Monday, October 22, 2012

Divine Timing...
(told through Lynne)

In the wake of not getting the job in Scotts Valley, I was spending some time reflecting on God's goodness in my life.  I picked up my "Jesus Calling" devotional and read the following excerpt:

No matter what your circumstances may be, you can find Joy in My Presence. On some days Joy is generously strewn along your life-path, glistening in the sunlight.  On days like that, being content is as simple as breathing the next breath or taking the next step. Other days are overcast and gloomy; you feel the strain of the journey, which seems endless. Dull gray rocks greet your gaze and cause your feet to ache. Yet Joy is still attainable. Search for it as for hidden treasure....
... Awareness of My marvelous Companionship can infuse Joy into the grayest day.

Can you believe this message?  On this very day?  When it was pouring rain outside this morning?  Coincidence... I think NOT!

The Son is shining through the clouds.

Acceptance vs. Discouragement
(told by Lynne)

When an army of people are on their knees, when prayers are covering those making employment decisions, when an interview goes very well... how can I be disappointed when the Lord closes the door?  Well, if I'm honest, the answer is quite easily!   

The good news is my discouragement is very short-lived.  If I believe in an all-knowing, miraculous, and ever-loving God, then I know His hand was intertwined and enmeshed in this process.  There is nothing He doesn't know; there is nothing He can't do; His mercy and grace are ever-present in my life.  

So I accept His hand; the same hand that shut this door, and lean on Him in His waiting room, clutching His strong hand, awaiting the miraculous plan He has for me.

Thank you Lord for stretching my faith; for deepening my dependence for You; and for the gift of the faithful prayers of so many.  I feel overwhelmed by love!

P. S.  It's me... I just had to share a little secret from my heart.   Grrr!  ... wait a minute... I'm way too close to the camera.  

There, that's better.... I know my mom needs a job, but deep down... I can't help but be a little happy that she's still home with me!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Waiting Stinks! 

I hate waiting. I'm a dog.  I don't like to wait for anything.  I get antsy.  If I wore pants, I would undoubtedly have ants in them!  

Really.  I wiggle my butt if I'm waiting for my mom to throw my toy.  I wiggle if I'm waiting to be fed. A treat... forget about it!  
A walk... even better!

Waiting Stinks!

I moan and I groan. I yip. I sigh.  I'll do anything to get my mom's attention!  Just being really cute usually works!

Waiting Stinks!

My mom doesn't like waiting either.  It's Friday; one week since her interview.  The company told her they'd be making a decision that day. They said they wanted someone to start Monday.... this coming Monday! 

She still doesn't know.  The temp agency isn't giving up any information except that they are waiting to hear too.

Waiting Stinks!

But my mom says that waiting is a part of trusting.  Just as I depend on her to feed me, throw my toy, give me a treat or take me on a walk, she is depending on God for a job... whether it's "this" job or one she doesn't know about yet.  

She says...

Waiting is depending. Depending is trusting... trusting in what we can't see and what we don't understand.

Waiting Stinks... but my mom says it produces trust and reflects God's faithfulness, so I guess it can't be all that bad! 

... Now where's my breakfast?!

Gotta run,

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Why do you love Autumn?

Grrrrr... woof!  It's me again!  Coco.  Don't be afraid... when I growl, it just means I'm talkin' to ya! It's my playful voice.

I LoVE thE FaLL!   Why, you ask?  Well, one reason is because my Birthday is...  (drumroll please)..... TODAY!  Yep. Yep.  October 8th!

Can you believe it? This is me when I was only 3 weeks old. Ahhh... look at me.  I'm so cute and so BROWN!  

Here I am on my 3rd day in my new home with my Mom!  I was so in love, I couldn't take my eyes off of her.  I think she was in love too!  It's called Puppy Love!

Here I am about 3 months old.  Hey, what's happening to my brown fur?  I need to get my roots done!

Wow... what happened to me?  Where did this white hair come from? I'm not old; I'm just 3 years old today!  Even in dog-years, I'm only 21yrs.  I'm in the prime of my life; time to par-tey!  Oh well, I guess I won't get "carded"!

ehem... ehem....   (Are you ready?) memememe.....
Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me... Happy Birthday dear Meeeeee, Happy Birthday to me...  and many more!

Okay... enough about me.  Let me catch you up a bit on my Mom.... she's been really busy lately.  

She's doing a lot of homework for her Artist Books class.

She's been practicing in her watercolor journal (a little).  She still needs to finish a few pages, but she's having fun.

She went to the Farmer's Market on Saturday to enjoy the sights and smells of Fall.  Look at the pretty vegetables and flowers. I didn't get to go... no dogs allowed.  aRoooo... Grrrrr....  (now that was a crabby growl!) Humph!!

She's postponed one of her doctor's appointment because of pain.  I guess her skin needs a little break.  She goes again this Thursday.  I sure hope it doesn't hurt so much.  I don't like sleeping in my crate.

She's reworked her resume.  REMEMBER when I told you she wished on the "Blue Moon"?  Do you remember what she (I mean I) wished for?  

Well, she's applied for an Executive Assistant position for a company in Scotts Valley.  It's temp-to-hire, and she's praying for an interview this week or next.  PLEASE pray!  

If she gets the job, maybe she can come home at lunchtime and play with me!  Yippee!

I'll keep you posted!  In the meantime, please oh please.... keep praying!

Ruff... I'm gonna go get some birthday treats... bye!
The Party Pup