Lessons On God From My Dog

This is our girl Sadee.  Sadee is Hebrew for princess and she certainly is a princess there is no doubt about that.  Our Muppin adores her!  She is an incredibly silly dog and loves us all fiercely at that same time.  As you watch her you are acutely aware how her devotion to us is unwavering.  We love her!

Yes she is shedding! That is the husky in her… no matter how much we brush, more keeps coming!

It doesn’t matter if our daughter seems uninterested in Sadee, Sadee is still sitting with her and waiting for her moment with our Muppin.  She is eagerly watching and waiting for the slightest change in Muppin.  She is ready.

Sadee’s eyes are ever on her master, just waiting for the moment he will show her attention and give her what she needs the most… his love.

 She is a dog, yet when I look at her I see the lessons we could all learn about us and our relationship to our God.  I don’t believe for one moment that it is a coincidence that God made these incredible animals to be so loyal and fixed on us the way they are.  I believe it is a lesson to be learned if we open our eyes and hearts long enough to see it.

The Bible says we are to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus!  Hebrews 12:2 says “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Do we really keep our eyes fixed on Him?  I believe when we look at most dogs we will see a snapshot of the kind of devotion we are to achieve.

Do you get as excited to talk to God as your dog does when you walk through the door?  Do you want to spend as much time with God as your dog wants to spend with you?  Is your heart so fully devoted to Him that you think of nothing else while in His presences?

Most of us can’t answer yes to those questions because it is extremely difficult for us.  That kind of devotion for most of us is saved for our things… not our God.  We devote our time to making more money to have more things… or more time on the internet so we can drown out the call of God to our parched hearts.  There are many things we devote ourselves to that leaves God out in the cold. Think about what your life would be like if your relationship with Jesus was that deep and powerful… what would your life look like?

I believe those of us who love Jesus owe him more of our devotion and more of our love than we already give Him… because most of us give him only a tenth of all we have… instead of all of us.  I know that is certainly true of myself.  So go out and love the Lord at least as much as your dog loves you!  What do you really have to lose?

The Agenda

Most of us spend our lives in this country free.  Of course we have jobs to go to, commitments we need to adhere to and there is always someone to answer to.  But for the most part we live life in the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.”

My question for you though is, are you really free?  I know most of us have been brave because of the way this world is today you have to be. There is murder, rape, abuse, slavery, drug abuse, hatred, and war.  There are lairs, thieves, adulterers, gossipers and those that just care nothing of anyone else unless it fits into their agenda.  Of course the agenda.  Whose? The world’s!  If you aren’t busy and aren’t making sure every moment is filled to the brim, there is something wrong with you.  The world makes sure you are so busy that you stop hearing that voice inside of you that screams RUN! Run away, hide… rest in Me! So on some level we all have to be brave.

But freedom, that is another question.  Am I free?  In my country I am free.  In my home I am free.  In Christ I am free.  In my mind however, I am a slave to fear and worry and the agenda… whether the world’s or my own.

We spend so much of our time worrying about what might happen that we never let ourselves rest long enough to hear how He wants to help us.  We are bound by our own prison walls. Does He want us to pack our bags, pick up and run away leaving everyone behind?  For most of us no, He wants us to run to our prayer closets and hide there resting in Him!  We hear things from every side of us.  Newspapers (mostly online now 😉 ), television, the internet, phones, iPads and people all around jockey for position to tell us what we should think, believe, and do.  It is simply overwhelming.

He wants our lives to be so much simpler, so much more peaceful, without a lot of other voices in our heads that want nothing more than to knock us down so they can be elevated and made king of our lives.

The picture above is perfect because it shows simply what I want to do most days.  I want to pack my bags and leave now, leave to a simpler life, one of joy and peace.  Some days I never want to see another living soul and others I know I would die without those I love.  But always I am wanting something simpler.  Sometimes I wonder if the Amish have it right and the rest of us have lost our minds, though deep down I know that just because their lives are lived differently, they have the same demand on their lives from their community that would threaten to drown out the voice of God.

As I sit here and pour my thoughts out onto this page God speaks to me and calms my heart.  He tells me not to leave as the man in the above picture… with his suitcase in hand.  But to run to Him with nothing in hand!  He wants me to let the Holy Spirit provide for my every need and and for me to let Him comfort me.  Jesus already paved the way for me, all I have to do is accept His road and let the Holy Spirit do all the work that I seem to get frustrated with.

What a gift the Holy Spirit is, the Comforter, the Helper, the Healer!  I am so blessed and most of the time I do not see it, do not feel it, and do not even want to recognize it.  But today I do.  And today I run helplessly into the hands of the Holy Spirit and let Him decide what I do next and let Him worry about how it will get done.  Today  I will just keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and that is all I have to do.  That is freedom, simply and fully.

Are you free?  Or are you still bound?

The above was written as part of the Free Write Friday prompt by Kellie Elmore.  Click on the picture below to be part of it too!  Blessings!

Independance Day Fun!

We live in the country, and though we complain often of how long it takes to get everywhere, there is nothing more wonderful sometimes that country life.  For example, we have amazing neighbors who are so much fun.  We walked a couple houses down from us to spend the time watching fireworks last night.  It was crazy!  There were large fireworks going off everywhere!  Who needs to drive and pay to see them when you can sit at home with friends and enjoy them together.

Here are some of my pictures from last night, I hope you enjoy and that you are truly blessed this season!  Summer can be so much fun!  God Bless you, and God Bless America!

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Thankful Thursday! Happy 4th!

We often forget so much of what has brought us our freedoms.  Today I am thankful for all those that brought us the freedoms we have today.  We are not a perfect country by no means.  We have made many terrible choices and continue to do so.  But, I believe that above all, we are truly a magnificent country.  Here is an old hymn that I believe we need to revisit.  What are you thankful for today?

3D render of a glass American flag with grunge effect

“Battle Hymn Of The Republic”

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

CHORUS
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps;
They have building Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.

CHORUS
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”

CHORUS
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgement seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

CHORUS
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Since God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

CHORUS
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
While God is marching on.

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