The Word of God says: We live by Faith and not by sight. The Word also tells us …Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things yet not seen.
Are you living your faith leaving them wanting more? How do you answer that question in regards to your own life? I would like to evaluate this more closely by sharing my own story with you.
I have had a love for horses since I was a little girl. My father was a Livestock Dealer, but he loved Thoroughbred Horse Racing. Being my father’s daughter, I also developed a strong love for Horse Racing…it became my ministry for many years.
When the Lord called me into this challenging, yet rewarding ministry, He said: ”I have called you to bear fruit in a hard place!” He then spoke this scripture to me.
Jeremiah 29: 11-14 ”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you, and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
My amazing journey starts in AkSarBen Race Track in Omaha Nebraska. I knew they held a church service once a week…I was very excited to attend. Our Chaplain was actually a Rodeo Chaplain that the Lord called to the Race Track Ministry for a season. I learned so much about the Love of God during that time. I saw in this Chaplain and his beautiful wife; a perfect example of Living Your Faith. I was hooked! Unfortunately for me they were only there for the meet.
I was left with a Burning Passion…definitely wanting more! When I look back, I sincerely believe God sent them there just for me.
Having their beautiful example to guide me; my journey of Living Your Faith carried me to many different race tracks and presented me with un-ending challenges. You see…When the Lord told me it was a very hard place…HE WAS NOT KIDDING! Back then, a large majority of the backside were…alcoholics, drug addicts, abused, homeless, or hiding from the outside world.
I made my committment to the Lord; and to the Race Track Ministry. I asked God to make me… A Living Example of His Love. Now! When you make a bold statement like that to the Lord from your heart; you better be prepared to pay the price. Looking back on all the mistakes I made…one thing remained steadfast and constant.
My Heart was totally sold out to the Lord, and I was filled to overflowing with Love & Compassion for the horses and every wounded soul.
I soon realized that my music was a powerful tool to reach others. Most people do not like to be preached to. They are however, usualy touched when they hear Anointed music, and the response is overwhelming. The words in a song, and the anointing upon it, will often capture an audience more than a sermon. I would always sing Praise & Worship songs while I was working with my horses and walking around the barns. It wasn’t long before others would be singing right along with me. I would also play the piano and sing for some of the church services. I was actually branding myself back then, without even knowing it.
When I started my Living Your Faith journey, the backside was the darkest place on this earth. I made many sacrifices. I was judged and ridiculed by other so called Christians, never waivering in my committment. God was there with me every step of the way, always reassuring me. For many years I was faithful to Pray, to Mourn, to Travail and plant seeds for this ministry. Can I tell you…The rewards far outweigh the sacrifices and challenges.
Today the race tracks are being filled with The Light. I see owners, trainers, jockeys, grooms and many others continually giving Praise and Glory to God. I see bible studies being held regularly on the backside. It brings tears to my eyes…I can’t begin to tell you the overwheming Joy that I feel.
I am truly humbled and thankful, to have been chosen by God, to be a small part in leaving them wanting more; to make the changes that we see today.