Fresh Hope – 10th August 2019

We have a 4 month old puppy. We named him Bailey. He’s a chocolate brown labradoodle. He was born on Easter Sunday (surely a sign).  He was chosen from a litter of six puppies. He came to ourmhome at  eight weeks.
What a journey it’s been so far! It would be an understatement to say I was not enthused about having a dog.

However, this spring I finally caved in to the mounting pressure from my family (it only took three years!).

I was slightly nervous at the prospect of having what I perceived ‘a new baby’ in the house and I literally prayed that instinct would kick in and that I would not only love the new addition to our family, but that I would also feel a sense of commitment and love alongside the responsibility to see me through the potential sleepless nights, and  toilet training  that inevitably followed…as well as the ‘puppy behaviour’ like lost footwear / clothing, and destroyed furniture ….which in his breed apparently lasts 3 years.
In 3 years, the dog that is destined to be ‘our best friend’ for life, will emerge – for now, the puppy years stretch ahead and my parenting skills – albeit slightly adapted – are being tested and stretched again.

It probably comes as no surprise, that in the early days I would often question myself saying ‘what have I got myself into?’

Aren’t you glad that Romans 8 states the following about God?

Romans 8:29-30 The Message (MSG)
God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

God always intended and has been fully committed to His relationship with humanity.
From the outset…

– He chose each one of us
–  He called us by name
– He paid a high price to establish a relationship with each one of us
– He remains committed to us, promising to stay with us, in order to help us fulfil our potential and be the best version of ourselves that we could possibly be.

What a promise!
What a commitment!
On my worst days, when my behaviour or attitude or thought life ,
isn’t quite inline – God is still with me, He remains committed to me, helping me work out my life alongside Him, in order to become the finished product, the masterpiece…to be like His son Jesus.
It is the same for you!
God believes in us!
Of course, we are not the finished product and He is by no
means finished with us yet, but He is with us to make sure that one day we will be!

Jacqui Cartwright

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