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Receiving God’s Love

Last weekend we took care of our friends’ goldendoodle, a cross between a poodle and a golden retriever.  Buddy was an excellent companion, mellow and loving. As we interacted, I was again reminded how much a dog tells us about loving God.  All Buddy really wanted was our love.  He reveled in being petted, positioning himself so as best to receive our touches and attention. He seemed to know that he did not need to do anything to “earn” this love other than just making himself open and aware of us. His purpose was not achieve us, but to receive us.  And so it is with our relationship to God.  How do we position ourselves, purpose ourselves, to receive Him?

“Use the things of the world, but long for things of eternity. You cannot be fully satisfied by material possessions, for you are simply not made to enjoy them.”  Thomas รก Kempis
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Focused without distractions

Oswald Chambers writes, “the abiding awareness of the believer’s life is to be God Himself, not just thoughts about Him. The total being of our life inside and out is to be totally obsessed by the presence of God.”

I realize I do not like the word “obsessed.”  It has too many negative connotations in the current psychology of our society.  Yet if I am totally obsessed by His Presence, then I am devoted/committed to Him and not distracted by the “trinkets” that I fill my life with. And if I maintain this deep devotion and discipline, then worries slip off and do not stick to me.  Instead, I can fill myself with wonder and gratitude for all He provides. Then He is truly a refuge, and my path is secure.

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