Thanks be to God and a phenomenal veterinary clinic & surgeon, Loudoun Veterinary Services in Purcellville, VA, and Dr. Stang, Mother Theresa has begun her recovery. For the first few days, she barely moved and looked like she was in a coma. Slowly, her eyes became undazed and I no longer needed to feed her by squishing soft food through the side of her mouth & teeth. Slowly, she began to take her first, though unbalanced, wobbly, steps. Once again, I am watching a dog persevere the way God calls us to. Mother Theresa, 12 years old, had an owner who planned to shoot and kill her. Her rescuer got in trouble with the police and fled. The place where he abandoned her did not feel led to care for her.…

Yesterday was a devastating day. Two of Walk by Faith Ministry’s rescue dogs had a fight two days ago, and yesterday morning I had to send one of them to heaven at two years old. She wagged her tail all the way to the vet, and then she reached up and kissed the tears I cried as. I told her she would be with Jesus and I would be with them both one day. It ripped my heart out. Then I came home to the other dog, who was so badly hurt she was on the operating table for 2 hours to put her neck back together with an enormous vet bill we will have to walk by faith God will provide. This has been one of the hardest years of my life, the…

As I finish up one of the most grueling, challenging years of my life, I have a testimony to share I never would have expected in the midst of my horrendous circumstances brought on more than anything by the consequences of a loved one’s sinful choices. For years, I stood in faith – wobbly much of the time, strong others, I will confess – that God would work a miracle in my life concerning my relationship with my loved one. I never saw the miracle I sought all those years. But what God birthed right in the midst of it all is phenomenal – something only God could do. When I realized I would not get the miracle I sought for so long regarding my loved one, I then begged…

This morning I looked – for a total of about two seconds – at 1 Chronicles 3 in the Bible. I was excited to read something yummy, as I love digging into the Word. I was dismayed to find yet another long list of names. Quickly, I decided to move on with my morning. But I stopped, and I believe the Holy Spirit revealed something to me so beauitful about what God can birth. Too many times in the Bible I have been bored by lists of names. One name. The next. Who birthed the next person. Most of the names are not familiar; most of them I cannot pronounce. In fact, I attended a Bible marathon reading and got “stuck” with what seemed an everlasting list of names. Who…

Unfortunately nobody has stepped forward to help Ben2, who has now been crated 24-7 for several months due to recovery from surgery on a broken femur. His current foster home has NO carpeting, and he therefore has nowhere he can walk and hang out inside with the potential to fall and re-injure his leg. So he stays in his crate all day & night. PLEASE can anyone help Ben2 even temporarily with a foster – or a permanent home? His info is at http://www.walkbyfaith.petfinder.com/. Application process applies for fostering and adopting. Please help spread the word!!!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

There is nothing like a dog fight to teach a biblical lesson. Okay, it wasn’t a bad fight. It was barely a fight at all. But it was enough to put a biblical thought upon my heart. Apparently Freckles (who still needs a home!) was dirty, at least according to his foster host, Billie. Billie decided to give Freckles a good bath, and still is as I write. He started with the ear, moved around his face, and continued. He decided to be very thorough about it. Dancer (who still needs a home, too!) liked the idea of this. He decided to help. He did not realize Billie wanted exclusive privileges to give the bath. Billie snapped at Dancer, and Freckles sat waiting for the bath to continue. Freckles did…

What will you give this holiday season? Will you give the Lord’s love? Will you give help? Will you give patience? Will you give understanding? Will you give forgiveness? Will you give the mercy? Will you give compassion? Why are the stores packed with people buying Christmas presents? Why are people saving up money to buy gifts for family and friends? Why are people wrapping gifts and topping them off with big red ribbons and bows? Why do we automatically think of giving something material when the greatest gift of all cannot be purchased in a store, wrapped in a box, or finished off with a rainbow colored ribbon or bow? When was the last time you gave the gift of Jesus Christ to a family member, a friend, or even…

God does not want us to clean up to go to Him. He wants us to go to Him to get cleaned up. I do not just speak merely from experience. Nor do I speak only from wishful thinking. I speak from the Word of the Lord Himself. The Bible says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 KJV).” I have been more aware of my sin this past year than ever in my life, yet I have also been more aware of the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness than ever before. Have you ever shined a light into a dimly lit room only to find that everything that had appeared clean before…

I asked a friend the other day for help concerning a woman I know who needs a sense of purpose with her life. I inquired specifically about how to get started in a certain profession within a creative Christian company with which she is affiliated. Her answer surprised me.”This company isn’t looking for people with a lot of experience with the gifts God has given them,” she explained. “The company is looking for people with gifts that want to use them for the glory of the Lord.” How delighted I was to hear my own belief echoed in the hearts of fellow believers. So why was I surprised? I was surprised because in this day and age, I rarely hear people so surrendered to the Lord in their work that they…

Did you ever stop to think how much time and care was taken in the Old Testament to build the temple and to take care of it? The Lord was so utterly explicit with His people in how He wanted it built, how He wanted it kept, and how He wanted it used. I remember being bored, and intimidated, by the intricate detail described in building the Lord’s temple. God cared about the very measurements and the materials used. What about His temple today?I am equally astounded by the investment people today put in the way of planning, time, money, care, and thought in the dream houses they build. They stay on top of every detail, down to the placing of the precise color of kitchen tile, the tiny mark…

I will never forget the day I told my pastor what God had called me to do with my life. I told him. His answer was simple – and surprising. “Now begins the preparation,” Pastor Freddie said. I was flabbergasted. Preparation? God had told me what He wanted me to do, He had told me how to begin, and I automatically assumed God’s instructions are for right away. Pastor Freddie knew better. So did God.About five years have since passed, and I of course thought I have finished learning my lesson about preparing for God’s call on my life. Think again. My latest lesson? Preparation is so much more than the physical steps God wants me to take forward. Preparation is only on the outside about studying the Bible, hearing strong preaching, etc. What God has showed me more…

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