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A Collie Surgery, Finding your Inner Strength
by Nancy Quinn
03/22/08
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The quiet Saturday afternoon at my dad’s veterinary office quickly turned into a hub of excitement. A farmer brought in his beautiful collie that had run in front of a piece of farm equipment. I called my mom to tell her we’d be late for dinner and I set out the equipment for my dad as he put the dog under. As she lay on the table, my dad showed me how to suture. I started on one side of the dog’s neck, and my father on the other. It took well over one hundred stitches, but the beautiful dog would be ok. My dad’s compassion and care once again healed another animal.

That evening, when my sister and mom came down to the office to check on us, my sister turned a little green at the sight. I wanted to help my dad so I just didn’t think about how the collie looked at the time. I just concentrated on doing a good job suturing her neck back together. Now I find it very ironic that my sister grew up to go into the nursing field and I turn green hearing about the things she has to do as a nurse!

Have you ever heard about difficult things that others are going through and wonder how they possibly can handle it? Be assured that the Lord provides the strength and courage that we need at just the perfect time. So don’t be concerned about the “what if’s” in the world. The Lord holds tomorrow in His hands. We’re only supposed to be concerned about today. Remember, there’s nothing that you and the Lord can’t handle together!

Whatever your future holds, trust that he will give you the ability and wisdom to handle any situation at just the right time that he brings you to. And just as the Lord gave me the ability to help my dad that day, I know I can trust Him with all the situations that will cross my path in the future too. Sometimes it’s hard NOT to worry, especially with the frightening and uncertain times we live in, but you can put your trust in the Lord. He loves you with an eternal and everlasting love.

Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 34:19 “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.”

Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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