Category Archives: Calling

The Poor need encouragement not a lecture

I am just so infuriated and disappointed at the lack of compassion and grace the evangelicals who claim to follow Christ have by blaming the poor for their situation. Based on my research and with hearing other Christians speak, they … Continue reading

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Comfort in the midst of conflict

I was taking Mercy for a typical walk as the sun was setting. We went through the playground like we have so many times before. There is a group of kids that often come out to pet Mercy. She had … Continue reading

Posted in Accuse, Advocacy, Agreement, Anti-Bullying, Arguments, Boys, Bullying, Calling, Change the World, Children, Comfort, Conflict, Cooperation, Counseling, Disapproval, Discord, Displeasure, Division, Dogs, Domestic disputes, Fear, Golden Retriever, Harmony, Healing, Human Animal Bond, In Agreement, Judging, Ministry of Reconciliation, Mission, Paradise Lost, Peace, Peacemaking, Pet therapy, Purpose, Reconciliation, Strife, sweetness, Therapuetic, Therapy, Therapy Dogs, Uncategorized, Unity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Striving to be enough?

Often times I struggle to be fit enough for some things. I often feel degraded then rejected and excluded from what is important to me for messing up even with those things I am passionate about. I have been dealing with a … Continue reading

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Persistence pays off

After a few setbacks, Mercy and I are back in the saddle. God was dealing with me for a while, purifying my heart and humbling me. Back last November, I decided that I would let my Therapy Dogs Inc., (now … Continue reading

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God is directing me on a new path

I know I have not written in a long time. I have suffered some setbacks with Mercy since my last post. Mercy has needed more training to renew her skills and manners lately. Needless to say, life has been very … Continue reading

Posted in Acceptance, Animal Assisted Therapy, Approval, Arrested Emotional Development, At risk youths, Autism, Autism Awareness, Believe, Bi-polar Disorder, Calling, Career, Challenges, Cohesion, Comfort, Common Purpose, Compassion, Competence, Comrade, Confidence, Cooperation, Disappointment, Dog Training, Dogs, Dreams, Encouragement, Faith, Fear, Goals, God, Grace, Hope, Hurt, Love, Mental Health, Outcasts, Purpose, Rejection, Respect, Second chances, Setbacks, Shame, social skills, Stress, Struggling, Support, Understanding | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Child’s Heart – Love of Animals

I care about the hearts of children. Maybe it’s because my own heart is wounded. Deep down, I am still a hurting little girl. God is using this to help me identify with and relate better to children. Sadly, there … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, affection, affirmation, Alley cats, Animal Assisted Therapy, Animals, At risk youths, Beauty, Believe, Calling, cats, Change the World, Childlikeness, Children, Comfort, Cooperation, Desires, Destiny, Disappointment, Disapproval, Disdain, Displeasure, Dreams, Embrace, empathy, Enrichment, Hopes, Hurting, Intimacy, Kindness, Love, Nature, needy, Passion, Pet therapy, Rescue, stray cats, sympathy, Tenderness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Giving the mentally ill access to healing and a future

I have been trying to find a psychiatrist to help my husband overcome his broken heart for so many years now, but to no avail. The latest one we tried, which I was really counting being the one who could finally … Continue reading

Posted in Behavioral Health, Broken Hearted, Calling, Compassion, Destiny, Division, Exclusion, Have Nots, Health Care, HealthCare Marketplace, Hurting, Love, Meaning, Meaningful Life, Mental Health, Middle Class, Passion, Purpose, Support, Troubled, Valued, Worthwhile | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment