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John O’Leary welcomes Kim Meeder on the Live Inspired Podcast to share a story of what being open to the unexpected can bring, and how to turn an evil tragedy into a life of beautiful healing.

At the tender age of nine, Kim Meeder faced an unimaginable tragedy when she lost both her parents in a matter of minutes. Though losing her parents in such a horrific way could have shattered her spirit forever, she discovered strength in her faith and solace in the company of horses. It was in taking care of, riding, and simply being in the presence of these majestic animals that she found her path to healing.

Today, Kim shares how she transformed her pain into a life filled with purpose and joy, and how she shares this freedom with others, encouraging them to find their own paths to healing through Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch.

My friends, if you want to hear a story of what being open to the unexpected can bring, and how to turn an evil tragedy into a life of beautiful healing, this conversation is for you.

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  • “I grew up in the combined castle of my parents love.” At 9 years old, Kim’s father murdered her mother before taking his own life.
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. – Romans 10:13
  • Little wild horse for a little wild child: Hoping for a life redeemed, Kim’s grandma got a horse which quickly became a safe place for her to process the complex emotions and outrun the pain that was trying to destroy her life.
  • Today, Kim lives on Eastern slope of the Cascade mountain range in Oregon. She had no idea that God would use her broken life and this broken property filled with all these broken trees and broken horses and refit them together to become the perfect place to heal the hearts of broken people.
  • In the early days of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, Kim witnessed a starving, broken horse could go where no one else was able and got a mute girl to speak. They serve more than 5,500 visitors every year free of charge.
  • Beat down by life? Even though our situations are different, Kim understands the universal feelings of pain, sense of loneliness, fear, frustration, anger and grief.
  • “While there’s breath, there is hope.”
  • “God will use whatever you give.”
  • “One person, just like you, can be used and that one smile is enough to save a life.”
  • “Fear and pride build a prison around the human heart.”
  • “The moment we offer our gifts, the world can be changed for good.”
  • Learn more about Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch here.

Did you enjoy today’s episode?

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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?

    The Bible.

  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. The ability to eat all things.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. My Bible.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. There's a lot of people in the Bible I'd really want to sit with. I would love to sit with my parents, and I would love to sit with a pastor from Africa who I hope to meet someday. His name is Surprise, and he's had a profound impact on my life, and he doesn't know.  And of course, Jesus.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. The Holy Spirit is like a great mighty river. You do not tell the spirit where to flow. Instead you jump in and you go where he takes you
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. You need to be in God's word first thing every day.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. She was an orphan, but she's not anymore. And that Jesus came to her and took her by the hand. And now she belongs to him and she belongs to his family.