Lockdown Dancing with My Amazing Standard Poodle!

How do you survive the lockdown blues? Me, I dance with my dogs!

Enjoy this improvised canine freestyle dance video to the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” I put it together with my incredibly sweet and talented standard poodle today, in an effort to ward off the lockdown blues. I hope it will lift your spirits and brighten your day.

Wishing you comfort and joy!
Leila and Solo the dog xx

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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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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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Running After God [Short Encouraging Words]

My dogs run after many things! But I’ve never seen them chase anything that doesn’t hold the promise of a yummy reward! Throughout your life, you’ve probably pursued many things as well. No doubt, most of these also had attached to them the promise of a delicious reward. Today, I’d like to encourage you to pursue (run after with all your heart!) Jesus Christ. The reward of pursuing him is unlike anything else!

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When Life Doesn’t Make Sense [Short Encouraging Words ]

Life doesn’t always make sense.

Things seemed to be going smoothly, and then all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, the road we’re walking takes a terrible turn and we find ourselves trudging through a dark valley. We long for answers, direction, and relief, but don’t always find them. Feelings of discouragement follow . . .

I read a Chinese Proverb recently that says,

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

Reading this got me thinking —What’s my song? What’s hidden within my heart that I can rely on when life doesn’t make sense?

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