Here are a few more pics of Anna’s horse camp adventure:
When I first saw Anna on this big horse by her little self, I was slightly fearful. After all, how could someone so small control such a large animal? It reminded me of how James tells us it’s easier to bridle a horse than bridle our tongue. Hmmm.
James 3 says, “We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth…..People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue.”
But, with God’s help, we can bridle it just as we bridle a horse. And, if we are able to do that, imagine how many more blessings we will speak. How much more life we will impart. Every time we open our mouths, we allow others to look into our heart. I hope my words are makin’ my heart look good. But, I know that sometimes, I probably make it look pur-tee yucky.
So, today I’m praying:
Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips. Psalm 141:3
Anna began horse camp on Monday. Here she is getting ready for her first day.
She’s enjoyed her week so far. So has John Henry. When we dropped Anna off yesterday morning, he said, “Got rid of her.” Of course, two hours later, he was asking me how much longer until we picked her up. But, we did enjoy the quiet and reprieve from inquisitions while it lasted.
I asked Anna how she liked riding horses. “I didn’t fall off,” she said. I guess that’s good. She also looked at me and quoted a line from “Little House On the Prairie.” “Country girls,” she said. This is how Nellie Olsen describes Laura and Mary Ingalls in one of the first episodes. I think she has taken a liking to life as a country girl. Or, she just loves the Ingalls girls. Or she loves Nellie Olsen.
Let’s hope it’s not the latter.
In other news, John Henry finally lost his first tooth. It was a celebration. Anna told us all she was “so proud of John Henry.” Her supportive sentiments quickly turned bitter when she learned he got money for his loss. “That’s not fair.”
Oh, the lessons in rejoicing with those who rejoice. It can be a difficult lesson for any of us when we look at our difficult situation versus another’s seemingly better situation. But. BUT, when we look at our situation in view of God’s mercy, then rejoicing is not only easier….but, we can’t help but do anything else.