Wednesday, January 1, 2014


i am up early this morning.

the dogs follow me down the stairs and into the kitchen, each taking his turn outside. treats are given and bowls are filled with measured food for my well-fed dogs: 1/4 cup for harley who eats immediately, 2 cups for dozer who sniffs then walks away seeking a comfy corner suitable for an old dog's nap.

a few minutes later i look up from 2014 monthly planner i am filling with workdays and birthdays, commitments, opportunities and obligations. i catch harley back in the kitchen eating out of dozer's bowl and find myself wanting to ask him "why do you risk serious harm for something so plentiful as dog food?"

as i look at the full calendar in front of me i realize the same question applies to me "why do i risk serious harm for something so plentiful as God's provision?"

why am i driven to doing? even as i find myself tired and often uninspired?

am i the fish waiting and watching for someone else to inspire me?

or am i the fish risking, the one seeking freedom from her fish bowl?

a woman confidently trusting in God's ability?

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. - Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG excerpt