Today is a very special anniversary date for Ed and I and also Soaring Wings Ministries. Six years ago today we drove away from our home in New Hampshire and began our journey to Colorado to begin Soaring Wings Ministries.
I was 60 years old at that time and Ed was 59 years old. We had lived in New England all of our lives. What in the world were we doing leaving everything familiar at 60 years of age and starting out on this journey across the country to live in a place that we knew nothing about?!! Not only were Ed and I starting a new life for ourselves but we would be starting a ministry for homeless. In the realm of an everyday, ordinary life it doesn't make any sense to leave friends and family and everything familiar and start out on a journey that is completely unknown; but we don't live our lives in the realm of the everyday or ordinary. We live our lives trusting and believing in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I can tell you that He is anything but everyday or ordinary!!!!!
So in light of what we believe and in who we trust our journey to Colorado made absolute sense. Was it scary? Yes! Was it hard? Yes! But even though it was scary and hard we began the journey and we did not look back. There is a magnet hanging on our refrigerator with a quote from the famous actor John Wayne. It says "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway". That about sums up how we felt six years ago today. We were scared to death but we saddled up anyway....and I am so glad that we did!!!! If we had stayed in New England where everything was familiar we would have missed being completely dependent on God for His guidance, His blessing and His care. Remember that when we left the east coast for Colorado we were leaving everything.....I can't stress that word enough, EVERYTHING familiar. We had no friends, no family or knowledge of the area to turn to when we first arrived. We had no idea where we would be living and where Soaring Wings Ministries would be located once we arrived in Colorado. We were completely dependent on God for guidance and help. What a wonderful place to be.....completely dependent on God!!!!! I wouldn't have missed that for the world!!!! To see and to be a part of God guiding, blessing and caring for us and Soaring Wings Ministries over the past 6 years is truly amazing! I can't begin to write about all that God has done and the miraculous ways that He has provided, blessed and guided. He was worked in ways that we could never have imagined....truly miraculous ways. I can write and tell you that God is indeed faithful, trustworthy, loving and good. How do I know this? I know this because I have tested it with my very life and have found it to be true. As you read this don't think that this is just a nice story or that God is involved in our lives and could never be involved in yours too. God can be 100 percent involved in your lives too.....there is only one condition....you have to give your lives 100 percent to God by believing and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. There is no other way.
In closing I want to leave you with two Bible verses. The first one is from Acts 4:12. It says that "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved". What does that verse mean? It means Jesus and Jesus only. The second verse I want to leave you with is from I Corinthians 2:9 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him".
When we left New Hampshire we had idea the wonderful things that God had in store for us in Colorado, but we knew Him and we trusted Him so even though we scared we saddled up anyway. We wouldn't have missed this journey for the world!!!! We pray that you also will not miss the wonderful, exciting journey of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Saddle up!!!!
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Anita Rennells is the author of this blog. She and her husband have moved to Colorado when Ed retired and are in the process of opening a ranch to help homeless young adults.
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