About 15.5 years ago, a friend at the time had a beautiful energetic young puppy she tied up on a little tie out in her little yard outside her little house I suppose to give the puppy a break from all the cats living in the little house. The Lord had another plan. The man I ended up marrying had a dog that wasn’t a good fit. My friend and I traded dogs, but my friend not long afterward returned the dog she took and left us with both along with all my others. This was in the midst of what would become for me about 20 years of dog rescue work before God called me into full-time ministry with my beloved handicapped ministry dogs. I have now been on the road for Jesus and ministry for about 4 years. Why do I share this with you? Here is why.
My friend back then with whom I lost touch named the dog Tasmanian devil. I renamed that precious puppy Abigail after flipping open the Bible and finding the name of King David’s wife. I called her Abby for short. Abigail ended up spending the next 15.5 years with me and all the dogs that came in and out of my life and those that remain.
Yesterday, with a broken heart, I went to the vet and sent my beloved Abigail back to Jesus who gave her to me. She had multiple major medical problems, and the Lord made clear it was time for me to let go rather than to prolong her life and allow her to suffer. I can’t even describe to you the tears I could cry over losing her, over unexpectedly losing my beloved paralyzed ministry dog Mr. Simeon just months ago, over losing all the countless dogs I have lost over the years given how many I had through my dog rescue work, let alone all the tears I could cry over a life filled with trials, tribulations, and tragedies.
But friend, God has taught me to smile in the midst of tears. To be thankful in the midst of loss. To see my blessings He bestows upon me even when my life’s circumstances are challenging. To be joyful even when my flesh thinks self-pity is a better option. To look at Him and His goodness instead of to focus on the hard stuff. And to press on in the calling He has for my life no matter what I face along the way. The calling to love and worship and serve and glorify Him with all my heart and to tell the world about Him.
It was such a sad but blessed farewell, and this is not the only farewell in this season of my life. The Lord has made clear it is time for me to pack up my car with my 2 remaining handicapped ministry dogs, most of my life’s belongings, their vet equipment and paralyzed ministry dog Miss Mercy’s wheelchairs, my printing equipment for my tracts and devotionals, and most of all my heart totally devoted to Jesus and to helping people worldwide to find and follow Him and my Bibles – to keep going from place to place to tell the world about Jesus.
I have been praying my heart out for God’s will and timing, and this is yet another big step in my life being on the road full-time for the Lord without any home base. Learning to trust and follow my beloved precious Jesus, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, day by day.
I am very tired from caregiving my Abigail in weeks and months past, from having what now is an international ministry with no staff and a few helpers helping in small but significant ways, from the glorious way the Lord is continually growing the ministry, from the challenges of this life, from yesterday’s big loss and not sleeping well, and from preparing to go to my next locations for Jesus. But despite the fatigue, and despite the grief and tears, I rejoice above all else.
Because Jesus Christ is Lord, because He is the only Son of God, He is God in the flesh, He came to the earth and lived a perfect life, because He died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead. Because all humans are sinners headed for hell and the lake of fire forever. Because God loves us so much that all who turn from our sins, believe in Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection, truly devoting our lives to God and His ways, living for Jesus and no longer for self, are forgiven, promised everlasting life, and the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us to lead us, teach us, change us, guide us, comfort us, help us, empower us, and enable us to tell the world about Jesus and so very much more. I rejoice that those of us who receive Jesus Christ as Lord are saved from God’s wrath at us for our sins, that we can have a relationship with God forever that we could not otherwise have because of our sins through faith in and our lives being devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, and that the greatest blessing of all is God almighty and a forever relationship with Him.
I rejoice that God is carrying me through the hard stuff and compelling me to look to Him in all things and to humbly, faithfully, lovingly, devotedly keep following Jesus day by day and forevermore.
I am so excited to share with you much more of my Good News Daily writing and Video Devotionals but in truth have not been able to keep up with sharing all that I have written and recorded. But I trust the Lord for His timing. And I know I must get rest along the way so I can keep going forward in my life’s work for Christ.
Please would you consider praying for me, this ministry, disabled dog Gracie and paralyzed dog Miss Mercy, and all the people worldwide the Lord is reaching through this ministry? I would love to have people praying on a very regular basis as the Lord leads.
I would also be enormously thankful to anyone led to make a donation or become a Monthly Sponsor in memory of my sweet Abigail and most importantly for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Please contact me at 843-338-2219 or lara@GoodNews.love to make a donation, or please do so on my ministry website at www.GoodNews.love.
love & blessings,
“…as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;” 2 Cor. 6:10
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Phil. 4:4
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!” 1 Chron. 16:8
p.s. please feel free to reach out by email at lara@GoodNews.love, but I would prefer no phone calls for at least a few days please as I need quiet time with the Lord & to rest & to prepare for my next locations.