I threw a pity party tonight, and nobody showed up. Well, that’s not entirely true. The Lord came to my pity party, He gave me scriptures and spoke to me, and He reminded me to be grateful for all my blessings. How quickly I forget. He has saved me, healed me, delivered me, rescued me, redeemed me, helped me, taught me, grown me, stood by me, forgiven me, given me mercy, comforted me, provided for me everything I need, and the list of blessings goes on forever. Yet still, how quickly I forget my blessings. Tonight, I remember. Thank you God most of all for you, Lord. Thank you for who you are, for what you’ve done, for what you continue to do, and for what you will do forever.…

Ever wonder why you’re not hearing from God? Or why you’re not hearing very clearly? You might want to get the wax out of your ears. How would I know? I’ve had plenty of trouble through the years hearing from God, and I’ve also had seasons of hearing clearly. I am reminded of my grandfather decades ago when my mom had to buy an ear wax removal system for him.As far as I recall, my grandfather didn’t need a hearing aid. Nor did he need a new pair of ears. What he needed is help getting the wax out that was clogging his ears. How could he possibly hear well with his ear canals all clogged up? I don’t need a hearing aid to hear from God. Nor do I…

Do you believe God is more concerned with the conditions of your life or the condition of your heart? My life over the past few years is proof that God has a greater investment in my heart condition than my life conditions. Why? He has told me in recent weeks that His main concern is not what I accomplish with my life, but what He accomplishes through my life. How can God accomplish His best when my heart is hard and clogged and holding Him back from flowing through me with His power and grace? God accomplishes His best in and through me when I swing the doors of my heart wide open, invite Him into my heart to truly be my Lord, allow Him to make the changes in…

Hallelujah! Last Friday, I prayed to God to provide enough donations for Joshua to see his veterinarian Dr. Hennessey on Monday. Within 48 hours, enough donations were pledged for his vet visit. Test results showed no cancer in his chest and lungs, and Dr. Hennessey quickly and neatly stapled his big wound shut and sent him home with the wonderful news. The veterinary staff was somewhat distracted, admittedly, thanks to Winnie cruising all over the office in her wheelchair and fascinating everyone with her wheels and amazingly joyful personality. All told, it was a wonderful way to start a new week. Thank you God, and thank you to those who stepped forward with prayer and donations.p.s. Joshua will be in his cone collar for some time, and has a wonderful…

Remember Joshua? Joshua, the special needs senior dog, arrived at Walk by Faith Ministry with a MASSIVE tumor around his private parts, a mass on his chest, several other seemingly benign masses, and an age-related limp. Joshua, who was left at a shelter by his family and scheduled for euthanization, has been an amazing trooper since his arrival.Despite a major surgery funded by an incredibly generous, anonymous couple, and despite a recovery that took several months, Joshua has never lost his loving, sweet, and adorable personality. It is not uncommon as I sit at my computer or read a book for me to find him simply staring at me with pure adoration and the sweetest, grateful and loving eyes imaginable.Just when I thought Joshua was out of the woods after…

“I am preparing you,” the Lord has told me over and again. But while much of our society gets its preparation in college, graduate school, internships, residencies, and apprenticeships, I am being prepared by the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, and in life experience. For someone with an Ivy League education who was raised to strive for a great education, a great resume, great accomplishments, and great success, the way the Lord has chosen to prepare me is anything but comfortable and familiar.In fact, this piece of my journey is trying to say the least. Instead of sending me out to get another job, find a new relationship, search for a new hobby, or sign up for a class, the Lord is continuing His work on the condition…

I plan to live a long, beautiful life glorifying the Lord, nevertheless I feel led to write a will that all that the Lord has put in my care be well loved and provided for when I leave this earth for heaven – and that what He has put in my care be passed on to wherever and whomever He desires.To this end, as I write my will, these questions come to mind that perhaps all of us might ask ourselves:1. Did I live my life for Jesus Christ?2. Was the Lord glorified in the way I lived the life He gave me?3. Did I love Him with my whole heart and my neighbors as myself?4. Did I lay down my life for others?5. Did I deny myself the pleasures…

My washing machine has a mind of its own. It is old, it is somewhat cranky, it lacks a warranty, it cleans what it’s in the mood for cleaning, and it always gets stuck before the spin cycle. No, let me take that back. If my washing machine could speak for itself, it would declare that it never gets stuck before the spin cycle. It would happily announce to the world that it has done its duty and is quite simply finished. Thankfully, it does not have the opportunity to speak when I remind it about my expectations by manually moving the dial until it reaches the SPIN cycle – and begins to spin not with a thankful heart, but with a sigh of surrender and submission to my decision…

I am undergoing a massive healing. Imagine. I am under-go-ING a massive healing. Please note the tense of the word. This is not the healing I imagined. Nor is it the healing I hoped for. It is certainly not the healing of which I had dreamed. I wanted the fast-food healing. I placed my order with God, I rushed forward to the next window to pay my bill, and – uh oh! My order wasn’t accepted. Imagine that. God had much better plans. He doesn’t want what’s good for me. He wants what’s best for me. And God only knows an instant healing would not have been best. So instead, I am under-go-ING healing God’s way.When I first started following Christ, I heard often of miracle healings. I mostly heard…

This morning, bright and early, the Lord shined His fluorescent, chastening light inside my heart and brought forth an ultra clear picture of my side of the street in a long-time relationship with a loved one. He rapidly brought me to my hands and knees in tears of repentance, moving through the mire of emotion to elicit the wholesale truth. After years of finger pointing, to put it mildly, it was high time I opened the eyes of my heart and see the truth for what it is. What good is it to fasten my eyes on the other side of the street and keep a mess on my side of the street – the one I’m driving on?When I came up off the floor, when I had finished feeding…

Stay tuned for an update on why I haven’t been doing any inspirational writing lately. Have I stopped writing altogether? Will I write again? Is there more inspiration headed your way? Check back soon for a special letter with the full story……..Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

You are very cordially invited……..DOGGONE DESSERTSBIRTHDAY BENEFITBenefiting Walk by Faith Ministry & Celebrating Lara Love’s 44th b-daySunday, Oct 16, 2-5pmat Bluffton Assembly of God3775 Argent BlvdOkatie, SC (officially Ridgeland)DOGGIES FOR ADOPTION!DESSERTS FOR HUMANSBOOK SIGNING BY LARA LOVEFUN and FELLOWSHIPLOVE and LAUGHTERIn lieu of a birthday gift, please consider a monetary donation to Walk by Faith Ministry. Those who cannot attend are very welcome to make an online donation through the Chip-In on this website, or by mail. Hope to see you there, and please help spread the word………Walk by Faith Ministry and the event are not affiliated with Bluffton Assembly of God, but thank the church from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to use the church for our special event!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Sometimes we have dreams that are not God’s. Oftentimes, God allows those dreams. Oftentimes, the world encourages those dreams. Oftentimes, we follow those dreams and believe they are God’s best. But they are not God’s best because they are not His at all. In my own life, because I have always been creative and passionate, I have held a number of dreams in my heart. I have followed some. Others, I have left to the wayside. Too often, my dreams were distractions, and I sold myself short. Rather than trusting in God and pursuing His dreams, I chased after dreams that did not belong to Him. I made them mine, and I pursued them with great passion.Then, collapsed to the ground in utter exhaustion, I saw what I had missed.…

So what happened to Lara Love’s inspirational writing? If I have learned nothing else about inspirational writing, the very best comes when I am led by the Lord. The best comes not when I write in the flesh, but when I write in the Spirit. The best comes when I am well rested, focused on the Lord, and properly prepared. Preparation? Absolutely. Just like Jesus took time away from the crowd, I need to do the same sometimes. I have been doing just that. The Lord is continuing His work in me so that more of Him will come through me. So stay tuned for more inspiration. And I will do the same. One of the greatest joys in inspirational writing is how inspired I am in the process. I…

In celebration of director Lara Love’s 44th birthday on October 16, all doggie adoptions in the month of October will be reduced to $44. For more information about our available dogs and the adoption process, please visit our petfinder page.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Do you believe what the world says about you, or do you believe what God says about you? I am sad to say I have spent most of my life believing what the world says about me – and suffering the consequences. What kind of consequences? In choosing to look into the world as my mirror, I see an image based on the world’s hurts, opinions, brokenness, wounds, shortcomings, thoughts, judgments, condemnation, confusion, and failed attempts – sometimes – at saying the right thing. But the world should not be my mirror, nor should it be yours. I am created in God’s image, and so are you. So how do I learn to look in God’s mirror? The answer is simple, but not at all easy. I need to study…

I have the best friends in the whole wide world. Not only is my best-est friend Jesus, but He has given me amazing friends to walk by my side as I learn to follow Him. As I’ve been walking over some rough road, feeling all the hard and sharp pieces of gravel and glass under my feet during this part of my journey, I have not walked one single step alone. The Lord has been right by my side, and He has sent me friends who are angels. As I learn to open my heart increasingly to Him, I learn, too, to open my heart – bit by bit – to my friends. Anyone who has experienced it knows that trauma and tragedy, abandonment and rejection, abuse and neglect are…

I’m walking through some tough stuff right now, and I decided to handle things totally differently than I might have oh so recently. I am praising God right in the midst of it – out loud, in words, in song, in tongues. And guess who ain’t so happy right now. Satan hates praise, and he hates worship. After all, praising the Lord reminds Satan about his eternal death in hell. Praising the Lord also reminds the devil what he gave up when he was removed from his position as worship leader. How do I feel in the middle of this all? I have a sense of victory, a sense of peace that runs deeper than the emotions that come with the challenges. And above all I know I am praising…

“God, please, please please, adopt Honey out for me – today! I can’t handle her. She’s too much. Surely you have a home for her. Please, Lord, I’m begging,” I cried out to the Lord. I did not cry this out to Him once. I did not cry this out twice. I cried out – and cried, literally, – numerous times. I begged the Lord, I begged my friends to pray for Honey to be adopted ASAP, I begged my friends to help get her adopted, and I moaned, whined, and complained about her constantly. Worst of all, I spoke directly to Honey: “I don’t want you. I want you out of here. You have to go. You’re too much for me.” If you do not believe dogs can look…

Enter into my mind tonight. It’s not always a pretty place to be. I have a bad habit of listening to the devil – and not talking back. Just what the devil ordered. He would love nothing more than to fire fiery darts at me while I yuck them up and ruminate on them just long enough to sink into a quagmire of disappointment, discouragement, and disillusionment. What has the devil concocted this evening? Just take a listen.”You’ll never amount to anything.” I already have, mind you.”Look at that fat on your leg.” Numerous people have confronted me lately about my need to gain weight thanks to the return of a yucky eating disorder.”You’ll never write books.” I have already written and published one.”You’re divorced, loser. You’ll always be alone.”…

“You know,” I told a dear friend yesterday by phone. “Walk by Faith Ministry has been under incredible attack from the enemy ever since I moved to South Carolina – over a year. If you look at the circumstances, I should throw in the towel and quit.” I began to share some of the ministry’s statistics for the past year, and my friend could understand my concern. “I’ve been wondering, too,” she said. How could we not wonder when we look at the ministry through human eyes, at is accomplishments, shortcomings, and failures combined – not to mention my own as the ministry’s director. But if there is nothing else I have learned about quitting, statistics, numbers, circumstances, feelings, opinions, thoughts, and situations should never dictate whether or not, and…

My mom asked me the other day what I want for my 44th Birthday on October 16. Some things never change. I may be turning a BIG 44, but the gifts still keep coming. This year, I have a very special wish. I would be blessed, and honored, and privileged, and grateful, if people would consider giving a donation to WALK BY FAITH MINISTRY to help us help a world in need. Your donations help the ministry share the Gospel as we help people and homeless dogs. Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me by helping me to fulfill the call on my life. God bless you!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bicycle? Maybe your father walked by your side holding one end of a stick while you clenched on – ecstatic and petrified all at once – as you learned to ride. Or maybe you relied on training wheels, providing the balance you needed as you learned to do something a small mind could hardly conceive of – ride your first “big” bicycle. Perhaps you even had both – a stick attached to your father and training wheels beneath you. At some point along the way, you didn’t need the stick any longer. You didn’t need the encouraging, or perhaps discouraging words, called out by the adult walking beside you. At last, you left the training wheels behind because you had learned…

So we don’t get to choose when the road we walk becomes rough, but we get to choose how we walk that road. I am walking through some rough road right now, and decided to get a fresh look as I trudge forward. The hairdresser said, “You’ll have a lot less weight.” I immediately quoted to her a scripture:Heb 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,…”I have a long way to go with this scripture, but I thank God I do not have to travel alone. I have the best traveling companion in the…

An English friend years ago commented to me, “You Americans miss so much. You’re never looking up.” He then spoke of the amazing artwork in other countries that necessitated people looking up, not down. Though he was not speaking of God, he might as well have been. He also might as well have been talking about me. Back then, I did not know God. But now that I do, I have just recently found myself looking down too much of the time.Interestingly, I discovered this just days ago when I realized my normal position as I walk around my yard throughout the day, on and off all day long. With many dogs to care for, I am often picking up dog poop – so often, in fact, that I have…

When you fall on your face, make sure you land in the right place. I have fallen on my face only to land in the dirt, alone, tired, scared, beaten down, downtrodden, broken and battered by life. I have also fallen on my face and landed on holy ground. In the Bible, numerous references are made to people falling forward to lie prostrate before the Lord in worship. I wish I could say I have done this on a regular basis. I have not done this regularly, but I have found serenity, solace, peace, and an intimacy with God beyond description when I have. Sometimes I have gotten down on my face before Him intentionally. Other times, I have fallen down in sin, in defeat, in discouragement, or in any…

Yesterday I kept my medicine cabinet closed. Today I do not just plan to open it. I plan to use the medicines inside and to apply them as they are prescribed. The funny thing is that I don’t have a medicine cabinet in my bathroom. Nor do I take medicine – not even aspirin. But I have a Bible full of medicinal scriptures, and some days I take my medicine – and some days I forget. Yesterday I forgot to take my medicine. The day I had was proof enough that I had not filled my prescription, nor used it. Today I have remembered, and decided, to take my medicine as the Lord prescribes it.Scriptures are medicine, but they are no good if I leave them in the cabinet. In…

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