Nudged

We have a wonderful, enthusiastic, 100% dog dog – Ivory

First day

Someone gave her extra eyebrows so she looked like Odie

Dressed up and ready to go!

She is part Dachshund and Terrier… Her back legs are longer than her front so she’s had some interesting stops…

At times she’s know to be just standing still then whirring and 4 or 5 times chasing her tail, stop and go back to just standing there as if nothing happened…

We brought her into our life from a rescue shelter and fell in love with her.

She was 8 months old and we think she had been mostly caged. She had never played with a ball before… She literally hopped behind as it bounced for the first few times.

We have figured out her pecking order of important aspects of her life:

  1. Me
  2. Car Ride (abandonment issues)
  3. Playing ball
  4. Hubby
  5. Playing ball in the snow
  6. Food
  7. Playing ball in the rain
  8. Sleeping under a blanket

We have a routine for when we go out… Take the tennis ball chucker and launch… She chases and performs bodily function #1… Chuck it a few more and the next bodily function… A few more of chasing the ball and then inside…

Now sometimes the 2nd function time just isn’t ready… And we head back inside… But when it is she comes and uses her snout and nudges my arm repeatedly to get my attention basically saying NOW!

Nudges… That inside voice that says you maybe should pay attention to…

We all get nudges… To me that’s the Holy Spirit of God way of communicating…

I’ve learned it’s worth listening to… It usually saves me from getting caught in the rain or thankfully having extra dollar to buy something…

I also get nudges to pray for people… If someone pops into my mind I say a prayer and often just send out a text letting them know I’m thinking of them.

A few times God has NUDGED me to pray NOW! One time it was for the safety of school kids on a bus… Only the mirrors collided… If the bus has been just a few inches closer…

And please don’t think I’m bragging or trying to wear a super Christian shirt… My goal here is to show that if God uses a plain and ordinary person like me, He can use anyone and everyone!

For me with having to deal with a variety of types mental health days… I NEED TO be able to know that I’m still needed… That God and the world, either just around me or the entire planet, still find me valuable!

Look back on who God choose for his disciples… It wasn’t the priest, the Pharisees, Sadducees or the zealots, or basically most of the politicians of the day for the Jews…

He had fisherman he had tax collectors, he had people that were common back in those days… Just ordinary people…

1 Tim 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus my Lord who has given you the strength to do His work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve Him…

God has selected us and by relying on Him we can be useful…

On the fabulous and not so great days… Remembering this truth, we are valuable and needed, can help turn a day around…

I keep a Bible first aid kit on my phone and continue to add verses and personal experiences, nudges, to it…

I’m working on remembering some of the ones that have helped me the most… But my phone is usually at hand…

I think lot more, for me at least, nudges could be felt with the be still and know that I am God… Calming my chaos…

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