When my dogs jump in my lap and lavish me with kisses, I truly feel MUCH LOVED! I guess they think I’m pretty awesome and lovable! Well, I don’t know about that LOL! I have my down days, like everyone else. But experiencing their unconditional love does inspire me to strive to live up to that love. So that is my New Years Goal—to be the kind of person my dog already thinks I am!
When I first read the following poem, “Gift To Jesus— A Dog”, I was quickly drawn to the delightful idea of giving a gift to Jesus, and that gift being a dog! The Bible tells us that Jesus faced many hard and lonely days while on earth. He was born, ultimately to suffer and die for the sins of the world. Dogs are perfect companions for hard and lonely days, or any day for that matter. Their comforting presence is like a healing balm. I can certainly attest to that, especially during these tough times we’re living in, with the pandemic and lockdowns! As I write this, my beloved dog is by my side, looking at me with his adoring eyes, while offering his unwavering friendship.
Join with me in imagining a very special gift to Jesus, with this heart-warming poem by Jane Sears.
If you’re lacking creative Christmas gift ideas, I’ve got ten to share. And the best part is, they’re all free!
The Covid19 pandemic has caused anxiety, depression and feelings of isolation for millions around the world. Pay special attention to those around you this holiday season. A genuine smile is often the best way to say Merry Christmas, and to brighten someone’s day. Granted, most of us are wearing masks and smiles are hard to see. But I think folks can still see the twinkle in our eyes when we offer a genuine smile. There are of course times we won’t be wearing a mask, when folks can benefit even more from our heartfelt smiles 😀 “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love” (Mother Teresa).
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?
With social distancing being the new norm, our words count more than ever! So, hug someone with your words today. Be encouraging and kind. Let your words be like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.