Times of Refreshing

Bulldog on Ice

Bull Dog on IceAfter his family had returned from a vacation, their ice chest was emptied on the driveway. Without any prompting, this bulldog found a wonderful moment of refreshment and jumped right in without hesitation. You can imagine how much relief this was on a hot and humid day. Times of refreshing are something we all need periodically; moments that restore us and revive us to continue on. Without them we wear out and lose inspiration, but with them we can continue to smile at the future.
This is exactly what God offers to us as we are on our journey in life. He says that times of refreshing will come from His presence if we will come to Him (NASB, Acts 3:19). When the Israelites were journeying to the Promised Land, God provided water to quench their thirst. For forty years, He met the needs of the countless men, women, and children who were vulnerable in the wilderness by providing rest, food, and water. Likewise, He will make provision today for our needs.
Be as brave as that bulldog. Jump right in without hesitation and trust in His capability to restore and refresh.

Lily and Maddison, the Blind Great Dane Story

lily and madison

blind great daneLily is a white Great Dane. At a young age, she had to have her eyes removed due to a rare illness. The owner had no idea what to do until Maddison, Lily’s pal, sensed her dilemma and became her guide dog. Now the two are truly inseparable. Through a series of maneuvers and sounds, Lily is able to get around. They begin and end each day together, and, when the two are playing, any observer would be hard-pressed to recognize that Lily is blind.
This partnership that is fostered out of great necessity is a wonderful reminder about the value of trusted and loyal friends. How wonderful to see this dog sense lily and maddison the others weakness and, instead of exploiting it, chooses to protect her vulnerable companion. It is as if Maddison had heard the words of Helen Keller: “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
I realize every one of us would hope to have friends and family that would be as sensitive and faithful as Maddison; however, there is nothing stopping us from being like Maddison to someone else who is going through a difficult time.

lily and madison blind great dane

Their difficulty is our opportunity to fulfill the “golden rule” many children are taught early in life: “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you” (NASB, Matthew 7:12).

A Dog For Jesus

A Dog For Jesus

A Dog For Jesus

Where dogs go when they die

I wish someone had given Jesus a dog,

as loyal and loving as mine.

To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes

And adore Him for being divine.

As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog,

Would have followed Him all through the day.

While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well,

And knelt in the garden to pray.

It is sad to remember that Christ went away,

To face death alone and apart.

With no tender dog following close behind,

To comfort its Master’s heart.

And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn,

How happy He would have been,

As His dog kissed His hand and barked it’s delight,

For the one who died for all men.

Well, the Lord has a dog now, I just sent Him mine,

The old pall so dear to me.

And I smile through my tears on this first day alone,

Knowing they’re in eternity.

Day after day, the whole day through,

Wherever my road inclined,

Four feet said, “Wait, I’m coming with you!”

And trotted along behind.

Rudyard Kipling


Orangutan and Hound Dog : Unlikely Friends

orangutan and hound dog

Since these two lost souls met they have been inseparable ever since!

Orangutan and the Hound
Roscoe and Suryia

They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.

Orangutan and Hound
The Orangutan and Hound

They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time, although Suryia (the Orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend the orangutan and the hound dog Roscoe’s (the Hound Dog) help to swim. Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship. They have found more than a friendly shoulder to lean on.
Long Live Friendship!!!!!!!
Some say life is too short, others say it is too long, but I know that nothing that we do makes sense if we don’t touch the hearts of others while it lasts!
May you always have Love to Share, Health to Spare, And Friends who Care… even if they are a little hairy at times.


Human Flying Squirrel

Human Flying Squirrel

After watching this video, the first thing I thought of was this is a human flying squirrel. Ever since I was a kid I always wanted to know what it was like to fly… like Superman. I guess this is as close as it gets! The guy in the video made an interesting statement that made my mind wonder. He said something like, “It comes so naturally, steering your body through the air. It almost makes me believe that at some point, – humans could fly.”
I wonder what God has in store for us once this life and this world is complete. It’s definitely fun to think about. Let me know what you think!

Four Deer Rescued from Drowning

Deer Rescued from Drowning

It’s amazing how some of the best sermons are preached by the behavior of animals. This story recorded in several newspapers as well as other blog sights relate a powerful truth.
Trey Copeland of Outdoorzy.com explained it this way…
deer rescued on boat“Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat. “Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us.
We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed. I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat. In all my years fishing, I’ve never seen anything quite like it! “Once on-board, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering. We headed for Taku Harbor.

Four Deer Rescued
Deer Rescued on Boat

Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say ‘thank you’ and disappeared into the forest.” After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer needed a little more help (that’s him in the wheelbarrow).

Deer Saved From Drowning
Deer Rescued from Drowning

His daughter, Anna, and son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet. Tom said, “We didn’t know how long they had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive.” Tom concluded by saying,” My daughter later told me that the experience was something that she would never forget, and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!”
The deer did not let their fear keep them from rescue. They were literally in over their heads and needed someone with a solution to their dilemma. Unlike humans, their pride did not keep them from seeking help. Neither did fear stifle them. How many times do we get into overwhelming circumstances and fail to cry out for help?
The pastor part of me sees more clearly in this story the meaning of the passage, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Welcome to Noah’s Notes

Welcome Noah's NotesNo matter where I go, there seems to be a common language that brings all cultures and races together. This particular language is not spoken so much by our mouths as by our hearts. From childhood, they have been our friends, protectors, and, in many cases, a part of the family. I, like so many, can personally say I have benefited from the loyalty, companionship, and, in some cases ,therapy that these creatures bring.  So many times when I have found little common ground on which to build conversation, the subject of animals or pets solves the problem. There is something very wonderful about people who love animals, and their common language, known as “animal speak,” bridges so many gaps.
This is why Ark Animal Space is so important. It gives us the opportunity to talk about our animals while coming together with others who love to share and showcase their own pets.  As a pastor, the story of the ark has great meaning. It provided the place where animals and man could find safety and peace together in violent and turbulent times. In one place, they dwelt together and trusted God to get them through. In like fashion, it is my hope that, as we build and fill the ark, we will make it a place that reminds us of all that is good and beautiful. Join us in this venture and build an ark that will establish a place to showcase your past and present animal friends.