How God Gave One Little Girl the Desires of Her Heart - Janene Durman’s Story

One evening, not so long ago, several of my friends were sharing childhood anecdotes. As I listened to Janene talk about the passion she's held for horses from the time she was a little girl through adulthood, I knew her story needed to be told. As you read how her dream has come true—more than once and sometimes in unexpected ways—take encouragement that God cares about YOUR dreams too. ~ Dawn

How God Gave One Little Girl 
the Desires of Her Heart

It’s been said that “once horse crazy, always horse crazy.” It’s true. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you even HAVE a horse anymore or not, the love, longing, and memories are always there. 

God tells us that He wants to give us the desires of our heart. This is also true! 

My earliest memories of longing for my own horse go way back to when I was a young girl in grade school. My friends had amazing horse statue collections, and we played horses for hours on end. We’d also run and romp in ranchers’ hay and alfalfa fields, pretending to be horses ourselves. 

The sweetest, most beautiful horses in one pasture always greeted me at the fence when I passed on my way to and from school. I originally started sneaking carrots and sugar cubes to put in my pockets so I could feed them each day, because I was sure my mother wouldn’t agree to it. Much to my surprise, my mother was smarter than I gave her credit for. She did indeed notice the missing carrots and the dwindling supply of sugar cubes and became suspicious as to their whereabouts. I finally had to fess up to what I had been doing. From then on, she made sure I had an ample supply for my animal friends. 

Not satisfied with only feeding them through a fence, I decided to ask—no—beg for a horse of my own. It shouldn’t be surprising that I was countered with a hearty, of course not, where would we put a horse? 

After much negotiation, we agreed that I would be allowed to go ride at the local horse stable to see if I even liked riding. That led to many happy visits to the stables where I learned to ride. I wanted to be near the horses so much that I even offered to muck the stalls if I would be allowed to just “hang around.” I mean, what stable wouldn’t want a FREE hired hand?  

That eventually led to becoming a trail guide for paying customers and taking them out for a fun horse experience.  I thought I was in heaven, except I still didn’t have a horse of my own. My mom was quite certain I’d outgrow my infatuation and move on to the next cool thing. That didn’t happen! My love for horses never waned. 

 I was then allowed to attend a special horse camp (two summers in a row) that was located in the beautiful Ruby Mountains. I hopped on a plane and flew there by myself! It was a month-long camp where we learned to do cattle round-ups, ride the mountain trails, etc. I learned so much during those summers, and I was pretty sure I was in heaven, except I still didn’t have a horse of my own. 

FINALLY … Did I say finally? My parents agreed that it was time to allow me the most wonderful opportunity of all time—to have a horse of my own. I was eleven years old. The luckiest eleven-year-old of all! 

We purchased a beautiful Appaloosa and I was in love. The following year we bought our second horse, which was highly trained, and I was even more in love. He soon became my favorite and the apple of my eye. We could read each others’ emotions and feelings. I trusted him with my life. He truly looked out for me in every way. Even when I fell off and I was knocked unconscious, he never left my side, even though he could have easily run away.

Time ticked on, I left home, went off to college, got married, and started my own life. A life that didn’t have a horse in its future. But after many, many years without my lovely, large, animal friends, the Lord granted me the desires of my heart yet once again. He brought a gal into my life who needed help with her horse. She had an injured knee and could no longer ride. She approached me to see if I would be interested in giving her horse some exercise. Well, of course! I was blessed with a wonderful, beautiful Arabian as my new companion until we moved out of the area to another town.

Within only months of our move, once again God brought another wonderful gal into my life who has a horse that needs to be ridden. The day we met, she found out that I rode and called me the very next day to see if I would like to ride with her! We’ve had many, wonderful adventures and times together. I feel so blessed beyond words!

As if that wasn’t enough, God brought yet another amazing opportunity my way. Recently, I met a lovely lady, who like me, was asked to help arrange flowers for a wedding. We became quick friends! It just so happens she also has horses and so generously asked if I would ever want to ride with her. She also uses her horses to minister to and bless children with special needs. And once again I said of course!

My heart is so full of blessings and is so touched by the Lord and His desire to please and bring pleasure to His children. What a benevolent, loving Father we have who is concerned enough about even the smallest of desires we have hidden in our hearts, just to bring us joy and pleasure. He knows our hearts. He dwells there—and this is how He knows us so intimately and completely! May we never take for granted the little things God does for us and the blessings He provides— like only a heavenly Father can!

 This little girl’s “horsey heart” is surely blessed.

Has God given you the desires of your heart? If so, how has He done that? If not, why do you think you’re still waiting?

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