I thought she would be just another great pet. I knew she would be special. I knew she would become family. I knew she would be adorable. However, I never knew just how special, how much of a family member, or how adorable she would become. Jemma is our German Shorthaired Pointer puppy who has now become…not a puppy. Moses has taught her all she needs to know about being a Mayfield, respecting the other animals in the household, and looking and being irresistible 100% if the time.
Without going into much detail and without sounding like a doting parent who cannot stop bragging about her child, I will just give a short list of reasons this GSP is who she is.
- She grunts and moans…when she changes positions, when we squeeze her, when we hug her, when she jumps up onto a high surface, when she wakes up, when she yawns…I always wanted a pet pig…
- She knows how to use her eyes to wrap us around her four paws
- She is incredibly smart and wants to learn as much as possible
- She is pure Pointer…part human…part…something else that we cannot describe in words
- She wags her entire rear end and not just her tail
- She is incredibly cuddly
- She is loyal, playful, lazy, incredibly athletic, and focused
- The list goes on and on
As you can see, Jemma has reached the status of family member. Moses approves and he seems much happier having a buddy that is his own species for once. We get to enjoy her never ending ways of cuteness and she gets to enjoy this semi chaotic place we call a loving home.
“I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. ‘Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. ‘Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” -Revelation 3:8-10
Take a look at the list God made about the church of Philadelphia in the book of Revelation. This church represents what a faithful church should look like. This church represents what the body of Christ as a whole should look like. More specifically, this church represents what followers of Christ should look like.
Aside from the historical aspects of the Church in Philadelphia and aside from the prophetic end times aspect this church represents, God has a specific idea of what followers of Christ should be doing. He writes that he knows the deeds of this church. He then lists what those deeds are…”kept my word, have not denied my name, kept the word of my perseverance…” Included in this list is that “I have loved you”.
The church in Philadelphia was the only one of the seven churches revealed to John that God did not rebuke for ungodliness. If we are to look at these seven churches as parallels to the types of churches or Christians in these last days, then we could undoubtedly see that God intends for us to look like the church in Philadelphia.
So how is your church doing? How is the entire body of Christ doing? And how are YOU doing? Are we keeping his Word or are we denying his name? Those morals and principles you say you have…those morals and principles based on the truth of God’s word…Are they just a personal conviction or are they lived out for the world to see?
Are we persevering? To persevere means to keep going in spite of the difficulties, trials, distractions, and craziness around us. We must endure. How is your church doing? How is the body of Christ doing? How are YOU doing?
If you are running the race it is not going to be a quick one, nor will it be unchallenging. It is not a 50 yard dash, it is a marathon and it takes endurance. It takes discipline, training, and above all, dedication.
“I have loved you”…Those precious words serve as a reminder of our Creator’s dedication to us. It is a reminder of His devotion, protection, guidance, mercy,….The list goes on and on.