She laid there almost lifeless. Her only movement was from the automated responses from her body as she seized. I thought for sure, this is it. I went into the next room and woke my son and daughters to let them know if they wanted to say goodbye, now was the time. Sleepy eyed and stumbling semi-conciously they each one by one came in and we gathered around her. Tears flowed and there was really nothing I could say or do. My husband prepared me for the worst because he knew it was coming and I would take it the hardest. When the sun rose we scooped her up and took her to the dr. Well, the vet to be precise.

I know your probably thinking really, did you just get all that dramatic over an animal!??! Well, yes but she doesn’t know she’s a dog so let’s keep that hush hush. Claire is my 7 year old pomeranian who has become one of our kids. We all love her as if she were human. gen1-28When she was diagnosed a few year back with addison’s disease and I almost lost her. This became all to real, this particular morning. I remember sitting there with LITERALLY nothing to say. Then the holy spirit prompted a scripture to my memory. Gen 1:28 (not that I knew the address to it, just really the part highlighted. I had to look it up!) And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

famI don’t know if you have ever loved any animal but it truly is like a child to you. I was not ready to lose her. After the vet visit we found that her liver was failing because it not producing albumen. She was bad and they weren’t expecting her to pull through, so we brought her home to be comfortable. I went home and cried, then heard the verse again go through my thoughts. If I really believe that the Word of God is true, and what is in the word is true, then I have dominion over this dog. Sounds crazy!?! I KNOW! but I had to do some for real soul searching….do I REALLY believe what I say I believe? The INFALLIBLE Word of God? I mean if I have dominion and I speak to it, then it must obey right? Can I really speak to this animal’s body functions and truly believe that it must do as I say? That’s what the Bible says but do I really BELIEVE it can happen? Talk about a put up or shut up moment! 

claire2I must say this was one of the craziest things I have ever done, but believe it was a true faith builder in me. I proceeded to sit beside my baby girl and simply stroke her fur. I spoke directly to her liver function and told it what I wanted it to do. I spoke to her body and spoke life back into. Did I get all crazy and travail, moan, weep and flounce around? No, it was a soft, sweet solitude moment of me choosing to use the authority I believe God has given us and live out what I truly believed. I reminded God of His Word, and that it does not come back void. Then simply took dominion over her and her little failing body. Well I wish I could say she jumped up and licked me in the face like a brand new puppy! but she didn’t.

Claire did however recover slowly one day at a time. Her albumin levels began to build giving us hope and then suddenly dropped again a few days later and my faith was once again tested. Are you sure that worked? You sound crazy! But I stood by His word and on it. I told my husband it has no choice it must work. The vet was talking about us putting her down..and I said no. If she goes it’ll be at home. He found that she had fleas and a hot spot that was pretty bad from lying on it while she was ill. So he treated those, but the albumin was still dropping and that was the killer. I took her home and stood by my quiet yet faith filled prayer.

claire Come to find out…fleas deplete the liver of albumin as well as the weeping sore. Once the fleas and the sore were treated her albumin levels began to rise. Within 2 weeks I had my beautiful puppy back! She was happy, running, cuddling and barking at everything that moved! SHE was my miracle! I told a friend had I put Claire down when she had relapsed and looked worse, then I could see her sitting by another dog at the pearly gates saying…How’d you get here? Dog answering..I got hit by a car…YOU? Claire saying, My owners killed me because I had fleas! lol This was early June of this year, she still going strong and as cute as ever!

I realize it’s an odd story, and a little crazy sounding to lay hands on your dog. However, it did a few things for me. It made me put up or shut up! No more talking about the word and not acting on it! Secondly, am I willing to use what’s in the Word with the authority it says I have? YES! Even if it’s on a dog! Lastly, when it’s all said and done and looks like death is inevitable, will I still stand on what I believe? I was a defining moment for me to stop begging God to do things when He has given me authority to do it myself. Question was, was I willing? and did I really believe it would happen?

Have you ever had a moment where you had to truly do what you said you believed? Talking about biblical beliefs at church is one thing, but putting your hands to it is another. Life and death are in the tongue…this time it was life.