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Doggy Devotions

Psalm 73:25 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth I desire besides you.” The other day as I devoured some tasty ribs I saw our dog Madison looking up at me with longing eyes. Knowing not to feed her at the table, I took my last rib over to the other side of the kitchen and gave it to her. She was ecstatic and immediately went to town. During lockdown God has been speaking to me through Maddie. She loves me unconditionally. She’s always by my side. When I head into another room she runs behind me and scratches at the door desperately until she can get into my presence again. “If only I could prioritize God the way Maddie prioritizes me…” I’ve often thought. I enjoyed watching her enjoy my gift, but after a minute I decided to head down to get some work done. I figured Maddie would be far too distracted with her precious bone to notice, but she actually left her bone behind and cheerfully followed me downstairs. God gives us good gifts, which we are designed to enjoy. But loving the gifts more than the giver poses a problem. For most of my life, when God blessed me with a business deal, I would focus on the deal more than giving thanks or pressing into his presence. But yesterday I felt God letting me know that I’m finally starting to get my priorities straight, and that he’s proud of me for it. Lord, there is nothing on earth I desire besides you. Everything else pales in comparison. I love you. In your son’s most precious name, Amen.


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