Why Am I So Discouraged?

Why is my heart discouraged?

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God! Psalm 43:5

Sometimes we just need a little word of encouragement to help us on our way. I pray this Bible verse and comforting image of my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be a ray of sunshine for your day. There’s just something so special about the loving gaze of my dogs. It’s as if God is speaking through them saying,
I love you dear child. I am with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.
“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” —Matthew 28:20
May hope, healing, and happiness be yours!
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How My Poodle Brought Me Through the Fire [The Incredible Power of the Human-Canine Bond]

Shock, disbelief, and fear gripped my heart! I watched helplessly as our house filled with smoke knowing that my dogs were still inside.
Never was the Human-Canine Bond more evident than when I experienced a house fire! My husband had been relocated and was house hunting in another state, so I found myself all alone. Well, not really. I had my dogs! The story I’m about to share reaffirmed how incredibly powerful the human-canine bond is in helping people deal with stressful events.

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How I Overcame Depression With the Help of My Dogs!

Dogs can be good for your health
Leila with her dog

Dogs are good for our health! Each time I hug my dogs I feel more hopeful, happier, and healthier!  

I’ll never forget coming home after an appendectomy, having some complications, and spiraling into depression due to the ongoing pain. My doctors were amazing, and prescribed what I needed to heal physically. But emotionally, it was another story.

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Dog Anxiety: How to Recognize the Signs and Offer Relief

Dog Anxiety
NO DOG SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER IN SILENCE
Dog anxiety, like the human anxiety, can be a debilitating and often painful experience. 
If you’ve ever felt worried, uneasy, or nervous about an upcoming event or something with an uncertain outcome, or had a panic attack, you know exactly what I’m talking about! Sadly, many dogs suffer in silence because the owners are simply unaware of the signs. Having experienced a season of anxiety myself, I can’t imagine leaving a dog in an anxious state without offering help. Thankfully, there are things we can do to help our furry friends in their times of need.
The purpose of this article is to help you to recognize the signs of dog anxiety and learn how to offer relief.

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A Roller Coaster of Emotions

This is the day the Lord has made

The world seems to be falling apart, torn from the inside out by hate and violence and television and social networking brings it right to our door (and mind) on a daily basis!
But I’m also certain that all over the world acts of LOVE, GENEROSITY, and JOYFUL CELEBRATIONS (marriage, birth, and all sorts of wonderful accomplishments) continue to be displayed.
Some mornings I wake up and feel like I’m riding a roller coaster—up, down, happy, sad.  Should I feel sorrow, or joy?

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