I have heard of ministries that count the number of people that “make a decision for Christ,” whereby people in small or great numbers confess Jesus as Lord and apparently believe in their hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, while seeking and receiving forgiveness for their sins. Though the Bible indeed reveals that salvation and accompanying eternal life begin with this confession and belief, this is but a bare beginning. And this, tragically, is where most of the people I come across today end their journey with the Lord. They end where they begin.Yes, I meet some people who go to church – religiously. I meet others who read the Bible, occasionally. I meet people who pray, when they need or want something. But rarely do I meet…

As I once again walk painfully through the valley of the shadow of loss of that which I love, I am reminded of Paul’s words in the Bible about how he considers loss in the context of Christ. His testimony of realizing that Christ comes above all else helps me to understand that what I consider loss is nothing compared with the glory and hope of Jesus Christ and my promised eternity with him. As tears crouch down at the edge of my eyes, as my thoughts return over and again to what I am losing and the circumstances around me, I find myself getting sucked back into believing that I have lost everything. But alas, when I remember to exalt Jesus up above all else where He belongs, I…

Have you ever had to say goodbye to someone who is still alive? Have you ever had to put your Isaac on an altar of wood before the Lord, sacrificing your loved one like Abraham was called to sacrifice his son Isaac? Have you ever had to walk away from the one that you love knowing you might not meet again until you get to heaven? Have you ever wondered if God might place that loved one back in your life the same way he allowed Abraham to keep his son Isaac? I have. I have. I have. I have. And now, once again, I believe I am being asked to do this once more.”No matter what happens to us on earth,” my loved one said to me recently, “At…

All glory to God. Grace was rescued yesterday after months of failed attempts at rescue by multiple people. She was abandoned over the summer at a gas station in rural Georgia where she was hit by two cars on the same day. A bad break in her leg forced her to learn to walk and run on three legs, which she did for the months before her ultimate rescue yesterday. Please come back soon to read her inspiring story…Grace with Dr. Rich Bink giving her a big, loving HUG! Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

I just cried hard as I watched a video of a young woman who did not receive the love she desired from her father. We all have our stories, but this one hit close to home. I have let few people into this deepest place in my heart, and few people know the details of my story. But then, we all have our stories. The details don’t matter so much, but what matters is that we all have a need. And no matter how many places and people to whom we turn to fill that need, there is only one who truly ever will. Jesus.And as I watched the video, I saw the joy in this girl’s heart as she became a woman and ended up having a baby of…

Are you running from God’s rescue? I can’t help but think of this as I ponder yet another lesson in faith I am learning as I continue my attempts at rescuing an injured dog. Grace, who was abandoned at a gas station with another dog in rural Georgia about six months ago, was hit by two different cars about two months ago. She was left unable to walk on all four legs, and spends most of her time walking and running on three. Running? Yes. She doesn’t usually run for exercise. She runs to get away from the people trying to rescue her. Considering how much time I have spent trying to rescue her, I can’t help thinking about my own rescue. And, I cannot help but think of God’s…

We would like to think enemies come from outside of our homes and other supposedly safe places, but the truth is that sometimes the enemy comes from within. This is why it is so vitally important to remember our true safe place should never be a home, a marriage, a love relationship, a friendship, a job, or anything earthly, human, or material at all. Our true safe place needs to be Jesus Christ, and His love is eternal. He is always safe, always loving, always strong, always faithful, always loyal, and should always be our number one love and safe place. I am reminded of this today because I have experienced an attack from the enemy of my soul – Satan – through a loved one. What in my human…

The Lord gave me a vision yesterday in preparation for ministering to a woman in need whose path I crossed later in the day, but I am quite sure the vision was not just for me to have in my heart in serving her. I believe the vision was for me also, and perhaps for many others as well. The Lord showed me a woman carrying a dead baby, and He spoke these words essentially into my heart. “It’s time to get rid of that dead baby.” I heard the message clearly, and the message came tumbling forth.The Lord showed me that sometimes we hold onto for dear life to something in our hearts, lives, and our arms that is no longer alive. It has lost its life, or perhaps…

Does Walk by Faith Ministry ever help people? Do we only help dogs? Why is there so much focus on dogs? These are likely questions that cross the minds of those new to the ministry, just passing through, or taking a quick peek at our website without knowing the whole story. So here is the answer. Yes! Yes, yes, and yes. We absolutely help people. In fact, our mission is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we minister the Lord’s love to people and homeless dogs, too.Our absolute, 100% primary objective is to share the Gospel of Jesus – to people. It just so happens that in our desire to minister God’s love to a world in need, we also have plenty of opportunities to help both people…

Loving Lucy has joined the ranks of Walk by Faith Ministry’s special people and dogs who are learning how to walk by faith – rather than by typical, so-called “normal”, worldly, human and canine ways. Dr. Rich Bink of Webb Animal Clinic in Port Wentworth, GA, removed her rear leg last week and determined that the unknown cause of her inability to use that leg was in fact cancer. Lucy, who is on “bed rest” for a few weeks, is walking beautifully on three legs during potty breaks. When the Lord gave me the name Walk by Faith Ministry for this ministry dedicated to sharing the Gospel as we minister the Lord’s love to people and homeless dogs, never in a million years did I foresee how He would teach so many…

This morning, I had the amazing privilege of coming before the Lord in repentance with a loved one. We had begun a difficult conversation that quickly precipitated into a battle ground of hurts, fears, and unhealed, old wounds. The Lord watched silently as we delivered yet more bruises to one another, allowing us to wear ourselves out with our own flesh.When all was said and done, and we had grown too weary to continue our battle in the flesh, the Lord stepped in and brought us both to repentance. But He did not merely convict us both of how we had treated one another. He stripped us both naked and chastened us as He showed us the very sins we had held onto for dear life in our hearts -…

Loving Lucy is now at her vet’s office awaiting a big double-whammy surgery in which she will have her rear leg amputated and get spayed. Lucy, found by a Good Samaritan at an abandoned shack in rural Georgia, was diagnosed with a major leg problem possibly caused by a gunshot wound that left her unable to walk on her left rear leg. She is the perfect fit for the Walk by Faith dogs, which now include a two-footed dog, a three-legged dog, a paralyzed dog, a blind dog, and more. We are all learning how to WALK BY FAITH together – with the Lord leading the way…….!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Today, I made a decision to follow God rather than man. I made the decision to let go of a project I thoroughly enjoyed, and I did not just make a decision. I followed through on my decision. I let it go. The Lord had convicted me that my motives were not pure, and that I was enjoying the praise of man over the praise of God (John 12:43 KJV). He also showed me that I was placing my trust in man rather than fully in Him (Psalm 20:7 KJV). Additionally, He showed me that I was fearing man rather than fearing Him (Psalm 29:25). Was the decision easy? No. Was following through on the decision hard? Yes. But I am reminded that God honors obedience over sacrifice (1 Samuel…

God honors obedience, and today I received yet another reminder of this at none other than a rural Georgia gas station where I had returned for the umpteenth time in my ongoing efforts to trap a dog hit by two cars over a month ago. This time, despite yet another failed attempt to trap her, I did not throw a two-year-old temper tantrum. Instead, I placed my trust in the Lord, relaxed, and kept my spiritual eyes and ears open for whatever the Lord might want to do. Given how many times I have been led to return to this gas station two hours from my home, I was already convinced God is up to something more than trapping a dog. My opportunities there have been endless, and today He…

Leave it to the Lord to use a paralyzed dog to teach me yet another lesson about learning to walk by faith. When He led me to drive a long distance to rescue a dog in a rural Georgia shelter that had been hit by a car, I knew virtually nothing about her. I was told she likely had a broken pelvis that would probably heal without surgery. I quickly learned she had a back shattered so badly that two veterinarians recommended euthanization. But God was about to begin yet another lesson in faith when He spoke these words to me. “Do not give up on her.” How could I give up on this sweet dog Mercy when God in His infinite mercy has never given up on me? So…

Some lessons are easier, some lessons are easy, and some lessons are downright hard. As I have spent numerous hours, gas, time, and travel over the past two weeks trying to rescue an injured dog who has still yet to be caught, I saw one of the lessons God was trying to teach me. Perseverance. Patience. Endurance. I endured for a time, but then I found myself falling into everything but perseverance, patience, and endurance. Soon enough, I cursed aloud, virtually burst into tears, and said aloud, “I quit.” Like a two-year-old having a temper tantrum, I stomped back into the gas station that had been feeding the dog over the past month since she was hit by two different cars, held my tears in, and informed the manager I…

The Lord wasn’t joking around when He sent me two weeks ago to pick up paralyzed Mercy in a rural Georgia shelter 5 hours away. I guess He figured He would make all the driving worthwhile by bringing two more canine kids under the wings of Walk by Faith Ministry. While the third injured dog has yet to be trapped, dog number two arrived just days ago with a big need for Love, Prayers, and Surgery.Lucy, with a problem in her rear leg that causes her to walk on three legs, has been diagnosed with one of two possibilities – cancer or a leg cyst. She has two options – an amputation or major leg surgery. Lucy was rescued by a Good Samaritan in rural Georgia where he found her…

I just read an article about a pastor who passed away as soon as he finished preaching a powerful sermon about victory in life over the devil through faith in Jesus Christ. The pastor did not go home and call the doctor. He did not leave the church and call an ambulance. His family did not drive him to the hospital. He did not pass away at home. He went to heaven straight after finishing his sermon – right in the church. I cannot think of a better way to go home to be with the Lord than to finish this life loving and serving Him. This man did not pass away at the dinner table finishing off a delicious meal of fried chicken and mashed potatoes. He finished his…

When I drove 12 hours last week in a single day to pick up a dog paralyzed in a car accident that lay in a rural Georgia shelter, I had no idea how the Lord would move all along the way. Then again, I never do. I have long since discovered that when I am ready and willing to follow the Lord, He is ready and willing to move through me and Walk by Faith Ministry to deliver His love to the world around me. Such has been the case ever since my long drive to pick up Mercy the Miracle Dog. So what exactly transpired as a result, and what has happened in the week since?On my way to picking up Mercy, I mentioned at a gas station that…

Mercy is off to the vet today to get her rabies shot. Why? Because Mercy isn’t going to heaven anytime soon, contrary to what it looked like just a week ago when Walk by Faith Ministry pulled her from a shelter where she was brought paralyzed following a car accident. Despite the prognosis she would never live a quality, enjoyable life, she has proved that walking by faith is the way to go. What does this mean? I am learning constantly that God calls me to live by faith in Him rather than making decisions and living my life based on my circumstances and feelings. So what is Mercy up to these days?Mercy is continuing periodically to wag her tail, enjoying her pasta and canned food immensely, lifting her head…

Ever gone into a test without being prepared? Ever taken a final exam without going to classes? This is nothing compared with the testing of God. My pastor has been pouring God’s Word into his congregation recently with a strong admonition: This coming year will be full of blessings, but it will also come with extreme challenges and testing. He told us his job is to help prepare our minds with God’s Word, but I am well aware that two hours a few times a week under the teaching of my pastor is not enough. I would not have passed my tests in school if I had only listened to the teachers and not studied and practiced what I was learning. The same is true when it comes to the…

One of my greatest joys is taking Jesus to the streets. Anyone who thinks my animal rescue missions are just about dogs doesn’t know my heart. My number one passion in life is Jesus Christ, and my number one purpose is to love the Lord with all my heart and my neighbor as myself. As I spend my life learning to follow my precious Lord and Savior, I see everything in life as an opportunity to share the Gospel and to minister the Lord’s love to a world in need.If only I were at liberty to write of all the phenomenal opportunities I have in my daily work to do exactly this. But alas, I don’t always have the time to share it all. And, I am sensitive to what…

When my veterinarian recommended yesterday that I send Mercy to heaven after discovering her back is shattered, my answer was simple. “I can’t make that decision without the Lord,” I told Him. My veterinarian knows me well; he was not surprised.After 12 hours of driving in a single day earlier this week to rescue Mercy from a rural Georgia shelter where she had been brought following being hit by a car, I was exhausted – to say the least. Not to mention during my 12 hour journey, I stopped at a gas station only to discover a puppy there had been hit by a car and needed rescue. I was unable to rescue the puppy, and will return this week with a trap and take her to the vet to…

Stay tuned to learn about Mercy’s Miracle. In the meantime, please pray for her and consider a donation as she makes her way out of a rural Georgia shelterto South Carolina under the wings of the Lordand Walk by Faith Ministry……..Psa 136:26 “O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.”Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

I am so in awe of the Lord. His grace is so amazing. I am so humbled by His mercy. His amazing love. His amazing grace. His amazing miracles. Amazing, amazing, amazing miracles. This morning, at 11:00 am, I will meet two people in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Hardeeville, South Carolina. Big deal, right? Oh my God. I just realized how very amazing this is. Miracles, miracles, miracles. So amazing is our God. But why is this such a big deal?Joe, Gina, and I are driving together to Savannah, GA, to hear our beloved Pastor Freddie preach at Christian Revival Center. So what’s the big deal?* Pastor Freddie flew into Haiti 48 hours before the earthquake and was missing for several days because he was in a Port Au…

I couldn’t understand it, though I tried. I tried to understand. I kept typing. Kept trying. Trying to write. I needed to write an article. So I tried. And tried. I walked away from the computer. And returned. I must be too tired, I thought. I came home late from church last night. I didn’t sleep well. I had a bad dream. I worked hard all week, well for part of the week anyway. Surely I would find the reason. I just couldn’t get anywhere with my writing. Then it came to me. No, not the writing. Not the article I intended to write. The reason came to me. Why I couldn’t write. My human strength had failed me – once again.I had tried to write the article in my…

It wasn’t so long ago that I thought the greatest honor in serving God was to accomplish something big – big in my eyes, anyway. But times have changed, and I now know the greatest honor is not about what I accomplish at all. My greatest honor is watching God accomplish His mighty works through me. My successes today are not what they used to be. I have an Ivy League education, and this is not my greatest success. Nor is my resume. Nor is the fact I have written a book. Nor is it how many dogs I have adopted out through the years. So what is my greatest honor? What humbles me more than anything in serving God?When the Lord uses me to introduce someone to Him, or…

I have a loved one who recently shared with me that he feels the Lord has stripped him. I have heard this terminology before. In fact, within 24 hours, someone related to my loved one shared the very same thing. She said she felt she had been stripped. I have a good friend who shared the same thing several years back. And they are not alone. There was a time I experienced the very same. Stripped. Naked. Before God. Naked before God. But why?Why would God strip us? Or, why would God allow us to be stripped? If we are to love and serve Him, how can we do so without all the trappings, attachments, possessions, successes, and more that we carry with us through our lives? What can we…

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