Shine Like Stars

I came across this beautiful photograph by Millita Photography and it brought to mind this quote and Philippians 2, verses 14 and 15:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

It also reminds me of the little song, “This Little Light of Mine” – I have wonderful memories of singing it in Vacation Bible School, many, many (many, many) years ago.  Recently, I heard a version of the song by Addison Road, with additional lyrics that really speak to the  importance of not forgetting whose child you are:

There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright, some shine small
The rains will come and the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light
In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget whose child you are

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

May you live each day with no regret
Make the most of every chance you get
Let your eyes get wide when you look at the stars
With the same sense of wonder as a child’s heart
With the ones you love, treasure the time
And for those who are gone, keep their memories alive
Hold on to your dreams, don’t ever let go
There’s a fire inside you burning with hope

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There will be days when you want to give up
When the clouds settle in
But after the rain comes the sun
Don’t you ever forget, don’t forget

One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus’ face
So until then I’m gonna to try
To brave the dark and let my little light shine

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There’s a little light inside us all

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Cats with Thumbs

I just have to share this brilliant video created for Cravendale, a British milk company.  I suggest you make sure your cats aren’t around when you watch it, though…

Heart Transplant via Dog

Finally found the perfect background image for this ode to the unconditional love of a dog’s heart.  I’ve always believed that dogs are here on earth to exemplify God’s unconditional love, for no matter what we fail to do in the way of caring for them or showing them the love they deserve – their love never fails.  I’ve been blessed with the love of four dogs in my life (six if I count my sister’s dog and my grand-dog!) and I’m sure there will be more. So there’s hope that I will eventually become as generous and loving as they have been/are to me!

If you are considering the joy of adopting a dog – either your first, only or to add to your pack – please, please consider adopting a rescued dog. Check your local shelter or vet, or google a specific breed (“maltese rescue”, for example) or local rescue groups who typically pull dogs from overcrowded shelters so that they won’t be euthanized.  My favored rescue is Big Dog Rescue in Austin, Texas. That’s where I found my little Ivy and where my daughter found her beloved Rosie.

Dog Heart

Oh, to be as generous and loving as a dog.