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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A Walk to the Garden of Prayer

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."- Colossians 4:2 For years the discipline of prayer alluded me. I desired a more diligent prayer life.  If you’ve ever seen the movie “War Room” than you know what I wanted.  I read scriptures on prayer, completed Bible studies on the topic, and even purchased a fancy prayer …

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Hiding Place

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea [despite the chaos and storms of life swirling around us]." -Psalm 46: 1-2, [Italicized words by author unknown] When trouble brews in your dog’s …

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A Wandering Heart

Meet Adi’s older brother Graham.  While Adi is glossy black like their father, Graham has the yellow hues of their mother.  He’s a friendly fellow who on more than one occasion has taken on the title of “runaway.”  Graham’s decision to wander from his established boundaries is puzzling, as he has so many reasons to …

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Unexpected: A Lesson on Love

365 days and counting. The number of days our wild kitty has lived the domestic life.  The number of days since she has had to live by the code of the wild- self-preservation.  The number of days she has received the care of human hands and the love of a Labrador Retriever. Reeses, our tortoise …

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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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My Persistent Pup: A Lesson on Prayer

My shadow now comes in the form of a black Labrador Retriever.  The intensity of Adi’s shadowing changes about an hour before her dinner-time.  At this point, nothing deters her from following me step for step.  Each time I look at her, she gives me a look that says, “Remember me. I need fed.”  Regardless …

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Quiet Places

 “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” - Luke 5:16 We could each probably name a place that is peaceful and beautiful to our mind’s eye. A place we leave feeling refreshed and renewed.  For some it's a garden, a porch, a favorite chair in front of a bay window.  For others it’s …

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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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The Squirrel Test

For many dog owners the arrival of a squirrel plays out like a scene in a Dick and Jane book.  See squirrel.  See squirrel run.Look, look Father.See dog run. At least that is what it was like growing up with Brittany Spaniels.  For Adi’s first months with us, the squirrels kept to themselves, staying in …

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