Be Still and Know [Dog Mom Reflections]

Whenever I lounge on the sofa, my dogs instantly jump up next to me. It doesn’t take long for them to settle down and snuggle peacefully on my lap. My presence calms and comforts them, because they know how much I love them. I’m faithful to care for their every need.

Dear friend, God loves you and is caring for you, even if you aren’t always aware. Be still today (snuggle up with God) and trust him with everything that concerns you. God is with you and will help you. No need to fret or worry.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Pause and Pray . . .

Dear God, help me to be still in your presence and trust that you will take care of me today. Amen

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NEVER LOSE HOPE [Dog Mom Reflections]

As I think about the New Year, and consider the daily doom and gloom reports on the news, it’s tempting to lose hope and assume 2021 won’t be much better than 2020. But if my dogs have any say in the matter, I will never lose hope!

Each morning when I wake up (rain or shine) my dogs greet me with an uncanny optimism and with the most endearing expressions! It always makes me smile! Lily, shown in the photo, is modeling one of those adorable expressions for you, with her soulful eyes. One look into her eyes and I feel hope—that sweet peaceful knowing that tomorrow will be okay. I’m sure you pet parents out there know what I’m talking about. . .

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How I Overcame Depression, With the Help of My Dogs! [Covid19 Encouragement]

2020 has been a chaotic a year for millions around the world. And if you’re dealing with depression, know that you’re not alone.

To give you perspective, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (AADA), in 2015, around 16.1 million adults aged 18 years or older in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode, which represents 6.7 percent of all American adults. In 2020, with the global pandemic gripping the world, COVID-19 has likely tripled depression rate, study finds.

There are different types of depressive disorders, and all sorts of treatment options. In this blog post, I would simply like to share my personal experience with depression, and share how my dogs played a major role in pulling me through. If you are struggling with depression, and have the good fortune to have a dog (or other beloved pet), I pray this article will offer hope for better days.

How I Overcame Depression, with the Help of My Dogs

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