Category Archives: Puppy Love

If You Can’t Run With The Big Dogs….Let The Big Dog In You Come Out!

All I can be….is me and that’s what God wants.  Matter of fact, He said so. One day He said to me, “My eyes….make them shine.  My hands…make them glow.  You are my light…just BE IT!  You don’t have to DO, you have to BE.  A football just has to be a football and when it is thrown into the game, it serves it’s purpose just by being a football.  Grass is just grass.  It doesn’t try to DO anything, it just IS and it serves it’s purpose.  Just be, Angela. Stop trying to DO and just BE.  You are enough.  I made You in my image.”

That was a few days ago then today I was watching my tiny Dachshund (Charlie) running around the backyard with my huge Pyrenees/Border Collie (Sparky) and I hear God say, “My Word is enough and You are enough. Again, Ang – just BE.  Be You – no one else.”.  And God starts showing me how Charlie likes to walk around and show people that he is a really big dog in a little body. I hear the Holy Spirit say, “You have a big God in your little body, Charlie isn’t walking around trying to make you THINK he’s a big dog.  He’s just being him and he KNOWS that IN him is the same courage and strength as Sparky so he fears nothing!  Walk tall with your head high believing that all the strength and courage You need is IN you…because I am in YOU!”

So here’s my conclusion….I’m done wondering what I need to be doing. I’m just going to focus on being me and I KNOW that God will fulfill His purpose through me like that.  He made me ME for a reason.  I don’t have to figure it all out, I just have to know who I am and Be it!  I am a child of God made in His image and I am absolutely loved and adored by Him! That’s good enough for me!

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. – John 1:12

IT’S A BOLD FACED LIE!

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Illustrated by my beautiful niece, Kasandra Ford

We have a dog…his name is Sparky.  My husband and I never thought we’d have a dog or any pet for that matter.  However, someone found this cute little ball of fur on the side of the road and posted a picture of him and we all just fell in love.  We did research the best we knew how…GOOGLED IT…and it looked as though this type of dog wouldn’t get too big or shed too much.

Soooo now we have a massive Border Collie/Pyrenees mix that sheds ALL OVER the place AND thinks our 8 year old son is in his pack!  He’s really a pretty good dog except for the fact that when he wants to play, he plays like a pack dog would, so he’s nipping and growling at our son.  Not cool!

Well the other day (just like any other day) he’s trying to “play” with my son and I get really angry and yell “STOP!” then I tap him on the nose and throw him outside.  (He weighs at least 100 pounds now so it was more like I pushed or scooted him outside).  However, at that moment (unlike all the other times), I heard God say to me, “How are you going to love people who KNOW they are doing wrong, when you get so mad at your dog who doesn’t EVEN KNOW that what he is doing is wrong?”  I know that sounds crazy….but it was a huge heart check for me.  Yes, I was trying to protect my child, but there was no compassion, no gentle correction, no training, just wrath and that’s how I was treating people too!

I’ve always known that God has called us to love everyone.  I’ve even “preached” it.  Hate the sin, but love the sinner.  However, I wasn’t really DOING it.  I believe there was a huge lack of compassion there…especially for those who KNEW they were doing wrong.  Before this “revelation”, my conversation with God could have been something like this:

Me: “Really God?  It’s a bold faced lie and I’m just supposed to show them love?”
God: “YES!”
Me: “Okay, but I hope something bad happens so they learn their lesson”.
God:  “Well, I’d like them to learn their lesson WITHOUT something bad happening.”
Me: “But then they would just get away with lying to me”.
God: “You? What do they owe to YOU?”

Yeah….ouch!  If there is a lack of loving others, it stems from pride. I mean, think about it…the fall of man began with pride.  Besides, I’d be fooling myself if I said I had never lied to God or willingly sinned and guess what…He STILL loves me.  He still shows me compassion and favor.  He is humble, gentle and caring.

Oh Father, show me how to love like you do!  Show me how to display love like Jesus did when He walked this earth.   Let my heart overflow with compassion for those being attacked by evil…EVEN THOSE who surround themselves with it intentionally.  Let me look upon each of YOUR created masterpieces with admiration and love, seeing them for who YOU created them to be.  When someone is about to trap themselves in a lie, give me the desire to FREE them instead of catching them.  You never desire for us to fail so that we may learn.  Your plan for us is to succeed WITHOUT disaster.  Thank you Father!  In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” –  1 John 4:7-8

IT’S A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP

10734035_10203492016325884_1054892349165389116_nOkay so after ten years of marriage, my husband and I both finally agree to get a puppy for our kids.  This was a total Christmas miracle!  People had been on us for years saying that that our son (who is 7) NEEDS a dog.  We, on the other hand, thought differently and were in total agreement with one another.  All we could think about was how we would hate the clean up, the effort it would take to train, the hair, the smell, the way it would change our lives for the worst!  Still…our hearts had been softened and we gave in to our eldest giving our youngest kids a puppy for Christmas.

When this little guy popped out of that box, we had no idea what we were about to step into! (hehe, no pun attended).  I can honestly say I now know the meaning of “puppy dog eyes”.  He had us at “woof!” There was an instant connection from his heart to ours.  He was a rescue dog, so his loyalty started quickly…but so did the clean up! First thing out of the box, he runs down the hallway and leaves us a big pile of “thank you” on the carpet and oh did it stink!  This was followed by three rounds of pee pee.  Ahhhhh!  THIS is why I didn’t want a dog, this is what I HATE about having a dog!

But then again….that loyalty….that companionship….that desire to be with us and by our side all the time.  That gigantic smile on our son’s face the first time Sparky jumped up on his lap to play with him! That’s the LOVE part. The part I hadn’t considered before.  A dog’s devotion, there’s really nothing like it.  Well….except for our Father’s devotion to us.

Is that why God created dogs?  So that we could daily witness an absolutely devoted heart?  A heart that forgives completely and unconditionally?  A heart that loves us no matter what we say or do?A love that isn’t based on how they feel or how we feel about them? A heart so loyal it knows when we’re upset and just wants to bring us joy again?

God thank you for using this abandoned little puppy to show our family an unconditional love like Yours.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  – Romans 8:38-39