Read this heartwarming excerpt from the book—Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
Married, a mother of two children, I finally felt we were ready for a family pet. My husband conceded (well, I didn’t ask him. Oops!). And so, we brought home a cuddly Labrador retriever puppy! Goldy was our sunshine during rainy days, and the stable, strong force that made us all feel continually protected and loved. I stand in awe of all the wonderful things she taught me.
Our pets depend on us for all their needs, and when they become ill, it can become all-consuming. Thankfully we can turn to God for help.
Just last week I was asking God to heal my precious doggie. The vet didn’t know what was wrong with him. I continued to pray and trust God. Yesterday, I saw signs of improvement— praise the Lord!
Sometimes the help comes right away, other times we wait. There are also times healing happens across rainbows bridge. Either way, prayer is one of the most powerful tools we have to help us get through tough times. It’s our life line to God. For pet owners, prayer is a huge comfort because we know that God cares for our pets and understands how important they are to us.
Each time my dogs run to greet me at the door, snuggle in my lap, listen patiently to my troubles, or lavish me with kisses (whether those kisses are deserved or not), I am reminded of the power of love. Love comforts, heals, restores, helps us feel valued, fills the heart with hope, and so much more!
Love is not only powerful, it is also essential! In fact, nothing we do, say, or achieve in life really matters without genuine love.
We all get busy and overwhelmed at times, and prayer often falls to the wayside. Read this uplifting story (inspired by my furry friends!) from my book, “Pawz & Pray,” and be encouraged to begin your day with Jesus. He loves you, and cares about everything that concerns you!
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. — Psalm 5:3
Making lists can be very useful, but when anxious thoughts greet us with the sunrise, nag at us all day, and accompany us to bed, something is out of balance. Recently I became so overwhelmed with my “to do” list all I could do was cry. Yet while the storm was raging within, my dog lay calmly by my side without a care in the world. She knew where to turn for all her needs.