What Would You Give Jesus for Christmas— A Dog?

What would you give Jesus for Christmas?
What would you give Jesus for Christmas?

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! I wish someone had given Jesus a dog as devoted and sweet as all the dog’s I’ve known. This is a photo of one of my dogs, snuggling with me. Her fervent love, adoring eyes, and unwavering friendship has always been an incredible comfort. Join with me in imagining a very special gift to Jesus, with this heart-warming poem by Jane Sears.

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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?”

Watching Leaves Falling

Sometimes, we just need to pause and reflect on all that’s going on around us.

This weekend, while watching the leaves falling, I sensed God wanting to speak to my heart. So many thoughts came to mind, about how life is filled with change, about how difficult it can be to let go of past hurt, and yet how freeing it is when we truly surrender our pain to God, and cast all our anxiety on him. Continue reading “Watching Leaves Falling”