Sky Ranch Blog
When the Mountain Top Experience Looks More Like a Valley - Alec Jesperson
A phrase you hear get tossed around here at Horn Creek is the idea of a “mountain top experience”.
I Can See the Promise - Jacie Grygar
This is what I wrote in my journal one day:
Seasons - Will Cooke
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
The Mountains are Calling - Mary Hicks
“Would you want to move to Colorado for a year? Let me know what you decide in twenty-four hours.” Who knew this crazy question would alter my life.
Exceeded Expectations - Samantha Chin
“Why do you want to be in the fellowship?” The question that every fellow is asked of in their interview and, a question that I could answer so confidently.
Community - Christy Cornelius
As I looked around the circle of familiar faces, it suddenly hit me: we won’t be together for much longer. The thought was sobering, but I reflected how these people, once complete strangers, had become my community. And I realized that even though we would soon be apart, what a gift it has been to share this year together.
Choices - Maddie Wood
I am reminded of why the Lord chose us as people and how that changes the lens under which we are seen.
Excel at the Revealed - Aiden Upchurch
To say I was scared is an understatement. In fact, I don’t think a combination of nervousness or anxiousness could’ve accurately described how I felt as I drove my car packed to the roof towards this new place I would eventually call home, Sky Ranch.
What are you even doing this year?
Good question. I frequently ask myself the same thing. It’s hard to put into words what the fellowship consists of, because it’s a lot of different things.
Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork - Tyler Chacon
Coming off a great Summer in Horn Creek, CO, it seemed to me that coming to Van, TX would be a step down in many regards.
Thorns - Daniel Morrison
“Ouch!” I yelled as some of the fellows and I were clearing brush. “Ugh, this is annoying.” Thorns. Everywhere!
Pack of Wolves - Patrick Reith
The Fellowship was a huge step into the unknown for me.
Letting Go - Liam Jacobs
I was frustrated, hurt, heart broken, and confused. Everything I planned for my life ended, done - it’s was gone...
When Strangers Became Family - Emily Lemke
While I knew I was headed toward a safe place that I love and trust so much, I knew I was headed into the unknown. I truly didn’t know much about what the Fellowship would actually hold for me
The Power of Purpose – Rachel Erikson
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Good Burdens – Abbie Kilgore
I recently came into a season where I have felt a lot of need. Early on in September, I found out my grandmother was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
What has the Lord taught me? – Mitch Mayfield
I imagine most people ask one of these two questions when it concerns the fellowship. “What is the fellowship like?” or “What do you do in the fellowship?”.
Zip on – Autumn Eilers
“Take me down! Take me down! Take me down!” the fifth grader screamed at the top of the ziplines.
Obedience. – Jonny Van Ommering
Obedience. A couple weeks ago I heard a pastor say in his sermon, “If we make the fruit of obedience our fundamental motivation for obedience, we will constantly run into problems”.
What I’ve Learned – Mary McCool
Christmas morning 2016 I took my first step of many towards saying Yes to Jesus in this new season of being in The Fellowship.
The Best is Yet to Come – Sydney Hoffman
Earlier in the fall I found myself struggling with comparison and discontentment. I felt trapped in the distraction of the future, always looking to preparing for the “next thing”.
Leading With Leaders, Serving With Servants – Zachary Bekken
“It’s difficult”, “it’s rough”, “it’s tiring”, all of these remarks were somewhat common when asking former fellows what their year was like.
Let Him Take Your Breath Away – Lauren Sarter
Seven. I was seven years old the very first time that I got the wind knocked out of me.
Obedience In Prayer – Michelle Sanford
I’m the youngest sibling of two. I just have one older brother, whom I look up to and respect more than maybe he even knows.
Dear Diary – Ross Jones
Okay so maybe this isn’t my diary but I didn’t know where else to start. As I sat down to write this, I had a lot ideas about what the subject could be
Breaking Down Walls – Sarah Davis
I love where God has taken me in my life, but never in a million years would I have thought that I would be living in Van, TX.
Becoming a Sky Rancher – Brittney Lowey
When I was searching for what to do right after college, I did what millennials do best – refer to Google.
God Doesn’t Need Me – Abigayle English
Wanna hear one of the most prideful thoughts my mind comes up with some times? (I knew that would hook you).
When Refinement is Hard by Annie Harrington
I’ve officially been a fellow for four months and 27 days (probably more by the time you read this). During the fellowship I’ve been challenged beyond measure.
Banana Pancakes – Lizzy Cook
Gathered around the table, coffee in hand, plates full of chocolate chip and banana pancakes, each person said one thing they were thankful for.hrist, we can experience the joy and life that comes from living in community with one another, just as God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit live in perfect harmony with each other.
The mornings sitting at the breakfast table with your people will be so much sweeter when hearts are full of honesty, gratitude, and grace. Who are those gathered around your breakfast table who sharpen you?
Change – Jaclyn Boese
Hello friends, wow what a year it has been! One word to describe 2016 so far? Change.
Choosing Him – Lynette Benson
I always wanted to be the best I could be for whoever valued my “worth” here on this earth.
Never Settled – Peter Wise
Do you ever look back to where you were a month ago, a year ago, maybe five years ago? Do you wish you could tell yourself things you know now?
Learning to Dream – Caitlin Steves
The first eighteen years of my life were entirely planned out. Born and raised in the same town, I went to the same schools with the same people, and I didn’t experience much change.
In and Of the Word – Matt Ray
Being men and women in and of the Word. This was Jill’s prayer for us the first night of the Fellowship.
Back to the Basics – Jon Murry
It has been almost five months since I started the Fellowship, and God has already taught me so much about patience, humility, and most recently, contentment.
Comparison: The Thief of Joy – Jake McCain
My prayer throughout this semester has been a prayer for spiritual strength.