How My Dog Taught Me Blind Faith and Trust in Jesus!

How My Dog Taught Me Blind Faith and Trust in Jesus!

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

Oh that we would hunger to be filled with the Word of God; for there is no greater armor, no greater strength, no greater assurance that He is with us, and in us, when we go forth in battle equipped and nourished by His instruction and determined to stand firm on His promises.

C.S. Lewis

Let me ask you a question, are you allowing God to lead you, or are you leading yourself, hoping God will bless your path?

It can be challenging to follow the Lord. It’s not as clear-cut as some things, but more abstract. At times it can even feel like a guessing game! That’s where faith comes into play!

Faith without works is dead (James 2:26).

I’m not sure about you, but sometimes I have no idea if I am doing what or going where the Father wants me to do or go! All I can do is pray, get counsel, discern, and step out in faith. I hope for the best, trusting God to reroute me if I have stepped out of His will for my life.

Yet, so many things can get in your way. Like fear, doubt, uncertainty, or feeling uncomfortable walking down a path God has directed you to walk. Let’s be real! The brain is not fond of the unknown or new experiences, especially when it leverages your fears.

Today, I want to share with you what a weird, late-night adventure taught me about blind faith and following Christ!

On January 10th, 2021, my husband, two dogs, and I were at our beach house. We love our beach house. All of us! We are big outdoors people, and I am a big water person, so you can find us at the beach quite often! January 10th is special for me for a few reasons. One, it’s the day Moo came into my life, and this particular anniversary marked a decade for Moo and me. The second reason is it’s the day before I married my best friend, Austin. Now, I have a really awesome husband who entertains my antics and adventures with Moo-Moo. Since Moo and I had been together for a decade, we made the day more about Moo and me.

Let me set things up a little for you. Our beach house is in a community, where there is an island in the middle that holds a few homes, the community pool, and the clubhouse. Daisy, my oldest dog, has to be walked quite a bit. I don’t talk much about Daisy because she’s like a cat and would rather be alone unless she can go on a walk. Now, Daisy is 15-years old and struggles with her sight and hearing. (Praise the Father that He is restoring her sight and hearing). For the most part, Daisy, a 7-pound Maltipoo is bed rested unless she’s on a leash.

Every day, we walk the dogs around that island, which forks off into a neighborhood at the beach. All in all, it’s about a 2.5-mile walk. Now sometimes, when we are heading back to the beach house, we will cross the beach road and walk on the beach home, as we are right on the beach road. Moo loves the beach, and Daisy loves the wind. However, the sand is not always dog friendly to the dogs that have hair versus fur. Our dogs have hair! That’s why we don’t always walk on the beach.

Now at night, we also walk the dogs just around the island because we try to walk Daisy as much as she wants. I couldn’t imagine not having 2 of my senses and being bedridden, so I try to do all I can for her to have a great life.

Here is where the lesson started:

It was about 8:45 pm when Austin and I took Moo-Moo and Daisy out on a walk. We planned to walk the island a few times and head home. I was in my PJs and slippers. The walk went as always until we got to the fork, where our morning walk breaks off into the neighborhood. Suddenly, Moo, first looking at me to read my face, starts pulling me down the path that goes to the neighborhood. I submitted out of curiosity, being obsessed with my dog, and it was our 10th anniversary. I figured maybe he needed to go number 2. We got halfway down the street in that neighborhood and had bypassed all his typical spots where he does his business. This is entirely out of the norm for him. In 10-years, he’s never done something like this.

I told Austin, “maybe Moo is taking us on a Lassie moment, and we are going to save someone!” Austin, too, was curious but didn’t think it was going to be a Lassie moment. 🤣 We talked back and forth about where Moo was taking us, figuring that maybe he wanted to go to the beach. You see, it had been a few weeks since he had gone on the beach.

I was fulling submitting to him and going where he wanted to go, in my slippers. We must do the same when submitting to Jesus. I chose to follow Moo. I chose to lay down my life for Moo (John 13:38) – to put aside my plans for that evening and follow Moo to where he wanted me to go. Jesus says in Matthew 16:24:

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Here Jesus plainly states what is involved in being his disciple: denial of self, crossing bearing, and following Him. When Jesus says we must deny ourselves, He means we must yield to His control so entirely that self has no rights whatsoever. I did this with Moo. I put down my will. Now, please don’t take this out of context. I know Moo is not Jesus. I am merely trying to make the parallel here. To make the abstract of following Jesus a bit more tactile.

Now, to pick up the cross means the willingness to endure shame, suffering, and persecution for Jesus’ sake. And to follow Jesus means to live as He lived.

I chose to do all of this at a very inconvenient time for me. Wearing slippers is not ideal when walking a 2.5-mile walk. I never once guided Moo forward. He had complete control. I only tried to turn Moo around, but he would have none of it. He put his little breaks on and crouched to the ground.

Here is a quick fun fact about Moo! He can get out of anything. He’s jumped 4 feet fences and climbed fences. He knows how to escape his crate and harnesses. We have gone through about 14-harnesses and have only found two that he can’t get out of, but I don’t put it past him. With that being said, I am always mindful when trying to turn him around. I kept trying to get him to go back to our place, but NOPE he wouldn’t! So we continued…

Here we were, Daisy, Austin, and I following and submitting ourselves to a 10-lb dog at 9 pm, in our PJs, with no flashlight or supplies. That’s when it hit me. This is what following Chris is like! It’s a choice. You have to make the choice to do it, but you also have to learn. If I was walking a dog that was not my own, I promise you I wouldn’t have done this. Essentially, you have to create a relationship with Christ to follow Him. It’s a good thing God works outside of Newton’s time.

On the walk, we didn’t have any light but the ambient light around us. Since I was with my husband, I was not too worried about what could happen. However, it’s important to note I can be a cautious person. But, as I took one step forward in the dark, I thought about what Psalm 119:105 says, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I couldn’t see far in the darkness, but the Father illuminated every step I took. We could only focus on taking one step at a time. That’s what God wants you to do too. To trust Him. To let Him establish your steps (Proverbs 16:9). God’s Word is a lamp to your feet, but you have to know His Word. Make the choice today to commit to learning about who Jesus is!

We know that Moo would not take us into danger, just like we know we can trust the Father to protect us (2 Thess. 3:3). We know that Moo is a loving and hilarious spirit, so most likely, we were going to laugh our butts off once we got this unknown destination (Proverbs 3:5-6). I think it’s similar to our walk with Jesus. We know Jesus’ character. We know that Christ is the light of the world, and when we follow Him, we do not walk in darkness but will have the light of life (John 8:12). We know His character is only goodness and love.

Since we were following Moo to a destination only, he knew it reminded me of what Jeremiah 29:11 says.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

You don’t know precisely what God has in store for you. Still, you do know that His plans for your life are not to hurt you but to give you hope, which I think sometimes involves laughter or intense moments of joy, and a future. Since we know this, it’s easier to trust Him! The Father always wants to teach you more about Him and His kingdom. The question is, are you going to abide in Him and do what He asks you to do when He asks you to do it? Or are you going to put your will and desires ahead of the Lord’s?

Anyways, we kept walking, fully submitting to Moo. Never did I once dictate his next step except when I was trying to get him to turn around to go back home. Moo ended up walking us the exact path we walk to go to the beach. Immediately we started laughing because we couldn’t believe Moo knew the exact path to go to the beach, and we could see him doing this on his own too. I wasn’t excited to walk on the beach in my slippers, but because I love him so much, I did.

I never thought I would find myself walking with my husband and dogs on the beach in my slippers at 9 pm. If I’m honest, never did I want to walk on the beach in my slippers either.

My point is this. Submitting to Jesus is a choice. As Austin and I had consciously spoken about how we would follow Moo and see where he took us, you have to have the same curiosity and love. But it isn’t easy to trust or follow someone when you don’t know their character. That is why it is essential to read your Bible and do more than a 15-minute devotional every day. You must get to know Jesus’ righteousness.

John 10:27 says,

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

When you spend time with Jesus, and I mean more than 15 min a day, you learn who Jesus is, what He sounds like, and how he operates. Understanding this helps you to identify and discern when the Godhead is speaking to you or the devil. When you know his voice, and he knows you, it’s easier to follow him.

How can you better follow Christ? Is God trying to take you somewhere that you are refusing to go?

Prayer: Father God, thank you for all you have done in my life. Thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you for your grace and redemption when I mess up. I see that I don’t always submit to you. I see that my will gets in the way. Father, I ask you to help me to submit myself to you fully. Please help me to discern when I am going my way versus your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Be Brave and Be the Person God Designed You to Be!

Be Brave and Be the Person God Designed You to Be!

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

— Isaiah 64:8

Are you celebrating the individuality and uniqueness that you have to offer? Or are you comparing yourself to everyone else? Limiting yourself to be the person God designed you to be? 

There is no one else on this earth like you! Out of 7 billion-plus people in this world, there is only one you! You are special. You are one of a kind. You are the apple of God’s eye (Psalm 17:8).

Do not follow the crowd because you are fearful of embracing the person God created you to be. 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Following the world’s way and remaining in fear is precisely what the devil hopes and wants you to do (John 10:10). Besides, if the majority were “right” in their choice of living and thinking, wouldn’t they be happier? More prosperous? More courageous? More hopeful? 

As a mental health coach, I am always amazed to see the amount of hurt, pain, and suffering in people who have conformed to this world. I am convinced this is why Paul says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).” 

Paul warns us not to follow the world. I believe it is because he knew how it would ultimately destroy us. The only thing that can save you is renewing your mind through the Holy Spirit’s help and reading your bible. 

In fact, God tells us to keep His Word as the apple of our eye. 

Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye (Proverbs 7:2).

In all my years of working as a mental health practitioner, plus being someone who enjoys researching human behavior, I have noticed something eye-opening. Those who have a pure and robust relationship with Christ had minimal to zero “problems.” Yes, they had problems or obstacles in life, but they remained at peace because they genuinely trusted the Lord. They depended on Him, not themselves. I can’t say the same for anyone else! I think that is saying something. 

If you feel you need to change, it’s important that change is encouraged and influenced by the Godhead (The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). What will this feel like? Well, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will do this in a way where you feel CONVICTED to change, not condemned. The devil is the one who makes you feel condemnation. Therefore, if you notice fear is your motivator, then the devil is the one who puts that on you. God is love, and He is going to convict you to change, not condemn you! He will also make away. The Father will never ask you to do something you cannot do! 

Do not be afraid of being judged because the truth is, people will judge you no matter what you do or don’t do. You cannot please everyone! When you walk in truth (John 8:32) and grow your relationship with Christ, the things you fear will begin to fall off of you, or you will start to walk out of them. 

Perhaps fear of man is something you struggle with, and you know this. One thing you can do is pray to God, asking for His guidance and help. Then you can go to the Word and find scriptures to meditate on to help you renew your mind (Romans 12:2) even faster. I once was terrified of man because of the extreme abuse I dealt with as a child, then one day, God brought me to this verse: 


No man shall take me out of His hand, for I have eternal life (John 10:29). 

I began meditating on this verse as much as I could. When I noticed I felt afraid of what a man could do to me, I would quietly recite this verse to myself. Immediately I would be comforted by the Holy Spirit and reminded that if a man did chose to assault me, it would be temporary. It would end, and I would go be with the Lord. It’s like what Paul says, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21)

How you feel is how you feel, but please know your feelings are not the truth. Your feelings can lie to you and limit you. In fact, some neuroscientists are saying that our emotions have an emotional maturity of a 2-3-year-old! Let that sink in!!! 

You are entitled to your opinions, just as others are entitled to theirs. But that doesn’t mean either one of you is “RIGHT.” God’s Word is the TRUTH! Therefore if your opinion contradicts that, then most likely you too are wrong. Don’t let your pride consume you! Be the person you have always dreamt of being, and I pray that person reflects God’s light. Because whatever you do, if you aren’t reflecting God’s light, you will never be truly satisfied in life (John 6:35).

Jesus replied to them, I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually] (John 6:35). 

Unsaved people, and unfortunately, even some saved individuals, will judge you regardless of what you do or don’t do. Therefore the best thing you can do is courageously follow Christ. Besides, give them a few seconds and they will go back to thinking about themselves again! It’s your life – be smart – follow Christ!

Remain alert. Keep standing firm in your faith. Keep on being courageous and strong (1 Corinthians 16:13).

Make yourself happy by CHOOSING to follow Christ! It is through the shedding of His blood that you are saved! Besides, people who judge are only motivated by their self-righteous insecurities, unhappiness, and other negative emotions and feelings. Essentially, they are a slave to the devil (Romans 6:20). 

Please do not be afraid to embrace the one-of-a-kind individual God created you to be. He knows you better than you know yourself, so please trust Him (Jeremiah 1:5). Do not be afraid to do what you desire to do because you fear what people will think or say about you (this would be fear of man). Remember, as you continue seeking God, He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

I promise you can’t please everyone, but you can please God, and it’s simpler than you think! It is also so much more satisfying than trying to please man who can’t agree on everything but just some things. Even still, there is someone who disagrees. Man is lost. God is not!

People who love you and honestly care about you will not judge you but encourage you to do what makes your heart sing and achieve your dreams. God does this as well. In fact, God is your biggest fan!

Surround yourself with people who encourage you, people who make you feel great about yourself. Avoid hanging out with people who drain you or create negative energy within you. 


Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm (Proverbs 13:20).


You were born into this world for a reason. You have a purpose.

PRAYER: Father God, Thank you for creating me to be me. Thank you for your unconditional love for me. Thank you for your forgiveness when I fail to love myself as you have designed me. Father, help me to walk boldly in the skills, talents, and uniqueness you have given me. Help me to grow my character to be more like Christ. I want to see myself as you see me. Thank you for helping me to see and love myself as you love me. In Jesus’ name. 

Life is Amazing! Are You Missing it?


Life is amazing, are you missing it?

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.

— Jonathan Edwards 

Life is extraordinary. We are given such a short time to honestly appreciate life, even though God designed us to live for 120 years.

Life is one of a kind, a unique opportunity that can never happen twice. Life is filled with innumerable amounts of beautiful moments, moments that one can easily miss. I think COVID has helped many of us understand how precious and short life is. I am not ignoring the chaos that COVID has brought; however, I believe COVID has helped people clearly see what is really important to them.

However, it’s essential not to disregard this fact: You can never get a moment back! Please don’t be foolish! When it expires, it permanently expires.

 Of course, you may experience similar moments in the future. Still, that moment – that exact moment is only available to share once. Praise the Lord, our God – the God of the highest – redeems all things to work for good (Romans 8:28)! This is excellent news for believers. Why? Because you will mess up or miss something in life, but God redeems all things to work for the greater good! Therefore we always win!

Think about it this way. Life is forever moving forward – you cannot go backward. It’s one time, permanently moving forward, not stopping for anyone. You are only ever 40 years, four months, and six days once. When that day ends, it is gone forever. 

However, you get 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds TO CHOOSE how you will spend your day, and then create that reality. In that same amount of time, you also get to make choices, and those choices will shape your reality and life. If you don’t like your life, then start making NEW, DIFFERENT AND CONSCIOUS DECISIONS!

You will work to create your most dominant thoughts (Proverbs 23:7) – this is how fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your choices, even at a thought level, are responsible for how you respond or react.

Now each day, you have a binary choice. (1)You can either choose to focus and find positive, joyful, life-filled moments, or (2)you can choose to be anxious, worried, angry, and stressed out all the time. In short, you either pick to live in God’s spirit with the mind of Christ or out of the spirit of fear, where only death, suffering, and destruction exists.

Whatever you choose, you will create! 

Either way, life is happening. Life will not stop for you! If you choose to live and think like Christ, something unique happens. When you focus only on positive thoughts, you will find positive stimuli. God designed our brains to work for us. There’s something called the Reticular Activity System (RAS) in your brain. It filters in and out the stimuli you put into it. Your self-talk, what you expose yourself to, and the things buried in your heart directly influence the content your mind brings to your awareness, both consciously and unconsciously.

Again, this is why God tells you so many times to hide His Word in your heart so that you might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). It is also why Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:8 to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or worthy of praise. If what you are meditating on does not fit into any of these buckets, then I’d argue you probably need to let that thought go or tell that thought to Be Gone in Jesus’ name!

Let me explain what I am saying here with an example…

Ever gone car shopping? What starts to happen? You begin to feel like everyone in the world has that car you are considering! It’s like everywhere you turn, you see that car! This is your Reticular Activity System working with you. Since you were contemplating that car model, your brain will bring to your attention that car every time you pass it!

When you consciously engage in God’s word and positive thinking, the same will happen. Your brain will alert you of all of the positive and godly things happening. Yes, you will still see negatives, but not to the same extent.

  Have you noticed that negative people usually only focus on and talk about negative things? 

It will feel as if you have rose-colored glasses on, as you will find yourself seeing the optimistic solution-minded side of situations. You will also start to see God working more in your life. Remember, in John 10:27, Jesus says that His sheep know and listen to His voice, and they do follow Him. The more you tell yourself you know and hear God’s voice, the more you will begin! But the opposite will work too.

You start to see just how extraordinary, beautiful, and precious life is. You begin to see how God is for you, so who can be against you (Romans 8:31)? You begin to see all that you have and all that you can be grateful for. God wants you to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:18). However, that’s really hard to do when you have a negative mindset or outlook on life!

I personally get much comfort from watching animals be. I specifically love to watch squirrels for some reason. I find it fascinating how nature and animals don’t worry, and if they don’t, why are you?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?  (Matthew 6:26 AMP)

You are so important to the Father. You are the apple of His eye  (Psalm 17:8). 

God does not want you to worry or think negatively because of the damage it does to you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Jesus is your Savior. Everything Jesus asks you to do, He knows you are capable of doing, and that it will save you, not destroy you. The Godhead will never ask you to do something without first giving you the power to do it (John 5:8). Some of us are not walking in that power or authority (Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 3:20; Romans 16:25). Your Father in Heaven wants to give you life – He wants to provide you with good, good things (James 1:17)! However, God honors free will.

It’s important to remember that you may need to train (renew) your mind to think differently so you can TAKE what God is offering you instead of passively waiting for Him to move. Some of you are praying for things that God has already given you, and when this happens, it’s an indicator you need to renew your mind.

Sometimes, God is waiting for YOU to move!


If you choose death over life, then I must ask: Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life (Matthew 6:27)?

Is worrying bringing you comfort or torment? Remember, things that bring torment are from the devil. There is a real enemy that wants to destroy you (John 10:10). Trust the Father and cast your cares on to Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). 

Life is special. Life needs to be cherished. Life needs to be lived intentionally, not passively. Don’t chase the wind either (Ecc. 2:11). It is hard to relish or be present in the moment if you choose not to be present. Choosing not to be present occurs when you are too busy in your head about the past or the future; when you’re too busy worrying about what if…

God tells us to take no thought for tomorrow because tomorrow will bring its own issues (Matthew 6:34). Now God is a redeemer, but He is not going to bless you so you can keep sinning. Some of you are your worst enemy because you choose to hold on to your pride ( Proverbs 13:10) and victim thinking (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

A victim mentality is when you blame everyone else for what happens in your world). It is when a person thinks that the future only holds terrible things for them. 

But God says:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

When you choose to renew your mind and allow God to transform you (Romans 12:2), you will start to cherish life. You also begin to walk in the mind of Christ. But, YOU have to desire to be like Christ. YOU will have to do the work too. Christ does most of it – remember His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). 

You can also choose the latter, where no matter what is happening around you, you see your life as terrible. You see, the people who love you the most hurting you. You see how people are letting you down. You see how life is awful, and you focus on how unhappy you are. You allow your feelings of unforgiveness, bitterness, depression, worry, and stress to weigh you down where you become their prey. This is precisely what the devil wants. He wants you oppressed by the Spirit of Fear.

Whatever you choose – know your brain will help find it


Of course, one day, you may wake up or see through the fog of darkness. You may start to question some of the lies you have been sold. Once you become calm and no longer focused on yourself, your crappy life, or fears – all darkness – you start to realize some things. Like how many memorable moments you might have missed or taken for granted because your pride, fear, and carnal ways seemed more critical. It’s okay. Repent and start to renew your mind.

I am telling you life is so extraordinary, and you do not get repeats or second chances.


If you choose to have a Christ mindset, you then appreciate and are grateful for every moment. You will start to be overcome with joy. You would not be able to outrun joy even if you tried. Why? The most significant difference between the two scenarios I described is that one person focuses on life as a whole. The other is focusing only on himself or herself. When you focus only on yourself and how life only affects you, you have limited yourself only to see a slither of the world surrounding you.

By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom (proverbs 13:10).


Life is more powerful than just what is going on in your life. The world doesn’t revolve around you. You are to give thanks and the glory to God always (1 Cor. 10:31).

This year, I encourage you to focus on finding joy, positivity, and things you are grateful for in every moment of your life. Start to consciously direct your thoughts to only be on things that are lovely, just, pure, admirable, right, noble, and anything worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). If you are fighting with someone, lay your pride down, and look for understanding and agreement (Amos 3:3). Or if you are in a conversation, you find it boring to find something about that person you appreciate and are grateful for and focus on it. By doing this, you will find yourself walking out of that negative sensation.

We are all interconnected. We are all going through internal suffering. Kindness, positivity, and gratitude must be spread to reflect God’s light through us – His chosen people.

Life has to be fully lived in the present with an attitude of joy and appreciation. Or the once-in-a-lifetime experience of life will pass you by, and you will not even see it go.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore, my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him (Psalm 28:7). 

 

Embrace a Christ-like attitude. Be positive, compassionate, unconditionally loving, joyful, helpful, and emerge yourself in living today!

Lastly, if you mess up, forgive yourself. Give yourself mercy as Jesus would do. Repent and even ask God to redeem it and then move on, trusting that God will do what He knows is best for you and the greater good.