Why God Made Dogs

Why God Made Dogs

In a nutshell: God made dogs to remind us of his unconditional love. 🙂

Many of my readers know that we recently adopted a dog from the SPCA. She is a Doxen-Chihuahua and ridiculously adorable. And fun. She was a rescue and so scared and timid but  now she has blossomed and her personality is beginning to shine big time. And she LOVES to cuddle – like ALL THE TIME. No matter what I am doing, as soon as I sit down she wants on my lap!

Our only issue is trying to train her. Originally when we first brought her home we were letting her sleep with us but we learned quickly that’s not a good idea for now. So, we have a baby-gate and keep her in the hall at night. Yesterday morning when I got out of bed she was so happy to see me and jumping around so I brought her into bed with me for a little cuddle time. My goodness, she laid across my stomach and looks at me and I swear I could see the love in her eyes and a smile on her face!

As I was laying there and petting her, I was thinking about how unconditional her love is. When we leave the house, even for just a few minutes, she is wild with joy when she sees us. She loves to  play with us and cuddle with us. She is just so darn loveable. It doesn’t matter how rotten our day is going, or how unruly Andrew’s behavior is, or how cranky I am being, she just accepts us and loves us – as is.

God is like that, too, and I think that is why God made dogs. He made them to remind us that no matter how our day is going, or how stressed we are, or cranky we are, He (God) loves us anyway and will see us through whatever it is. It doesn’t matter if we are dealing with financial woes or dealing with relationship issues, or addictions or living with a past we regret. He  loves us any way.  He LOVES YOU – right now, in whatever state you are in, no matter who has failed you or betrayed you – HE LOVES YOU.

I never get tired of thinking about that or being reminded of that and I hope you don’t either. God’s love is such a powerful thing and so often we “know” God loves us in our minds but we don’t “get it” in our hearts and souls. We often don’t let God’s love transform our hearts. I pray that you truly, deeply begin to realize God’s love for you today.

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Advent Meditation

Advent Wreath

My friend Anne is starting an in-depth Advent meditation series that I thought you all may like to check out. Here’s a snippet from her first post:

What is Advent?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us:

[It’s the] Liturgical Season of four weeks devoted to the preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. ~Glossary Terms

When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second coming (cf. Rev22:17). By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to His desire: “He must increase, but I must decrease,”(cf. Jn 3:30) ~CCC§524

To me it seems more than adequate to say, this Advent is unlike any other we have experienced in that so much is going on in our world today, that I feel it very necessary to pack as much ‘spiritual meat’ into the upcoming reflections as I can. Time being of the essence I will republish writings I did called “As Seen Through Mary’s Eyes”, and add to them as much reference as I can to the Catechism and Sacred Scripture.

So many people have missed the significance of God’s decision to come among us, first as an infant and then as a child and so forth, through His chosen vessel – that is Mary”… Continue here.

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