Dog Mom Reflections on the Power of Kindness

Look at that sweet face!

My adorable poodle is giving me the “Pleeease give me some of your food” look . . . and of course, I will oblige.

Dogs, with their loving expressions and gentle nature can make almost anyone’s heart melt. Even the hardest heart is swayed by their kind nature. What if we took a hint from our furry friends and tried a little bit harder to be gentle and kind?

Acts of kindness, in word and deed are extremely positive and powerful. But we will only ever see the power revealed when we can say— “Kindness begins with me.”

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

Albert Schweitzer

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Ancient Proverb

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Proverbs 16:24
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You Will Never Look at Someone that God Does Not Love [Christian Motivation]

You will never look at someone that God does not love. Always be kind!

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 12:25

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

“From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:23-24

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NEVER BE AFRAID [Short Encouraging Words]

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie Ten Boom

Heavenly Father, as I go about my day, please help me to trust you with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding of what I see and feel. Remind me that you are good, that you love me, and are with me. And help me to trust that you are sovereign over all the earth. I commit this day to you right now, and all my loved ones. Keep us in your loving care. Amen

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. — Proverbs 3:5-6

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Are You Struggling with Worry? [Short Encouraging Words]

Are you struggling with worry?

Jesus says to you, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.”

Receive God’s special gift to you today. Receive God’s sweet inner peace. Receive the assurance that no matter what’s going on around you, God is with you and you are deeply loved.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27
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Election Week [Short Uplifting Thoughts]


“Dogs need to sniff the ground; it’s how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a big giant newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard.” —Dave Barry

It’s election week! For some, it’s a week of excitement. For others, it’s a week filled with anxiety. If you’re one of those who is struggling with anxiety, I’d like to offer a bit of inspiration learned from my dogs.

My dogs are constantly sniffing around. Whether they are sniffing in the yard or in the house, they often seem enthralled in something that has captured their attention. That “something” could be the scent of smelly socks, food, the neighbor’s doggie, some other animal, or anything really.

Personally, I think humans are a lot like them. We too are constantly sniffing around, being lead by the things that capture our senses. Right now, I’d say most Americans are captured by the election news cycle. We’ve got our noses glued to the TV, and we’re being led whichever way those enticing scents take us. I’m not sure that’s such a good thing, because the news typically thrives on sensational headlines that can make us more anxious and afraid …

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BEST Life Lessons Learned from Dogs

Dogs are some of my favorite teachers!

Each day they offer incredible wisdom and inspirational life lessons, of which I am truly grateful. This poem below, by an unknown author, beautifully captures many of the amazing life lessons learned from our beloved dogs. Whoever wrote it must have had a very special relationship with their dog!

In a world that often seems cold and unkind, I pray this simple poem will help us refocus on some of the more important and simpler things in life.

Enjoy the fun read! If you’d like more inspiration for a more meaningful life, check out my new dog lovers devotional: Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends. 130 Inspiring Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers. 

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