Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Latest from Lara

Just in case anyone is wondering where I have gone since I normally write almost Daily Inspiration regularly, I have been very busy working with a wonderful volunteer on a very exciting, brand new, and greatly expanded website for Walk by Faith Ministry. I have also been exhausted from my usual over-the-top drive to press ever forward in my life's calling to share the Gospel while ministering the Lord's love to a world in need. Suffice it to say I have been dancing back and forth between hard work and trying to catch up on rest.............Thank you for your patience, and I look forward to getting to share with you sometime soon the new website with what I hope and trust will be plenty of new writing & lots of other blessings. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Crazy Man Becomes Model for Us All - BIBLE TAKEOUT 4/20

The man was so crazy he could break out of the chains people tried to bind him in. The tombs were his home, and the stones he found were used for self-mutilation. No human being could help him. Jesus healed him. The story of how Jesus cast the devils possessing the man into a herd of swine might threaten to steal the show, but don't miss the message this true story contains for us all.

When we place our faith in the Lord and truly come to know Him by studying God's Word and developing a deeply personal, intimate relationship with the Lord, and when we reflect on all the Lord has done for us from dying on the cross to forgiving us and blessing us each and every day, we can be tempted to keep His everlasting love and endless blessings to ourselves for our own enjoyment and benefit. The man whom Jesus healed asked Jesus to be with him so they could be together. Jesus told the man instead to go out into the world and to proclaim what Jesus had done. The man obeyed.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Giving Gifts to People Who Don't Thank Us - DAILY INSPIRATION 4/15

When a friend shared with me how hurt she was when the recipients of a gift she had sent did not thank her, I knew how she felt. In fact, not long afterward, I sent a precious gift to someone and did not receive an acknowledgement let alone a thank you. Soon after, someone told me I deserved for the recipient of my gift to receive it in the same light I had sent it - which had certainly not been the case. But I have learned to see the giving of gifts in a new light. The 3 greatest lessons on giving I have learned are these:

1. The 2 greatest gifts ever given were when God sacrificed His only begotten Son Jesus Christ AND when Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross to bear the punishment for all our sins so that those who repent and believe in Christ as Lord are forgiven and promised everlasting life. Who are we to hold onto the hurt of people not thanking us for the little gifts we give when the Lord is never adequately acknowledged and thanked for His gifts either by those who utterly reject Him or by those who believe in Him but fall short daily in thanking Him for His endless blessings and in thanking Him by how we live our lives?

photo in background from pixabay.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When Your Loved Ones Break Your Heart - DAILY INSPIRATION 4/14

I couldn't have felt more hurt and angry, but then anger is relative. And if the truth be known, I had felt plenty more hurt and angry - for years in fact. I had learned long ago that hurt and anger go with the territory of when loved ones break our hearts. I should know. Looking back at my life, those who should have loved me the most hurt me the most. But that was not all. The stuff they had done, and the things they had not done, were nothing when compared with their refusal to acknowledge their wrongdoing, to take responsibility for it, to say they were sorry, to make any kind of genuine amends. That, in fact, was what hurt the most. I shouldn't have been surprised, then, when I found myself consumed one evening yet again with all the old hurt - and all the old anger. It hadn't just taken up residence in a corner of my mind; it had once again completely taken it over. Until -

The greatest lessons I have learned about when loved ones break our hearts are these:

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Best Exercise in the Universe GUARANTEED - Daily Inspiration 4/11

Surely I qualify for the world's record when it comes to the least amount of gyms joined, the lowest attendance for the scattering of gyms I did join, the minimum attention given to my physical fitness and appearance outside of my passion for walking, and the worst knowledge ever when it comes to staying up on the latest fitness trends. Not only did I give up making new year's resolutions years ago, but I would be a total failure from day one if I ever resolved to become a fitness fanatic - for even a day. Call me a loser when it comes to exercise, but if there is one thing I do know amid a culture that is over-the-top obsessed with gyms, sports, exercise, and up-to-the-minute get-in-the-best-shape-ever trends, I know this. There is what seems to be a perhaps little known scripture in the Bible that appears to get crushed under our culture's sneakers-clad stampede to the gym.

1Ti 4:8  For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Why You Should Never Say Never - DAILY INSPIRATION

I must have sounded like a broken record to all who cared to listen. Over and over. Again and again. Records might have gone out of style decades ago, but I just couldn't help myself. I am not getting any more dogs in the future. I am not getting any more dogs in the future. Then, just in case anyone in fact was bothering to listen, I had more to say. Again and again. I have 17 mostly special needs and senior rescued dogs in my care, and that's just a small part of my ministry. I haven't traveled for a single night for over 4.5 years because of the dogs. I AM NOT GETTING ANY MORE DOGS IN THE FUTURE. For anyone old enough to have lived during the days of records and record players, there was only one good fix for a broken record. Lift up the little arm with the needle, remove the record from the spindle, and onward. But the old-fashioned way of removing a broken record from the player would most assuredly not suffice when it came to my broken record about the dogs. For I needed a much bigger fix than that. And the Lord made that abundantly clear one day as I bustled through the yard caring for the dogs. In His infinite love, patience, grace, and mercy, the Lord revealed to me that day in my heart that Little Miss Broken Record needed to repent. But why?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Are You a People Pleaser? DAILY INSPIRATION 4/8

Are you a people pleaser? How often I hear words like these. I struggle with people pleasing, people tell me. I have trouble saying no, people share with me. I just want people to like me, some think to themselves. I keep saying yes because I don't want to hurt that person's feelings, some figure. One would think people pleasing is a virtual epidemic given how often through the years I have heard people share their so-called struggle with people pleasing. And I have most assuredly not been immune. Whether we are predisposed to people pleasing because we fear people's reactions, fear people's rejection, want to be loved, desire acceptance, seek approval, yearn to be popular, hope not to hurt people's feelings, have abandonment or abuse issues, or anything else for that matter, the world teaches that the cure is as simple as this. Just say no. But the Bible has something altogether different - and life-changing - to say.

While psychiatrists, psychologists, and self-help books may be quick to say the root of the problem goes back to our childhoods, to unfaithful spouses, to all sorts of hurts and fears and who knows what else, and while those of us who have faced the struggle of people pleasing are so often told that we need to learn to put ourselves first and set boundaries with others, the Bible does not teach us that self is the answer. So what then is the root of the problem, and what then is the answer?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Come Follow Me - DAILY INSPIRATION 4/7/2015

Come follow me. No, please don't follow me. This isn't about me. It's about Him. Jesus. I don't want you to follow me. Follow Him. See, we aren't just called to believe in Jesus as Lord. We are called to follow Him. But some of us aren't even believing. And those who are believing aren't necessarily following. And those who are following sometimes are pickers and choosers when it comes to following. I will follow you IF. I will follow you WHEN. I will follow you IF ONLY. I will follow you UNTIL. But there are no conditions on following Jesus. We are called to follow. Period. And not only are we called to follow, as though we should pack our little suitcases and trollop off on our little vacation getaways so we can enjoy all the happy stuff entailed with following the Lord, but we are not called to take up our suitcases at all. We are called to take up our crosses. Crosses? Yes. Crosses. But why?

Because following Jesus involves a death. Not His. He already died and rose again. The death must be ours. We are called to die to ourselves - to our sins, lusts, wants and desires, our own plans and agendas, our wrong ways, our wicked thinking, our hurts, our self-centered mentalities. To follow Jesus wholeheartedly, we need to nail our sins to the cross, sacrifice our own dreams for our lives, and choose to live according to the ways of the Lord. We need to be willing to go where He sends us, to do what He wants us to do, to say what He wants us to say, to live How He wants us to live, and to learn to live in His will rather than our own. If this all sounds rather unappealing, if not exceedingly challenging if not rather impossible, let me say this. It is totally unappealing, exceedingly challenging, and thoroughly impossible in terms of our human flesh that wants to wave its magic wand, throw around its silver spoons, and bang its tiny fists in temper upon its highchair. I speak from experience. But this is not all.

The breathtaking love, the untold joy, the utterly amazing hope, the infinite peace, the majestic promise of eternity with God in heaven, the excitement and thrill and privilege and blessing of being called to follow the Lord Himself, the ecstasy of having an intimate relationship that goes on forever and ever with God Himself, the unconditional and amazing blessing of having 24-7 access to the Lord's love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness, the fact that we can seek God and hear Him, the reality that we have the Bible to teach, change, instruct, and guide us, are just a few of the unbelievably countless results of making the decision - and commitment - to follow the Lord. Our death to self then, the challenges along the way that can seem excruciatingly painful at times, the trials and tribulations that come as we walk step by step after the Lord, they cannot and do not in any way compare ultimately to the promise of everlasting life and all the blessings that come along the way as we come and follow the Lord.

The rich young ruler in the Bible refused to give up his treasures - his possessions - to come and follow Jesus the Lord. Is there something in your life you have been unwilling to give up in order to wholeheartedly, unreservedly, come and follow the Lord Jesus Christ? Don't wait another minute. Repent of your sins, put your trust in Jesus as Lord, take up your cross, and come and follow the Lord. There is no greater, no more important, and no greater reward ultimately than following Jesus the Christ!

Mar 10:17  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 
Mar 10:18  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 
Mar 10:19  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 
Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 
Mar 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 
Mar 10:22  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Delivering Dreams - Daily Inspiration 4/6/2015

One day as I drove behind a truck with a huge advertisement on its posterior with the slogan, "Delivering Dreams", I couldn't help but think of how we as humans can so easily fall prey to believing God is seated on His throne in heaven so we can wave our magic wands and He can deliver our dreams - on our timetable, mind you. How often have we all heard the mottoes, "follow your dreams" and "achieve your dreams"? But is this really how we should encourage one another, or is there a better way?

photo in background from pixabay.com

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Enjoying Beach Ministry as New Season Starts Off....

How does beach ministry work? As the Lord leads..........I take some of the very special ministry dogs to the beach - often the wheelchair dogs - and do my best to listen for the voice of the Lord as He tugs on my heartstrings and provides opportunities as crowds gather around the dogs to talk about the Lord....! Some days are quiet. Others are full of opportunities. No matter what, I am blessed to have a heart overflowing with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and my endless passion to tell the world about Him......in this case, just yards away from the glorious ocean that only the Lord God almighty could have created with such amazing beauty....!

Friday, April 3, 2015

In Pursuit of Pleasure - Are You Leaving God Behind? DAILY INSPIRATION 4/3

Are you looking for happiness and pleasure, or are you looking for God? Are you seeking to satisfy your flesh, or are you seeking to satisfy the will of the Lord? Are you living to achieve your dreams, or are you living to pursue God's calling on your life? These may be difficult questions to consider, but there is a question much more challenging than this one. Are you willing to lay aside your desire for happiness, and your pursuit of pleasure, and the satisfaction of your flesh, and the dreams that you have clung to, to relentlessly, emphatically, passionately pursue the Lord and His purpose for your life? Moses, who led the children of Israel out of horrific bondage in Egypt, forsook his own pleasure to fulfill the Lord's calling on his life to deliver the people. Though Jewish, he had been adopted into Pharaoh's family and could have had an amazing life of pleasure and luxury in the eyes of the world. But he did not seek to live a life of happiness and pleasure; he sought to live for the Lord.

Heb 11:23  By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. 
Heb 11:24  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 
Heb 11:25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 
Heb 11:26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 

background photo from pixabay.com

Thursday, April 2, 2015

When God Says It's Time to Move On - DAILY INSPIRATION 4/2

If you have ever felt upset, scared, overwhelmed, even angry, because you believe God has called you to leave behind a job, a relationship, a house, an opportunity, etc., that was perhaps comfortable, maybe rewarding and enjoyable, or simply familiar and seemingly secure, imagine how Abraham felt when God told him to leave behind his country and home, his family and friends, absolutely everything he had known. How many of us try to hang on for dear life to what God is calling us to leave behind, or get in God's faces waving our little fists and silver spoons, declaring that we can't possibly make the change He is calling us to make? How many of us respond with resistance and even rebellion when in fact we should respond as Abraham did? With faith, submission, and obedience. Have you ever felt like God is telling you to move on, to make a change, to leave something or someone behind, to let go, to move forward wherever He desires, and you have found yourself resisting, refusing to realize that God knows what He is doing and that His plan is always best?

Gen 12:1  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Gen 12:2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Gen 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 12:4  So Abram departed,

Abraham's response to God, despite how foolish and terrifying it might have seemed to leave behind everything without knowing where he was going or what would happen outside of God's promise to make him a father of many nations and bless him which must have seemed incredibly far-fetched if not intangible, was simple. He got up and went. How many of us do the exact opposite, refusing to trust Him, refusing to take our feet off the brakes, stubbornly and fearfully clutching to everything or anything or everyone or anyone right where we are while refusing to pack our bags and go wherever He is sending us, refusing to move forward with our lives to go where He is sending us to do what He wants us to do with or without knowing exactly what He has planned? God made Abraham a father of many nations just as He said He would, and this never would have been possible if Abraham had not let go of the comfortable, and the familiar, and what he had known for so long, and departed with the Lord leading the way.

photo in background from pixabay.com

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Right Heart, Wrong Opportunity

Some years ago, I found myself deeply engrossed - and entrenched - in focusing my heart, mind, and actions on seeking, picking up, organizing, and distributing physical provisions for homeless people and others in need of stuff. How surprised I was when the Lord got in my face one day to lovingly convict me of wrongdoing. I had the right heart in that I loved Him beyond description and wanted to serve Him in part by helping people in need, but I was involved in the wrong endeavor.

photo in background from pixabay.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Only Thing that Matters - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/31

One of my favorite things in the whole world to do is to snuggle up on my little feather bed and pile of comforters I have fashioned into a bed in the tiny corner of my little room that is mostly occupied by paralyzed dogs Mr. Simeon and Miss Mercy, severely disabled Little Miss Miracles, and oh so elderly Speckles and Elijah who spend most of their lives cuddled up in their own little beds - and STUDY THE BIBLE, SEEK THE LORD'S FACE, and WRITE. But as much as I love to write almost Daily Inspiration online, and my Gospel tracts and devotionals, and books as the Lord leads me, my absolute favorite writing is in the little notebooks I fill with pouring my heart out to the Lord, Bible study notes, and the messages He pours into my heart. Every once in a while, I cannot help but publish the words that come to me in these so-called "God's Notebooks." Like these. . . 

Have you ever found yourself caught up in a whirlwind of activity, in a flurry of chaos, in a maelstrom of choices and possibilities and opportunities - only to find yourself spinning in so many directions you can hardly find yourself able to focus - if you can focus at all? Perhaps this little piece from my heart might point you in the right direction (this little preface added). . . 

Monday, March 30, 2015

When Hide and Go Seek Is a Deadly Game - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/30

Call it a decades-overdue confession, but here it is anyway. When I played hide and go seek as a child, I convinced myself that if I shut my eyes really tight and covered my face with my hands while hiding, at least that is how I recall it anyway, nobody would ever see me because I couldn't see anybody outside my shut eyes and covered face. Makes sense, doesn't it? That was the self-centered little girl's world I lived in, I suppose. Little did I know how deadly this game could be when played as an adult - not just for me, but for the world at large.

photo in background from morguefile.com

Friday, March 27, 2015

How Do You Measure Up Spiritually? DAILY INSPIRATION 3/27

"I want to grow until I die," I heard a man say many years ago. I was stunned - and deeply inspired - by the comment. As a child, I had had a desperate desire to grow since I was what at the time was called a "late bloomer". I was always behind everyone else in my physical growth. Suffice it to say, I was very short. But clearly this man didn't need to grow; he was already a few inches over six feet! He wanted to grow spiritually for the rest of his life. And when I heard his comment, I was years past being short; I had grown physically to a fairly average height. Yet it was utterly obvious I had tons of growing to do spiritually. Little did I know the lesson I would come to learn about spiritual growth.

photo in background from pixabay

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Hurricane Box - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/25

When I first moved to coastal South Carolina years ago, I was told I needed to put together a "hurricane box" so that I would have all my important stuff in one place in the event my husband at the time and I had to evacuate for a hurricane. Such was the life, I discovered, of living in a part of the country that had "hurricane seasons". I had no trouble finding a box, but I had a problem with packing it. More accurately, I had trouble packing "them". For I was so attached to my possessions at the time, and so attached to the things and people of this world, that it would have been impossible to pack all the stuff I would have wanted to take with me if we were evacuated. But times have changed because my greatest treasures are no longer on this earth.

photo in background from pixabay

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pulpits, Peace & Prosperity - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/24

If there was anything God hated about the false prophets from long ago, it was that they spoke lies in His name (Jeremiah 14:4); taught rebellion against Him (Jeremiah 28:16); went around prophesying peace to the people (Jeremiah 6:14) when the people's wicked ways would bring on God's wrath; and refused to warn the people that they needed to repent of their evil ways and throw themselves at the feet and mercy of the Lord with a WHOLE-hearted commitment to change their ways. But if you think studying the false prophets of long ago is nothing more than studying a history lesson of times gone by, think again. Be warned. False prophets are everywhere today, in the secular world and in countless church pulpits, and the peace and prosperity being preached from the pulpit not to mention just about everywhere else, means humanity is headed for hell unless we cast away the lies and believe and commit our hearts and lives to the Truth.

background photo from pixabay.com

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Synagogue, Church & Money-Changers - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/21

I went to synagogue as a child for the high holidays each year, then hurried out the door and back into my life never for an instant believing in God. I went to church as an adult on Sundays and other days, then hurried out the door and back into my life believing in the Lord but not studying His Word and following Him by forsaking my way of living my life and living His way for Him. If you are familiar with Jesus' extreme anger when He overturns the tables in the temple as He throws out the money-changers who have made the Lord's house a "den of robbers," maybe you are not familiar with what the Lord has to say about this in the Old Testament as I was not. If you figured "den of robbers" does not apply to you because you are not a "money-changer", you  might want to hear the rest of what Go has to say.

synagogues churches & money-changers - photo in background from pixabay.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Are You Being Faithful? DAILY INSPIRATION 3/20

Are you being faithful? Not to your husband. Not to your wife. Or your fiance or boyfriend or girlfriend. Not that you shouldn't be faithful to them; you should. That goes without saying. But if you take one look around you at the dire mess that America is in, and the world on top of it, you will understand my question. For America isn't in such dire straits because of the rampant infidelity when it comes to marriages and relationships, though that undoubtedly is a crucial nasty consequence of the root cause of it all and a certain ugly contributing factor to the awful state of America as a whole right now. Let me ask the question again. Are you being faithful? Is your life committed unto the Lord God almighty, Creator of the universe? For there is nothing, and nobody, more important in the universe to whom we must all be faithful than Him.The root cause of the world's woes is that many of us are being faithful - to ourselves and to stuff and to the ways of this world and the ways of the devil as we strive to satisfy our fleshly desires instead of being faithful to Him. We need to give our love, our steadfastness, our yearning, our desire, and our commitment to our one true God, the Lord. And once we give our hearts and lives to the Lord, and to His ways, then will be faithful in our marriages and relationships as He desires.Then will we live the lives He has called us to live. Then will we contribute good to this nation, and this world, instead of contributing to the downfall of this world He has created.

photo in background from pixabay.com

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Miss Mercy Returns to Beach Ministry as New Ministry Season Begins

Oh, how I love the beach. But this is nothing compared with how much I LOVE to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ while ministering the Lord's love to a world in need - my lifetime mission as evangelist, author, & director of Walk by Faith Ministry. How humbled, and blessed and privileged I am when God sends me out into the world to do just that. I am grateful beyond description when He combines my LOVE for Him and my love for the beach by sending me out with some of the special needs dogs of Walk by Faith Ministry to the beach where little crowds of people gather around the dogs and I have opportunities to talk to people about the Lord.

Yesterday, I was thrilled to hit the beach with the dogs the first time this upcoming spring and summer season - a joyous occasion considering only about two months ago three-year-old Miss Mercy was near death. Even as the vets made it pretty clear Miss Mercy had a slim to none chance of surviving her unbelievable ordeal, I heard God speak into my heart to go ahead with the surgery despite the doctor's apparently negative outlook on it and to trust Him and that she would be fine. I did not believe for a minute that God wanted to save her life simply because I love my dog, but as He has done with my only life to save it for a purpose. For His glory! May this upcoming season be full of countless opportunities to share the Gospel whenever and wherever the Lord might lead....!!

UPDATE on Senior Disabled Little Miss Miracles

While 14-year-old-ish senior disabled Little Miss Miracle's eyes are now on the mend, for which I thank God, her inner ear infection has not gotten better overall. I have tried four different antibiotics, plus cleaning her ear through the day, and two different ear medications - all to no avail. She does not appear to be uncomfortable at all, but her ear problem does need to get resolved!

Whose Dream Is It? DAILY INSPIRATION 3/19

My precious friend and I gushed at the mouths one evening on the telephone about our little dream. In all reality, it wasn't a little dream. It was a BIG dream. I could not remember the last time I was so excited about a dream for my future, and to share the same dream with such a dear friend was the icing on the cake. We would dive into our dream in three years, and despite my predisposition to impatience, I would somehow manage to wait the three years for the dream to come to fruition. Then, literally, off we would go! Only there was just a little catch -

background photo from pixabay.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Danger of Happiness - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/18

"You're happy now, aren't you?" a loved one asked me one day, noticing a change in me after decades of struggle. It was not as though I was no longer struggling, considering much of what I struggled with is for the long haul, but something indeed had changed. My heart - and my answer.

background photo from pixabay.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Running to the Rescue of a Loved One - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/17

Have you ever been so incredibly utterly desperate to see someone you love dearly get well from whatever he or she struggles with that you'll do just about anything and everything to help the person? Have you found yourself sticking on your stethoscope, so to speak, opening up your so-called medicine cabinet, searching your mind relentlessly for ways you can help the person get on the path to recovery, woken up in the middle of the night trying to come up with methods to help the person turn his or her life around, and maybe even resorted to BEGGING the person to make the changes necessary to get his or her act together? I have done all of the above, and more, only to make an amazing discovery.

photo in background from pixabay.com
notice the CROSS on the helicopter! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Right Gift, Wrong Use - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/16

"I'm using the gift God gave me in that situation," a beloved friend basically told me one day, also sharing with me how he was continuing to wonder what God's purpose for him is. "You might be using the gift God gave you," I essentially replied. "But that doesn't mean you're using the gift He gave you for His purpose." I wasn't just sharing with my friend wisdom from above. I was speaking from a wealth of experience - not of the right variety, mind you.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Are You Listening? DAILY INSPIRATION 3/15

Are you listening? A kindergarten teacher I assisted for a very short while before I was fired many years ago in some of my worst - and lost - years began the school year with this question. Are you listening? But I am not a kindergarten teacher, and the question I am asking you is not for children. It is for you.

background photo from pixabay.com

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Blessing of Letting Go - DAILY INSPIRATION

When a friend of mine with tears in her eyes lovingly let go of a lovely handmade child's mattress her mother had made many years ago for a great grandchild, not many months after my friend's mother went on to be with the Lord at about 95 years old, she explained how very hard it is for her to let go of stuff that for her has emotional attachments. I hesitated to take the yellow mattress from her to be used for Walk by Faith Ministry's dogs as she had suggested, knowing full well they could destroy it in a matter of hours. Nonetheless, she insisted, explaining that she simply had to learn to let go. Little did she know the blessing - and lesson - that would come in her letting go.

Little Miss Miracles on the new "bed" - the little yellow mattress

Thursday, March 12, 2015

You're a Loser - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/12

A short while after I got off the phone with a friend whom God placed in my life after he was one of the only two people who contacted me about a newspaper article written about the Lord, me, and Walk by Faith Ministry with an emphasis on the ministry's special needs dogs, I couldn't help but think of how the Lord had sent my friend once again to me to remind me that God has a plan for my life and that the devil is a liar. "You're a loser." Have you ever heard the words echo and ricochet and bounce and bang and knock and fly around and catapult and every other such thing around the confines of your mind thanks to the mere - and dangerous and deadly - fact that you have spent time listening to the devil instead of to the Lord? Maybe those exact words aren't familiar to you, but have you ever experienced what I have?

photo in background courtesy of pixabay.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Senior disabled dog Little Miss Miracles, whose name was changed from Miracle to Little Miss Miracles given how many miracles she has already received, is once again in need of help. She was diagnosed with a very severe inner ear infection that is not responding to treatment so far, and now has an issue with her eyes with one eye even more so. Though diagnosed with dry eye, I am taking her back to the vet to see because she has worsened rather than gotten better upon starting her treatment.

I am hoping further testing as recommended and additional treatment will help her to receive her next miracle from the Lord who has blessed her & all those who know her beyond measure.....

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Got Shakespeare? DAILY INSPIRATION 3/10

The bumper sticker on the car in front of me couldn't have been more obvious. Black. White. One of those bumper stickers that can't help but grab your attention because of its simplicity - not to mention bold letters. With its bold message. GOT SHAKESPEARE? Normally I might not have thought much of it. I am a daydreamer. My mind wanders; it doesn't stay on any one subject for any period of time - not often anyway, not unless the topic secures my attention, as it so often does when it comes to thoughts of the Lord. But this bumper sticker grabbed me. GOT SHAKESPEARE? It reminded me of another BOLD STATEMENT. Got Jesus? But the bumper sticker wasn't asking those driving behind the car about Jesus. It was asking drivers about Shakespeare. And therein was exactly why my mind fastened on it. Let me explain.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fighting Discouragement - DAILY INSPIRATION 3/6

When a friend told she was fighting discouragement, my overriding thought was how few people knew the extreme extent to which I have been dealing with discouragement myself. Daily, sometimes hourly. Not in small ways. In huge ones. I was being constantly bombarded from the one end with the thought of quitting, whether it be ministry, writing, caring for the dogs, etc., or once in a while even life itself. On the other end, I was being pelleted with thoughts of how utterly insignificant and futile my attempts are at helping others, and how few, if any, lives God was touching and transforming through my virtually meaningless work. I could most assuredly identify with the idea of discouragement, but then a wildly vital thought came to me.

background photo courtesy of pixabay.com

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Childlike Friend on the Potter's Wheel - Daily Inspiration 3/4

A friend of mine is diagnosed with something the world often looks down and frowns upon. For a long while, I looked down upon my friend for another reason. I had studied the Bible for years; she had just begun. I desperately wanted to please the Lord; she was just finding her way in her walk with Him. I used big, fancy language; she often had little to say. I tried to point her in the right direction with changes I felt God wanted her to make; she resisted. As much as I loved my friend, I often found myself looking down with pride and arrogance; little did I know how my sweet, childlike friend was beginning an amazing journey of learning to look up with precious childlike faith - at the Lord.

photo in background courtesy of pixabay.com

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Which Way Are You Facing? DAILY INSPIRATION 3/3

Which way are you facing? Are your heart and face turned toward the Lord and to His Word, or do you have your back facing Him as you worship other gods? Is your trust in Him, or is your trust in alcohol, drugs, sex, food, friends, television, anorexia, pornography, prescription drug abuse, your job, money and wealth, whatever, whomever, living with your boyfriend or girlfriend, prostitution, adultery, even yourself? Are you seeking God daily in His Word and as you spend quiet time with Him, or are you seeking the things and people of this world? God makes it utterly clear in the second chapter of the book of Jeremiah that those of us who place our trust in our false gods have a tendency to then turn to Him in our times of trouble to help us, and He asks us a question that is convicting beyond measure.

photo in background from pixabay.com

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Receipts for Donations for 2014

Due to an exceedingly full plate with directing Walk by Faith Ministry coupled with trying to squeeze in little slices of desperately needed rest whenever I can get a chance, I am not able to keep up with everything as well as I would like - including receipts! I keep extremely careful records, but do not have a staff or volunteers to help with figuring out and mailing out receipts. So if you are in need of one, please feel free to get in touch and I will do my best to respond as quickly as I can. Thank you for your patience, and most importantly for your love and generosity. God bless you!!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Are You Afraid of Doorways? DAILY INSPIRATION 2/28

I had a dog once who was afraid to walk through doorways. I could not help but think something awful had happened to her as she walked through doorways. Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe she was just afraid of them. Perhaps she had been severely punished for going to the bathroom indoors rather than outdoors and then was shoved out the door. Or perhaps she was punished for trying to come inside. I have fallen short enough through the years with the dogs, not to mention with people, to understand the repercussions of not treating others - whether dogs or people - with love. I thank God for repentance and for His mercy. I have also been on the receiving end of mistreatment enough times to know the ramifications of the sometimes long-term effects of not receiving love and nurture. Only God knows what happened to the dogs I have had that have been afraid of walking through doorways. But laying aside the cause of being afraid of doorways, and setting the dogs to the side, I believe countless humans are afraid to walk through not just any doorways, but the most important doorways of all.

photo in background courtesy of morguefile.com

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Blind Man, the Subway, and a Lesson for Us All - Daily Inspiration 2/27

When I heard the true and indescribably poignant story of a young man who went blind whose friend told him he shouldn't feel sorry for himself but instead should get on with his life and pushed him to ride his city's subway system by himself without the ability to see, I was moved beyond measure by what transpired and knew instantly what God was trying to show me as I heard the story.

photo in background found on Internet with no known attribution.
If you are the photographer, please contact Walk by Faith Ministry
so I can give you attribution or remove the photo if you prefer. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Stood in the Shadow - DAILY INSPIRATION

I stood in the shadow and could not reach the light all round me. I shivered in the cool of standing away from the sunshine. I was down. Discouraged. Frustrated with why I kept falling into the same sin. Wondering why I could not break free - not even close. Then I saw the light. Literally. I saw the Light. I heard the Lord speak into my heart. Repent. I thought I had repented of all I had done wrong again; I had not. For I was believing Satan's lies again, and my belief in his lies was the root of the sin I could not break free from. I had chased his lies into the shadow. The wrong shadow. For there is a shadow that creates no darkness at all. It is the shadow of the wings of the Lord - the shadow where God's heart beckons us. The shadow of His light. The refuge of His presence. I repented for the lies I had believed again. And immediately I came free from the wrong shadow and was catapulted into God's eternal light. His ever love. His amazing mercy. His beautiful heart. His awesome ways. Once more, I found myself not hunkered down on the ground wrapped in a shroud of my sin. I found myself walking - in the Light of the world. The Light of Christ.

background photo from pixabay.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What Are You Doing with Your Dirty Laundry? - Daily Inspiration 2/24

If your washing machine has ever broken and you have made the awful mistake as I did of dumping the sopping clothes into a laundry basket and waiting a few days until you got your washer fixed to properly clean the soiled load, you will undoubtedly learn the stinking lesson I did. Don't do it again. I had to wash the same load over and again to get the stink out. I am reminded of a young woman who rented a room from me who excitedly decided in what was her first experience living away from home to try using a clothesline. A few rainy episodes later, she resorted to the dryer. Perhaps she gave up too soon, but thankfully washers and dryers have long since replaced the old fashioned days of laboriously washing clothes by hand. There is something to be said, however, for the clean, fresh air-dried smell of clothes hung out on the clothesline. Isn't it something how much of America has come up with rules and regulations to forbid freshly cleaned clothes from hanging on clotheslines in people's back yards? It as though we have a great investment in hiding our dirty clothes from the world and in pretending we don't ever need to clean and dry them. But isn't that what so many of us do with our hearts and lives, come to think of it?

photo in background courtesy of canva.com
One of the greatest blessings I have found in my walk with the Lord, as hard and painful as it certainly can be at times, is in realizing and believing and acting upon the Truth that God wants us to bring our filthy sin to Him in true remorse and confession so He can wash us clean with His love and forgiveness. But the blessing doesn't end there. God wants us to bring our dirty lives to others (James 5:16), too, so they can love, encourage, and pray for us, and help us wash our lives in the cleansing power of God's Word.

I have at times as I have recently again found myself so soiled in sin that I have so desperately wanted to be free from that I have felt like that sopping, stinking load of laundry I had to pull out of the washer and foolishly dumped in the laundry basket until it was just about ruined. But rather than leave the mess in the basket, I have remembered God's grace and mercy and shamefacedly, remorsefully, carried my heavy load of wrongdoing to Him. And I have as the Lord has led me shared my basket with others, thankful for their love, encouragement, and prayers. I have been tempted like others to dump the clean laundry in my dryer where nobody can see, but have decided despite the rules and regulations of this world to hang my freshly cleaned heart and life thanks to God's forgiveness on a clothesline for all to see. Sure, I like the benefits of my air-dried life. But perhaps most importantly, I believe we need to stand together and remind one another that we ALL fall short of God's glory (Romans 3:23) - and that it is only through faith in Christ and His shed blood on the cross that we are wonderfully forgiven and can enjoy the delightful breeze and soaking sun that rests upon our hearts and lives because of God alone.

If you've been hiding your sin in the closet in a basket of stinking, soiled, laundry, repent of it and come into the light where God can wash you clean. 

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 

Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 

1Co_6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 

Heb_10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 

Rev_1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Victory in Your Battles - DAILY INSPIRATION 2/23

Just when I was on the verge of being devoured once again by the devil, not to mention totally unable to see that he was behind the fierce struggle in which I was engaged, God took me scuba diving into a much deeper study of four verses I had studied countless times before. This time, I rose back up to the surface with a precious pearl of wisdom I knew would help me secure the victory I needed and desired.

photo in background from pixabay.com