Bow-wow, Wow!

Or the not so secret life of pets!

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Our pets are really not that complex. Feed me, entertain me, let me sleep where ever and we will be buds forever! But the relationships we develop with them are much more layered and in a way mysterious. Why do we bond so heavily with our animals? Why do we have them in the first place? I think it has something to do with our desire for unconditional love. Our pets do not care if we have a bad hair day or that we just had a fight with a close friend. As a  matter of fact they seem to be their most adoring and adorable selves when we are feeling low.

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Animals look right through the fluff and seem to see our real selves.

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When life begins to spin out of control our pets are there to greet us with a fresh dose of reality.

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They enjoy the simple pleasures! Watching my dogs run at full speed seems to personify the word joy for me. When I began preparing paintings for my Etsy shop my dogs were my first inspiration.

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And to me nothing defines hope better than my little Jeremy looking patiently out the window waiting for us to come home!

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Our dogs are there to make us laugh!

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Keep us company!
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And show up at all the “right ” times!
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But boy we miss them!
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When they are gone!

So it’s no secret that we love our pets and the world is a better place because of them!

In memory of Bailey Ernst and Moira Sullivan!

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Joy comes in the Morning

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

PSALM 90:14 ESV

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Morning Run in Gettysburg

 

I love running for many reasons.  One reason is the way it makes me slow down long enough to see the beauty around me. Sometimes I will grab the phone and take a picture to help remember a taste of what I saw that day.

Creating art is another way that I slow down and notice. And although sometimes I get frustrated in the process in the end I rejoice and am glad for the gift of creativity that the Lord has given.

Proverbs 1:7

Happy New Year! Yes, I know that it is February 15th but it is the first day of my new Bible reading plan! This year I am reading the Proverbs and the Psalms as my daily devotional. I have been looking forward to starting this for over a month but I had to finish my last reading plan before venturing out on a new one.I am also going to but a more focused effort on including blog posts of my visual meditations on the Psalms and Proverbs. Whenever I read those books I always have pictures in my head so with some discipline some of those pictures will make it to this blog. These really are more like sketches than final works of art so enjoy as such and feel free to share if you feel led; just don’t charge anything! LOL

Peace-Gwen

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord , “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
I drew this yesterday using my new Zen brush app on my tablet. When I read these verses this morning for my Bible reading it made me think of this image. ENJOY.