This photo captures the true dynamic of our growing family.

Jemma is our new German Shorthaired Pointer puppy. She is precious, extremely smart, and outrageously curious about the other animals. Then there is Moses, our 8 year old German Shorthaired Pointer. He is precious, extremely smart, and outrageously…used to the other animals. The Dog Whisperer would be quite pleased to see the calm and submissive Moses comfortably surrounded by hens.

Moses became the submissive dog he is because of our cat. He learned to be gentle with small and vulnerable rodents because of our rats. He became best friends with a pet rabbit. He learned how to respect those prickly hedgehogs. And the chickens? Watching them grow from freshly hatched chicks to fully feathered cuties quite possibly made him the most patient and self controlled bird dog ever. 

So to see how relaxed and unamused he is lying among the chickens is no surprise. To see Jemma enthralled with curiosity about the fowl she was bred to retrieve is no surprise. She has not yet been down that road of expecting the unexpected like her older counterpart. She has not yet learned the meaning of “these pets are part of the family too” like Moses has. She is getting there…

Oftentimes, we find ourselves a little too familiar with, well, life. We lose the zeal of waking each morning to a new day. We forget what it was like to be passionate about learning God’s word. We become complacent in our walk and a little too comfortable with the same ole same ole. 

Like Moses, a bird dog who cares not if hens are pecking the ground at his paws, we go through life unaffected by what used to stir passion and curiosity. The joy of our salvation hides among the cloud of indifference. 

How do we prevent this from happening? There are lots of answers to this question. In my own life? Thankfulness. 

Sounds too simple, huh? Sounds like a five dollar quote on the front of the picture frame you re-gifted last Christmas? Maybe. But when I breathe in the freshness of 40 years worth of days my Lord has given me, I stand amazed. When I ponder the protection, the provision, and the priceless memories, I am immediately curious about the next 40 years. 

Hopefully Jemma will soon be able to roam freely with the feathered pals outside. Her curiosity and zeal for the newness of the situation must first be quenched. May our thirst and passion for the joy of our salvation never be quenched!

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

-Psalm 100:4

Life gets hard. Let me re-state that. Life gets ugly and downright unbearable at times. That’s when we cry out …”Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”-Psalm 51:12


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