experiencing lance

In preparing to pursue God purposefully and intensely in just a couple of months, I have been reflecting upon some of the times, moments, and memories where I remember thinking, “He is here.”

I’ve captured some of them.

Just small glimpses, pictures, and sensory expression, any video I have captured only gets a small part of the story.

Last week, I posted a video from several blind students in Rwanda singing communally and beautifully; just one time of many that God moved my heart.

Here’s another.

This video is small and involves little amount of talking. None, actually. But here’s what happened.

Lance, Dad, and I ventured one summer (it was 2009, actually) through the Grand Canyon and then trekked through Southern California (sunny San Diego!) before journeying up into Las Vegas and Utah, then on home. We had a lovely time in the heat, open roads, and beautiful sites. Lance and I spent a lot of time together on that trip and it was then I really began to be inspired by the kind of human and person he truly is. I’ve experience God intimately because He has been such a testament in my own brother’s life.

One night, late, we were talking in our hotel room. It was around midnight and so we were all sorts of giddy and suddenly, we could not stop laughing. It went something like this:

I genuinely believe God gave us this particular experience to learn about each other, to grow in our own relationship, but also, to have fun. That we did. I’m thankful for not only this moment, but the many I have had with my brother that reassure me that yes, God is at work. In Lance, in me, in all of us.


I hope to value these relationships more and recognize God when he has ultimately been there all along.

If you would like to help my support my training in ministry this summer with Forge Ministries, you can donate at the link below. Thank you for all your support and prayers. They are much appreciated.

Heather Newell: The Experience

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Heather Newell Oglesby

Hi! I'm Heather. I am a writer and counselor in-training. I share stories so we can keep the magic of being human alive. I spend a great deal of time going on long walks with my wife, rollerblading, learning, and traveling to find new adventures. By day, I work as an Education and Employment Specialist for Jefferson Center for Mental Health, working with adolescents who have experienced their first episode of psychosis. A Colorado native, I love dark-roasted coffee, sunshine, and succulents. Enthusiasm, passion, and possibility: that's me at my best.

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