Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I have a really, REALLY deep faith.  Yeah…I know that will surprise some of you.  Well…the Lord never said we couldn’t have fun…  SO THERE!!!

This week’s GBE2 challenge is TRUST.   This inspiration prompted me to share a story about a dog that I loved and cherished for 17 wonderful years and how her sweet spirit taught me how to trust the Lord.

This was Elvira…  My little angel went to be with the Lord after her mission on earth was done.  I, apparently, was her mission field because I had a lot to learn in this life.  A lot of what I learned, I learned from my dog.

I was at a point in my walk where I struggled with the concept that I could lean on and rely on God, turning my will over to His.  I was already in a place where I recognized blessings that I certainly didn’t deserve and I had no doubts that the Lord exists.  I just wasn’t in a place where I could freely give over my own will. Even thought my own free will had cost me so much in life, I just couldn’t let it go. 

Elvira loved cat food.  I was told by my vet that a cat food diet was not nutritionally correct for a dog, but she begged so sweetly….  So, every night when I dished up the cat foot, I put one teaspoon of cat food on Elvira’s dry dog food.  Kind of like a treat on top…  She always waited patiently for me to give her the little treat.  One night, I looked at her waiting, looking at me and TRUSTING me.  Suddenly, in an instant, I understood how the old trust thing worked.  It was an epiphany! 

My dog loved me unconditionally.  She trusted that I would take care of her every need.  She knew that her little treat was coming and her trust was great enough to wait for it.  She knew that I loved her unconditionally as well.  She simply knew that she knew…

What did I learn from my dog?   
  1. 1.   I learned unconditional love
    2.   I learned to wait on the Lord
    3.  I learned that a deep love, without violation of that love, leads to complete trust
    4.  I learned to trust the Lord with the rest of my life

    TRUST…  It’s a big deal!!!


I would be remiss if I didn’t add a post script here…  I gave over my free will and accepted what the Lord had for me.  It didn’t look like a good deal at that time, but nonetheless, I gave over my free will and trusted Him completely.  Now, 20 years later, I have had my socks blessed right off of me.  It still saddens me that I allowed my own free will to cost me so much in my youth, but nonetheless, it was a valuable lesson learned.

Many Blessings,


  1. I'm glad that you found trust through love :) Can't have one without the other!

  2. Very nice story. Thank you for sharing.

  3. God uses many tools to reach us and our pets are certainly one of them. I know that our furbabies teach us a lot about life and love and loyalty. I really enjoyed reading about your life lessons and I'm happy that God has brought you the blessings he was holding just for you. C:

  4. "I learned that a deep love, without violation of that love, leads to complete trust."

    Totally! Yeah, I think faith and trust in a higher power can do wonders!

  5. This is such a beautiful example!! I love it. I'm still trying to get there. Seems I turn it over...completely and then I slowly seep it back. I need to stop doing that.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post :D Cheers, Jenn

  6. @Clifford: Thanks for reading. So nice to see you here. (((hugs)))

    @Jo: He does use many tools!!! He had to use a 2X4 on me a few times. LOL

    @ Jay: Absolutely! I am a walking, talking witness.

    @ Jenn: I COMPLETELY understand. And I have a story for that too...LOL...as soon as I write it! True story too!

    Thank you all for reading and commenting. I've been in a slump for awhile. I needed some encouragement. For that, I am grateful for each and every one of you. ;-)

  7. We took our sick, old dog to the vet today. It wasn't good. Tick infection (I wish), immune disease attacking healthy cells, or cancer. He's a large dog who will be thirteen come October . . . if he lives until then. It's so tough.


  8. "I have had my socks blessed off me." We should all be so aware. Loved this post and then Diana Ross was on it too, which fit perfectly!

  9. I love everything about this post. First, it's about God and dogs. And I love how you linked love with trust, I so agree. AND, I give my dog a small scoop of cat food on top of her food every morning. Ha.

  10. I enjoyed your lesson on trust Darlene. However, as a heathen, I find your trust far more intricate. As a heathen, I say, God doesn't require your trust. He instilled it in humans so very long ago, and allowed you to discover it, the way in which you did. God's trust is something put inside you, a lesson to be learned, something to discover in yourself, a mystery. God's trust is the trust in Yourself, and the discovery of it is what we call Magick.

  11. This was just beautiful, Darlene. There's something really wonderful about surrendering.

  12. What a wonderful picture and a great story!

  13. What an absolutely beautiful blog!! I loved it!!


  14. Dogs are so precious. My Boston Terrier is 12, he's deaf, can't see very well and getting a bit senile. We love him to pieces and take each day as a gift knowing he won't be with us much longer.