Story of the Week – Session 6

Another week at Wildwood Hills Ranch and another story of life transformation.  Listen to this story of one of our ranchers who got to experience renewed hope and joy that comes from knowing Christ.

“One of our ranchers came to The Ranch for the first time this past week with a heavy heart and a lot of baggage he was carrying from the abuse and trauma he experienced from a young age.  Cody is one of our 13-year-old ranchers, and I asked him how he felt about being here.  He said, “I don’t really want to be here because I feel depressed, and I haven’t been doing anything at home all summer. My days pretty much consist of playing video games and looking at my phone. But I know that I should be here because my mom said it’s a good place for me to be.” Throughout the week he showed plenty of leadership skills and became more engaged as the week went on. After a few conversations I found out that he didn’t believe in Christ, so we had a conversation about what it looks like to follow Jesus.  He wasn’t sure if he wanted to take that step and showed a lot of uncertainty about making such a big decision.  Later that week, on Gospel night he decided to give his life to Christ!  After he made that decision, Cody said “I made a decision to follow Jesus and I think he can help me with my depression.”  We assured him that Jesus can indeed help with depression and anxiety and heal any brokenness from the past.  Jesus came to bring life and life to the full and we always love getting to share about this hope with our students.”

Today, we want to remind you of the old hymn, “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”

“’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

I’m so glad I learned to trust Him,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend
And I know that He is with me,
Will be with me to the end.

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood
And in simple faith to plunge me
‘Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

What a JOY it is to rest on God’s promises and unchanging grace.  We hope you feel a renewed sense of hope today, just as Cody did this past week.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10