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My grandson is a cheerful little guy, smiling and cooing almost all of the time.  He's also alert and very curious, always wanting to take everything in. The only instances where Adam seems to get cranky is when he's tired.  Then the battle begins, though it's more within himself than against anyone else.  His body is telling him he needs to rest, but his eyes are fighting to stay open so he doesn't miss a thing.  As a result, the struggle commences.

Do you ever experience these battles within? 

You know you need to be alone with the Lord, but there's just so much to do and so little time. 

These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. ~ John 5:39-40

Adam's mom very quickly discovered the remedy to his dilemma - put a pacifier in his mouth  (he prefers the U of M variety) and his puppy on his head!

Now, this is not any run-of-the-mill stuffed puppy. It has a normal puppy head (if you consider blue to be normal) but it's attached to a little blanket rather than a body.  My daughter recognized the key to settling Adam down is to cover up his eyes.  Once he can't see what he's missing, he quickly becomes still.

“Be still, and know that I am God"
~ Psalm 46:10

Do you have difficulty being still before the Lord?

Are you trying to handle things all by yourself?

"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

Are you too busy for a Sabbath rest?

“Be still, for this is a sacred day." ~ Nehemiah 8:11

Is God not moving fast enough to suit you?

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him. ~ Psalm 37:7

I'm sensing a theme here...

Our world is screaming, "HURRY UP!"
but God is whispering, "slow down."

Do you need to put a puppy on your head?

Maybe that means turning off the TV or walking away from the computer.
Maybe it means hanging up the phone or disconnecting the video games. 
Maybe it means giving up on perfection or learning to say, "No."
Maybe for you it means something else.

What do you need to walk away from so you can walk toward Jesus?

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." ~ Mathew 6:33

Father, forgive me for those days when I get so caught up in my own agenda that I don't even consider you.  Help me to make your priorities my priorities and let go of the things that distract me from you.


One Response so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    WOW! Did that ever speak to me!!! While we have learned to cut things out of our life (me watching my niece & nephew & Matt taking less classes at night) it seems to me I almost need to apply your hanger theory here! While maybe "replacing" a piece of clothing (school for church) DON'T add NEW "hangers" to hold more as well. You inspire me in SO many ways that you are probably unaware of. THANK YOU for being obedient to the Lord & letting him use you to shine through to others!

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