A year ago today, I began this blogging journey.  I am grateful for each one of you who have faithfully read these monthly lessons.  Your responses are truly a gift.  One unexpected blessing of this journey has been the people I’ve met along the way.  Fellow dog lovers who have stopped to meet Adi and fellow bloggers who have inspired me with their writing, photography, and love for the Lord.

To commemorate the day, I share with you the very first lesson I wrote three years ago.  Adi was about five months old at the time.  

To read the story about how these lessons got their beginning, click here- to visit the page titled “Story Behind the Lessons.”

Lesson from a Lab: Check-In

This is Adi’s check-in look.  Whether by my side on lead or romping in a field, she frequently looks to me for instruction, especially when encountering something new.  I wish I could say she always does this.  When she doesn’t and barges forward, chaos ensues, correction required.  When she does, all is kept in order, and she is rewarded with praise and pleasant encounters.  How applicable to my own life.  Do I look to the Lord, check in, and receive the blessing of His instruction or do I rush ahead in my own wisdom and reap the consequences?

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  Be not like a horse or a mule without understanding which must be curbed with a bit or bridle or it will not stay near you.” -Psalm 32:8-9

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13 thoughts on “Beginnings

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. The Lord has been so very good in giving me the words to express these lessons in writing. Thank you for being one of the bloggers who faithfully shines the light and love of Jesus through your writing and who has helped shaped my blog with sage blogging advice.

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  1. That is definitely one scripture that needs to be memorized. Isn’t it something how he reminds us through what we see and the animals in our lives, that He is always right there. Little hints everywhere when we stray a little to far from Him. I love those moments, it lets me know I am not alone. Have a wonderful week Beth.

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    1. I love that creation testifies to Him- His presence, His creativity, His power. I cherish those moments I’m enjoying the wonder of His creation and a verse comes flying into my mind- a sweet whisper of His presence. One of my favorite verses is from Psalms 19 “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they display knowledge.” When we stop and really take in His creation we hear that testimony. Your love for the Lord and His presence in your life is so clearly reflected in your photography. I can’t help but look at the pictures you share and stand in awe and praise of our Creator.


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