I read somewhere once>>>>>>>

that the amazing thing about having a dog is even though neither of you speak the same language, you develop this deep connection that you will never have with a human.

“One of the greatest evidences of God’s love to those that love Him is to send them afflictions with grace to bear them.”  (from the pen of John Wesley)

Coming out of the loss of Od has been trying and difficult these past three weeks.  But I know that in the tears and in the sad moments God is right here with me in this “little matter” of my life.  How do I know?  I know His Word.  I know He can not lie.

So, by faith, I accept, “I will never ever leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)

I don’t like trials.  I don’t like health issues.  I don’t like being alone.  I don’t like any of it.  Butttttttttttttttttt, here stands the truth for me in my times of need.

God is not dead.  God is not off on a mission some where else.  God is right here with me. He has never left my side.  He will walk with me through everything that comes my way.  I know that He cares about this wayward child of His.  In fact, He loves me very, very much.  In normal times, when nothing particularly is bothering me, I never have the opportunity to “feel” that Presence, but come a time – – a moment of life adjusting, His presence is very much with me and I am so thankful for that moment of life adjusting – – that moment of despair – – that moment of being alone – – and that moment of “anything” and “everything” that comes my way. Why??? Because in that moment of “_________”, His Presence is made known to my heart and I am fully aware that I am not alone, nor will I EVER BE ALONE!!

As God gave me little Od seven years ago, He will give me another little dog when he/she is ready and when I am ready for us to be together. I am looking forward to that.

Those of you, troubled by the loss of a pet, be it a dog, cat, bird, or horse……..go ahead and cry…..remember the good times…..tuck them in your heart.  THEN….. stand up straight, take a deep breath and begin to walk into your future.  By the way – – here are two verses to tuck into your memory for future use down the road.  You will need them.

“I will never ever leave you nor forsake you.”  (Heb. 13:5)  Don’t just say it, believe it!!

“Call unto Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”  (Jere. 33:3) He does not lie, EVER!!

Corrie ten Boon wrote, “This is what the past is for.  Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”

Then, look at what I saw/read this morning.  There are 31 Proverbs, one for each day of the month.  Today is July 12th.  In the 12th chapter of the Proverbs, verse 10a, it reads, “A righteous man (woman) regards the life of his/her animal“.  Further down in that same Proverb, we read, “But the righteous will come through trouble“.  (vs. 13b) Tell me that God is not “right on”.  Tell me that God doesn’t have time for you and that He will send you elsewhere.  Tell me that God is too busy for you. Tell me that……..Tell me this……. Tell me anything but I will tell you THIS!! HOGWASH!!

I will ALWAYS believe that I am important to Him and He will always and forever be with me as I travel the earth in time.  He loves me with pure Agape love. I will never be alone in the dark of the nighttime of my life.

Incidentally – He will be and do the same for you.  How about it!!!!

In His Matchless Grace!!!!

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Saturday – quiet – but a good day!

Always have a wonderful Saturday morning.  Patty comes e..a..r..l..y (7:30ish) and off we go to McDonalds and then here, there, and elsewhere.  And oh my!! How Patty and Jim can cook.  Some times they bring me food and it is so good.  Reminds me of days when I had good smells coming from my kitchen too.

I am so blest.  This past week, in spite of little Od being forever gone, it has been a good week because depending upon the Lord when you are down makes all the difference in the world.

I am reading a book entitled, “Teach Us to Number Our Days”.  It is by David Roper.  For years he would write for Our Daily Bread publications.  (He is two years older than I) I want to quote one of his paragraphs.

“The question is this:  How do we view our troubles?  Are they driving us toward bitterness and despair? Or are they drawing us into deeper intimacy with God?”

Good question, isn’t it?  He continues.  “If we are growing toward Him, we will see more of the glory than ever before, for that assurance comes not from texts or creeds, but from daily communion with the God of life who loves us as no one else can. Thus Isaiah encourages us:

‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.’ “

It is so true.  Our lives, as we grow older and older begin to take on a texture of solidness.  As the body weakens, the spirit grows more solid daily. Not because of any thing we can do, but it is because of what He can do in, through and with us as we are yielded to the God of our creation….of our daily living and moment by moment breathing.

God can stop that breathing on any one of us at any moment in time.  He is the only One who gave us our lives and in reality He is the One who determines the length of them.

“I thank God for every thing in my life, the good and the bad.  Some were blessings, and some were lessons.”

Blessed by the Amazing Grace of God>>>>>>

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It’s Friday afternoon~~~~

Another week behind us – behind me.  In fact this coming Monday it will have been three whole weeks without my Od.

(That leaves a lump of silence in my heart.) I decided I would like to know how famous people thought and responded to their dogs. Have you ever wondered about that?

Charles de Gaulle. (remember him?  He was the former President of the French Republic.)  He said, “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”

Author unknown for this one.  “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Harry Truman once said, “You want a friend in Washington?  Get a dog.”

Martin Luther wrote, “The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common.  Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.”

I settled in for this one as my finale.

“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss.  A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart.”

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I wish I had the “know-how” to give a good picture, but the steadiness of my hand is long gone.  Od, in the bottom picture, was vacationing with Lia, my g’daughter. During his stay with her and Tyler, when I had my first knee replaced, she “decided” what my Christmas present would be four months later.

That Christmas, she gave me this portrait of remembrance of him from her hand by the gift that God had given to her.

The above picture of him in his blue sweater was taken last March, just before we moved back to the Valley.

Dogs are not our whole life, but they certainly make our lives whole.

The footprints of a dog will stay with you forever.

Now I know.

 

In His care especially

Marge H.

Good evening to all of my readers……

…..I have certainly been on a roller coaster ride but I believe purposely so that I can say to you, we ARE going to have many ups and downs, ins and outs, wonderful feelings and feelings that have been rung through the slop-bucket, but through it all (as Andre Crouch once wrote and sang) “I have learned to depend upon His Word”.  And if I have Jesus I have the peace that does pass all understanding.  It doesn’t “ice” everything with goodness and pleasure, but down deep where the fertilizer (hurts and pain) is being mixed with the soil of life, the richness and the coming growth begins over and over again.

You see.  That is the deal with Christianity.   We are not removed from our problems, our pain, our hurts. We are given the One who will walk with us through that storm and see us through to the end.

Od was the love of my life.  He understood me. God gave that little fellow to me at a time when I had lost everything that made sense to me.

It was last March, when we moved back to the Valley, that Od began his health spiral.   It simply would not stop.  I held on to him much too long but I just couldn’t let go – I just couldn’t!!!!!!  Then on a Sunday afternoon I realized that I had held him too long and he needed relief from his severe problems. And there was only one answer for that relief.  Dr. Tom had talked with me about the procedure and so I began the “walk” that I hated with all my being.

All the time I had with Od has been so precious to my heart. Od also came to me from Adopt-A-Pet.com Shelter seven years ago.  He was 10 at the time.  Fully trained and his little tank was filled with love to be administrated as he saw fit.   Od’s life was one of a kind.  Never to be duplicated. Never to be forgotten.  He is sealed deep within my soul.

“Don’t cry when it is over~~~Smile because it happened!!”

It is now a bit over two weeks later.

I had a precious dog from a very special Rescue come and spend some time with me.  He just went back to his foster mom’s place – he has been with me since Sunday night.

He was adorable. He did not bark ONCE at any thing.  After the first day of getting used to each other, he had his waste management outside.  Though a potty pad has been down for him inside, he never used it.  He is house trained.  He was an owner surrender.

I want to ask something of you my Readers.  It costs you nothing but a bit of your time and it helps these dear ones so much.  It is a small group of people – four to be exact if I am reading correctly.  And they save on the average from 100-165 dogs per year.  They have tremendous needs.

Every dog before they can be re-homed or adopted has a physical exam, dental exam, micro chipped, and all shots and meds where needed. They are cared for while they recuperate from the horrible people who have carelessly shut them out of their lives, with a shove or a throw or a kick.  Many have to be de-compressed and it takes time to bring reassurance and love back to these who are so loving in return.

Here is what I would like for you to do.  Here is a copy of a notice of Frys.

 

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Read what it says above and then take a moment and fill it out.  It costs you nothing but it gives this special group of people some badly needed money to care for the dogs.

For those of you who are Christians, here is the name of the Rescue for you to hold up in your prayers.

America’s Freedom Paws Rescue

(Based in Goodyear, AZ)

Billy Graham was asked once if dogs would be in heaven. His reply was, “There is nothing in the Word that speaks of dogs going to heaven.  But if God so deems it necessary for them to be there, they will be there.”  And if that is true then Od and I will stand together on a new day and in a new way on the green, green grass in heaven.

For now, I pray and wait for a little fellow or a little gal to come and carry on the duties that were Od’s.  There is a place for him or her in my life that God has made.

Onward we will go together. It is a new day.  A new way. But the same love.

Stabilized in God’s deep, deep love.

Marge H.

 

So sweet.

The foster mom brought me a plaque. It reads:

“It’s impossible to forget a DOG that gave you so much to remember.”

No other words needed today.

Children….animals….generations of both.

As the family extends from children, into parents who in turn have children, who in turn have children – – – and oh my!  I am talking about my great grandchildren and the world that they are coming into makes me shudder.

I remember well when I was graduated from High School and how “life” began to change all around.  Growth became evident in every part of life.  New styles, new ways of doing things.  I can not imagine what those g’grand children of mine will be faced with nor how they will focus and survive.

Parents are alright.  But they cannot forever pull your chestnuts out of the fire so as to speak, nor keep on telling you what to do which can lead to you making some major wrong decisions for yourself because you trusted them far more than you should have.  Your own heart and your own feeling should override because it is you and you alone that has to face those problems that take place after the gushy stuff is over which is usually in about six months.

Well back to the dog part of it all.  With each generation of the little ones, there are differences. Such as………..toys for dogs.  Strollers for dogs.  Yip.  Well. I had one a couple of years ago for Od. The heat here is so intense mid day that I wanted him protected.  Even leashes are different.  And what I am noticing most as I search rescue and shelter homes for just the right dog, today we focus on doggie doors.

Doggie doors remind me of Facebook.  We get on Facebook with our friends because we can have a friend there that we don’t have to take time for.  Don’t laugh.  It is absolutely the truth.  Have you ever seen someone post something sweet and they get all the oozes and ahs with either one word or the happy face.  And of course you respond with “thank you”.  What a bunch of nonsense.  Nonsense only because of the word “generations”. The same will be true for the parents of those little ones years down the road. Oh my…………………..

So it is with the doggie door.  It is easy to have and easy for the dog to learn to go for it.  Most of the dogs that I look at – and they are usually senior dogs, now have doggie doors.  When you look at the details of a dog it can read that they are house trained.  But it is usually followed by the two words:  doggie door.  That is not house trained.  Because when I go to “walk” the dog, they don’t have a clue what they are outside for except to walk and get back in as fast as their human will do it.

Every thing is so very different today.  Dear Friends, stay up with the times the best you can but be sure you don’t strangle all of the in-betweens that we used to have along the way for something called doing it easier, or getting it done quicker, or simply I-don’t-know-what.

We used to go to the classified section and over to Pets and found what we were looking for. Went to see it and usually bought it and then home life began.  Now they have had a physical, been to the dentist, have a chip and the thing in life called anxiety has set in or….or….or. whatever.  Some are on meds and certainly toys are all around.  I was looking at a Pet Boutique here in the Sun City area and beds that were glorified for either male or female animals looked like homes and some go up to $400 each.

We used to say of someone, “they are going to the dogs”.  Not any more.  They might be worth a mansion and it’s cost.  lol

I have a little dog visiting me for a few days.  Just to see how we bond. I have had him almost 24 hours and he hasn’t barked once…………………….yet.

All is well on the dog’s front.  Stay tuned though – – – – – who knows.  Isn’t he sweet.  Don’t let the pink bed concern you – there is some blue on it – – – he is only resting in it at his other human’s place.

He is sleeping in his bed right now.  You know what he likes the most?  The little blankets that I laid around for him to snuggle in.  He has his little head buried in one of them right now. I wonder how the Pet Stores could make little blankets a part of their “toy” division!!  It certainly pleases the little ones that come around me. lol.

 

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Marge H.

An update on Chico.  Chico is a lover.  But I know that he needs a place with a yard which I do not have.  He needs to go in and out as he wishes – I have no doggie door.  He needs a family where love abounds with children attached.  He needs what I can not give him.  Perhaps one of you??????????????????????????????????????

Prayer~~~~~~

Pastor Rogers devotional for this Sunday morning.

BIBLE MEDITATION

“Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT

Only prayer can hold back the floodtide of sin in our nation and the floodtide of judgment. Only prayer can release the cleansing and healing hand of God. And not just any prayer.

  • It’s not the arithmetic of our prayers; that is, how many there are.
  • It’s not the geometry of our prayer, how long it might be.
  • It’s not the rhetoric of our prayer, how eloquent it may be.
  • It’s not the music of our prayer, how sweet our voice.
  • It’s not the logic of our prayer, how eloquent we become.
  • It’s not the method of our prayer, how methodical we are.

But it’s the faith and the fervency of our prayer that counts with God.

ACTION POINT

Walk with Daniel through the school of prayer. Read Daniel chapter 9 today. See in action the “effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man” (James 5:16).

 

Churches are slowly beginning to open their doors once again. Let us go into the House of the Lord and worship our Savior.  We know not how much longer those doors will be opened unto us.

“Bless the Lord Oh my soul and and forget none of His benefits.  Bless the Lord Oh my soul and all that is within me.  Bless His Holy Name.”

On this Sunday morning we have so much to be thankful for. Our soul survives all of the punches that the world throws at us.  It cannot be touched by any one, or any thing, in any way, because it was the Lord who designed it for us and it is safe in His keeping.

Satan will spend a lifetime trying desperately to put a dent in it – but to no avail.  He is mighty but God is Almighty and at the end of the day when all is said and done – – when Satan has tried extensively to harm us, he has not been able to touch that which God designed and created within us.  Praise God’s Holy Name!!!!

Marge H.

Extending an invitation for help……

……This includes my Readers in the surrounding area(s) of Youngtown and also in the Tempe area.

If you are aware of any rescue shelters around you, would you get the name of the Shelter and an email address or phone number if possible and email it to me.

I am quickly exhausting the ones around me here.  The dogs come and go rather quickly but not necessarily to their forever home, but to a foster home to be decompressed before an adoption can even be thought about.

I have had four Chihuahuas that I have asked about and all are in foster homes due to one item or another, but mainly behavioral issues and mistreatment.  I did an Adoption Registration for one but they were gone already.  Sought information on three others and all three are not adoptable at this time. Will be. But down the road, maybe even as long as a year.

There are puppies, adult, senior, handicap dogs.  Senior seems to be around sevenish in age.  It is shocking how many Sr. dogs are NOT house trained. Unbelievable. One of the dogs I was interested in is on prozac.  A Sr. dog would have to begin meds soon enough so I don’t want one that is already on a drug. Od was on Codeine for almost 2 years.  When I adopted him he was 10.  No problems at that point, but they began to develop and of course we made regular trips in to see his Dr.  About two months before the decision was made, Dr. Tom said that Od was living on love. His little heart had gotten as large as it could get and yet to look at him you would never know all the things that were his problems.

If you should be asked what I am looking for it is a Senior Chihuahua, house trained and comfortable with a leash. The weight of the dog must be 10 lbs. or less, due to my severe back issues. No meds to be given.  No yard needed.  I have plenty of area to walk a dog no problem there.

A Senior dog can be one of many things.  1) Old age and no longer wanted. 2) One that is simply being re-homed due to no time for it. 3) The human person may have passed away or had to go to a Nursing home.  4)The dog is having issues and finds that living with too many dogs affects its life. They are becoming very aggressive and irritable. This would be in a home with several dogs already there and there are many, many like that.

I don’t mean to be unkind butttttttttttt, NO ONE see a dog and decide that it is the right one for me.  I will not accept a dog that way AT ALL.

There are many issues to be considered and at 85 I know what I can and I can’t, and what I will and what I won’t do.  So please all I am asking is for information regarding Shelters so I can make contact with them. Please.  Help me on this ASAP.  It all takes so much time.  Email me.  Do not call with the info in case I might hear wrongly on the phone but with an email, I will have it in writing.

Thanks heaps.  There is a little dog out there some where that needs a lot of love and time and I know I will find him or her if I am to have one.

Pastor Dan is taking me on Monday to a Shelter to see what is there.  He has never been there but has driven past it many times.  So we shall see.

Thanks for your help.  It will be more appreciated than you will EVER know. If you know of any one with a dog with the requirements needed, please either give them my phone number or get theirs for me so I can make contact.  Much, much, much appreciated.

Marge

Amazing ~~~~~

There are thousands of homeless dogs out there – thousands.  Go over to rescue me.com.   Take a look.  It is incredible!!!!  This is where I am concentrating mostly.  So many have been abused.  I am interested only in Chihuahuas – in AZ, this morning, there are 91 available. Just Chihuahuas.  I am wanting a Sr. Dog, house trained and comfortable with a leash.  Most of the Sr. dogs are not house trained. Hard to believe.

I am beginning to think one thing and one thing alone and this is it.

Od was a lot like Loren ~~~~~~~~~~ no need to look because there was only one.

I am going to look for one more week as the turnover is great.

Od was from Adopt-A-Pet.com.  It was wonderful being able to look at so many and making a decision but back then – only 7 years ago, people were more caring with their animals.  Now so many have to be decompressed before they can think about adoption.  What are we coming to?

Wandering this morning, buttttttttttttt.       (“He shall be the stability”…….)

Marge