My animals often reveal things in my heart that I can easily manage or bury in day-to-day living. Yesterday was Gretchen’s turn to clean out my heart. It was hot and the week had been long and busy. I planned to stop by for a quick pat on the nose and a weight measurement … More Cleaning out the heart
“This place is a wasteland. Send them on, Jesus. There’s not enough here to meet our needs…let alone their needs.” Do you ever look around your world and feel like that? The problems and the heartaches seem too big. The resources too meager. You’ve seen miracles…seen Jesus work but now you are tired. That’s … More It’s too much. We can’t do it.
Love is not in very good shape in our world, is it? Hateful, despicable words are common. This world has a filter of self-indulgence, self-defense and self-promotion. Sadly, it is a filter used by religious folks as much as political leaders. In contrast, the filter of love is the character of God. The silver lining … More Condition of Love
“There is no beauty in domination. Control is a cheap substitute for partnership.” Anna Blake Relationships matter! We have shared before some principles taught in an equine coaching program that offer solid wisdom for our human connections. In a relationship: If it’s not good for both, it’s not good for either. A healthy relationship … More Building Relationships
Confusion is a tool of the enemy. God is a God of order and peace. He says what He means, He means what He says…and He offers us a choice to believe it or not. Our choices have consequences. We live in a confused and chaotic world because so many choose not to believe what … More Do you live a divided life?
It is the question we hate feeling: Do I matter? Does anyone care? We spend much of our lives seeking activities and relationships that give us an affirmative answer. There is only One who can answer that to our complete satisfaction. The only One who can answer it is the One who created us. Animals are … More Do I matter? Does anyone care?
Birthing a new program feels like extended labor. My gratitude to those who labor with me and listen as I seek to articulate the vision of my heart. I wanted to share part of the labor with you for feedback, prayers and interest. We have a new booklet, A.A.R.T., Animal Assisted Relationship Training, which outlines … More Heartsong AART
I have one eye that is used a lot but I cannot see. What am I? You see me where I never was…and really can never be. What am I? If you say my name, I disappear. What am I? If I drink I die, if I eat I’m fine. What am I? Riddles are … More Who am I
Eyes that see beauty are a gift from God! We live in an image-crazed world longing to see beauty, to find substance. The selfie craze cries out of hearts trying to find something. But real beauty is a buried treasure one must dig deep to see and enjoy. The Prophet Isaiah spoke of this … More Beautiful Body
Spring-time brings out the hidden gardener in most everyone. The tender green buds on trees and the first flowers make our hearts sing–and anticipate the joys of summer. The visions–and memories–of long summer evenings, splashing water and fun with friends. There is a longing in our heart for simple connection with others. Spring reminds us … More Spring!