God’s Gift

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I had to say goodbye to my
little gray Schnauzer, Obie, on April 30 of this year. God definitely
helped Amos (my other Schnauzer) and I through the grieving

Aren’t you grateful that God cares deeply about every area in
our lives? When we hurt, He hurts with us.

He is so faithful!

Amos and I now have a new member of our family.
Meet Bentley Shellenberger.
He’s sweet,
and a bundle of softness!

We’re growing together through the newness of a puppy.
New commands for Bentley to learn.

New boundaries.
New sights and sounds and discoveries.
Oh, the joy of new life.
I can’t help but wonder how deeply God rejoices
when new life is found in Him!
Scripture tells us that all of heaven rejoices (see Luke 15:7).

Sure, a new puppy is exciting, and Bentley has definitely brought
newness to our home. But nothing can ever compare to the new life
we find in Christ when we submit to Him. Let us never take for
granted the new life we have in Jesus our LORD.


5 replies
  1. Brenda
    Brenda says:

    Awww, so sad to hear about Obie and so thankful to hear about Bentley! Can’t wait to see you here in Ecuador, friend! God is bringing new life to a LOT of Ecuadorians!!!

  2. Mary Baglien
    Mary Baglien says:

    I am so thrilled for you and Amos! How wonderful to have a new member of your family. Bentley certainly found himself a most loving and caring home. Am certain Amos is loving being a big brother and showing little Bentley “the ropes”. God is good! He is smiling at the three of you and your love for each other just as He smiles at each of us as we show love for each other.

  3. Fawn Scott
    Fawn Scott says:

    Congratulations my dear friend I see joy on your face and your new puppies’ too! Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Yes I remember my beginning with the Lord like it was yesterday Love my Savior ! I need to revisit him as my first love. Thank you for your testimony it was precious ! Love and prayers

  4. Connie Johnson
    Connie Johnson says:

    Love New puppies! We are thinking about one to become friends with our aged poodle. New life in Christ is an awesome joy, even greater than a new puppy! Just as a puppy feels your heart with joy ,new life in Christ is unspeakable joy! We have to say goodbye to doggies,but new life in Christ is forever!


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