We all get busy and overwhelmed at times, and prayer often falls to the wayside. Read this uplifting story (inspired by my furry friends!) from my book, “Pawz & Pray,” and be encouraged to begin your day with Jesus. He loves you, and cares about everything that concerns you!
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. — Psalm 5:3
Making lists can be very useful, but when anxious thoughts greet us with the sunrise, nag at us all day, and accompany us to bed, something is out of balance. Recently I became so overwhelmed with my “to do” list all I could do was cry. Yet while the storm was raging within, my dog lay calmly by my side without a care in the world. She knew where to turn for all her needs.
This book has touched my heart in an indescribable way. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves animals and wants to have a closer connection to our Heavenly Father.
Holly Cornwell, Editor 2007 – June 2014, The Royal Spaniels Magazine
Every author feels that special bond with their book and stories, but there are times we may wonder, “Will others feel that special connection, and enjoy the read?” That’s why it’s so encouraging to get those first reviews. Scroll down to read five fabulous reviews and to learn more about my new book, “Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends!” I’m also thrilled that more are on the way, which I hope to share. I pray they will give you a feel for the book, and entice you to get a copy for yourself.
Written from my heart to yours, I pray the insights shared in Pawz & Pray will help you to slow down, savor precious moments, and uncover the secrets to a truly meaningful life!
Read this heartwarming excerpt from the book—Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
Married, a mother of two children, I finally felt we were ready for a family pet. My husband conceded (well, I didn’t ask him. Oops!). And so, we brought home a cuddly Labrador retriever puppy! Goldy was our sunshine during rainy days, and the stable, strong force that made us all feel continually protected and loved. I stand in awe of all the wonderful things she taught me.
God turned my sorrow into joyful dancing, as you just saw in this video, which I choreographed and danced to give God glory and testify of His goodness and love! If you’re hurting and in need of hope, I’d like to invite you to read on. This is the story behind the video (set to the music “Praise You in This Storm”), which tells how I experienced God’s presence and power through praise and worship. I pray it will be an encouragement to you.
Shock, disbelief, and fear gripped my heart! I watched helplessly as our house filled with smoke knowing that my dogs were still inside.
Neverwas the Human-Canine Bond more evident than when I experienced a house fire! My husband had been relocated and was house hunting in another state, so I found myself all alone. Well, not really. I had my dogs! The story I’m about to share reaffirmed how incredibly powerful the human-canine bond is in helping people deal with stressful events.
Painting pottery with my sunshine (aka my precious daughter) was the highlight of my week!
The process of creating something beautiful was really eye opening, and exciting. All sorts of bare pottery lined the walls—plates of various shapes and sizes, mugs, vases, and cute animals. After deliberating awhile, we both chose a plate, and began to brainstorm as to what we’d paint. My heart was set on a sunflower with a whimsical feel, and my daughter wanted to do something a little more funny . . . she decided to paint a donut with a cute saying— “I donut know what I’d do without you.”
Here are the photos, from start to finish. You’ll notice the before and after photos of the plate are very different in color. That’s because before being placed in the furnace, the glaze is not yet set, and the colors remain faded. We had to come back a week later after our pottery went through the furnace to see the final product.
The day finally arrived to pick up our pottery. Wow! What a difference it was seeing something so faded and almost lifeless turn into a vibrant and colorful work of art! Enjoy our painted pottery photos . . . and always remember that God is making things beautiful in your life. It just takes some time.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”—Ecclesiastes 3:11
A treasured moment with my sunshine, painting our pottery. We have all the materials ready. We’re ready to begin!