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The Simple Joys of a Rescue Dog

  • August 26, 2014 4:12 pm


Five years ago:  We had just buried our 10 year old Golden retriever.

Boris was a very large, noble dog. He had lost his sister Natasha to a heart attack three years prior.

Boris had lung cancer.

We had one golden sized hole in our home.

God had other plans.

The little rescue pup became our Mindy.

We swore we would never have a little dog.

We didn’t realize how very special they could be.

Mindy, grew up to look much like a Bichon.

She is the joy of the home.

God has a sense of humor.

Natasha’s absence was filled by a Golden named Morgan.

Mindy snuggles in her side, and kisses in her ears.

Mindy, among other things, does the Bichon Buzz.

Morgan doesn’t seem to mind.

Two cat boys are also loving Mindy.

God has a sense of humor. Through it all.

We have a home filled with much laughter.

Simple living means simply enjoying God’s gifts.

Even the furry ones.  Has a furry kid brought joy to your life?

Mindy the rescue dog

Mindy the rescue dog

Simple Living?

  • August 22, 2014 4:06 am

1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NLT)
11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.

This verse has always captured what I am trying to do with my life and in my family. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as it looks. I’m hoping to use this blog to zero in on these qualities. Now, I am plugged in to social media, Facebook and Twitter with my various technological tools. I’ll probably even subject my writing to spell checks, and grammar programs.  If I must.  Maybe that’s all the polar opposite of what I’m trying to say. Maybe not.

I want to delve into crafts of all sorts. I want to read and study. Not just the Bible, but literature. I want to lead a quiet life with the husband God has blessed me with, my four adorable critter children and my praying, Godly Mom. I don’t want a bucket list. I want a God-centered Word driven daily to-do list.

I’ve just ordered a book that I think may help along those lines. Lysa TerKeurst’s The Best Yes. #TheBestYes. I’m trying quite hard to say no, not necessarily to people, but to demands that waste my life and time. I don’t necessarily see those things in people, I see them in time wasting endless mounds of paperwork. I see them in taking business calls after hours when it’s time to shut the office door. That’s the plight of the self-employed. I see distraction from the best path, coming in the form of anything that takes a focus off God and puts it on man. He is the ultimate goal of our adoration, time, money and resources. He is that perfect yes. He is the one the prowling lion seeks to keep us from.

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) 8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Is this simple living? Is it possible? Again,  I don’t like the bucket list idea. I prefer that  “live a quiet life, mind your business, and work with your hands” stuff. Put your home and family under His care. Love the ones He has surrounded you with. Even the furry children. Dance in His simple plan for your life and walk in faith.

If any of this resonates with you, feel free to share.  Is it even possible to live a life like this? It does seem that my efforts are thwarted at every turn.  How about you?