Shine Healing Ministries
Shining a Light on Your Path to Healing – Rest.Heal.Love
Now more than ever we need simple, slowed-down spaces where we can pause to catch our breath, heal, and experience God’s love. At Shine Healing Ministries we envision a world where all people have access to transformative spaces and resources that guide them to healing and renewal. We do this by creating rest-filled spaces, healing communities, and resources for soul-weary women and professionals experiencing burnout that inspire authentic living and cultivate well-being.
This world & all it demands of us is a draining place. The constant stress of the modern world & hardships we endure take a toll on our soul & can cause the fire within us to grow increasingly dim. Often this happens progressively, as if hundreds of tiny slights and disappointments begin to wear away at our identity and the unique passion within us. We wake up one day and wonder how we’ve gotten here. I’ve been there, disillusioned, worn thin & feeling as if all my attempts at what I felt called to had failed. When I finally surrendered & came to the end of me, God showed up and led me to rest.
He designed our souls to need times of rest and renewal. This is especially hard for those of us who tend to be better at caring for others than tending to our own needs. You know who you are all you natural caregivers, helpers, and ministry leaders. We’ve been shaped by messages in the church and culture to serve, serve, serve and that to stop (for even just a moment) would be selfish. And because of this, there is often guilt associated with pausing to rest and tend to our own heart. Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying services is bad, but it can become so when out of balance. God also instructed us in Proverbs 4:20, to “pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.” (TPT) If we are always serving, always on the go – denying our own needs, we don’t allow God the time & space required to restore, refresh and renew us.
God never intend for us to live a hurried, worried life of constant go, go, go and service! His deepest longing is to reconnect with us in the secret place so he can restore us & reignite within us what he created us for. Without bringing awareness to how the pressures of life and society push us to resist rest, we end up living on autopilot and dismissing our internal cries for renewal. Renewal means to “repair something that is worn down or broken – to make like new”. I not sure I know anyone who couldn’t use more of that!
My husband and I were given an unbelievable gift! It is a long story so I will try my best to summarize. For nearly a decade, I had been running a therapeutic ranch with my dad and sister serving those who had experienced complex trauma. Tucked in the back recesses of my mind was always this dream of creating a quiet retreat, a place of refuge for the soul. I think I longed for it because God new I needed it most. I am a striver by nature. A productive busy bee that never stops (well, at least I used to be). I ran myself into complete exhaustion and burnout trying to be everything to everyone for way too long. Thinking I had to prove myself and find significance, at the ripe old age of 38, I ended up in the hospital with the doctors thinking I might have had a stroke. Yep, that’s what striving, and stress can get you.
Something had to change.
Well change it did. But not completely in the way I had hoped. I lost my father suddenly and unexpectedly. One moment he was here helping my sister and I run the ranch and the next moment he was gone. He was the horse whisperer, the veterinarian and specialist and he was also the sincerest, most compassionate man I had ever known. When he died, part of me died too. Every smell on the farm brought me right back to him. I’d turn around, but he wasn’t there. The ranch just didn’t feel the same anymore. For five years, I struggled in a fog not really knowing it, until I crashed. I had nothing left to do but reflect and seek the Lord as I laid in that hospital bed.
There are so many twists and turns in this story it is hard to tell it in a linear fashion. But after my father passed, a gentleman he had known in high school came to visit. At the viewing he became aware of the ranch we had been running and because of the kindness my father had shown him, he wanted to honor his legacy. He had discovered that land had gone up for sale right next to our house. Pointing to the land just beyond our fence, he looked at me and said, “I want to buy that land right there for you in your dad’s honor.”
What? I don’t think I said it out loud, but I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. You wanna do what? He proceeded to say that my father had been kind to him when not many people had. My dad had left an impression on his soul and more than thirty years later my dad’s acts of kindness led to an open door. A gift straight from heaven to us. I still at times can’t believe it’s true. The retreat center is now a reality because my daddy loved well. His heart of compassion, love for the Lord, and generous spirit now lives and breathes through me.
The rest is history. From that moment on, God has been providing just like that. Out of the blue, moving the hearts of people to come alongside us so that an oasis of peace could be created that would lead people straight to the heart of God’s limitless love for them. There is a line in the song, Head to the Heart, by United Pursuit that perfectly expresses our hope for every weary traveler that enter the fields of Selah Ranch: “More than words, more than good ideas I found your love in the open fields…From the head to the heart you take me on a journey of letting go and getting lost in you.”
May you find his love in the open fields. In God’s canvas (aka, nature) you can come away, leaving all distractions behind and get lost in his love for you. His love knows just what you need, and he will meet you here, we just simply believe this to be true. And when you leave, you won’t be the same. His love always leaves us better than how he found us!
So, join us and experience one of our restorative and transforming retreats, or reserve a day just for you (or your team). We look forward to meeting you and coming alongside you on your healing journey.
REST. HEAL. LOVE
At Shine, we believe that we are healed through experiences with God’s REST and LOVE while surrounded by the simplicity of nature and an atmosphere of radical hospitality. God’s love is more lavish that we can comprehend and the result of learning to receive his rest, healing, and love is that we become this same extravagant love to the world. It is the natural overflow of all that we have received.
We value being spirit-led and faith-centered, recognizing the central role of spirituality in our work. We seek guidance from God, embracing faith as a guiding force and integrating spiritual practices to support the holistic well-being of our community.
We value community as it brings people together in a shared journey of healing and growth. We foster connections, collaboration, and a sense of belonging, recognizing that we are stronger and more resilient when we support and uplift one another.
We value hospitality as it embodies a warm and welcoming spirit. We create spaces and experiences where individuals feel embraced, cared for, and nurtured, fostering a sense of belonging and comfort.
We value living and loving with our whole hearts despite risk and uncertainty. We strive to create environments where we as leaders and those we serve can cultivate authenticity, self-compassion, resilience, gratitude, creativity, trust, rest, presence, purpose, and playfulness.
We value the needs of the whole person and all dimensions of health and wellness. We curate experiences that connect individuals with rhythms that tend to the mind, body and soul.
Since our inception we have been able to provide several guided women’s retreats per year & all self-guided retreats at Selah Ranch free of charge and fully funded by donors. As a donation-based ministry, we are always in need of those who are willing to come alongside us and ensure that more women and ministry leaders have the opportunity to experience our transformative retreats & spaces! Become a monthly donor by clicking the button below!
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Redi Rock Structures
We are grateful beyond measure to the owners of Redi Rock Structures. Their belief in us and financial support make our ability to love women with radical hospitality possible! Their giving allows us to remain a donation-based ministry and open our doors to all no matter the financial situation!