Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Dog is Dying!

Have you ever been devastated by the death of your pet?




My dog Sparkle suffered a stroke this past weekend.  She's staggering, and wobbling, and stumbling, and not eating.  It's hard, almost unbearable, to see her not herself.

"Hi, Baby," I call to her.
After a lethargic glance, she just drops her chin onto her tiny stuffed brown dog.

She's not the same bouncy, energetic, tag-a-long personality.  Sparkle is dying.  She might look a bit "here."  She's not.  She stares blankly at me with big brown eyes, and her luster is gradually fading, and minute-by-minute draining.  And she's sleeping so much, and won't even take nibbles out of my fingers.

I asked God, "If I have to take Sparkle to the vet and 'put her to sleep,' will I ever see Sparkle again?

I don't know about you at times like these when confronted with death and life-after-death, but I can't stop breaking down and crying now-and-then.

God answered, "To every wild animal, bird in the air and creature crawling on the earth, in which there is a living soul, I am giving as food every kind of green plant" (Genesis 1:30).

God says animals have souls.  Wow!  Thank you, God!  He cares about you and me ... and animals.  Isn't that awesome and special?

The inspiration for today, and Thanksgiving Day?  Souls matter to God, and they are eternal.  We'll see our pets one day in Heaven.

Bye for now, and have a great Thanksgiving.  God bless you ....

J.P. Osterman

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gratitude Week is Here

Thanksgiving is two days away, so....


what are you thankful for today?

Thanks: www.csmonitor.com (Need a hug?)



Or maybe you might be having a hard day and need a little inspiration for gratitude.

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving, enter his courtyards with praise; give thanks to him, and bless his name. For God is good, his grace continues forever, and his faithfulness lasts through all generations" (Psalm 100:4-5).

Life can get hard sometimes, and events might not always turn out the way we want them to.  However, we have God who stands with us, beside us, and around us.  In our disappointments, struggles, and wins, He never fails.  God is good, full of grace forever, and faithful to you.  Cling to Him with thanksgiving, and watch your gratitude grow.

Bye for today, and greetings to my fellow authors from the Author to Author book fair. Also, thanks to the new friends I met at the fair, and those who perused and bought my books.

J.P.

Monday, November 16, 2015

We Mourn With the French People

Our prayers are with you....


photo courtesy of clivejames.com

We know what you're going through.  We've been where you're at on 9/11.  Moreover, God knows and sees what you're experiencing in your country right now.

"You have seen; for you look at mischief and grief, so that you can take the matter in hand. The helpless commits himself to you; you help the fatherless" (Psalm 10:14).

God knows.  He cares.  And He will work out justice in His ways.

"Adonai looks out from heaven; he sees every human being" (Psalm 33:13).

God will bring you comfort and justice.

"He does not preserve the lives of the wicked, but He gives justice to the poor" (Job 36:6).

Bye for now, and I pray for God to comfort you and bless you in your times of need and distress.

Paris will endure!


J.P. Osterman




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Having a Bad Hair Day?

photo courtesy of www.netlawinc.com

God is with you even when you feel you're without Him.

"God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways.  He does great things beyond our understanding.  He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour'." 
(Job 37:5-6)

After the rain, always comes sunshine.

I hope you have a great, God inspired day....

J.P. Osterman

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Resilience

Do you bounce back?
After adversity strikes ... are you resilient?

photo courtesy of www.ptgrr.com

God can help you today!  He is our resilience in times of struggles, failures, disappointments, an unexpected crisis, or when we feel we've just had enough and can't take it anymore.

He is strong resilience.  And He's in your life, for your life today, and for you.  Recall Noah?  Now he's an example of resilience....

"When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth" (Genesis 8:11).

Troubles never last forever.  The flooding waters will recede.  We only need to let God recede them and be our resilience.  Besides, whatever you're going through today could be worse, right?

Bye for today, and have a God inspired day.

J.P. Osterman





Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Stressed Out Today?

God Can Help!


"God will do battle for you. Just calm yourselves down!" (Exodus 14:14)

Yes, remember in everything you do: Exodus 14:14.  Notice the exclamation.  God says it, and He means it.  So take comfort and de-stress today.  He has a hold of all your circumstances.  He is battling for YOU.  Let Him.

I pray you have a great, God-inspired day today.

J.P. Osterman


If you're interested in more of my daily inspirations, you can check out my devotional book at, God Designed: 366 Days of Inspiration

You'll receive 366 daily readings, a bonus Easter week, and a Day 367.  Hey, I'm a sci-fi writer at heart; and who knows what the future will look like for humanity in 30,000 if God doesn't rapture us, right?

Bye for today!