Two days to go!
I have been dog hunting for 3 months and look who I found! Brantley, a Golden/Collie Mix. This is a faith story in action for me.
After putting my much loved 15 year old Gilley (Newfy Mix) down in January, I began dog searching in February and noticed Brantley on petfinder.com one day. He immediately caught my eye because of those collie ears! I have lived with three collies and I was searching for a Golden – so a Golden/Collie Mix was a delight to find!
Brantley disappeared off the radar the same day I found him and I was quite disappointed. He was also in TN, a bit far to visit him to see if he was right for me.
So I continued my search and in the meantime even applied for two Goldens, neither of which worked out.
But God! …
Two weeks ago, as his Connecticut adoption fell through, Brantley reappeared on the radar! I couldn’t believe it! So I immediately contacted the rescue organization and filled out the application.
Within four days, we were approved! Wow!
Yesterday, as I was preparing the yard and pen for Brantley, I realized I felt pregnant. And I sensed the Lord showing me this is a walk of faith for me – since I still haven’t met him yet. Just as we fall in love with our babies as they are in the womb, sight unseen, kicking, sleeping, causing us heartburn and tons of trips to the bathroom (!), we wait in anticipation to fully meet them on their delivery day. And we are surprised and overwhelmed when they are born, because of the unbelievable bursting of love we feel for someone we hadn’t even met yet.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Heb 11:1 NASB
As I have looked at Brantley’s picture and watched two videos sent to me from the foster mom, as I have prepared the home and yard in this nesting phase, as I think about how he was brought all the way to New England for me by a failed adoption, I am overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation! I am falling in love even before meeting him, just as we do with our babies! I felt the Lord stirring me to have faith for love.
Yes, this feels like a pregnancy. I am expecting… !
And this is a personal God Hug to me, from my precious Dad, who loves me and knows my every need and desire. Thank you, Lord!
We drive over 4 hours to meet Brantley on Saturday and I’m filled with faith that we will be bringing him home indeed!
Is there something you have been hoping for that is requiring this faith in the unseen? Share your story with us in the comments!
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You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.
“One of the trains of thoughts I am following and digesting (no pun intended) is that fact that my body does not belong to me…
Tune the Temple is a Christian Weight Loss program designed to help you lose weight by changing the way you relate to food. Jesus came to set the captives free and that includes people bound in extra weight and struggling eating issues.
Today is a beautiful day in Vermont! I was walking and smelling the fresh air when I suddenly came across a peeping sound. The peepers are out!!
We are so fortunate to have all this creation to enjoy moment by moment, day by day. Sometimes I forget to be grateful.
I am excited to help people make changes in their lives for improved health!
I am teaching a short series in our church called Self-Care 101, brainstorming ways to become healthier in body, soul and spirit. And I am asking each of the members to actually make one choice in each of these areas and take action steps, which they have to report back to us at the next session.
Making changes can be a challenge, but here is some advice that might help:
In the wise words of Pastor Diana from my church:
Cathy: I am personally trying to increase my physical activity – with a goal of 60 mins – six days a week, as per my doctor’s advice. I recently read Dr Oz’s recommendation of taking a 30 minute walk everyday, no excuses! This strategy has helped me because I find it easier to adopt a new habit when I do the activity regularly.
Last night I watched the show Hoarding: Buried Alive featuring a lonely, sad woman named Rhonda. I was actually looking for something fun to watch on TV when I came across the channel and was drawn in by her story. I have only seen this show once before, but it draws my attention because my heart goes out to these people who are so controlled by their addiction. It reminds me of compulsive eating.
Rhonda felt totally worthless as a result of her husband leaving her seven years ago. She even said that if her husband didn’t want her or care about her, why would anyone? My heart goes out to Rhonda, who felt she had no worth and wasn’t even able to have her grown children come to visit because of the horrid condition of her home. She slept with cockroaches out in her camper because there was literally no room for her to sleep in her entire house. The house stunk of odors including dog feces odor and rotting food. There was barely any room to walk, as her house was piled high full of worthless junk. If you have never seen the show, you may want to watch it once just to see the conditions that some people live in. It is devastating.
These things about Rhonda’s story remind me of Compulsive Eating –
More to Come in Part 2
I think I will write more tomorrow. This is a heavy topic for me. My heart goes out to Rhonda and hoarders who have no real life, are trapped in their homes filled with excess and useless junk, live in unhealthy conditions, have no sense of knowing they are worth more, lack self-respect and self-love, and are often left very lonely people.
Thankfully, the show does reveal that Rhonda is able to clean out her home! There is a good ending to the story! You can see her before and after pictures here starting with this first picture.
Can you Relate?
Can you relate to any of these symptoms? Does your eating and resulting unhealthy weight resemble hoarding in any way? I know that my “Old-Life” did resemble this, sadly. But there is a better future for you, I can say with humility and love. If I could get out from under this, you can as well! Please tell us how you can relate by commenting below. Let’s help each other find freedom from troubling behaviors that are rooted in deeper causes that rob us of a fulfilling, peaceful life.
Tune the Temple is a Christian Ministry designed to help you find a lasting solution from your overeating and overweight struggles. With God, all things are possible.