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Outsmarting The Giants

Pictured, Rachel Tilgner, WB Horsemanship Program Assistant, Barn Manager, Instructor, Pony Club member

Our role as educators and mentors is to bring someone younger up to our level as quickly as possible and then catapult them into the future. With support, they will accomplish more with the balance of their lifetime than could be accomplished with the balance of ours. Whether we’re talking about how to ride and train horses or discipling people about the intrinsic qualities of Christ, the principles are the same.

Continuing education and keeping a growth mindset are important qualities I believe God has asked us to maintain. May 2022, Warm Beach Horsemanship hosted a Pony Club riding clinic for the membership. Fourteen riders spent the day learning how to communicate with and ride their horses. Also tucked into the details were nuggets of affirmation, “You matter; you make a difference; you are a leader…” Clinician, Kara Hagerman, continually encouraged and empowered people to assess a situation, create a plan of action, test the action with implementation, and then review whether the plan worked. This is the crux of the learning process.

As a metaphor, horses represent something big – let’s say a giant with a mind of it’s own! Directing the horse to do specific tasks presents a problem to solve. We often say, “don’t try to overpower something that’s bigger than you, outsmart it! Use your mind. Remember what has worked in the past and review what you have in hand or at your disposal.” Utilizing these resources, the riders navigate difficult exercises, validate their decision-making process, and hear affirming words from mentors.

As followers of Christ, we often face giants with minds of their own – temptation, difficult situations beyond our immediate control, etc. Sometimes these seem insurmountable problems. Yet, Christ is amid all of it. Remember where He’s been faithful. Look at what we have available as a resource. What have we learned about ourselves in His eyes (not the eyes of the world)? We are overcomers, capable, strong, intelligent, and able to do more than we thought. The Lord will empower and teach us through our circumstances if we are willing to learn.

– Ginger Reitz, Assistant Horsemanship Director
Warm Beach Horsemanship

Permission to Rest is Granted

This morning, in my time with God by the morning fire, the message was simple and clear: You have been granted permission to rest. Yet, the real challenge for me, and perhaps you too, is to receive and take the rest that has been generously granted to you and me. Will you take a few minutes to reflect with me on what God has to say about different types of rest? Scripture • For the weary person carrying heavy burdens ...

Just a Hint of Heaven

In Mark 6:30, Jesus called His disciples to “come away and rest by yourselves.” It was an invitation to separate themselves from the work of the Kingdom, from the press of the crowds, and from daily cares. And best of all, they got to just be with Jesus. That’s what coming to Warm Beach Camp has felt like for me personally. It’s been an invitation to come away and spend time with Jesus. I have been attending family camps at ...

Words from the Heart

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. Romans 10:10 NLT The writer of the book of Romans is sharing words from his heart. He wants everyone to understand the way to be made right with God. He longs for everyone to be saved. Listen to what is being said: Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and ...