Mighty Oaks’ Legacy Program is not designed to help participants find temporary relief. Legacy Program exists to identify those areas in our lives that need to be healed. We, through our Biblically-based peer structure, seek to point to the path of true, permanent healing through a relationship with Jesus Christ. We seek Truth. We show how aligning your life to the life you were created to live will provide the tools needed to live your best life.
The 22 ladies that attended our Women’s Legacy Program last week discovered this first hand. This group made up of veterans, active duty, and spouses, arrived at SkyRose Ranch in San Miguel, California, burdened with darkness. They had been dealing with trauma. Life had knocked them down, and for many, they felt caught in the middle of past choices and circumstances that kept kicking them while on the ground.
“Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:9
Can you relate? Has life ever felt like a death sentence? Circumstance after circumstance. Situation after situation. Relationship after relationship. They all just pile-up and begin to crush us until we think we cannot even steal a breath. We try everything. We go to friends, family, counselors, and doctors. Nothing we try seems to have a lasting, positive effect. However, what these Lady Warriors learned this week was that we can’t do it. Relying on ourselves to find a solution is a sick cycle of disappointment. Like the verse says, we need to build on the One capable of raising the dead to life — the One who has lasting healing.
Through the Sisterhood formed this week, the Lady Warriors learned about God’s designs for their lives. Their worth. Their marriages. Their faith, motherhood, and their homes. This week, the women were shown how the Bible is the Creator’s instruction book for life. When used correctly, it’ll provide direction for each of life’s destinations.
Much like the Men’s Legacy Program, the week is not all classroom instruction and Team time. The gals also enjoy some activities that get the heart pumping and blood flowing. They have the opportunity to go on a couple of Reflection Walks. Casey and Christina, long-time friends of WLP, spend a few hours teaching basic self-defense techniques. Their skills help empower the ladies and increase their confidence. Then, on Saturday, the leaders took participants out on the 4-wheelers over the rolling hills of the lush, green ranch soaking in the views and crisp winter air. All these activities draw them closer to each other and God.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12
Our motto at Mighty Oaks of NEVER FIGHT ALONE is more than a slogan. It’s a mindset. A decision. A life-saving tool that makes lasting victory over life’s trials very attainable. We were never designed to do life alone. We are made for community, and community is more than social gatherings and happy times. Real community is a sisterhood they’ll be able to count on, depend on, and fight for.
The tools taught at Legacy Program make it possible to move from being caught up in the middle of trials and tribulations, to finding joy, meaning, purpose and hope at being caught up in the middle of what the Spirit is up to in our lives and in the world.