waiting for that very moment!! I can’t really describe the feeling at that moment. There have only been a handful of times in my life, so far, that I can honestly say I have felt the presence of God so near. Imagine if we were all obedient to Him, in our actions, in our words, in our very soul! The joy that would flow out would be overwhelming!

So we keep our eyes on our almighty Father in Heaven. We keep praying, trusting, seeking His wisdom and guidance, and keep the vision alive in our hearts. We are a little less than one month away from our trip to Oregon and we really think that it will be a life changing trip for us. Full of adventure, time together as a couple, time together with people from all over the world that God has given this vision to, a time to pray together, learn together, and a time to be encouraged.

Another blog post will be coming soon on the heels of this one. I want to explain Chris’s new position; the other organizations involved (and their excitement about the horse ministry), the steps we are taking for that job, and how it parallels and will flow into our horse ministry in the near future. Stay tuned!

Risen Ridge Ministry