Stuck Like Glue

I’m pretty sure Winnie has separation anxiety.  I’m slightly teasing, but our 11-month old pup cannot stand to be away from me or Chris.  She gets up on the couch and will “nose” you to get you to start petting her.  She has the weird sitting stance where she sits up straight like a statue as you pet her and then she slowly falls backwards until she’s almost off the couch.  If you stop, she nudges you again with to get close and get some petting time. 

When we get up, she gets up.  When we walk to the kitchen, she’s right there.  It’s become the running joke in our house that we tell her that we’re just “going to the bathroom and we don’t need her to watch.”  She still follows.

As she followed me into the other room this morning, I thought about my relationship with God.  Is it the same way? 

We often lean in close to Him when we are struggling.  We praise Him when a prayer has been answered.  We go to church on Sunday or attend a Bible study once a week.  But what about the rest of the time?  There’s so much scripture about drawing close to Him.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” –Isaiah 55:6

“Therefore let’s approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need.” –Hebrews 4:16

“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.  He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; He also hears their cry and saves them.” –Psalm 145:18-19

The Bible tells us him can approach with confidence.  It doesn’t say TRY and seek the Lord.  It says SEEK the Lord.  When we are always making our day about Him, leaning into Him, praying with ceasing, praising without ceasing, what does that do for our emotional and mental well-being?!  It brings contentment.  It brings a joy and a peace.  It cloaks you with the Armor of God; it brings protection!

If I followed God as faithfully as Winnie follows us, there would be no room for Satan to step in between.  Oh, he’ll try.  But when we are firmly planted by Jesus, the devil’s plans will be thwarted.  God will have the victory because we have not left a gap in our walk!

Do you have a pet (or even a child) that can’t stand to leave your side?  As you go through the week and you’re spending time with them, remind yourself to stay that close to our Heavenly Father.

~Erin

The Lucky Charms

One of my fondest memories belongs to a Christmas many years ago when my daughters were around 6 and 12 years of age.  I was a recently divorced single mom, and we didn’t have a lot.  I had to learn to be ok with where we were at and with what we had.  While my children never went without what they needed, often it was more difficult to obtain higher price ticket items for the Christmases and their birthdays.    

I was fortunate enough to have been taught myself at a young age that the thought into the gift meant more than the gift, so I was prepared for just such a time.  My girls LOVE sweet cereal; they come by it honestly.  While Cheerios was a fine breakfast food, it didn’t compare to the goodies like Trix or Fruity Pebbles!  And they were always going at each other over who got the last of the cereal out of the box.  Many a tear was shed (particularly from the younger, Peyton) over the fact that McKenna got to it first!

This particular Christmas as the girls each unwrapped identical boxes at the same time, they were over the moon excited that they received their own individual family size box of Lucky Charms!  And let me tell you, lest they forget who had which box, they wrote their names on them so there was no doubt!

Is our response to what our circumstances are one of contentment or dissatisfaction?  I know culture today tells out that we don’t have enough.  We’re always looking for the better job, better car, more Instagram followers, or better pay.  We are a society that is me-centered, always trying to get more.  But what does God tell us about that in the Bible? 

Philippians 4:11-13 says, “Not that I speak from need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with little, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

We should know how to live in both circumstances and should also know how to be content in both.  The Bible also reminds us that God supplies our needs.  The fact that He graciously supplies what we need should cause us to reflect on how content we are with where God has us!

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t go after a pay raise or a new job/title.  But we should examine our hearts and speak to the Holy Spirit to ensure that we are content with what we have and determine if we’re seeking something for ourselves or if it is God-led.

I pray that this week we all take a moment to recognize our contentment in our circumstances through Jesus and ask Him to fill our hearts with that peace.

~Erin