So very sad. Two of my very special “kids” went to heaven in the past 10 days. First my beloved Beckles with Speckles. Today, my beloved Joshua. Thank you Lord for such an incredible time with them both. Thank you for entrusting them into my heart and my care. You are holy, Lord. Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

I have a new dependency. But this shouldn’t surprise me, or anyone who knows me. After all, I’m coming up on 45 years of different dependencies. I’ve been dependent on family, alcohol, starving myself, overeating, hurting myself, hurting others, anger, men, husbands, stuff, 12-step programs, ways of thinking, ways of talking, ways of interacting, counselors, pastors, dogs, work, accomplishments, dog rescue, churches, friends, enemies, and people, people, and more people. Did I say people? Oh yes. With surety I say yes. So how could I possibly have a new dependency when I’ve been dependent on just about everything and everyone? Easily.For the first time in my life, I reflected this afternoon as I forced myself to do rest as I knew the Lord had called me to do, I have…

I messed up again. Can you believe it? I fell flat on my face. Yet again. I have been having trouble sleeping, and I woke up way too tired only to discover that paralyzed Mercy had taken off her diaper and made a real stink of things. Boom. I lost my temper.My temper, the one I keep thinking, hoping, and foolishly presuming, is permanently gone, erupted. Just like that. I slammed her diaper against the floor, slam, slam, slam, like a two year old. I whisked her blanket away since she’d leaked onto it, threw it out the window, poured cleaner on the floor in anger, made sure she knew in my tone and actions just how angry I was, and simultaneously remembered the article I had written only hours…

“Sometimes Grace does things she’s not supposed to do,” I told her fellow Walk by Faith dogs tonight after I had brought her in and she pee’d inside as I tried to lead her into a different crate than usual. “Sometimes I do things God doesn’t want me to do,” I continued, assuming the dogs would enjoy my typical chatter. Fortunately, I was filled tonight with the Lord’s love and mercy – and easily able to give her mercy. I don’t always show people and dogs mercy, but the closer I get to the Lord the more I desire to be like Him. Loving, compassionate, forgiving and merciful. It took me six weeks to rescue Grace from where she lived outdoors at the gas station where she had been abandoned. She…

JOSHUA’S MIRACLE. My beloved Beckles with Speckles went to heaven last week, but Joshua whom I thought was headed there simultaneously got another miracle from God. He has made yet another comeback. And I give all glory to God. I am blessed to know Beckles is with Jesus in heaven, and blessed that Joshua is still with me. But most of all, I am blessed that Jesus the Christ is Lord of my life. He is my greatest love of all……….Joshua and Mommie, courtesy of God……..!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

I was walking in one direction. God wanted me to go the other way. He spoke to me. I heard Him so clearly. He told me to turn around because the woman I had just walked by, the one who had smiled at me as I passed, needed prayer. So He turned me around.My body turned around just about as quickly as He spoke to me. Oftentimes, I reason and debate. Oftentimes, I argue or question whether He has spoken to me. But I long to be more obedient – and more quickly. This time, I turned around without a grand debate. And the confirmation came quickly that the Lord had spoken, and that it was He who had turned me around.”Can I pray for you?” I asked the woman…

It happens every time. Without fail. Without exception. I bet it’s happened to you also. Just think about it. How often has your god failed you?Every single time. Every single time I have turned a human being into a god, or turned something man-made into an idol, or placed my trust, expectation, hope, and confidence in anything else but the one true God, my god has failed me. Some people are slow learners. I am one of them. I have made the same mistake countless times. And every single time, that’s right, you’ve got it. It happens every time.Maybe I should be more careful when I place my trust, expectation, hope, and confidence in a human being. Maybe I should be more choosy with the human I choose. Not so.…

I have never been more satisfied in my life. But how is that possible? I lost my family of origin. I was abandoned by two husbands. My resume, if I had one, would look ridiculous. I have an income so low it’s a miracle I get by. I have endured childhood abuse, multiple addictions, neglect, rejection, abandonment, abusive mistreatment, and more. Yet yesterday, in the midst of an interaction with a customer service person at a major chain store, I realized this. I have never been so satisfied.”The store manager last week gave my ministry a donation,” I confessed to the customer service person at the store just before she was about to give me a second donation promised by a store worker who had called me to tell me…

Contagious this. Contagious that. This germ. That germ. If you’re contagious, stay away from others. Right? Not so when it comes to Jesus. He is so contagious I can’t get enough of Him, and He is so contagious I can’t keep Him to myself. Tonight, I was so filled with joy spending time in the Lord’s presence as I walked one of the Walk by Faith dogs that He poured right out of me at the cash register of the grocery store.In the mere minutes it took me to pay for two groceries, I had gushed out Jesus so joyfully that the kind young man who presented me with my single grocery bag asked if I wanted to stay at the register and share my testimony. Seriously? Yes.Highly contagious. Not…

Psa 150:6 KJV “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”Neh. 8:10 KJV “…the joy of the LORD is your strength.”Psa 118:24 “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Tonight, as I watched blind Glory snuggled up in a small crate with her best buddy two-footed Winnie, I received yet another doggie faith lesson.Directly next to their crate, Grace, who was hit by two cars at a gas station where she was abandoned, cuddled up in her own crate. “Glory,” I said, “Winnie and Grace look exactly alike, but you know which one Winnie is.” The lesson?Glory lives by faith, not by sight. She knows her best buddy without sight. What about you? What about me? We are called to walk by faith, not by sight. But how often do we end up snuggled up with a false god instead of the one true God of the universe? Just today, the Lord chastened me and brought me to repentance…

Can you imagine getting freed from jail and refusing to leave? Can you imagine getting freed from jail and leaving and then returning without reason? Crazy, eh? But isn’t that exactly what we do when the Lord sets us free from bondage and we return to the same bondage from which we have been set free? I should know. I have done this time and again. I have marched myself right back into jail, locked myself inside, and then wondered how I get myself back in the slammer. Ouch.It’s nobody else’s fault. It’s certainly not God’s fault. It’s entirely my own. So here’s the bad news, and the good news. The bad news? It’s hard, and it hurts to find myself behind bars once again. The good news? The Lord…

Have you strayed away from God? Perhaps not with your words, but maybe in your heart? Perhaps not in your heart, but maybe in your actions? I have strayed away countless times, and yet the Lord has welcomed me home when I have returned to Him. I have strayed away in all sorts of ways, but the Lord has had mercy upon me when I have returned to Him with true sorrow. If you have strayed away, why not return to Him now? This afternoon, I heard Him speak these words into my heart. Could this message be for you? “Tell my people this. I love them, but they have to come back to me. They have strayed away. They have gone to places I have asked them to move away from.…

Please God can I have my Beckles with Speckles back? I know she’s with you, Lord, but I want her here with me………I love you Lord. Please tell Beckles how much I want to hold her in my arms…..Please hold her in yours……….Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

I have heard all sorts of good teaching about serving God, including Bible examples, but today I found a brand new gem of a recipe I hadn’t noticed before with three key ingredients.What did the recipe call for when seven men were sought among the disciples to serve? Just three main ingredients were needed for the perfect recipe:1. Honesty2. Being filled with wisdom3. Being filled with the Holy SpiritA perfect resume? No. An Ivy League education? No. Advanced placement courses in high school? No. Great connections? No. Tons of experience? No. A great memory? No. Lots of self confidence? No. An awesome application? No. But isn’t this exactly what the world calls for when it comes to getting a great job? Perhaps, but this application isn’t for answering…

“I guess that’s why we’re soul sisters,” a friend told me today. “We’re both not afraid to hold back on God.” I replied with an example. “Yeah,” I agreed. “Like on Sundays when I’ve driven to church screaming out the car window, ‘I love you Jesus.'” I can’t say I never hold back, for there are times I have and still do. But increasingly I find I simply cannot contain Him; I love Him so much He just pours out of me. But the truth is that sometimes the vestiges of a fear of man that has plagued my life convinces me to try to contain Him. Fear of man? Yes, a fear of what people will say, think, feel, or do in response to me. But I am excited…

Wow, do I have my heart and hands full. As part of our mission to share the Gospel as we minister the Lord’s love to a world in need – including both people and doggies – I am dealing right now with major medical issues with Beckles with Speckles and Joshua. Beckles appears to have very aggressive cancer and is quickly approaching heaven, and Joshua went to the vet this a.m. with her to address congestive heart failure. I also have in my care 16 other very special doggies, and, most importantly, a primary commitment to share Jesus, to write for the Lord as He leads me, and to minister His love and provision to people in need. Where does all my energy come from? HIM. Where does the provision…

The only person in the universe who can truly save your life for eternity is Jesus Christ, and salvation through faith in Him is just the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the Lord that through following Him involves ongoing transformation. I recently stumbled upon four life-changing questions gleaned from a brief study of Acts 5 in the Bible. Just how would you answer these life-changing questions?1. Why have you allowed Satan to fill your heart?2. What are you holding back from God?3. Do you fear God, or do you fear man?4. Is anything holding you back from sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world?Wonder how I found these four life-saving questions in Acts 5? I dare you to take a tour of Acts 5 for yourself and…

Let’s get intimate. Let me ask you a question. How much time do you spend with God? Better yet, how much quality time do you spend with God? Now, let me get personal. Really personal. Do you sit on the far end of the couch to get to know Him? Or, do you squeeze up close to Him and ask Him lots of questions? Do you hang out at the doorway so you can make a quick escape? Or do you dig into His Word and share the feast of His voice with Him? Do you keep your eyes glued to the television during your intimate time, or do you burrow under the covers with God and pretend the rest of the world isn’t there so you can share His…

Here we go again. Another message I believe the Lord has placed in my heart. Is it for you? You are upset because you do not do as I ask. What I ask is that you come to me and spend time with me and reflect on what I have done in your life and live from a place of knowing who I am. Instead, you seek to fulfill what you believe I have asked you to do by living in your flesh and trying to accomplish things through yourself rather than through me. What you miss is that my relationship with you is what I desire for you to have, and this relationship that we share is the place from which I want you to begin to see that life…

Let me ask you a question. If you believe in positive reinforcement training for dogs, what do you believe when it comes to people? Professional trainers advise us to teach our dogs through positive reinforcement, and the Bible teaches us to “love one another” and to edify others. Tonight, after I had secured paralyzed Mercy into her wheelchair to take her outside for her evening adventure, I had the reminder, and opportunity, to reflect on how I would answer this question myself.”I’m proud of you, Mercy,” I told her as I pushed her wheelchair toward the doorway. Wow, I thought to myself, that’s still so new for me. Along with negative reinforcement received from the world around me for as long as I can remember, I have spent just as…

One thing I can say for sure about every single one of the 18 very special Walk by Faith Ministry rescue dogs in my care – regardless of age, size, breed, gender, history, handicap, disability, impairment, degree of health or not – is that they all have perfect trust that their needs will be met 24-7. If I had the same level of trust in God for His love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, patience, tenderness, sensitivity and provision that these dogs have in me, I would be enjoying the dog days of summer to the degree that they are – with the level of rest, peace, and security that they enjoy daily.Beckles with Speckles and Little were re-united just weeks agoafter years living in different homes.They were rescued together 30 minutes from…

DAILY INSPIRATION – AUG. 8What if God spoke these words to you? What if they were really His? I heard these words today inside my heart, and I believe they are for me. Are they also for you? If they are, please take them to heart – and let them guide and inspire you as you walk forward into and through the day……….If you abide in me, what will happen? Try it. My Word tells you to do exactly this – to abide in me. Yet so many of you neglect to follow me when I ask you to do this. You are to live your life in me, as I live my life in you. Yet you have a tendency to do everything but this.You begin your day with…

RESCUE DOG DEVOTIONAL – AUG. 7Joshua was rescued from a shelter where he was turned in by his familyas a senior dog with a MASSIVE tumor. While his massive tumor was removed,he is now covered in tumors – but most importantly covered in LOVE.When Joshua, one of Walk by Faith Ministry’s senior special needs dogs, took a major downturn several weeks ago and was headed straight for heaven, a bunch of people including myself prayed for his healing and got a miracle. As close as he appeared to death, he is today alive and well – albeit with no guarantee of how much longer he will be here on earth. I am reminded how I used to pray with a big magic wand, thinking somehow I could pray my way into…

Today’s devotional is purposely unedited. You will soon understand why. I am sharing it with you raw, the exact way it was written. Straight from the heart. How crazy is this? My dear friend suggets I write without looking. Yes, she actually suggested I write with my eyes closed. How crazy is this? Think about it? Years upon years of private school education, Ivy League education, a English degree, and now I’m supposed to write without looking?Yes. I am even trying it now. It’s woild. How can I edit as I go along? I can’t. Not really. I have to write from the deepest place within and trust all will be well. But is it?Isn’t this what the walk of faith is all about? Walking without living according to our natural…

Writing without sight. How can I possibly write the way I used to when I don’t have my eyes to see? I have shut them in order to allow myself to be fully led by the Lord. Wow. If I only could live my life this way. Not without sight, per se, but learning to live according to the Lord’s will for my life, and not according to what I see with my human vision. Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

God’s words are always wise. Tonight I asked Him to give me strength to do something that challenges me daily. His response was simple. And wise.”I will always give you what you need to do my will,” He replied.What wisdom. And why would I think otherwise? He does not give me everything I want. He gives me what I need. He equips me to do His will.”If God is calling you to this,” a loved one told me years ago, “He will equip you.”Wisdom from the Lord. He does not merely call us. He equips us to do what He calls us to do.Thank you God for this reminder! Thank you for your calling! Thank you God for your equipping! Thank you most of all, for you, God! Amen. Please visit…

Have you ever noticed that sometimes God holds back the thing you so desperately desire because He is more concerned with your heart and character than He is with your circumstances? Have you ever noticed that sometimes God does this because He knows you will become more focused on the fulfillment of your desire than Himself and what He wants to accomplish in and through you?I have been so desperate to adopt out the healthy, adoptable dogs of Walk by Faith Ministry that I could not imagine for the longest time why God would not answer my desperate plea for adoptions.”I am using the dogs to make you more like me,” He told me after over a year of whining, moaning, complaining, begging, cursing, praying, repenting, and anything and everything…

I share with you once again the words I believe the Lord spoke into my heart today. If you believe these words are from the Lord, and may be for you, please take the message into your heart and see how the Lord might lead you in entering into, or deepening, your relationship with Him.Do not be swayed by what you hear, nor be moved by what you see. Remember that you are to be guided by my Word. In loving me, you have a responsibility to hear from me, and to follow me where I lead you. Your directions for your daily living may seem to come from those around you, but in truth the way that I want you to live is by discerning my voice and obeying…

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