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The temps are a little higher, the air feels fresher and wetter, and a bit of the snow has melted. And my heart is stirred up in so many ways. But most of all, I get to hang out with a sweet dog this week, and we both loved stepping out onto the back porch this morning in our bare feet, and smelling Spring in the air. I have always been deeply sensitive to the seasons, sensing all the weather changes deep in my soul.

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I love them all, and they bring back nostalgic memories of every year of seasons changing. This morning was special because it was the meeting of winter and spring. The exact moment when one interacts with the other and they begin to move past each other. The moment when you say goodbye to one, and hello to the next, without yet losing either. Saying goodbye to the past season and whom you loved in it, and saying hello to the rest of the journey. Moving forward without loving any less what you are leaving behind.

The death of all things in winter, and standing with your toes on the edge of what is about to start seeding, growing, and emerging. If you are experiencing sorrow today, I hope joy and comfort is being seeded for you as well, and that the wind carries deep, deep love, even as you read these words.

Beautiful analogy Debra on the changing seasons. I see now that so much of my life energy has been wasted in doing this. Wolfelt, PhD. Change is movement, right? We often resist. We try to plant our feet and stand firm. But change gives us a shove, and off we go. Resistance only makes it harder, after all.

If we plunge in and mindfully move with the change instead of against it, we aligning with its transformative energies. Now, I have never liked change.

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And, I did resist it for a time because I, frankly, did not like it. However, in time I realized that this change was out of my control. I was hurting myself by fighting against it. Lying back in the current of my life, closing my eyes and learning to live in this precious present moment is the way that God wants me to deal now with my life. I tend to take back the reins of my life often wanting to control everything so to avoid any more hurt or pain.

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A year ago I began feeling like it was time to crack open my heart a bit. Since the deaths of my husband and parents I have built up very high walls around my heart to protect myself from more pain and possible loss. After months of researching dog breeders, I chose a breeder in Texas and put down a deposit on a future toy Schnauzer puppy. As I waited on the birth of just the right female, I made preparations for her much like you make preparations for the birth of a child. My emotions were a mixture of quiet expectation and yet fear of opening up my life to a new living thing.

I began contemplating and praying about a name for her. I wanted a significant name that would be a good reminder of something I need in my life. Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will praise Him again—my Savior and my God! Psalm Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose HOPE is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them: who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises up those who are bowed down.

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The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord protects the strangers. He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. Lamentations Hebrews Finally the day arrived for Hope to fly to me from Dallas. The plan had been for a lady to hand carry her on the plane here to me, but hurricane Harvey disrupted those plans and the carrier was trapped in her home in Houston where all the airports were closed.

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So Hope had to fly from Dallas in a crate underneath in the pressurized area in the belly of the plane. Needless to say, when she arrived she was traumatized and a very needy puppy for the first three days. All that crying and neediness made me question whether or not I had made the right decision. Here I was a caregiver again!

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I began asking the Lord to show me what lessons I needed to learn from this little puppy and here are a few things that I have learned from her. Whenever we are training together, she keeps her eyes focused on nothing but me. Her sole care in in my hands. Oh, how much I need to do this in my relationship with Christ!

As time has gone on, I am slowly rebuilding my trust in God. My goal should be to have that same kind of relationship with God and I have found that in these last almost 8 years alone, my relationship has become a deeper one.

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I am much more aware of God in the little things every day. Does pleasing God bring me joy like that? It should certainly be something I strive for even though I know that because I am human, I can never totally and perfectly please God. She definitely knows what I am asking of her because she is looking right at me when I am telling her what to do.

She is either slow to obey or will not obey. How like me this is! I find myself many times rebelling in my heart against His plan for my life now because it is not what I would have chosen at all.

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  • She senses when my grief is great and will lie right over my heart. To me this is a picture of my comforter the Holy Spirit who prays the words for me when all I can do is groan with the deep pain I feel in my heart when I am missing Bob so much. A good, hard cry releases that grief and gives me a sense of relief until the next time grief ambushes me. Hope is not thinking about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow.

    I have always been a person that goes back and rethinks what happened yesterday that disturbed me and what might happen tomorrow. Living in the moment is something that I have begun to work on. One big surprise that has happened since Hope came to live with me 3 months ago is that I am sleeping hours straight through on a majority of my nights.