Watch this Heartwarming Book Trailer for Pawz & Pray! [53 sec]

To be released January 31st, 2020!

About the Book

Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends! 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
Unleash a richer, simpler, more meaningful life!

Are you struggling to find joy? In Pawz & Pray, author Leila Grandemange talks from the heart about the things that keep us busy, burdened, distracted, and disconnected from God, and turns our eyes heavenward where lasting joy is found. Whimsical, genuine, and uplifting, the insights drawn from Leila’s journey, accompanied by her furry friends, will lead you down peaceful paths where you can hear from God, restore your soul, and refocus on what truly matters!

Pawz & Pray is a collection of heartwarming stories, scriptures, and prayers, inviting you to draw close to God and discover the secrets to a truly meaningful life. In these pages, Leila will help you:

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How to Enjoy the Journey, Even When Life Hurts [The Key Lies in this Verse]

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”— Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
Enjoy the Journey . . .

We’ve heard it said.

We’ve seen it written on cards or on social media.

We’ve had friends tell us, “Just relax, enjoy the journey.”

It’s an awesome encouragement, but, it’s not always easy to find joy in a painful moment, or along a broken road.

So, what’s the key to finding joy in life’s journey, especially when times are tough?

There’s so much wisdom out there to help us answer this question. But for me, the only wisdom I have found truly helpful comes from Jeremiah 29:11 . . .

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Are You In the Moment? [Happiness Tip]

Are you troubled by worry or regret? Jim Carrey said, “If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.” Learn about the benefits of living in the hear and now.

“Hellooo! Are you there?”

That’s me translating for my dog. It was a typical morning. My thoughts were racing ahead to all that needed to be done. My pup wanted me to throw him his ball however. He placed his head on my lap while I was trying to eat breakfast. Then he placed his big paws on my shoulders, so you can imagine that got my attention! Finally, I threw him his ball. You know how that goes. He brought it back for more, and more . . .

My thoughts drifted back to the “here and now.” It’s a less stressful place actually, the here and now. I stayed in the moment for awhile, enjoying playing with my dog.

Dogs are some of my favorite teachers, imparting wisdom into my life in ways I never thought possible! One of the most cherished lessons I’ve learned from my dogs is to live in the moment.

Dogs are masters of mindfulness. In other words, they are aware of their surroundings and what they’re doing moment by moment . . . and I believe that they extract the fullest joy from each moment. I think this is what gives them their carefree spirit.

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Struggling to Look Up?

Look up, not down. Look forward, not back. Look out, not in. — unknown

Walking down the street, I noticed that everyone was looking down. It was a beautiful Autumn day. The sky was blue and the sun was shining, but everyone had their heads either buried in their cell phones, talking or texting, or they were simply looking down. Maybe they were deep in thought or struggling with cares. I don’t really know, but I’ve been there. I’m sure you have too. Continue reading “Struggling to Look Up?”