Growing up, my Dad took every opportunity to make sure we, as a family, could enjoy the outdoors. Primarily during summers, we would take excursions that included camping, fishing, water skiing, boating, and just spending time outdoors. My favorite memories include camping/fishing with other families and going on excursions with our friends. It was a wonderful time of family togetherness and fellowship.
After graduating high school, my Dad acquired a deer lease in West Texas for hunting. I helped him build a small cabin on the lease so we had a great place to stay during hunting trips. Our first hunting trip out there, the first time I pulled the trigger, I shot the head off a turkey at 100 yards. Ok, maybe my “eye” wasn’t too bad, but I believe a lot of LUCK was involved. In any case, I was hooked. I enjoyed the thrill of seeing game at a distance, holding my rifle, finger on the trigger, remaining calm and steady, and taking a shot. What a rush!
Once I started college, life took over. I had always been strong in my faith as my parents brought us to church every Sunday. Even though we moved frequently, since Dad worked for an oil company, we always managed to find a great church and I developed great friendships.
I became absorbed with my studies, graduation, and starting a new career in Information Technology after obtaining my degree in Computer Science. My longing for the outdoors never wavered, however, I found less and less time available to spend there. After starting my career, I met a man and got married. As time went on, I found myself spending less and less time on my faith and my walk with the Lord. In a nutshell, I became lost.
I got to the point that I was just going through the motions. I prayed on occasion, but I was not engaged. My life became more and more difficult. I was making my own decisions, I thought I knew what was best. I tried to do everything on my own. I was not engaged with the Lord in my journey. And now I know that I was lost. I became a workaholic.
I stumbled across (more likely, the Lord led me) to COFA. I attended a COFA monthly breakfast and then went on an ATV ride. What an incredible group of people! Then I decided to travel to Minnesota for COFA Fish Camp in September 2020. Over the course of 5 days, I felt completely transformed. I felt like I had a reunion with the Lord and so many doors began to open. I felt my burdens lifted. What a sense of peace! It led me to renew my faith and get my journey back on track! What a blessing! I talk to God every day now, he’s my best friend. I don’t make a decision without him. When I am faced with challenges, I turn it over to the Lord and he leads me in the right direction. My life has started falling into place. I am feeling whole again. I can’t remember the last time I was this happy.
Is it your turn now? Are you ready to renew your faith while enjoying the outdoors? Call me, I’d love to chat. I’d love to tell you what God has done for me.