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.
One of the sweetest lessons learned from my dogs is the importance of slowing down. Not just slowing down to savor life’s precious moments, but also slowing down to pray—to take time daily to talk to God (and listen), and to share my needs.
EVERYONE NEEDS HOPE THESE DAY! I’m so thankful that each time I look in the eyes of my dog, I feel hope. No doubt, if you share life with a furry friend, you’ve felt it too. Could God be trying to tell us something?
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. . .
When I first read the following poem, “Gift To Jesus— A Dog”, I was quickly drawn to the delightful idea of giving a gift to Jesus, and that gift being a dog! The Bible tells us that Jesus faced many hard and lonely days while on earth. He was born, ultimately to suffer and die for the sins of the world. Dogs are perfect companions for hard and lonely days, or any day for that matter. Their comforting presence is like a healing balm. I can certainly attest to that, especially during these tough times we’re living in, with the pandemic and lockdowns! As I write this, my beloved dog is by my side, looking at me with his adoring eyes, while offering his unwavering friendship.
Join with me in imagining a very special gift to Jesus, with this heart-warming poem by Jane Sears.