May you sense God’s presence with you along your path today.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” —Psalm 16:11
When I’m feeling blue, my dogs motivate me to get out and walk. And when I do, I always gain fresh perspective and feel happier!
Life is tough, and more often than not we find ourselves sitting inside lamenting our problems in the dark rather than getting outside and letting nature and sunshine help us heal.
Personally, I think dog owners have an amazing advantage in this area. Dogs need their daily walks or playtime outside. What better motivator to lay aside our problems and get outside and hang out with our furry friends!
If you’re feeling sad or troubled in heart, I’d like to encourage you to get your walking shoes on, and get outside. Let your dogs lead you to beautiful places where nature soothes the weary soul and vibrant colors ignite feelings of hope. Breath in the fresh air and exhale any worry and fear. See God in creation, be encouraged, and give thanks.
There are countless amazing benefits to walking your dog. These are just a few I’ve found personally helpful.
As we enter into the Fall season, with all the leaves changing colors, I’m reminded of the famous quote—
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” — Gandhi
When I’m struggling with emotional or physical pain that drags on and on, I typically want to look down and contemplate how unfair life seems. But I’ve learned from experience that doing the very opposite is the key to victory. The Psalmist writes, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).
But that makes no sense!
Yea, I get that. But why not look up? There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. Look to God, pray, meditate on His Word, give thanks, sing His praise, and contemplate His love for you. I know it’s hard to go against our natural instinct, which typically is to wallow in pain. I’ve been been there. But do me a favor, just peek upwards, go ahead, even for a moment…
Do you long to live comparison free? No more measuring yourself up to others? No more feeling captive to what you think you should look like, feel like, or become? It all begins by acknowledging the root of comparison… Continue reading “Comparison Free!”
Heartache is tough … it hurts deep within the soul, weighs the heart down, and troubles the mind. But in our pain God offers us hope. That hope is His presence.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).
Praying that any pain you’re experiencing will fade away, and that you’ll soon be feeling happier and healthier. In the meantime,
Fix your eyes on Jesus,