“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
November has always been one of my favorite months of the year, with the change in weather, fall sports and the time I get to spend with my family. This year has been especially difficult and I wanted to take some time to remind myself to give thanks for my many blessings as well as to challenge others to focus on gratitude and thankfulness.
One of the things that helps me ground myself is being at the Wolfe Ranch and getting to spend time with our horses. I am so thankful I get to work together with our equine partners providing Equine Assisted Therapy.
We know this intuitively and research has shown activities with horses assist in building skills we all need, and are vital to building relationships. We see this in every interaction our clients have with our horses, many of them developing a strong and lasting bond with “their” horse. We frequently have visits from past clients who want to check in on how their horse is doing and just want to spend some time with them reconnecting and re-grounding themselves. They talk about how they use what they learned through the horses and how they remind themselves they are strong and can manage what life throws at them.
We know times are challenging right now but we want you to know we are still keeping busy by making improvements and updates to our Ranch facility and making plans for future programming. Our commitment to Serve as Christ Serves does not rest in the light of a pandemic. We find a great deal of hope in hearing from the families we serve and the difference our services have made in their life.
“The horse helped me learn to love and trust again. I now know I can tell my family what I am feeling and it will be okay.” Joey
“I told everyone I’m learning to control my anger by walking a horse. If I can walk a huge horse, controlling my anger isn’t so hard.” Mike
It’s true that Wolfe Ranch is a place to find peace and relaxation. But it’s the staff, board members, volunteers, prayer partners, and donors who make the Ranch what it is. The people of Wolfe Ranch believe in and are dedicated to its MISSION: “… to encourage hope, faith, and growth in the individuals, children, families in the communities …” of Marshall County and the surrounding area…