After our normal morning wake-up, we met for our daily Devo’s. We talked about who God is and the four ways that God speaks to us: Bible, people, circumstances, and prayer. We also talked about creation vs. evolution. We then introduced the boys to their Bibles and a simple acronym to help them with devo’s: SOAP.
- Scripture: Pick one scripture
- Observation: Make some observations about the scripture
- Application: How can you apply what you learned to your life?
- Prayer: Spend some time in prayer around the observations and application.
Today was definetly a day of coming together. It was amazing to see the boys tackle one team building activity after another. They learned very quickly how much easier it is to accomplish goals as a team than as an individual. The spider web activity took them the longest to finish, however, the post-processing was so good. We asked the boys, “what was working?” And “what was not working.” It was great to hear all the learnings that came out of such a simple activity. Their problem solving skills were surely developed in a big way today!
After lunch, each boy was introduced to his horse. First, they were taught how to brush and care for their horse. Then, they learned how to bridle and saddle. Finally, they were given their initial riding lesson. For some, it was a little scary at first. Each horse weighs over 1000 lbs and can seem a little scary at first. However, after warming up to their horse, the boys learned a lesson about unconditional love. These horses don’t care where you came from, what color your skin is, how much trouble you have been in, if you are angry or depressed. They just love spending time with you. And that is exactly how our Heavenly Father loves us!
We ended the afternoon by helping with some barn chores and evening feeding of the horses. The boys are growing together quickly. They are being challenged physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Even on Day 2, they are being challenged like they never have before and they learning to be responsible and respectable young men.
After dinner, the boys had their first “hot seat.” This is an individual coaching session with the staff. Each boy is coached on how he is doing in meeting those expectations we laid out on day 1. Based on meeting/or not meeting expectations, they are awarded points. These points can be used to purchase things like pop, candy, and ice cream.
It is going to be a hot week; please pray that the boys stay hydrated and that the heat doesn’t cause frustrations and division among the group. Normally, one day 2 and 3, the teens start to get comfortable enough with each other that they can start to push each other’s buttons and get on each other nerves. Pray that the staff is able to work through these struggles with the group as we get closer to leaving for our 11 miles hike on the Manistee River trail. The boys will need each other to complete this part of our Wilderness Adventure Ranch.