Joshua flew to his new life just three days ago on a two-seater plane from the shelter where he was left by his owners when they moved. He has been battling a rough upper respiratory infection, is quite underweight, and has multiple big tumors. The tumor under his private parts is ENORMOUS. So how is Joshua? HAPPY! JOYFUL! He is a TOTAL LOVE. We bonded IMMEDIATELY. He absolutely loves his new life – minus the coughing and sneezing. Here are some photos of Mr. Joshua. I cannot pursue determining whether we can get his BIG tumor removed until he is fully recovered from his upper respiratory infection. He is currently in quarantine, resting, and eating lots. He learned quickly how to manipulate me into preparing his favorite foods – French…

Joshua arrives with pilot James KleenJoshua gave me his first kiss today, just hours after private pilot James Kleen pried him out of the tight rear quarters of his two-seater plane and handed him off to Walk by Faith Ministry. It never ceases to amaze me how a dog with such a phenomenal story can trust someone brand new in so short a time. Joshua, a senior dog with multiple major tumors, an upper respiratory issue, and severely underweight, was left at a shelter by his owners when they moved. He was scheduled to be euthanized three days ago, but the Lord told me in no uncertain terms that Walk by Faith Ministry needed to take him under our wings. Joshua not only gave me his first kiss, but he…

Less than two weeks ago, I cried as I told Mother Theresa once again that I would send her to heaven as soon as she was ready to go. She had gone rapidly downhill, so much in fact that I felt it would be selfish to hold on any longer. Thankfully, my veterinarian was out of town for 10 days. For some reason, I was bound and determined he was the only vet I would allow to “send her to heaven.” By the time he returned from vacation, Mother Theresa had bounced back once again. This morning, she dined on her usual dog food with macaroni mixed in. Leave it to Mother Theresa to enjoy every ounce of her simple life – while inspiring me as always with her incredible…

Traveler can be picky about his food, so picky in fact that he has managed to wrap me around his paws from time to time. Given his life on three legs and his need to be strong and healthy, coupled with his tendency to border being somewhat underweight, I manage to squeeze in a good special meal every once in a while to make sure he stays on track………..Peanut butter and jelly bagel anyone? No way. Traveler ate every single morsel for breakfast this morning. PS Traveler is looking for a safe & loving active home with Lots of Love – and a few bagels along the way…Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Just in case you’re not following the Special Sneakers Project we have begun to help distribute used sneakers to people who can use them, Honey the rescue dog is. Last night, she took the time to drop her bone to the ground so she could pose prettily for a photo of her and the first barrel full of sneakers. Honey, a super loving, sweet, and athletic yellow Lab mix, is looking for a FOSTER or PERMANENT home. Please read more about the Special Sneakers Project in a blog earlier this week (scroll down & you’ll find it!)Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

When Joshua begins his new life with Walk by Faith Ministry in the very near future, some might say I have lost my mind. Why would anyone in her right mind take in a 12-year-old, chocolate Labrador retriever with a large tumor who was scheduled for euthanization in a shelter about 4.5 hours away? Go ahead and call me crazy because I am. I am crazy for Christ, and completely committed to loving and serving the Lord and His Creation with all my heart. I already have a full plate, I already have a full house, I already have a super tight budget, and I already live an incredibly simple life as a result. So why would I make a flying leap once again out of my comfort zone to…

Yesterday God blessed me with a beautiful brand new pair of sneakers for walking. These are no ordinary sneakers. I never would have bought them on my own. I do not tend to spend money on anything so luxurious. I wear mostly hand me downs, thrift shop clothes, and gifts. This was no ordinary gift. I was so blessed by the gift that I almost burst into tears when the two men handed the box to me. I had asked them if I could have a pair of used running shoes sitting in a barrel that will now be donated to people who can use them, but instead I got a brand new pair. It was only afterward I realized the gift was not merely from two men who had…

What would you do in a single day of your life if you lived it without any fear whatsoever? God tells us in the Bible over 300 times to not fear, yet most of us if we are utterly honest have lived with various levels of fear – sometimes to the point of being entirely unable to do what we would like to do, and sometimes unable to do what God has called us here to do. I have had so much fear in my life, and yet much of the time I did not even realize I was walking with fear instead of walking by faith. So I ask myself, and I ask you, what would you do in a 24-hour period if you had no fear whatsoever?So often,…

Get ready. Get set. Go. God is so amazing. Twenty-three years ago, long before I fell in love with Jesus, I took a very drunken vacation to Jamaica with a bunch of college friends and strangers. I was pretty miserable on the trip, but I left Jamaica with an experience I will never forget. While wandering in a rural area, I came across a bunch of kids so poor they did not have shoes they needed to be able to attend school. Adorned in raggedy clothing, they left their one goat behind and took me to a waterfall to show me its beauty.Before I left them, I borrowed a stubbly pencil and marked how far each of their feet reached on my sneakers. I went back to America and mailed…

Today I heard some of the most beautiful, uplifting, inspiring, encouraging, loving words I have ever heard – from perfect strangers. I did not hear the words in church. I did not hear the words in a prayer meeting. I did not hear the words in a Christian book. I did not hear the words from anyone who knows the almost relentless attack I have been under from the enemy in recent days, weeks, months, and decades. In fact, when I heard the words, I did not even understand them or that the words were for me.For the second week in a row, I joined a group of local runners and walkers that has formed to train together for various sporting events and organized by an awesome new store in…

Is God really your provider, or do you rely on yourself or the world for your provisions? I received a strong reminder yesterday from my pastor that not only is God my provider, but His provisions are not in the future. They already exist. My pastor lives beyond his means, and he teaches me to do the same. My pastor lives according to God’s economy and not his own. He is teaching me to do the same.Not for the first time, Pastor Freddie told me yesterday he needs me to find transport for a massive donation of peanut butter from Arkansas to the East Coast. The peanut butter will then be shipped to Haiti, where Pastor Freddie and others will use it to feed thousands of Haitian children in vacation…

The Lord put these words on my heart today, and I am hoping perhaps they may be for you or someone you know. Feel free to pass them along. I know they blessed me. I pray they will bless others, too.Dear Daughter, I love you. I live inside you. Yet you do not let me truly live. You hold me back. You feel guilty that I am not your father. But I Am. I am your Father in Heaven. You must let me in. You are holding me back. You have sought my counsel. You feel odd because you will not let me love you the way I want to love you. I have so much to give to you. This is your choice. You must make your own decision. I…

Some people laugh at Wal-Mart, some people get angry at Wal-Mart, some people zip through Wal-Mart so quickly they don’t have time for emotions. I am not sure how many people cry at Wal-Mart, but this past Sunday I did exactly that.I did not cry when a man meanly refused to let me turn my cart so I could check out my items. Nor did I cry when the man turned his cart in front of mine and took my space. In fact, I only got teary inside Wal-Mart. But by the time I had walked to my car outside Wal-Mart, I was fully crying. The Lord has done such a mighty work inside my heart that I did not cry over the meanness of the man. I cried because…

My pastor once taught us that a good fisherman will come back to the same pond for as long as he catches the fish he desires. When a good fisherman stops catching fish, he told us, the fisherman will move on to another pond. Then he explained that Satan will come back to us for as long as he is able to get us to take his bait. When he finds he can no longer get a good catch, he will move on. If Satan knows we will keep taking the bait he has chosen, guess what? He will keep using the same bait. The Bible teaches us how to resist the devil and enforce the victory God has given us in Christ, but what happens when we do not…

If you look back at your life thus far, do you see how some people have left foot prints on your heart? When you look back at the animals you have known, do you see how some animals have left paw prints on your heart? Now what about Jesus prints? Which people and which animals have touched your life in such a way that you look back and see the love of Jesus more than the people and more than the animals themselves? One of my greatest aspirations is to leave Jesus prints on people’s hearts, and to leave Jesus prints on dogs’s hearts also. I recognized this aspiration when I was dragging my feet – and heart – through one of the toughest times in my life.The man I…

Did you know God has a perfect will and a permissible will? His perfect will is perfect because He is God, and His permissible will is what He allows us to do that is not His best. What happens when the seemingly perfect opportunity is not His perfect will? How can what seems perfect not be His perfect will? The answers are simple – but hard on the flesh. Just tonight I came across what seems like the perfect opportunity.Though the Lord told me to focus on Walk by Faith Ministry and not look for an additional job “to help pay bills”, I like to look – just look, of course. But tonight I found a part-time job for which I am totally qualified, that would bring in money “to…

If you’re like me, you may cruise through Bible lessons so fast sometimes you might not catch some of the wonderful revelation God packs into the scriptures. Only a deeper, more thorough study led by the Holy Spirit may lead you to that deeper revelation. Such was the case with me recently in studying Tabitha’s healing in the Book of Acts. Tabitha who? Sometimes the most obscure names and the least preached about stories in the Bible have been so chock full of revelation I can’t imagine how we might miss them.Tabitha the disciple had a big heart. She did good things; she was a giver. But Tabitha grew sick and died, and she was washed and laid out. The disciples sent for Peter, telling him to come right away.…

Yet another hot summer day in paradise…… If the truth be known, this photo was NOT taken today. Today, Traveler (3-legged dog on the left) and Winnie (dog with no rear feet on the right) are hiding indoors where they find the air conditioning to be a much better option than the South Carolina heat. We’ve had weeks of temperatures in the 90s, high humidity, and only 3 good rains in about 6 to 8 weeks. Praise the Lord for plenty of fresh drinking water, refreshing air conditioning, and Walk by Faith Ministry’s little piece of paradise………PS Anyone looking for a special dog to adopt?!  Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

When the lion stops roaring, don’t sit back and rest on your laurels. If the truth be known, I know absolutely nothing about lions – with one exception. The Bible says the devil walks around “as a roaring lion”, and I know plenty about this particular lion. The devil comes to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10 KJV),” and he has been known to roar as he prowls around looking for victims. But what happens when the devil stops roaring like a lion, and why exactly does he roar?I believe the devil roars like a lion to intimidate people into bowing down to him, but I also believe the devil stops roaring from time to time. Do you remember what happened with the devil after he tempted…

Just because God has told you to do something does not mean He has told you to do it now. I have learned this lesson the long, slow, and hard way. I made the assumption years ago that whatever directions God gives me are for right now, but I have learned repeatedly over time that all of His instructions are for a specific time – His time, not mine. Just as the prophets in the Bible foretold of things to come in the future, God will sometimes give us instructions that are NOT for now. He is merely letting us know that He is preparing us, and perhaps others, for something that will happen down the road. Why do you suppose God does it this way?When I look at my…

Today my flesh said “OUCH!” I had prayed about an idea to give in a creative way this summer and believed the Lord said that the idea was His perfect will. So I moved forward with the plan. Shortly thereafter, some circumstances changed and I questioned my decision. I went back to the Lord, conferred with others participating in the plan and decided to proceed. Guess what? As soon as the plan took off, I questioned God again. Maybe, I surmised, I had not heard from the Lord after all. Do you know how the Lord replied? I cannot remember the exact words, but this is basically what He spoke inside my heart.”You did not question me until your flesh started to hurt,” the Lord spoke to me in a…

Some say God answers prayer with “Yes”, “No”, or “Maybe”, but in my case He tends to say “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait.” I love it when He says “Yes,” I still have a hard time with “No,” but perhaps the most challenging answer for me these days is, “Wait”. Why? I don’t mind a good celebration when God says “Yes,” and I am still known to throw a pity party when God says “No,” but “Wait” throws me completely out of my element. I have always been very passionate, creative, and tenacious, and I have a long history of chasing after things. So what am I supposed to do when God says, “Wait”?Some say we should get busy when God says, “Wait.” Some even say we should go ahead and…

During my morning pick-up-all-the-poop from all the Walk by Faith Ministry dogs this morning, I began to meditate on investing my trust in God and stumbled upon a wonderful metaphor of how short I have sold myself in investing my trust in God. I realized a wise investor likely invests his or her earnings in multiple investments to ensure there is always a good backup plan if one investment goes sour. But a wise investor in God does just the opposite. A wise investor in God puts his or her trust in God alone because no backup plan is needed. In fact, quite the opposite is true.Where I have most fallen short in my walk with the Lord is in being a foolish investor. I have made investments in all…

I can be a slow learner, and sometimes I am slower than slow. Such is the case with the lesson I have learned about rejoicing in the present. And, if the truth be known, I still have a long way to go. When I look back at the past two decades, I can now see the Lord trying to flag me down to teach me how to live in the moment. I am only now beginning to see how very precious is the present. How exactly did the Lord try to teach me this? He sent teachers along the way who told me in a wide variety of ways exactly what I needed to hear. I guess I am not only a slow learner; I can be a slow hearer,…

Little Glory didn’t want to be left out of the fun and games. How can you blame her? She had been scheduled for euthanization in the shelter where she had arrived so emaciated it took her days to walk properly, chewed up in lice, open sores all over her body, missing hair, heartworm positive, two cherry eyes, and blind (though she may sometimes see shadows). She loves every minute of her life at Walk by Faith Ministry’s sanctuary/spa/hospice, or should I say playground? So why after all she had been through would she want to be left out of chasing all the tennis balls I toss in all different directions for the dogs that love to chase them? But then how would blind Glory see the tennis ball to chase…

It’s relatively easy to trust God when life is good. It’s altogether different to trust Him when circumstances are not to our liking. I believe faith is most tested in these times. How can faith truly be tested when all is well? When our lives do not look the way we would like, will we continue to trust Him or will we make decisions based on what our flesh desires most? The reality is the flesh hurts, or is at the very least uncomfortable, when we do not have what we want. So what do we do? Why not continue to trust God and see where He plans to take us? I look at my life today, and there is virtually nothing about it that reflects what I had planned…

A dear friend called me this morning to let me know she and her husband are sending their beloved dog to heaven today, and I am deeply humbled not only by their incredible love and compassion. I am deeply humbled by how the Lord once again showed me His majesty through the humble, Godly love of one of His children.As I spoke to my friend just shortly before the veterinarian would arrive to help their dog home to heaven, my friend interrupted our conversation to share with me something her husband had done. Husband and wife sat with their two dogs by their neighborhood lake, enjoying the presence of the Lord and their final hour or so with their dog.My friend told me that as the sun shone strong on…

Big things really can come in small packages, and sometimes they come when you least expect it. Today I received a big lesson in a little package – and was reminded why we are called to have the faith of a child.”Hey,” a little boy’s voice called after me as I left the beach today with a friend and two Walk by Faith Ministry dogs wearing their “Adopt Me” vests. “My mom said I couldn’t adopt your dogs.”I did not know the boy, I did not know his mom, and in fact I saw no mom in sight. He had left his mom behind to chase after us on his way to his vacation residence.”You’re welcome to pet the dogs,” I offered. I am learning not to be bothered when…

God hates idols. If you don’t believe me, read the Old Testament. I can’t say I blame Him. Ever since God created man, man has been worshiping people and things other than God. Beautiful, majestic, glorious, supreme, healer, redeemer, savior, restorer, repairer, deliverer, protector, merciful, loving, forgiving God of the universe has to peer down from heaven and watch His Creation bowing down to everything but Him on a constant basis. Even for those of us who loves the Lord as much as I do, many of us still fall short in worshiping Him alone. Many, if not all, of us have made idols out of people, places, and things at one time or another. We give God some of our hearts, some of our lives, some of our attention,…

Mother Theresa the miracle dog is a picky eater, there is no doubt about it. She not only goes through phases of what she will and will not eat, but she actually picks through her food. She is the only dog I have ever known that slowly, laboriously, and deliberately goes through her food while spitting out any pieces of food she does not choose to eat. By the time she is through eating, she almost always leaves pieces of food strewn in different directions around her food. It takes her so long to eat, and she makes such a piece of artwork around her bowl that I keep the other dogs outside while she eats. They race in when she is done to find out what she has left…

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