Posted on Feb 25, 2014 in LIBERTY ROAD FOUNDATION, NON-PROFIT STORIES, Tacoma Business Leaders | 0 comments

“What has LRF changed in my life?   Brought me closer to God.  Taken away the negative things that were in my life;  God took me out of job I thought I loved, got me into volunteering, took all worries I had away, gave me peace and joy, financially better, made me a better person, a better follower of the word, a better father, a better husband, a better friend, a better boss.  Showed me that I was never alone, that He has been carrying me all my life.  I know all things are possible through Him.  Thanks to God for Vince & Linda Hardy (Guild Mortgage Company Tacoma), who introduced me to LRF, John Dammarell for his leadership, Tacoma Group for welcoming me in.  Most of all God for putting me where he knew I needed to get my life in order by helping others.”    Gerod...

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What Are You Waiting For?

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (NLT) Romans 12:10 “Honor is the respect that is given to someone who is admired: good reputation: good quality or character as judged by other people.” Free Merriam Webster Dictionary. I have often wondered why we wait until people die to honor them.  I can remember as a pastor being asked to officiate in funerals where I had not known the person.  I would allow some time during the service for friends to share something about the deceased.  When I heard incredible things about the person, I would often regret that I had not known that person.  What are you waiting for?  Now, today, you have an opportunity to speak praise and encouragement into someone’s life. Perhaps you know someone who has made an impact on your life. DECLARATION:  I declare that with God’s help I will seek to be more aware of the value of those around me and will not hesitate to share honoring words. I will remember that one encouraging word, one phrase, can change a...

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Shut the Door On the Negativity of Your Past

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full. So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured.”  (NASB) II Kings 4:4-5 In this story of Elisha and the widow in 2 Kings 4, the widow’s husband had died and the creditors were coming to take her two sons to be slaves.  Here Elisha is instructing her to borrow many vessels, then to go into her house and shut the door behind her.  In fact, he tells her to shut the door behind her two different times.  Perhaps there are doors in your past that need to be shut such as the door of negative and critical thinking.  Or there is the door of fear of failure: every time you have come close to success, it has been ripped away from you.  Then there is the door of unforgiveness.  It has been said that bitterness and unforgiveness can split up many marriages and can hack the heart out of many a divorcee.  When you shut the door on the negativity of your past, you open the door to your success! DECLARATION:  I declare that I will no longer give permission for the negativity of my past to dictate my present and future.  “I am a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (NKJV) 2 Corinthians...

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Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This month, as we returned after our long Christmas break, I offered a space once again to a young lady who I have cancelled twice before.  I have been really quite unclear about how appropriate our program is for her.  She has some physical limitations and Raven Rock just doesn’t have the right equipment or trained volunteers to accommodate her.  But when I consulted with her instructor, Julie, she pointed out so clearly that Holly was benefiting so much from her time here.  Julie recounted Holly’s increased self-esteem and confidence.  I decided that she could come out and do what truly is the heart of our program: groundwork with her chosen horse, Rachel. 
The first week back did not go well.  Holly refused to do anything by herself.  She would not halter Rachel, pick the feet, or clean the stall.  Finally, I simply said, “You don’t have to be here, Holly. You can go home if you want to.”  “But I DO want to be here!”  “Why?” I asked her, because it did not seem to me that she was engaged at all.  Several steps backwards, I was thinking.  “Because of the horses.  I want to be with the horses!”  She was more engaged now than she had been all afternoon. 

The following week would be the test, I thought.  It would prove my decision to invite Holly back either right or wrong.  I was pulling for her, but was skeptical. 
I allowed Julie to do her work that day with Holly.  I stayed out of the way.  When I went out near the end of their time together, Holly came bursting out of the barn.  “I did great today! Today is a new day!” Holly enthusiastically reported.  She told me of doing everything on her own, things that she had never even tried before, she mastered.  At the end of her report, she added, “Rachel followed me all over the round pen, without a lead line on!  I was her leader!”  Tears were streaming down her cheeks and mine by now.  It was not just an accomplishment today that gave Holly hope.  It was that she had become someone she never thought she could be: a leader.  As I watched Holly turn to finish up her chores, her Mother, who had been there listening and watching the transformation of her daughter, quietly said, “Thank you.”

I turned to her with tears in my eyes, I said, ”No. Thank YOU for being so persistent and tenacious about advocating for your child.  I learned something today. I learned to try again…” I often learn something at Raven Rock.  God teaches me, daily, the things that I feel I should know but somehow need...

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Encourage One Another

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” (NASB) 1 Thessalonian 5:11 The word encourage means to give support, confidence or hope to someone.  Different synonyms are: cheer, uplift, inspire, motivate, stir up, invigorate and rally.  As Joel Osteen has shared, “Encouragement to others is something everyone can give.  Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be money; it may be your time.  It may be your listening ear.  It may be your arms to encourage.  It may be your smile to uplift.  Who knows?”   Who knows what will happen when you sow those seeds of cheer into someone’s life?  The time you give, the thoughts you share, the smile you express.  Who knows?  Who knows? DECLARATION:  I declare I will look for those opportunities to sow seeds of encouragement this...

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