I remember the day I finally realized I am a daughter of the most high God. I was exhilarated – beyond description. I could barely fathom that after decades of living like a wounded bird, I had discovered that I had the wings to fly. I had had the wings long before I made this realization, but how could I fly without knowing the wings I possessed. Like so many women I have met, I had spent years looking around me to determine my worth. I had been rejected and abandoned by so many significant men in my life that I could not imagine I had a worth at all. But one day, this bird looked up instead of around – and I saw myself as a daughter of the most high…

Just the other day, the words “highway to holiness” dropped right smack dab down into my huge heart. I beg your pardon? I might have inquired. But I held my tongue. Instead, I opened my heart and waited. Just as God often does in my life, He drops me a tidbit – and follows it up with a sumptuous meal. This is what came to me. Did you know God wants us to be holy? Now wait a minute, how can we be holy when He is holy? The Bible answers that question in a nutshell. “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy (1 Peter 1:16 KJV).” It is not that we cannot be holy because God is holy; we are to be holy because He…

Marcos began his new life yesterday after a flight clear across the entire nation by burrowing his nose in his first snow, and today I heard him over the telephone lapping a bowl of broth in his homemade chicken soup. He arrived yesterday in Maryland after a 24 hour flight with many stops after being rescued from euthanization in a California shelter by his rescue angel. He is now with his angel foster family in Virginia for a few days, before he flies to South Carolina courtesy of his angel pilots before he lands in the waiting fold of Walk by Faith Ministry. Quite a story for a 13 year old senior special needs dog that has a history nobody will ever know for sure. We may not know his…

“We lift Marcos up to you, Lord,” my dear friend Annie prayed with me over the telephone today. Then, she added, “Well, I guess he’s very close to you right now.” We laughed.Marcos, saved from euthanization just days ago in a California shelter, has begun his new life and is now literally en route between California and Maryland. In fact, as of 5:30 pm today, he had already reached Arizona. And, yes, if the truth be known, as he flies up in the skies – he is that much closer to the Lord who saved his life.The sweet senior special needs dog who has had one medical issue after another given his age and history as a stray is now well on his way to his new life in South…

Just when I thought my hands and heart were full enough, the Lord put it on my heart to take Marcos the Miracle Dog into our fold. Some would call me crazy, and I am – crazy for Christ. I believe in miracles, and most of all I believe in sharing the Gospel and ministering the Lord’s love to a world in need. So why take on Marcos, a very senior special needs dog who until just days ago sat awaiting euthanization in a California shelter just like millions of others nationwide? The answer, my friends, I leave to the Lord.I am quite certain He has a plan much bigger than I can see. So often with this ministry, he uses people to bring us to dogs in need, and…

James 1:17 KJV “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”I met her in the soup kitchen. Winter. Cold. So cold. Cold for South Carolina anyway. She had her little girl bundled up next to her; glued to her side like a rag doll. Eight months pregnant, the woman was. Living in a boarding house, not the streets. At least she had a room. For her little family. She did not seem bothered by much, not by her situation, not by her circumstances. She expressed no concern for her future, nor did she share any plans to make changes in her life. She did not seem upset about her socks either.…

Marcos needs a major miracle, and if he had already received one perhaps he would be available to ask you for your help. But he is currently in a California shelter where he will soon be euthanized if he does not get his miracle. But this will be just one small piece of the major miracle he needs. Rescue workers nationwide and even internationally have been scrambling to coordinate efforts via the Internet and telephone – not to mention calling on the name of the Lord for believers – to ensure Marcos gets what he needs.From what shelter workers can tell, he is an elderly, special needs dog who may well only have a short time to live physically even if he makes it out of the shelter. So what does…

“I’ve been under tremendous attack from the enemy today,” I said to God inside my heart just moments ago. “I don’t know what I’ve done – ” I continued. But then God interrupted. “What you’ve done,” He interjected, “is you’ve decided to follow me.” Like so many fellow believers, I have mistakenly believed that following Christ means life will get easier not harder. But, of course, that makes no sense. The last thing the adversary wants to see is for us to make advances in walking with the Lord. In fact, he doesn’t want to see us walking with the Lord at all. This morning, in my quiet time with the Lord, I listened for His instructions for the day. He asked me to focus on walking in love. The…

Just in case anyone was preparing to put out a missing person’s alert for the director of Walk by Faith Ministry, I am happy to say there is no need. may not qualify for a motion picture or a front-page news story, but I do believe friends of Walk by Faith Ministry deserve to know the news: I am alive and well! If you have ever jumped into writing a Christian book while finishing up a difficult divorce you never dreamed would happen, combined with caring for a large brood of rescue dogs and posting updates to three web-blogs, you may understand why I have not kept up with e-mail updates as much as I would like. With the devil attacking from one end and…

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, He is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17If you are in Christ, you are a new creature, right? If old things are passed away, then all things are become new, right? As I lay prostrate on the floor today before the Lord, I repented for holding onto old things. A friend once told me, “If you turn something over and don’t let go, you end up upside down.” Suffice it to say the Lord might have made me a new creature when I invited Him into my heart to be my Lord, but in so many ways I have not chosen to live as one. I have lived much of my life…

Thanksgiving isn’t over. It has just begun. The holidays may be finished for another year, but the time to praise the Lord has just begun. Tonight, I fell so very short of praising my Lord. As I clicked away on my keyboard to write the book in which I am now deeply immersed, I heard the sound. The sound! The uh-oh sound. Dancer the beagle rescue dog had vomited the dark brown poop he had eaten – all over my bed. The vomit fell off the side of the bed until it landed perfectly on the library book I look forward to reading each night when I unwind on my bed. I hauled my ruined bed out to the front yard to take to the dump. I tossed the library…

Do you ever feel like God isn’t listening? Do you sometimes feel like you cry out to Him, and cry out to Him, and still He does not hear? Do you feel like no matter how much you pray, still there is no response? Do you feel like you could talk to Him forever, and still he would not reply? Do you feel like you reach out to Him morning, noon, and night, and still, He does not answer? We are not called to walk by our feelings; we are called to walk by faith. God has never turned a deaf ear on me, He has never ignored me, He has never given up on me, and He has never abandoned me. He is always there, and He listens. Sometimes…

Some people’s Christmas miracles come in big silver wrapped packages with pretty pink bows. Other people’s Christmas miracles come in the form of glittering engagement rings, new beautiful babies, and happily-ever-after family reunions. Still other people’s miracles come as long sought after forgiveness, forever hoped-for reconciliation, and priceless restoration with long-lost loved ones. My Christmas miracle is none of the above and not even close. Almost 20 years of not being welcome to spend the holidays with my family, and just 20 miles and only weeks away from my husband divorcing me, I have received the greatest Christmas gift of all. I have opened up a package that has no wrapping at all, no bow, and no card to go along with it. I have looked inside my heart and unwrapped…

God tells us in His Word not to worship the work of our hands, nor to worship idols, and He has reminded me the gifts He has given me are not so that I may be acknowledged, accepted, recognized, validated, or even loved. The gifts He has given me are for His glory, and my work is to be a labor of love for Him. “What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?” a woman asked me a few days ago. I told her I do not have full revelation of this, but I believe I have a beginning of it. I am to lie prostrate before Him, praising Him for His holiness and thanking Him for the Gift – Jesus. All other gifts are but opportunities…

Some people probably have angels encamped about them. I probably do; I cannot see them. I have dogs; I see them clearly. They lay around me as I write the book Walk by Faith Ministry will soon publish. One snores, one licks, others doze, one watches me. Each says thank you in his or her own way – thank you for a home. But I am not the provider. The same God whose angels surely gather round, the same God who sends me homeless dogs, is the God who provides everything we need. Most especially, He provides His love. We rest in Him.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Eph 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”The Lord provided in a mighty way for Angel the miracle dog as several huge hearted human angels stepped forward in a hurry to provide funding for her latest visit to the veterinarian. I am so very deeply humbled by the generosity of people who in a season of so many distractions remember that God and love supercede all else. Thank you dear angels!!! I am happy to report she had her mini surgery this morning during which Dr. Sease of Hampton Animal Hospital in Hampton, SC,…

Leave it to God to open doors the world tries with all its might to shut. As the world turns, striving and laboring with all its fleshly might, the Lord reminds us He watches over His Word: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts (Zech. 4:6 KJV).” So as hard as humans attempt to shut Jesus Christ out of public schools, the Lord knows how to open doors nobody else can so much as budge. Today, deeply humbled and infinitely blessed, I had the privilege of sharing the Lord with children at a public school – with my dear companions, three very special formerly homeless dogs. Red the German Shepherd, who helped save a homeless man’s life after rescue from certain death,…

Some angels fly in the heavens, some angels dance around our lives, some angels deliver messages from God, and then there is the kind of Angel who could use some more angels of her own.Angel has come such a very long way since her human angel whisked her out of a shelter to avoid euthanization, gave her the best of emergency veterinary care, and handed her off to Walk by Faith Ministry for further healing, but Angel still has a long journey ahead. Her original condition was dire. She was severely emaciated, had malignant skin cancer, her teeth were ground down in the front, she was missing half the hair on her body, she had elephant skin, and she had likely been hit by a car that left her with a…

Elijah was adopted by an absolute angel! Three days after adoption, he was diagnosed with cancer in several parts of his body. His new mom Patricia Rossi did back flips to help save his life. Despite the enormous financial cost and the emotional roller-coaster of emotions given the shocking news, she refused to give up – and would not consider returning him to Walk by Faith Ministry. Much time has passed, Elijah is in excellent health, and they are now celebrating their first Christmas together – in matching sweaters! Elijah was rescued from euthanization in Georgia and brought to Walk by Faith Ministry in VA, where he was diagnosed with the worst case of heartworm his vet had ever seen and had a permanent scar from being tied up by…

Freckles is only one very small, special reason why Walk by Faith Ministry is folding our paws & hands in prayer again & pounding the pavement in search of new monthly sponsors to help us fulfill our vision.We are taking great strides forward in our vision to share the Gospel as we minister the Lord’s love to a world in need – even as we settle into our new location in South Carolina while remaining a national ministry.Our five-fold mission to preach, pray, publish, distribute the Lord’s provisions, & help homeless dogs is moving rapidly forward as we continue to specialize in the people & dogs the world’s given up on. I am blessed to report that we are currently progressing in the following areas:* sharing the Gospel as always! * developing…

Tonight I received another message from the Lord, and once again I believe it is for all of us – the world, and not just me. God doesn’t always have the timing I would choose, and this time He caught me in the bathroom. Fortunately, I just happened to have pen and paper. I cannot help but think it is an early Christmas present from the Lord.Come to me, precious one. You hurt. You wanted so badly to be loved. You are – by me. There is no greater love than mine. Tell my people this. They need to know. They are busy with the season. What about my love? They are spinning, busy. I wish they would slow down and remember who I am.The greatest gift they can give…

“For I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exodus 15:26 KJV)”We’ve all been broken in one way or another. We live in a broken world, after all. Broken legs. Broken hearts. Broken marriages. Broken families. Broken by addiction. Broken by poverty. Broken by sin. Ever since Adam and Eve messed things up in the Garden of Eden, the world has been struggling with a host of troubles. But then along came Jesus Christ, who came to put everything back together again and restore humans to a relationship with God our Father through faith in Him.The trouble is not so much our brokenness as it is the world’s unwillingness to admit its brokenness. We live in a world that shoves brokenness under the carpet, choosing instead to make everything look pretty…

For anyone following the amazing story of our very senior miracle doggie, Mother Theresa, her recent vet visit and lab work show she does not appear to be headed for heaven anytime particularly soon.Mother Theresa, whose owner planned to shoot and kill her, whose rescuer abandoned her in flight from the police, whose next caretaker left her in a pen dirty and lonely – all at the ripe old age of 12 – was then so brutally attacked by a fellow foster dog after being taken into Walk by Faith Ministry that it took her surgeon two hours and a subsequent surgery to put her neck back together. Thanks to God and several generous donors, Mother Theresa did the senior strutt off to the vet last week for lab work to…

If you think perfect gentlemen only open doors, think again. God is the ultimate perfect gentleman, and He is also in the business of closing doors. Unfortunately, like so many of my fellow men and women, I am prone to praising Him for opening doors and griping, complaining, and becoming discouraged when He closes them. It has just dawned on me recently that I should be thanking God when He closes doors instead of making a mess out of things. I have often heard people pray that God would open the doors He wants opened and shut the ones He wants closed, but I have never heard anyone talk about thanking Him for the doors He chooses not to open. Why is this so much on my mind? Since my…

God spoke to me today in such a profound way – He showered me with His love with a true story of triumph. I have been attacked on every side by Satan for so very long that I have just about forgotten that there is more to life than spiritual warfare, and today God knew how much my flesh would love to throw in the towel and give up. So He reigned down His majesty – and words – from heaven. I am not sure how I managed to get myself, a beach bag with a bowl and jug of water, huge Red the German Shepherd, Angel the miracle dog who has gone from starved and virtually hairless to chubby and more-hair-than-ever, and Winnie in her newly re-vamped wheelchair to…

Remember Mother Theresa? The miracle dog, whose owner threatened to shoot and kill her, was rescued by a man who abandoned her in flight from the police, was then stuck in someone’s back yard where she sat dirty and lonely, was then taken in by Walk by Faith Ministry, and then attacked by a fellow dog so badly it took her vet two hours on the surgery table to put her neck back together – at 14 years old!Mother Theresa, despite urinary incontinence, liver issues, a debilitating mass on her leg, and the hobble of an elderly dog, absolutely LOVES her life at Walk by Faith Ministry. She loves the fresh air, sleeping next to her mommie’s bed, taking naps, barking when I get out of her view, and is…

When you can’t see the way, will you follow the Lord anyway? It is so much easier to walk with confidence when we know where we are going, when the directions are written clearly, the signs along the way are obvious, and the light is bright to illuminate our path. We are not walking by faith then; we are walking by what we see, and we move boldly forward with the assurance we know all about the road before us and the destination we seek. But what happens when our eyes are blindfolded, and we are called to walk according to our faith in Jesus Christ, by the Word of God, and by the gentle loving voice that calls us forth? When we can’t see the road before us, but…

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