Shoe Gifts: A Lesson on Gratitude

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:18 Enter our home and you will be eagerly greeted by a Labrador Retriever.  Greet her and she’ll trot off and return with a gift just for you- a shoe. When Adi began bringing us shoes as a …

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Choices

"The sheep listen to his [the shepherd’s] voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” -John 10:3 With fall colors beginning to emerge and the temperatures cooling, I decided to take my Lab for a long morning hike. Pulled forward by the rich smells of the trail, Adi moved a fair …

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Sticks: A Lesson on Thoughts

"...Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things." -Philippians 4:8 Sometimes it takes owning a Lab to realize how many twigs, sticks, and branches a tree sheds on a daily basis.  For Adi, tree debris is a source …

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A Lesson on Chewing

Dogs have a natural inclination to chew.  Fortunately, our Lab falls into the category of moderate chewer.  This means she doesn’t immediately destroy what she chews.  Nor will she chew on just anything.  Once Adi passed the puppy teething phase, she selected a deer antler as her chew of choice.  Slow and methodical are the …

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Social Distancing- My Lab- Unintended Consequences

Labs love.  A simple, yet true alliteration.  They love their family, the neighbors, kids (especially ones with traces of breakfast still on their face), and the random person walking at the park.  In Adi’s mind, people are made to be greeted.  Ignoring people is NOT in Adi’s DNA.  So, it won’t come as a surprise …

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Just as I am: A Lesson from Izzy, a Labrador Rescue

Jesus declared, "All that the Father gives to Me will come to Me: and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me]." – John 6:37, Amplified Meet Izzy.  A year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever.  Last fall my friend and her husband brought …

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Anticipation

On this day in 2016 a litter of Labrador Retriever puppies was born- one yellow male and three black females.  One of those females (Adi) came to live with us, while another (Nova) went to live with my brother’s family, and the third (Maxine) stayed with our friend.  Adi and Nova live close and play …

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Rejoice

Rejoice with those who rejoice.  Mourn with those who mourn. – Romans 12:15 By nature, I’m reserved.  A healthy dose of introversion leaves me self-conscious and guarded, especially when a conversation calls for strong emotion.  In those moments, I forever find myself at a loss for words and kick myself when all I can find …

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