Take for example this horse. His name is Zeleck. We have had him as a camp horse since 2009. When he first came to camp he was absolutely coo-coo. No one wanted to ride him for he was continually nervous and a serious head-tosser. Only those very experienced riders were allowed on him for about two years.
Now look at him. I never could have kept the stall door open like this in the past. He would have zoomed out of there and because of his alpha horse nature would have terrorized every tied horse in the barn. Yes, things do change with consistent work. By the way...much younger inexperienced campers are now riding him in the arena and on very familiar trails.
During this month of November I have had another project that seemed too huge to fathom. At first I thought there was no way this goal could be reached, but for God's help. He is the one who give us the determination and strength needed to accomplish even the hardest tasks.
What was my project? It was from the website www.nanowritmo.com
I chose to write 50,000 words. You can call it a novel. I called it a memoir. I wrote about my dad, Ward Cuddie. (November 18, 1926-November 13, 2007). With a some help from my family, I've brought back to life some stories, amazing stories, that made me laugh, and made me cry and also made me say, "hey, if Pa could do 'that' with only an 8th grade education, why am I "freaking out" in my little situation."
I've been burning the midnight oil, which is not my usual routine. I've set some goals each day for this month. Some days the goal was met, some days exceeded, and some days I fell short, but now there are only 7 days left and I feel encouraged to finish.
I look forward to making/publishing this book to give to my family and those who are interested. Please comment or email me if you want a copy of Pa's Heart. I will add you to my list.
It seems to me that God added to my month is a very special way. Nate and I taught on the character trait of Determination: 1. I will set my goal 2. I will make sure my goal is right 3. I will ignore distractions 4. I will not be discouraged by others 5. I will hit the problem head-on
Teaching this character trait to the students this month did so much to help me in my own short-term (writing about 1,600 words a night) goal and then one of my long-term goals (50,000 words this month). I praise God for this and give him the glory.
Some verses come to mind as I finish writing today:
Romans 8:35-39 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: 'For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.' yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities or powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, or any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."