Grab Hold of God’s Promises

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

I’m finding in order to grab hold of God’s promises for us, first we must trust him enough to release what we grasp in our hands, or mouth, as is the case for Baxter.

As I mentioned earlier, Pilot and I have a new puppy. At twelve weeks Baxter is quite interested in gnawing on stuffed animals, sticks, and rocks; when he isn’t gnawing on Pilot or me. The trick is to re-direct Baby B’s attention from what he shouldn’t be chewing to something he should be.

In order to do that, Baxter must release what he is holding and grab what we offer him. Sometimes he tries to hold onto a stone and grab a stick at the same time. That, however, rarely works.

While contemplating this, I thought of how sometimes we hold onto things that aren’t good for us, like Baxter chewing on rocks, and try to grab hold of God’s promises at the same time.

We aren’t so sure we want to exchange what we have for what God promises. We want it both ways.

Jesus paid the price for an abundant life to those who belong to him and claim him as Lord, yet we often settle for less. We shortchange ourselves and chew on rocks, refusing the good things God offers.

Baxter may understand he can trust us. He may understand what we offer is good. He may. I don’t know.

But until he trusts us to the point he willingly drops the harmful things he picked up, and grabs hold of what we offer, he won’t enjoy the rich, full life we have planned for him.

We may understand we can trust God. We may understand what God offers us is good. We may. I don’t know.

But until we trust God to the point we willingly drop the harmful things we’ve picked up, and grab hold of what God offers us, we won’t enjoy the rich, full life God has planned for us.

Chief says Baxter is one lucky pup for having us as his owners because of how spoiled he will be with everything we want to give him. Like Baxter, those who belong to God are indeed blessed above all others because of how much God wants to give us.

Anything you need to let go of in order to grab hold of God’s promises?

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That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)

 I wish you well.

Sandy

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Newest Puppy Family Member

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

One of our neighbors told Pilot and me we are weak, and can’t say, “no”. She is absolutely correct. We are weak, and we can’t say, “no”. At least when it comes to cute puppies.

If you recall, March 31, 2017, Pilot and I said our last good-bye to our sweet Bear. At the time, we told ourselves we wouldn’t even think about getting another dog until six months passed. Well … like Cindy said, we’re weak.

Pilot and I returned from our trip to Florida for Tom’s memorial service June 14. As I caught up with email June 15, I noticed someone in our neighborhood posted a message nineteen hours earlier about two rescue puppies he needed to find a good home for. When I clicked on the attached picture, I caved. Truly. But I resisted the urge to place the phone call.

I wasn’t really sure we needed to add a new family member at this point in time, and in fact was pretty sure we didn’t, but several texts later between Pilot and me, Pilot made the call to inquire about the dogs. One puppy, a female, remained. The male had been adopted.

Although we’ve had females before, this time I wanted another male. Even with that, it was arranged for me to go see the puppy.

I enlisted the prayers of a friend for discernment in this matter, realizing God may have already made my decision easier by eliminating the male from my choice.

Good thing I rode my bike to look at the puppy. That way I couldn’t take HIM home with me. Yep. Pilot misunderstood. The female was adopted out that morning. The male still needed a home.

After Pilot returned home from work that evening, we both went to see the puppy.

We’re weak and can’t say, “no”. That evening, at five-weeks-old, Baxter Black Quandt became our newest family member.

Although we know human lives are much, much, muuch more important in God’s eyes than animal lives, in our defense, we looked upon Baxter as one of God’s creation. An abandoned orphan who needed rescued.

I’m sure Baxter will be appearing in future blog posts, in fact I know he will. A post about redirection is forming as I type. 🙂

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Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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