Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. – Mother Teresa
Dogs are some of my favorite teachers, imparting wisdom in ways I never thought possible! One of the most cherished lessons I’ve learned from my dogs is to live in the moment. Dogs are masters of mindfulness. In other words, they are aware of their surroundings and what they are doing moment by moment. I believe this is what gives them their carefree spirit. If only we could follow their example more often, we’d be less likely to look forward with uncertainty, or back with regret and pain.
Sometimes, life is hard, and we just need to know that we are loved. We’ve all been there. When I’m feeling down, I try to remember how much God loves me. I mean really, really, loves me . . . unconditionally.
Today, as I contemplate the meaning of Good Friday, and the cross, I am reminded how deeply I am loved. Never was unconditional love more clear than at the cross. “For God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). As the owner of several adorable dogs, I am reminded daily that I am loved unconditionally. I have no doubt that God created dogs with this in mind, to give us a glimpse of His unfailing, faithful, steadfast, unconditional love, while we walk this dusty broken road called life. Continue reading “Hang in There, You Are Loved!”→
I’m feeling lonely today. Please encourage my heart. Remind me that I am never alone, even when I feel alone. Thank you for the promise that you are with me always. Today, I entrust all my emotions into your hand, and believe that you will care for me. Help me to sense your comforting presence, even now.
Dogs are some of my favorite teachers! Each day they offer incredible wisdom and inspirational life lessons, of which I am truly grateful. This poem below, by an unknown author, beautifully captures many of the amazing life lessons learned from our beloved dogs. Whoever wrote it must have had a very special relationship with their dog!
When I’m feeling blue, my dogs motivate me to get out and walk. And when I do, I always gain fresh perspective and feel happier!
Life is tough, and more often than not we find ourselves sitting inside lamenting our problems in the dark rather than getting outside and letting nature and sunshine help us heal.
Personally, I think dog owners have an amazing advantage in this area. Dogs need their daily walks or playtime outside. What better motivator to lay aside our problems and get outside and hang out with our furry friends!
If you’re feeling sad or troubled in heart, I’d like to encourage you to get your walking shoes on, and get outside. Let your dogs lead you to beautiful places where nature soothes the weary soul and vibrant colors ignite feelings of hope. Breath in the fresh air and exhale any worry and fear. See God in creation, be encouraged, and give thanks.
There are countless amazing benefits to walking your dog. These are just a few I’ve found personally helpful.