Matt, As you prepare for these upcoming weeks, may God give you the strength, courage, endurance and wisdom it takes to lead. He who has called you this is Faithful!
Matt! I just wanted you to know that you’re being prayed for these next few weeks by the VanderMolen family too! I’m Rebecca and my husband’s name is Fig (yep like the tree or the Newton 🙂 ). He’s a youth director and understands some of the challenges you may face this week! We’ve got four kids who love to talk to God and tell him about their friends or missionaries or their prayer partners. We’ve got you covered this week! The kids and I are excited to come to the horse show and see what you all have been working on and meet everyone. We will pray for God’s strength, wisdom and love for you. Check out 1 Cor 13:1-13 once again and be reminded of God’s love for you but all the Ranch participants! Can’t wait to meet you. . .
Matt – prayers for you as you lead… And as you simply allow God to work through you and your own story. You are willing – He is able!
Jeff and Lisa Bouma (Jacobs parents from soccer:)
At some points it may not feel like it but God has you here for a reason and has prepared you for this awesome opportunity. Rock out🤘
Matt, you might not remember me, but you have made an impression on my life. It’s Ms. Kelly from Appletree. I knew then that you would grow up to be a strong, independent and great person. Just remember every part of life makes you the person you are even the not so pretty parts, but it’s what you choose to do in reaction to those parts that define you. Good luck with his this opportunity and hopefully you leave a mark on a few more lives.
Good morning. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
Very cool opportunity for you Matt. Guide with passion and confidence so others may someday follow in your footsteps because of you.
I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you. Stay strong this week as challenges and obstacles arise. Believe in yourself and discover the amazing leader inside you. You got this.
Good morning Matt! How did the trip begin? Hope it started off smoothly. Last night did you see the moon rise? Were you up late last night to see the meteor shower? Or were you up early to see the sunrise? The same hands that created those beautiful celestial details knows you! He created you too! I was reading through Psalm 139 and the author is talking about how awesome God is and how there’s nowhere that he can possibly go that God won’t be there. What an encouragement when you’re going to be away from home! Then at the end in verses 13-16 the Psalmist talks about how well God knows him because God created him. We’re not only made by the amazing Creator of the Universe by he knows us by name! He knew before you were born that you’d be on this trip hanging out with and leading teens this week. What an encouraging thought, he is with you even away from home and he loves you because he made you and he’s got a plan for you life!
Sometimes people need help and they don’t even know it. Remember when we were in the subway and you helped me carry my bag up the steps. I didn’t ask you to, you just did it. I’m proud of you for seeing that I needed help. Thank you for helping me. Life is like that. God directs us to where we need to be. I believe that God is directing you at The Ranch and he will help you just like you helped me. Life is Good. You are blessed.
Today’s sermon was about “hindsight” and how important it is in understanding how to handle future obstacles due to your past experiences . Your hindsight was your experience being on the trail as a young teen and knowing first hand what any of these boys may be feeling. That experience will help you now in guiding others through their journey. God always has a plan & I am praying that you continue to place any worries that you may have in his hands and that he continue to provide you strength, patience and guidance throughout this week. Very proud of you.
It’s your AWESOME next door neighbors here- Jamie, Paul, Iz, Ava, AJ, and Tate. We hope you are having a great time out there with the boys!
We just wanted to let you know that we are EXTREMELY proud that you stepped up to help lead these boys. We’re praying that you lead with your heart, guided by God.
You’ll do great!! YOU ARE AWESOME!
It is a challenge to live a christian life. How do we use our faith in everyday life? You are demonstrating your faith in your life each and every day when you walk your talk. Have a great day. Life is good. You are blessed.
Matt i don’t know you well but my brief observation is that you are a person who cares about and for others…RR is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate that trait. i am praying for you and look forward to hear your report of the WAR experience. have a God week.
Sounds like the Ranch has been amazing, so far. Keep your heart open to God and continue to encourage and lead this group of young men. Continue to build relationships and help your team build comradery. You can do amazing things as a leader. Keep up the great work!
Matt, wow you’ve had quite the week already! I saw some pictures of the different camp activities you did, the beach fun you had, horse chores you managed and entrepreneurs you met. What a great week so far! I’m praying for you as you continue to help lead and guide these teens. I’m praying that you’re able to show them great ways of persevering through hard or difficult times and that you can show them how to be courageous in situations where that may be unfamiliar. You’ve got this!
Today will never come again.
Be a blessing.
Be a friend.
Take time to Care.
Let your words heal, and not would.
Today is a good day – for a great day.
Life is good. You are blessed.
Matt, how did today go? I hope you’re getting enough sleep each night and not getting sick! My prayer is that as you continue learning to lead and serve you remember the example that Jesus set.
Philippians 2 verse 3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” This goes so well with 1 Corinthians 13’s description of love, which is exactly what servant leadership is! Keep learning and loving the teens you’re working with each day.
A thought for today – Be strong. You never know who you are inspiring. Life is good. You are blessed.
Reading today’s post on how you have been connecting with others that are struggling made me tear up! You have a kind heart and can relate to those who maybe struggle in some of the ways you use too. That’s a gift! God knew what he was doing when he guided you to volunteer as a junior lead on the trail. You are making an impact on their lives, stay strong and remain positive knowing that God is working through you.
I was driving to Meijer this morning and this verse was read on the radio. It was a great reminder for me as a Mom with little people in the back of the van who were arguing :). I thought it would be encouraging for you today. 1 Thess 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Can’t wait to meet you soon!
Matt is was awesome to finally see you today working with the other teens and working with your horse. I am so proud of you and the positive choices you have made in life. It takes hard work to be a leader and you told me yourself that your not a leader, but the reality is you are and you continue to work on it. Thanks to GOD for providing you the strength to do this!! t took all I had to hold it together tonight during Pat’s overview of what has been happening right before the horse show. I am blessed to be a prayer partner, board member, and most importantly to be your dad. I love you son, keep up the good work and the “missions” you have committed to!!! Love Dad
Matt, it was so awesome to talk briefly with you last night and to see all the hard work you’ve put into the horses and relationships with the teens. This verse was on my mind when I heard about your 11 mile hike, I’m sure you’ve heard it before but it definitely is encouraging 🙂 .
“Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
We’re praying for you!
Rebecca (and the kids)
Sounds like you are doing amazing things as a leader. Stepping outside your comfort zone and guiding your fellow campers is helping you as much as it is them. Stay strong when hurdles and challenges come your way. God will help you through. I am praying for you and all to have a safe and life changing hiking experience. You got this!
Good morning Matt
I have been thinking about you. And thinking about how it is sometimes difficult to deal and react to the way others think.
Remember – You (they) can count your (their) blessings – or choose to complain, but either way it’s always a choice.
Your (their) limitations are the ones you (they) think they have.
I am proud of you for the choice you have made to be a mentor to younger boys at camp this year.
Life is good. You are blessed.
This verse made me think of you and the others at the Ranch Matt,
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8).
I can’t wait to see you Sunday!! Love Dad
Matt! Congrats on finishing the hike. You’ve learned a lot and have new skills and experiences that shaped you this past week and a half. May God continue to lead, guide and direct you as you start school!
One of the most difficult things of “coming down the mountain top experience”, for me at least, is recognizing that you have changed but the rest of the world might not be as different. If this is your experience, may God bless you with wisdom, strength, and courage as the “new you” adjusts. Remember that the truth God revealed in the light is still the truth in the dark.
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