We have read through the blog many times already this trip…it has become something already that the boys are asking for and constantly seeking. After reading it during lunch today the boys were talking about how good and reassuring it was to hear that people were praying for them.
“it is comforting,” “feels good that people who don’t know us care about us!”
So a huge THANK YOU to all those praying!!! Know that those prayers are just as powerful as being here!!!
Hey SQ! I spoke to your mom tonight! She wanted me to tell you “Tell him I luv him & all his sisters miss him so much..To be Safe.”
Take care bud!
This message is for SQ: Just wanted you to know that I have been praying for you before you started the Ranch. I know that this will be a challenging week, but I know it will be so rewarding for you. My prayer for you is to continue to break down those walls that you have built up over these years and be able to learn from and love the guys that you are with. There is a verse that stuck out to me today and I thought it would apply to not only you but all the other guys in the group: 2 Peter 5:5-7 (Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.) I know that Kevin gave his testimony tonight and because I know his testimony and Pat’s, I hope that you can learn from their mistakes and their successes, and see that they genuinely care about you and want the best for you. There are no coincidences in life, you are at the Ranch for a reason – God brought you there. Allow your heart to open up to Pat and Kevin and see what doors God opens for you. I saw the video clip of you today leading your group in a “Trolly”, and although I haven’t met you – I am so proud of you! You have such a skill set! Take ahold of that, humble yourself and use the gifts that God has given you. With much love, I pray that you have a good night of rest and that you have an awesome adventure the next few days!!!!
Hey special shot out to TA…you don’t know me and I don’t know you, but GOD does and I happen to know a lot about this experience you are going through. I am not you, but I am with you and praying with you. I want you to feel the strength of our family lifting up prayers for you. We are praying that you can feel GOD showing you the way, that each step you take is an opportunity…get all that you can from this. When you feel discouraged close your eyes and and feel your inner courage. If you ever had a chance to let go and take chances, do it today! You are in a safe place. Everyone around you has challenges and everyone also has opportunities. So feel life come into focus. Know there is love and support around you. Know we are praying to a BIG GOD for you and your family. Feel our love and the love you know your family and friends have for you. May you wake up focused and ready to take on the day with Jesus behind you, lifting you up!!!!
I have been thinking about you for the last couple days and so hoping you are having a great time! You are a GREAT kid and I pray that your time at the Ranch will be a time for you to realize the power and positive influence you can have on your brothers and other kids at school! Keep beleiving in yourself because there are lots of us out here believing in you! 🙂 Have a great Tursday!! 🙂