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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lessons from Max

Hi Friends,

Wow, what a week already!  I finished the rough draft of Wrestling with Wonder (my book that looks at God through the lens of Mary’s life journey).  Now, I just need to format, edit, give it a couple read-throughs, and it will be ready to send off to my editor.  Yay!

Tonight, I’ll be facilitating theConversations, Coffee, and Chocolate women’s event at our church.  It promises to be a good time of breaking our own expectations of our lives and ourselves to embrace whatever dreams GOD has for us.  I’m looking forward to it!

And finally . . . Max!  As some of you know, a stray dog showed up at our place last Wednesday.  After looking for and calling around to see if he was lost (it doesn’t look like it), we adopted him.  We’ve taken him to the vet, given him two baths, applied flea medicine, bought him a collar, and named him Max.

Everybody loves Max.  Max loves all of us too.

So, here is what I have learned about God from Max so far:

1)  You may be scraggly and scared and scrubby, but Someone still loves you and wants to care for you.

2)  That Someone also wants to help you be clean and well-fed.  You don’t have to get yourself clean before you come to that Someone, but you do have to be willing to submit to His care.  He will make you clean.  He will feed you what you need to grow strong.

 3)  It’s better to submit and accept the Love that’s given you.  You don’t need to growl and snap (Max didn’t!).  Accept Love and be grateful . . . even if it means a few uncomfortable shots to help make you well.

4)  Be joyful!  Wag your tail and make those around you happy ... because you were once lost and now you’re found.  You were once filthy and now you’re clean.  You were cast out but now Someone has adopted you and called you His own.

5)  Rejoice!  Let yourself be well-loved by God!