|Damara Joanna "Princess to the throne"|
|WCOM officially live Jan 2012|
|SKJ Skincare is born March 2012|
|Damara's Paw on Walking The Walk (with a little help from her mom) is published May 2012|
|Wendy officiates Matt & Katie's wedding July 2012|
|Donnie "Big Guy" adopted Aug 2012|
|Zeus "The Moose" adopted Nov 2012|
|Magnum adopted Nov 2012|
|WCOM barn is built Sept 2012|
|Guy and Wendy unified in strength|
In the midst of all of this I was inspired to create a skincare line using my husband's maple syrup products. To the kitchen I go and with a little of this a little of that and wala SKJ is reborn into skincare. Manufacturing company to secure, samples to try, brand look to design, stores to share with, marketing plans to create, customers to share with, and financially no extra money for trial and error. No problem! Will the brand sell, pay no mind Wendy God is your judge. Keep walking!
Next item up, Damara's Paw book. It was written but needed to be typed and submitted to a publisher and all that that entails. All the efforts were put forth and the time came to give the go ahead to print the book and share with the public. Tears filled my eyes, I called to my husband and hesitated with my fingers on the keys to respond and type yes, print! It was written but what if people reject it? My husband said "You gave it your all, right?" And I say "God is my judge, keeping walking Wendy."
My health plagues me once again. God worns me to call my doctor but I push a little further before coming to the end of my self. Decisions need to be made and changes to be had. I could not keep up the pace and the daily regime that I created. To the doctor we go, new plan is made and tears are released with internal frustrations that I am here once again with old issues. What will people think, if I can not keep up and need special arrangements in order to function? But God is my judge!
In the winter of 2012 my cousin Matt and his wife to be had asked me to officiate their wedding that was to be in July. What an honor! But will my health mess with my plans to commit to this special request? Will I perform this ceremony with God's anointing, will I be able to honor God and will this couple be united the way the envision their day? I will prepare and do my best. God is my judge!
During all of these moments, we were constantly challenged with financial concerns. There never seems to be enough and where will all the money come from to do what needs to be done? What are people thinking, including family and friends? But God is my judge!
Mid summer I had the opportunity to relive a childhood memory. Horse back riding! One ride led to a special span of time with a horse who was lent to me from a loving family. That experience led to the decision to seek out my own horse for the ministry. One wonderful day, I spoke to a friend sharing with him my desire to acquire a horse for the ministry and me. He had just the right horse and a gift that I will never forget. Donnie "Big Guy" arrived in my life. He is a retired show horse, black Percheron draft who is known as my prince. I can not explain nor describe the spiritual experience that my husband and I encountered that Saturday night when "Big Guy" walked onto our property. What will people think? No matter, God is my judge!
A barn to build! This was not in the plans for 2012, well nor were horses, so we thought. We had no extra resources in our financial picture for building a barn and our property is long and narrow to boot. We proceed to keep walking anyway. We have a house and maple sugar house with a little extra free property. Not really enough for several horses. No worries, the neighboring farmer, who says he does not care for horses, offers to let us pasture in his bordering property so we have adequate space for our growing ministry family. Next, we call a professional to get a quote for building a barn. WOW! Not even possible to go that route. We decide to step up to the challenge of building the barn ourselves. Never done that before. Family and friends were called for help with the building plans and prayers for finances to show themselves at just the right time. We proceed. Every spare moment was spent working from the ground up to build just the right living space for our adopties. Everything costs more than we have and each week we scrimp to buy more nails and place more boards. A whirl wind of an experience. But help arrived financially and hard labor was offered, it truly takes a village. But the looming questions of "What will people think when we already have a tough time paying our weekly bills and my own personal fears loom in my head?" But God is my judge!
From zero to three horses we go! That experience then led to developing the ministry with more animals and having them minister to people through their loving spirits. During the time that Don arrived, we had also been discussing possiblities of adopting another horse from a young man down the road who was going off to college and needed a home for his friend. Not being sure if this would come to fruition we also had been open to adopting another horse to match Don so we could have a team to do wagon rides and field work with. Within a few weeks it all hit. Not one horse was coming but two more would arrive almost simultaneously. Are we crazy? How will we able to afford to feed all the animals especially with winter coming upon us, vet care, and what if something big happens, also Magnum has special health requirements, are we prepared for all of this? Are we making the right decisions? Keep walking. Then the day came that Zeus walked down our driveway to his forever home. He's a gray Percheron draft horse and eating is his favorite pass time. He is pure love no turning back now. Adjustments are made in the barn for our new addition and quickly we prepare for the next arrival. Magnum is next, he arrives on a cool November evening ready to go and immediately he is hooked up to the wagon with his old friend Don. It was like they were never apart, their bond was never broken. They pulled together like bread and butter go together. Magnum is from the same family that Don came from and he too is a retired show horse, black Percheron draft through and through! We walk forward with our new fleet of horses, did we make the right decisions? God is our my judge.
During all of these momentous strides in our ministry and personal lives, Guy and I became even stronger in unity. It is said that finances are one of the biggest struggles with marriages. Well, we stood firm during the test of financial burdens and more responsibilties. We discuss everything together from the horses hoof care to grain portions, to who's doing what chore to how much hay do we have left? We do chores together each end of the day and all the dogs come with us as well. We remain to be loyal friends to each other, to sounding boards when we are stressed or fearful of our precious animals becoming ill or hurt, or do we have enough money to pay the bills. I can not do this ministry alone nor do I want to I want and need my best friend, my Guy by my side! We keep walking forward doing the best we can and at times we still wonder if we are being judged by our actions, but we continue on anyway knowing God is our judge!
To bring us to the current time, I have had heavy on my heart a new adoptie would be coming. Discussions were had about possiblities. And reminders from each other that we can only do so much. Questions of finances come up again and limited time available time during the day due to our day jobs, are discussed. My heart and body ache for a new baby and Guy states, "We are not building Joah's Arc" and I reply, "Yes we are!" I really wanted a puppy but I knew Guy would be resistant due to we already have four dogs, two in which are our adult children's who live with us. I proceed to look anyway. I found a baby puppy that needed a home and we do such a good job raising kids and animals I remind Guy, that Guy finally agrees to go look at him with me. We love him at first sight but walk away to reflect if it is the right thing to do. A night goes by then we discuss again the possibilities of taking him in and the final decision is made together that we are both in for adopting Daniel Revealer. Dan is a black Labrador Retriever who is as easy as pie to be around and adjusted in one day to his new home. He is a WCOM ministry team member like his sister Damara and his horse brothers. Dan's life and learning will be shared with all of our followers as the days and years pass by. Did we do the right thing by adopting another dog? Let God be the judge of that.
Here at WCOM we are "Walking The Walk" of God's call on our lives. Sharing His Word and Love to all who welcome it in. While at times we question and get anxious like all humans do if we are doing the Lord's work the way He wants us to, all we can do is our best to discern and hear what we believe He is instructing us to do. And that my friend may not look like your neighbors walk or your friend down the street. I ask you to pray and respond to God's call on your life and be ready to go places and do things that you never knew you would go and do! Do not let others hinder your walk and let God be your only judge!
As we head into the new year of 2013 prepare your hearts and minds with God's call for you and prepare your walk and walk it out regardless of your own judgement and others too!
Be well from WCOM ministry team,
Guy, Wendy, Damara, Daniel, Donnie, Magnum & Zeus
"Walking The Walk"