Hello, my Friends, I guess you’ve thought that I’ve disappeared from the face of the earth because it’s been a while since I’ve written. I have one word to say as to the reason why I’ve been so preoccupied – Rosie! Four weeks ago, Steve gave me a amazing gift that I’ve longed for – a papillon puppy! We had our Sadie for fourteen years and Sophie for seven until she went to live with our daughter, Susan. It’s taken years until my heart was ready to love another “furbaby,” but, oh my – I am wrapped about this little one’s paw. She was 8 weeks old when we got her – now 12 weeks. She weighs a whole 3 lb. 11 oz. She is so much fun, a nuisance, and a 24 hour a day adventure! It’s been a LONG time since we’ve had a “little one” in our house! It is definitely not “child/puppy proofed!” There are several lessons that “Miss Rosie” has taught me so far, and I’ve decided to write about them from time to time, so this is “Miss Rosie – #1.”
Lesson #1 -I’m a huge believer that pets will “tell” you what their name is. That first night, she was “Callie,” “Maggie”, and I really thought “Gidget” was her name. I called her so many things to see if she would react. Well, the next morning, I heard something, and she had climbed under the end table and had her nose stuck in a bag. I immediately said, “Get out of there, you ‘Nosy Rosie’!” and she looked up at me – there was no doubt, her name was “Rosie”, and she is definitely NOSY! She now knows her name. She knows when it’s time for a treat and she knows when she’s in trouble! Yes, no matter how stinkin’ cute she is, she gets in trouble for chewing kleenexes or paper. Yet, she still grabs them every chance she gets, thinking, “Maybe I won’t get in trouble this time!” She puts that chin on the floor and POUTS! It’s my job as “Mom” to be consistent. In time, she is learning because she wants to please me. She is such a joy!
You know, Friends, we also have a new name – it’s “Christian,” and means “Christ-like.” Do you behave in such a way to bring honor to that name? Do others know that you’re a Christian by the way you speak and act? Do you “push the limits” sometimes? How often do we do something, thinking, “Maybe I won’t get in trouble this time?” Yet, sin is sin and always will be. God’s Word has not changed. We must study it to see what He has to say. He is consistent, and we must learn to obey. It doesn’t matter whether we agree or not. The saying, “God said it. I believe it. That settles it” is wrong. It should be, “God said it. That settles it!” It matters not whether I believe it. I must obey for I want to please Him.
May we bring joy to our heavenly Father. Oh, how we are “simply blessed.” Courtney