For those who are following the story of Mother Theresa, the rescue dog who was badly attacked by a fellow rescue dog, she went to the vet yesterday for a follow-up. Her skin had started turning black, cracking open, and bleeding. The vet had expected this would possibly happen, as the blood after the fight was unable to reach her skin as needed. I have been instructed to put her skin under water for 20 minutes daily until the skin falls off, at which time the vet said she will need more surgery. Please keep her in your prayers and consider a donation for her care. Thanks to all the wonderful people who have stepped forward already with donations!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Last night when I cried out to the Lord – and oh did I cry – He gave me an answer to my question. How simple it was. “Believe.” At the tail end of the one of the hardest years of my life, with one great loss after tragedy after another, I see now what happened on my faith walk.Have you ever wondered in the midst of lost or drastically reduced faith exactly what happened? Why did you stop believing? In my case, I know. And the answer is biblical.I stopped believing because I got swallowed up in my circumstances. In the eye of a storm that seemed it would never end, not ever, I took my eyes off Jesus Christ. I placed them firmly on – my circumstances. And just like people throughout the Bible, without the Lord, guess what. I stopped believing. The Bible says: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor 4:18 KJV).”Why did I stop believing? Why did God need to remind me last night that He wants me to believe? When the enemy threw one horrible thing after another in my direction, I did what Eve did in the garden. I set my eyes and thoughts exactly where the enemy wanted – off my God, and on the enemy’s hell. I forgot that the hard stuff is only temporal. God is eternal. It is not enough to know why I stopped believing. The next step is to seek the Lord’s forgiveness for taking my eyes off Him, for not trusting Him, and to return my eyes and heart to the Creator of all. Why did you stop believing?Believe. ‘Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
You’ve got to see it to believe it. Samuel the rescue dog decided to tell Santa just how much he wanted a new home for Christmas! Check it out at www.youtube.com/walkbyfaithministry.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
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Thanks be to God and a phenomenal veterinary clinic & surgeon, Loudoun Veterinary Services in Purcellville, VA, and Dr. Stang, Mother Theresa has begun her recovery. For the first few days, she barely moved and looked like she was in a coma. Slowly, her eyes became undazed and I no longer needed to feed her by squishing soft food through the side of her mouth & teeth. Slowly, she began to take her first, though unbalanced, wobbly, steps. Once again, I am watching a dog persevere the way God calls us to. Mother Theresa, 12 years old, had an owner who planned to shoot and kill her. Her rescuer got in trouble with the police and fled. The place where he abandoned her did not feel led to care for her. She landed with Walk by Faith Ministry, where months later she was attacked horrifically by a fellow rescue dog whom this week I was devastated to have to send to heaven at only 2 years old. Despite every challenge she has faced thus far, Mother Theresa wakes each morning and walks by faith through the day. She does not let her obstacles stop her from doing what she knows she needs to do. Yet again, God has sent an inspiration on four legs to Walk by Faith Ministry, and, I pray, to the world. As for me, yet again I take my first wobbly steps forward. I have found most of this past year has been marred with challenge after challenge, loss after loss, tragedy after tragedy. I could so easily give up, especially right now when I think of having to make the decision to end the life of a young, healthy dog who was so traumatized as a pup she developed aggressive tendencies that even with help would have posed too much of a risk. But, like Mother Theresa, I will not give up. I simply love the Lord too much to quit now that I’ve come this far. “Are you going to walk by faith?” a friend challenged me in the midst of this latest tragedy. I felt the Lord convicting me – to give up, or to practice the name of this ministry. Walk by Faith.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Yesterday was a devastating day. Two of Walk by Faith Ministry’s rescue dogs had a fight two days ago, and yesterday morning I had to send one of them to heaven at two years old. She wagged her tail all the way to the vet, and then she reached up and kissed the tears I cried as. I told her she would be with Jesus and I would be with them both one day. It ripped my heart out. Then I came home to the other dog, who was so badly hurt she was on the operating table for 2 hours to put her neck back together with an enormous vet bill we will have to walk by faith God will provide. This has been one of the hardest years of my life, the attack has been almost constant, and so has the testing. But God is sovereign, and He is bringing beauty from ashes – and a whole lot of tears. In the midst of it all, God through Jesus is using the ministry to touch and save, heal and deliver, human and four-legged lives. I continue to be in awe of how He came up with such a unique, creative ministry involving miracle cases of people & homeless dogs, too – with Jesus Christ number one!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
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As I finish up one of the most grueling, challenging years of my life, I have a testimony to share I never would have expected in the midst of my horrendous circumstances brought on more than anything by the consequences of a loved one’s sinful choices. For years, I stood in faith – wobbly much of the time, strong others, I will confess – that God would work a miracle in my life concerning my relationship with my loved one. I never saw the miracle I sought all those years. But what God birthed right in the midst of it all is phenomenal – something only God could do. When I realized I would not get the miracle I sought for so long regarding my loved one, I then begged God to take away the pain, the grief, and the aftermath of my loved one’s final choice and the consequences of that destructive choice. The details are really irrelevant. Suffice it to say the emotional pain was unbearable – and compounded by a years-long other situation that has been horrifically painful. On top of everything, I lost two of the most precious dogs I have ever had – and my financial support from my loved one with no explanation or warning. God shocked me. The Lord I love more than anything and everyone not only did not work the miracle I sought for so long. My God let me walk through every ounce of pain and grief and hurt that I told Him was so unbearable. What kind of God is He? God did not change my circumstances. What did God change? He changed me. When my loved one made the last of a long series of choices that caused more hurt and harm than I could possibly imagine, I realized I had two choices. I could go the way of the Lord – or the way of evil. I chose the former. I gave God all of me – absolutely every bit of me. And I asked Him to change my heart and make me the woman He created me to be. He did not change the circumstances in my life, and to this day they are no different. But I am. I spent a good part of this past year asking the Lord to purge me of anything unholy, repenting, seeking forgiveness from the Lord and from people, forgiving those who have hurt me as the Lord showed me the unforgiveness in my heart, and learning to live in a brand new way – the way the Lord intended all along. Rather than change my circumstances, God used my circumstances to work a miracle in me. I was so broken from my circumstances that I was completely pliable and moldable in the hands of the Lord. He could do anything with me, and I let Him. My life circumstances today are as hard as they have been. Almost nothing outside of me has changed. But I have. I know a peace I have never known, I have a hope I have never had, and I am learning to love with the love of the Lord. I am at the bare beginning of where God is taking me. I would have missed so much if I had gone to where God was calling me with the wrong heart. Years ago, my pastor told me God would prepare me before He set me in the place He had called me. Little did I know the most important preparation of all was not in the details of my life – but in the very inside of my heart. The Lord lives inside me, and He wants His temple to be holy. This past year, the Lord has showered me in His love, bathed me in His forgiveness, and grown me up in His Word. If your cirucmstances have not changed as you have prayed, perhaps you face the same opportunity I have had. Rather than beg God to change them, why not allow Him to change you. I believe with all my heart my circumstances will change for the good. I believe I am headed for great things, for healing and restoration and goodness in every area of my life. But first, the Lord God almighty wanted to make my heart ready for the life that lies ahead. Love in Jesus Christ.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
This morning I looked – for a total of about two seconds – at 1 Chronicles 3 in the Bible. I was excited to read something yummy, as I love digging into the Word. I was dismayed to find yet another long list of names. Quickly, I decided to move on with my morning. But I stopped, and I believe the Holy Spirit revealed something to me so beauitful about what God can birth. Too many times in the Bible I have been bored by lists of names. One name. The next. Who birthed the next person. Most of the names are not familiar; most of them I cannot pronounce. In fact, I attended a Bible marathon reading and got “stuck” with what seemed an everlasting list of names. Who birthed whom. This morning the Holy Spirit showed me something magnificent. Even in the midst of the meaningless, the forgotten, the insignificant, the ordinary, and even in the midst of generations of people who messed up in unforgettable and sometimes forgettable ways, God can birth exactly what He desires. I had never thought of it this way. I love Jesus Christ so much I often just imagine He was born in His manger and later became my Savior. But imagine all the generations of people that were the long line of ancestry preceding His birth. If I look at my life, I see years and years of what seems like wasted time. Insignifcant days, weeks, months, and even years. Sin. Messing up. Shortcoming. Mistakes, too many. My errors, and the sins of others and their horrific consequences, too. Today, I see 1 Chronicles 3 and all the other seemingly endless lists of names in a new way. It is as though God is saying, “Do not give up when it seems boring, and that I have no plan at all. I always have a plan, and be excited. I can birth my plan and my purpose in the midst of it all.” Oh, how marvelous our Lord is!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Unfortunately nobody has stepped forward to help Ben2, who has now been crated 24-7 for several months due to recovery from surgery on a broken femur. His current foster home has NO carpeting, and he therefore has nowhere he can walk and hang out inside with the potential to fall and re-injure his leg. So he stays in his crate all day & night. PLEASE can anyone help Ben2 even temporarily with a foster – or a permanent home? His info is at https://www.walkbyfaith.petfinder.com/. Application process applies for fostering and adopting. Please help spread the word!!!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.