Years ago, someone dear to me told me maybe I needed to consider giving up my dog rescue work because of how emotionally overwhelming it was for me especially with my extra sensitive heart to deal with neglected, abused, abandoned, sick, disabled, and dying dogs in need of rescue. I pressed on anyway feeling the benefit of helping the dogs far outweighed the toll the work took on me emotionally.
I am sitting at my computer with tears yet to dry on my face that are part of the past 24 hours of my life on the road for Jesus for about 2.5 years now catching up with me. I was called out of dog rescue work and into my life’s calling. Streets ministry and writing & publishing Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books with the Spirit of God leading the way and my handicapped streets ministry doggies alongside me.
I could never describe in words the heights and depths of the emotions of my own personal story of decades-long trials coupled with continually seeing the brokenness and heartache and devastation of a world in dire need of the Lord Jesus Christ – a world most of which right now is hanging onto sin and evil and darkness for dear life headed for hell and the lake of fire in eternal torment instead of repenting and turning to Christ as Lord and Savior and receiving forgiveness and everlasting life with Him.
The stories people pour out of their hearts to me as I minister to them on the streets, by phone, and by email, at one extreme, then seeing the love and awesomeness of the Lord Jesus Christ at the other extreme, all combined with the challenges I personally face day by day because of my own hard but beautiful story, every once in a while I just cry from exhaustion and from being overwhelmed by it all. And, most of all, from grieving for the Lord because of how so much of humanity He created is rejecting Him and grieving for humanity which is in such desperate need of turning itself over to God and His ways through Jesus who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead.
Friend, no number of tears, no amount of heartache, no degree of feeling overwhelmed, no level of tough emotions, none of this could possibly stop me from pressing on in loving and worshiping and serving the Lord Jesus Christ forevermore! The reward of belonging to Jesus forever, and of having a life’s calling to help others to do the same, nothing could possibly compare. I am living the life God set me on this earth to live – tears and joy and everything in between.
Are you living the life the Lord created you to live? Live for Jesus, please. No matter the cost. There is no greater reward than Jesus, than forever with Him, and than living to love and please and honor and glorify the Lord forever! Please, oh please, live utterly for Christ, AMEN!
IF YOU NEED HELP BEGINNING OR PRESSING ON IN A FOREVER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT AT 843-338-2219 OR lara@GoodNews.love
love & blessings,
“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”” Luke 15:10