God is our Refuge

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Feeling anxious and afraid?

There’s lots of places we can run when feeling troubled. We run to family and friends, to the mountains, or to snuggle with our beloved dogs and cats. All these are wonderful. But we must not forget to also run to God in prayer.

Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an every present help in trouble. Continue reading “God is our Refuge”

More Love, My New Year’s Resolution

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” –Robert Wagner

As I considered all the possible New Year’s resolutions I could make, I started feeling a bit overwhelmed. There’s so much I want to accomplish, and also improve on. Closing my eyes to pray, I asked God, “What should my New Year’s Resolution be?”

The words “more love” swirled around in my mind as I snuggled with my precious pup. To love and be loved is such a beautiful feeling! Especially when that love is unconditional. I felt like God brought me back to the basics of life, and the greatest commandment . . .

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A Thanksgiving Blessing, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends! Join with me in giving God thanks by meditating on this beautiful Thanksgiving prayer/poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

We Thank Thee

by: Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
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7 Amazing Benefits to Walking With Your 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.

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Taking Time Away from Blogging and Why

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Sometimes you just need time away. Something deep within you is calling you to the quiet. When that happens, it’s important to listen . . .

As with anything in life, sometimes we just need a little time away to refresh our spirits, fill up, and figures things out. That said, I just wanted to send a little note to say that I will be taking some time away from blogging, and to share why.

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