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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 -

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Donations for LITTLE MISS MIRACLES

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Falling Upwards - Daily Inspiration 2/20

Which way do you face when you fall? Maybe an unusual question, but your answer might just help you determine if you're headed in the right direction. I used to spend most of my time when I fell facing downward. Discouraged, depressed, disgruntled, down, full of self-condemnation and harsh judgment of myself. I can still easily fall prey to this. In fact, I have been falling a lot recently into one particular sin I desperately desire to be free from. But I find I am learning to face upwards when I fall far more than downwards these days. Do you know what I mean?

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

HELP WANTED: 100% Proceeds Benefit Those in Need

As my fifth book, PIECES FROM MY HEART: Inspiration from Lara Love's almost Daily Inspiration, joins the ranks of my just released THE HOMELESS DREAM book and my previous three books, I am putting out a plea for HELP WANTED in purchasing the books and in helping to get the word out there.

I do not at this time do any traditional marketing, promotion, and publicity for my books, and am trusting the Lord will get them along with my online almost Daily Inspiration and monthly WALK BY FAITH DEVOTIONAL into the hands and hearts of those He desires.

All proceeds from the books will benefit Walk by Faith Ministry in helping me to fulfill the ministry's mission to share the Gospel while ministering the Lord's love to a world in need - including to people in dire need as well as caring for the ministry's 17 mostly special needs and senior rescued dogs. I would be very grateful for your help in getting copies for yourselves, for others you know, and in telling others about the books.

Please CLICK HERE to see all five books and to purchase them. You can also choose to contact me at 843-338-2219 or at CLICK HERE to order multiple copies or to bypass Amazon.com and to order directly from Walk by Faith Ministry. Thank you & God bless you!


IS GOD SPEAKING TO YOU? Daily Inspiration 2/19

I have yet to understand why some people do not believe God speaks to His children. For starters, given the Bible is God's inspired and authoritative Word for humanity, how can we doubt God speaks to us? Secondly, given we are adopted into God's family and become His children when we repent and believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, how can we doubt God would speak to His very own children? Third, given the Bible is chock full from beginning to end of God speaking to people, why would He stop? Fourth, why would the Bible say that the sheep of the Lord hear His voice if the Lord does not speak to us? Oh, and how I could go on and on. But in my estimate, the issue really isn't whether or not the Lord speaks to His children; it is entirely obvious He does. The question should be, I believe, why don't we listen?

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

THE ULTIMATE LIST - Daily Inspiration 2/18

My mom is the ultimate list maker. She has been for as long as I can remember. Lists for this and lists for that. Lists for herself and lists for my dad and the kids when we were young. Lists for school, trips, events, anything and everything. She is not alone. Loads of people keep TO DO lists, don't they? Ever striving to check stuff off the lists, list makers look to their lists to remember their goals and to work to meet them. How many of us, however, have TO BE lists in addition to, or instead of, TO DO lists? I recently stumbled upon a TO BE list in the Bible that to me is the ultimate list for those who have repented and place their trust in Christ as Lord.

Love
Joy
Peace
Long-suffering (patience)
Gentleness
Goodness
Faith
Meekness
Temperance (self-control)

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DONATIONS NEEDED for PARALYZED DOGS BUDDIES

Paralyzed dogs Miss Mercy and Mr. Simeon have kept me on my toes recently, what with three-year-old Miss Mercy almost dying a few weeks ago and needing to undergo exceedingly expensive life-saving surgery and surviving only by the grace of God, and now Mr. Simeon with crystals in his urine and a possible stone along with both of them needing medications, diaper changes and all that goes with it, and a special diet for both of them. They are both headed back to the vet next week for follow-up testing and care, and prayers & donations would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you & God bless you!



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When God Gets in Your Face - DAILY INSPIRATION 2/17

I have been struggling recently. I could be totally vague, but I would rather be entirely real. I have been having a hard time with an unhealthy combo of fear and anger. And as desperately as I desire to please the Lord whom I love beyond measure, I have found myself falling instead of standing, crawling instead of walking, and getting knocked down more times than I care to think about. But God has a way of getting in my face as I relentlessly pursue Him in my dedicated desire to learn how to walk by faith instead of falling constantly into the abyss of sin, and He did just that when I called a friend for prayer. Instead of praying for me, she interrupted me as I started to share a trial with her and told me she had to read something to me she had just read less than an hour before.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Cleaning Out Your Heart & Life - DAILY INSPIRATION 2/16

Years ago, upon the suggestion of someone helping me, I went through my heart, home, and life seeking anything and everything that was displeasing to the Lord - from false gods and false religion to icons, statues, music, books, beliefs, clothes, relationships, whatever, etc. - and repented of it and rid myself of it - even throwing some of it away. My life had been riddled with idols and false gods, and plenty else that displeased the Lord, in many cases without my even knowing it. I had been warned by a woman some time before that God is a jealous God, and that I needed to stay away from certain things and practices, but I had been offended by her and her words and had not considered the Truth she spoke that had come straight from the Lord.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Doggone Amazing Lesson in Obedience - DAILY INSPIRATION 2/14

When I distinctly heard the Lord speak into my heart that I should go ahead with an exceedingly expensive surgery needed to help save three-year-old paralyzed dog Miss Mercy's life, I sat in the small office of a veterinarian I had only just met and told him I needed to go ahead with the surgery for one reason alone. God. I told him that I live for the Lord, and that my obedience to God is more important than anything else. The vet had done everything but tell me flat out to euthanize Miss Mercy, explaining her condition in detail and telling me in no uncertain terms how unlikely it was that she would survive. I called my own long-time vet from his office, and told my vet what I had heard from the Lord in response to my prayer. My own vet's answer was cut and dry - and a directive to which we all need to pay heed.

Miss Meryc's first wheelchair ride after her big surgery
"This is a no-brainer," my vet said as I sat in the emergency and specialty vet hospital. My vet had already heard the diagnosis and prognosis. In the world's eyes, the answer was obvious. Euthanize. But my vet spoke what was more important than anything else. "You answer to God," he essentially said. "Do what He tells you." Wow. In a world increasingly on a tragic move away from God, my vet and I were in total agreement contrary to the world's ways. God comes first. Obedience to Him must take precedence above all else.

Miss Mercy in my bedroom where she's moved in
with paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon and a few others...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Miraculous Update on Paralyzed Dog

Miss Mercy's first miracle was when she survived being hit by a car and was brought to a shelter in rural Georgia, her second miracle was when she escaped what would have been probable euthanization when God brought her to safety under the little wings of Walk by Faith Ministry, her next miracle was when her exceeding pain simply went away, her subsequent miracle was when she survived a surgery a few weeks ago that the surgeon could hardly believe she survived, and her most recent miracle has been a phenomenal recovery from almost dying a few weeks ago at only three years old from a combo of her spleen having split in two when she was hit by the car and one of the spleens almost dying inside her combined with a horrific urinary tract infection, a possible kidney infection, a liver issue, anemia, and being filled with fluid.

photo courtesy of Whitney Boring
of wphotographyhiltonhead.com
taken several months before Mercy almost died
just a few weeks ago.

Monday, February 9, 2015

God's Good Work in You - DAILY INSPIRATION 2/9

     A beautiful friend who passed away but leaves behind a great legacy of love and kindness, of sweetness and her gorgeous, heartwarming smile, used to be a hairdresser. She told me that God working on us is like a hairdresser working on a client. She described how absolutely yucky and smelly and ugly the hair is in the process of having all the salon product stuff creating a gunky mess while the client sits in the chair waiting for the end result. How awful it all looks right in the middle of the process.

background photo courtesy of pixabay.com


Friday, February 6, 2015

Ever Find Yourself Judging Others? - DAILY INSPIRATION 2/6

"When you stand before the Lord to give an account of your life," my beloved Pastor Freddie told me a few years before he crawled into bed one night, shut his eyes to sleep and woke up with the Lord, "you won't be asked to give an account of anyone else. You will have to give an account of your own life." God poured so much wisdom through my dear pastor and father in Christ, and this nugget of wisdom has stuck with me ever since. For with a long-time history of judging others, right in line with how much I was judged by a loved one while I was growing up, I was sinfully, dangerously, and pridefully prone to pointing the finger at others for their shortcomings rather than looking in the mirror and dealing with my own sins and striving to yield my life to the Lord and to His ways.

I believe if we are all fully honest with ourselves, we will find that none of us is totally immune from judging others. From walking down the street and thinking critical thoughts about people who are obese, to bashing loved ones with addictions either to their faces or behind their backs while justifying our judgment by claiming we are just trying to help them, to giving up on friendships because we feel like we shouldn't have to deal with other people's shortfalls, to giving our spouses a hard time because we think they should be further along with making changes in their lives, to reading the newspaper and watching the evening news and scoffing at people's foolish acts, to anything and everything, we all find ourselves at one time or another judging others - whether we admit it or not.

photo in background courtesy of pixabay.com

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Message in the Mail - DAILY INSPIRATION 2/5

I have a friend who told me several years ago when he and his wife started sponsoring Walk by Faith Ministry that he would prefer to send a check in the mail over the most common way people seem to use these days whereby they set up automatic payments via the Internet, and his reason was most unusual - or so I thought. But then the ways of the Lord are so often foreign to our own ways, aren't they? See, my friend wanted to send a check so he could pray each month and send a Bible verse with his check. And the messages in the mail I have received through his heart and handwriting have so often been right on time, such as this one.

senior Speckles who has had a double hernia for years
rests comfortably in her little bed cuddled with Little Miss Miracles
and the Bible verse message in the mail stuck to her bed as a background. . . 
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58)."

If you're anything like I am, perhaps you struggle at times with doubting what God has called you to do with your life because the people, places, and circumstances around you may not always seem to validate that you are on track. How often I have questioned the work to which I am called and even considered quitting because the world around me didn't seem to affirm my work, or the challenges I faced seemed impossible or unbearable, or anything at all. But God doesn't call us to walk by sight (what we see and feel and experience), but to walk by faith in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). My friend's message in the mail was a wonderful reminder that no matter how foolish it might seem at times for me to press on with my life's calling, my job is to be steadfast and unmovable no matter how things might look, feel, or seem, and to be diligent to continue forth knowing that my work is for His glory.

senior Elijah who has a quite miraculous story
doesn't look too enthusiastic being disturbed from his rest
to act as a background for the message in the mail . . . 
Don't doubt the work to which God has called you. If you are clear you are following His call, carry on. Be strong in Him, seek His face to ensure you are on track, dig deep into His Word for direction and courage, and keep your eyes and heart on the Lord. When you find yourself turning your focus to the world and discover yourself sinking into doubt, repent and return to the Lord and press forward.