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Janet & I have been blessed and cursed with the responsibility of keeping our daughter’s dog, MAX.  The blessing is that he’s a really sweet dog with kids and adults.  The curse is his howling, digging up the yard, and his snoring (really loud snoring).

But I observed something from Max that was another blessing yesterday.  I realized how much he wants to be near me (or other people in our family).  As I was having my quiet time yesterday, he crawled up in a small space beside me to get as close as possible and lay his head down on my feet.  A little later as I sat on the back porch to have some solitude and meditate on a passage of scripture, he jumped up in the chair beside me and kept his eyes on me.  Yes I gave him some attention, then went back to my time of solitude.  Max, just stayed there – close to me – in my presence – the entire time.  He wanted / needed to be near me.  He rests best near me.  He wants and needs my attention.

As I sat there in silence, the light bulb went off.  I need to be more like Max when it comes to my desire for my Heavenly Father.  Maybe the same is true for you.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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