Oswald Chambers on prayer~
"The purpose of prayer is the maintenance of fitness in an ideal relationship with God amid conditions which ought not to be merely ideal but real. Circumstances are not to be idealized, but to be realized, while by prayer we lay hold on God and He unites us into His consciousness."
What in the world do puppies have to do with prayer you might ask?
Let me tell you when Sam and I married we agreed on some things. One of those things was that we would never get a "horse" sized dog like a golden retriever because hubby just did not want one in spite of my love for them.
To my great delight, this agreement was broken when our great shloopy puppy entered our world. She has brought light, love, furry goodness into our lives.
Just as Chambers states in the above quote, Sydney truly exemplifies and remains the faithful pursuant of a real relationship with us. In the midst of joyful times, trials, sorrows, just plain neglect when life gets crazy, Sydney keeps on trucking. She never leaves our side.
Not when her water bowl is empty. Not when it's raining and she can't go out for a walk. Or, even when we leave her for vacation. Not even then.
Here are some real life lessons I've learned from Sydney
She staunchly protects her pack
She is a loyal companion and chooses her friends wisely.
This face should be in the dictionary next to the word contentment.
She will "roooo" to the song "Nobody Knows The Troubles I've Seen" by Louis Armstrong
She loves to play when the whole family is together.
My grown up Christmas wish for you today is this~ go rescue a furry friend. They will teach you, love you, and help you be a better 'person'.
Here's a great gift idea for Christmas~ James Herriot's Treasury for Children
Great stories for young and old alike!