I was delighted when my friend, Rachel Shubin had a give-away on her We Have A Situation blog, where her readers could enter to win Paws to Reflect: 365 Devotions For The Animal Lover's Soul and I was the lucky winner!
The book couldn't have arrived at a more appropriate time, January, a new year, a new beginning. Paws to Reflect: 365 Devotions For The Animal Lover's Soul is meant to "inspire, encourage, heal and teach."
From the publisher: Sometimes human communication falls short in conveying spiritual truth. God speaks through whatever means he chooses, and often he chooses animals. Dogs teach unconditional love. The purr of a kitten can bring peace. Horses show us how to harness our strength with grace.
Paws to Reflect offers gentle daily reflections for those who seek to grow spiritually by observing the animal kingdom and all the lessons it teaches.
I have LOVED what I have read so far. Here are a few examples:
January 1: let last night's nightmare fall away and become today's glorious dream. d.o.
January 2: if you are saying good-bye to someone, something or some place, reflect on what you have gained from the time you have spent. Let it be woven into the fabric of who you are becoming. Just remember, nothing is taken without being replaced by more of what you need. d.o.
January 5: you are the songbird. Your life is the song. k.m.
January 8: Freedom often involves a surrender. We must surrender our need to be accepted by the "cool" group. We must surrender our desire to have all the things the world says are essential. In that surrender, God can give us the blessings waiting in store for us....the dream God has for us is always bigger than the dreams the world has for us. d.o.
January 12: No Whining! Does bringing kindness to a day mean we are trying to live in a false reality, becoming a fake Mary Sunshine? No, it means putting in the effort to be a solution giver, a problem solver, and an encourager to all we see. Do you think your dog or cat agonizes over being happy to see you? No. They are extraordinary teachers in the "how to treat your neighbor" category! d.o.
Speaking of "kindness" when the book arrived, Rachel had written a sweet note and also included a surprise!! Look!!