August 2016 Newsletters

Mountain Haven Newsletter- August 2016

Financials: Monthly Revenue Required: $7,100.00 + project total needs, Gravel for Driveway $1500.00, Well Pump $3,600.00, Monthly Revenue Received: $12,431.00- Praise God for His provision!

MINISTRY AT A GLANCE

Current Ministry/ Ranch Projects 1.) Fall is here.  Take time to enjoy the beauty all around you, we are. 2.) We had a cabinet builder/installer come out to make the final measurements on the kitchen cabinets for the Mountain Haven. They should be installed at the end of this month. After five years, it is a huge final step to the Mountain Haven ranch. What a blessing.

Something Interesting or Unexpected that Happened Last Month: 1.)Homeschooling started again. We have one in 7th grade and one in 3rd already! It is a lot of work but the kids are learning so much. 2.) Well Lucy, our pet dog, died last month so we decided to take the plunge and get two puppies. Yep, you heard me right. We got a blue heeler named Dottie and of course a faithful Boston Terrier named Mavis. They keep each other company!

Top Prayer Requests: 1.)Pray for us to continue to stay strong in our fight for marriage and family and be diligent to care for our own family as we fight for others..  2.) Pray for hunting season as Kevin is working hard outfitting, to generate income for our family during this time.

        THE AWAKENING

Are you living life awake? With both eyes open? Do you lean into the tough stuff with as much vigor as you do the joyful, easy stuff? Lets face it being intentional about feeling pain is not what any of us wish to do. I just completed my women’s adventure weekend in late August. 6 women. 18 miles of hiking. No cell service. Camping by a river. It was phenomenal. It was simultaneously very painful for me. I called it “The Awakening” and the name took on new meaning for me. I have been working on a book of the same title, and this curriculum for women for a few years. This was the first time to give it a try. I had no clue that the weeks leading up to this weekend would prove to be some of the hardest for me emotionally and even physically. By the time the weekend rolled around, I felt really sick and completely worn out. Kevin and I had tension in our marriage over some very difficult dilemmas we were facing personally, and I was feeling very, very fatigued emotionally.

Nevertheless,  we headed out to the wilderness and set up camp. We had deep, authentic conversation, belly-aching laughter, and adventures galore with a blown tire on the top of Tin Cup Pass resulting in late night hiking/running back to camp before it was completely pitch black, and throwing our coffee maker in the river accidentally, and unknowingly; me having bronchitis while I led us on a really slow 11 mile hike. Of course I had no idea; I just thought I felt weak and couldn’t breath well due to fatigue. This is where the name took on new meaning for me. “The Awakening”.

I ask participants to break down their defenses and be present in the moments out there in the wilderness. The moments that break us physically and get us in tune with our emotional pain, therefore opening us to what God may be saying in the whispers.  I had no clue this would come to mean so much for me. I was breaking down physically but I see also that prior to leaving for the weekend, I was numbing myself emotionally to get through this experience, but that couldn’t happen out there. After all, I encourage others to live fully integrated with the good and the bad;  so thanks to the beautiful participants and the pristine setting, I was able to face my  perceived weaknesses I felt from getting sick and having a vehicle break down. I was able to live in the moment of this amazing experience alongside my feeling of failing as a leader. It was really transformative to practice what I preach and be fully authentic. The participants allowed that and the environment calls authenticity forth. I hope you can take part next year in this wonderful experience. Let me share with you some of the questions we grappled with during our time and implore you to spend some time exploring your responses to these questions.

AWAKEN: def: To become aware of something, to become aware; enlighten or enlighten, to stir up or produce, to change state, to undergo a transformation.

What does it mean to you to be fully awake in life?

 

Within your soul? How can it be more awake/aware?

 

Within your spirit? What do you want to be more aware of or tuned into spiritually?

 

What are the current barriers in your life to giving your all towards transformation? (Physically, mentally, relationally, spiritually) These can be attitudes, beliefs, memories, patterns of thinking.

What attempts have you made to break down these barriers? How is it going for you? What do you want to try differently?

How do you respond to suffering?

 

What do you believe about the role of suffering in your life as a mechanism towards an awakened life?

 

What hurt have you experienced that has deadened you? Robbed you of who you really believe you are?

In what ways could you be less selfish in your pursuits and more disciplined to live the life God has called you to?

 

In one sentence write out exactly what you think of yourself:

 

How does that differ from how God sees you? Write out one sentence about what God thinks of you?

 

In closing, I challenge you; men and women- to cry out, write out, or silently design your own awakened prayer.  Ask God where you are sleeping, what or whom you are denying forgiveness, reconciliation or relationship, and lastly; how you can more fully engage in all the melancholy, surprising, painful, joyful, and transformative parts of life. BE AWAKENED.

 

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