I am so weary, ever so weary. I am tired from a lifetime of too many trials and tribulations. I have come up for air over and over again, excited to finally arrive at a place of rest and refreshing, only to sink back down to where I grow weary gasping for air. I have just come up for air, now I am down gasping again, wiped out. But I am reminded of one thing more than any other. The Lord loves me, and I love Him more than ever. And now He asks me to trust Him, for He sees the whole picture rather than all the pieces and parts. And He sustains me even in the midst of it all. Then, with His Word, He reminds me of what…

Samuel this past week headed for his new home – with dad, mom, brother dog, and five-year-old girl in tow. He was last reported to be enormously happy with his new family, proudly displaying a decapitated doll and letting his new family know he could not tell the difference between a little girl and a puppy dog. He has his new family on its toes and is quickly filling their hearts with their new love. Samuel, who was found running at large only months ago in South Carolina with a collar embedded in his neck, has received miracles galore. He was rescued from euthanization, his embedded collar was removed, God gave him a miraculous recovery from an infection the vet said required surgery that ultimately did not, and now he…

Ever been to police academy for your thoughts? I have. The Lord has showed me I have not taken one of His scriptures seriously enough. When He tells us to cast down our imaginations along with anything that tries to rise against knowledge of Him, He gives us a command that cannot be missed. He tells us to “bring into captivity” our thoughts to the “obedience of Christ”. I have heard the scripture so often through the years of my faith walk that I quite frankly missed the significance of the words. There is an action involved, a vital action, and God used the work of a police officer to show me just what this means. The government and police chief give the police officer authority to enforce the law.…

LEARNING HOW TO WALKThe hardest part about learning how to walk is not the joy of the steps we take forward, but the disappointment and discouragement each time we find ourselves once more in a heap on the ground. Fallen. Learning how to walk by faith, I believe, is as much about learning how to handle the falls as it is about enjoying the blessings of the progress we make. What do we do when we fall? Do we lay down, curl up in a ball, cry, and quit? Or do we get back up again? Do we reach out a hand to the Lord who is always there with us, confess our faults, receive His forgiveness, and accept His hand as He helps us to stand up and to…

NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNING. Just when I thought my circumstances in the year 2009 could not get any worse, they did. How many times? Time and again. Every time I came up for air from yet another loss or challenge, boom. More pain. More heartache. More trials and tribulations. But the Lord does not see losses and heartache as the world does. He does not view them as a finite end. Jesus Christ, the “author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2 KJV),” sees our end as His beginning. When we realize we are at the finish of what we can do as humans, the Lord has His opportunity to step in and show us what He can and will do as God. When the year 2009 finished, the year…

What did God give us for Christmas? “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV).”There is no greater gift from the Lord than His sacrifice of His only begotten Son that we should have eternal life and never walk this journey on earth alone. Jesus took ours sins upon Himself so that our faith in Him gives us life forever. Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Mother Theresa truly is a Christmas miracle. Thanks to God, awesome vet Dr. Brown of Loudoun Vet in Purcellville, VA, and her prayer warriors, Mother Theresa bounced back from her 2nd surgery since being attacked by a fellow rescue dog – so much so that her new nickname is Miss Piglets. She has a voracious appetite, a sign of how quickly she has recovered even at age 12 from 2 surgeries in just a matter of weeks. Please keep up your prayers as she continues forward! Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Praise the Lord! Thanks be to God and the phenomenal staff at Loudoun Vet Service in Purcellville, VA, including Dr. Brown, his surgeon, Mother Theresa has just arrived home from her 2nd surgery since being severely attacked by a fellow rescue dog. Even at 12 years old, despite a history of an owner that planned to shoot and kill her, a rescuer that abandoned her in flight from the police, a home that offered her a pen and then turned her in for rescue, and the dog attack, along with 2 big surgeries in a few weeks time, she is actually walking around her private bedroom suite looking for something to do! All glory to God! Thanks to all the incredibly generous people who have prayed for her, prayed for…

All glory goes to God and thanks to all the wonderful donors who helped Mother Theresa have her first big surgery after being attacked by a fellow rescue dog. When I had to send 2.5 year old Abigail to heaven for aggression – who wagged her tail to the vet’s and kissed my tears away – I knew on my own I would not have the strength to send Abigail to the Lord, take care of a severely injured dog, and raise the money for Mother Theresa. But God knew our need, and He took care of it all through incredibly generous hearts. Mother Theresa will finish up her healing process with a second surgery to sew up her neck where skin died off due to lack of blood supply…

How hard it is to believe in the most trying of times that God truly knows our needs – and that He will supply them as promised when we follow His instructions. My year is ending with the same seemingly insurmountable challenges with which it began, and yet I know in my heart God knows my needs. When Jesus sent His followers out to do the work He called them to do, what instruction did He give them? “And He said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece (Luke 9:3 KJV).” Jesus knew He would provide for them, and He wanted them to trust. I also believe He did not want them to be distracted by worrying…

For those who are following the story of Mother Theresa, the rescue dog who was badly attacked by a fellow rescue dog, she went to the vet yesterday for a follow-up. Her skin had started turning black, cracking open, and bleeding. The vet had expected this would possibly happen, as the blood after the fight was unable to reach her skin as needed. I have been instructed to put her skin under water for 20 minutes daily until the skin falls off, at which time the vet said she will need more surgery. Please keep her in your prayers and consider a donation for her care. Thanks to all the wonderful people who have stepped forward already with donations!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Last night when I cried out to the Lord – and oh did I cry – He gave me an answer to my question. How simple it was. “Believe.” At the tail end of the one of the hardest years of my life, with one great loss after tragedy after another, I see now what happened on my faith walk.Have you ever wondered in the midst of lost or drastically reduced faith exactly what happened? Why did you stop believing? In my case, I know. And the answer is biblical.I stopped believing because I got swallowed up in my circumstances. In the eye of a storm that seemed it would never end, not ever, I took my eyes off Jesus Christ. I placed them firmly on – my circumstances. And…

You’ve got to see it to believe it. Samuel the rescue dog decided to tell Santa just how much he wanted a new home for Christmas! Check it out at www.youtube.com/walkbyfaithministry.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

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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