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Lessons from the Herd

God moves in slow motion.  Do you ever feel like that?

My Pastor always says: “Expectations without Communication leads to frustration”Let’s face it, we have expectations about many things. Some communicated and some not. I found out years ago, that I couldn’t even live up to my own expectations, so why was I holding the bar so high for others. I learned that when I released those expectations to the one who never lets me down, and allowed flawed people, just like me, to make mistakes, offer forgiveness and unconditional love - life shifted. I was able to move forward verses stuck in expectation-land.

On May 6, 2019- we received a gift to the Ranch. Our second horse, Cisco the Superhero. When Cisco arrived, he was anxious. He couldn’t be groomed - he was so sensitive to touch. He had been abandoned by his previous owner at the Vet due to financial issues. The Vet needed to make a practical decision, euthanize. A Vet-tech decided to rescue Cisco, which is how we acquired him. Cisco quickly became our love. He has a gentle, respectful and thankful spirit. He is amazing to work with on the ground. This is where we have spent many hours of bonding together in relationship. 

My “expectation” of getting another horse for our Program was of course to be ridable. My trainer, Kristina Stuckey, rode him a couple of times. Each time it was more like He was giving her a ride!!! He bucked as if a mountain lion was on his back. I needed to set my expectations aside. I decided that he was just going to be used for ground work. In changing my expectations, the gift I gave Cisco, was time to heal. Cisco was simply cared for, loved, and valued for who he is, not how he performed. Truth is, Cisco had so much to offer in this relationship. 

This is how Jesus sees us. He loves us, he values us, he cares for us. Even though we don’t deserve it or have done anything to earn it, He continues to offer us relationship and the gift of healing. 

Hitching Post Ministries is a place to slow down...where God works. We are giving and receiving the gift of time where relationships grow. A safe place to heal and open yourself up to dream again. 

On January 7, 2020 - 8 months after Cisco had arrived to the Ranch - I rode Cisco for the first time in our arena. He was the same kind, respectful horse that I had built a trusting relationship with on the ground. T....I....M....E.... Heals all wounds. Cisco and Jesus taught us a huge lesson. We are to treat each person that comes through Hitching Post gates in this same way. Release the expectation to the one who never fails. Love, Care, Value each person. Allow each one the space to heal at their pace, just like Cisco. 

HPM verse is: Hebrews 6:19-20 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf”. 

Jesus goes before us, advocates for us and waits patiently for us. Our hope is in HIM, and his unchanging love. We are anchored to a firm foundation - The hope of Jesus.

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