Max Retriever and his (mostly) endearing obstinate streak

- Max hanging out while Rebekah works One of the many things I love about my dog, Max, is the small rebellious streak that crops up from time to time; or, as he would put it, "my sense of humor!" - Max Max is a highly trained, wonderfully sensitive, "I know all the commands" therapy …

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Playing Garden Catch-up in the Hot Summer Sun

Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty.  Zechariah 1:2 Over the years I have made it very clear how much I love North Carolina. I especially love the fact of four distinct seasons. And, even though I am not a fan of …

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Some inspiration from Max Retriever…

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,    for I have put my trust in you.Show me the way I should go,    for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,    for I hide myself in you. Psalm 143:8-9 - Max This morning my oversized Golden Retriever, Max, was super-excited to go for his walk. He …

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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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