Max Retriever goes to the spa

Looks like it's time for another "dog-blog" entry, featuring the exceptionally huge Mr. Max. This week was his seasonal grooming session at the Dirty Dog Spa here in Wake Forest. He loves all the attention, and he outdid himself in terms of both charming the technicians and setting a new hair avalanche record in the …

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This week it’s “Photo Wednesday”

 lift up my eyes to the mountains—    where does my help come from?2 My help comes from the Lord,    the Maker of heaven and earth.Psalm 121 - Derek and Max If you are an astute reader (and I am sure that you are) you will have noted a shift in this blog over recent weeks. This space has been less, …

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Photo Friday: May your day be filled with images that inspire you!

- Morgan, Rebekah, Elaine, Savanah Photo Friday this week begins in Durham, where Rebekah and I met cousins for dinner and conversation around higher education. Shafe and Elaine Alexander's girls (Morgan and Savanah) are looking at North Carolina State and Duke. So we met at their hotel before heading into downtown Durham to "It's a …

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Breath of Heaven – the practice of Soul-Full-Ness

- just a beautiful day in Wake Forest, NC Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never …

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A much needed deep cleansing breath

Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 - Emmy, Derek, Max Once in a while something good needs to happen that has the effect of …

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When cultivating an open spirit helps with the overwhelm

- Max Retriever enjoying the outdoors We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that this immeasurable power will be seen as God’s, not ours. Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. We …

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“Who’s a Good Boy!” – We all need a little affirmation

Jesus - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 Once in a while - not often enough I'm sure - Max Retriever gets to go see his friends at the Dirty Dog Spa and come …

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Max Retriever is an Empath –

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,    or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know    that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature    and the …

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Golden Retrievers and Cornish Game Hens

We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 - Rebekah, Max, Derek So here's a fun post in the ongoing "Dog Blog" collection of stories. Max, our huge 90+ pound Golden Retriever, was invited for an afternoon …

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Jesus throwing down another challenge

The wolf will live with the lamb,    and the leopard will lie down with the young goat;    the calf and the young lion will feed together,    and a little child will lead them. The cow and the bear will graze.    Their young will lie down together,    and a lion will eat straw like an ox.Isaiah 11:6-7 I am one of those soft-hearted …

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