Tuesday With Teri

Devotions from lessons I'm learning from God

BASE! February 17, 2013

Filed under: devotionals — tlmiller82 @ 3:11 pm

 

“Base!”, I remember yelling breathlessly as I reached the tree my friends and I had declared was the safe “home base” while playing tag.   I could not help but think of this as I chased my dog around our coffee table the other night.

 

Hughie, our porky little yorkie, sleeps in a kennel.  Every night we place him in his kennel and he quickly curls up on his soft doggie bed and falls asleep.  Once inside he never barks or objects until morning.  It is not a horrible place to be, but for him it is “AWAY” from us, and that makes it less than desirable.   So, when he thinks we are going to put him in for the night he avoids it.

 

When we turn off the TV and say things like, “time for bed” or “kennel time”, he is quick to move to the end of the sofa, curl up in a tight ball and pretend to be asleep.  It is as if he is trying to convince us he will be good if left out all night.  He considers the end of the sofa his safe place, “base”.

 

The most pitiful sight of our nighttime routine is whenever he is on the floor when it becomes obvious we are getting ready for bed.  He runs through the house as fast as his little legs can carry him.  He runs for the couch and throws his front paws up on the side in an attempt to jump up and on to his safe place.  His ability to jump up on the couch left him about 5 pounds ago.  He tries really hard, wags his tiny nub of a tail and looks up at any nearby person for assistance.

 

So this one night, he assumed I was going to place him in the kennel.  He took off in a panic stricken run around our coffee table.  What a sight we must have been!  I followed him around 4 times before he tossed his paws up on the couch.  I looked down into his dark little eyes and I could almost hear him yelling “BASE!”  I lifted him up and placed him in his special spot.  He curled himself into a tight ball and snuggled into a blanket.  I sat beside him and stroked his knobby, fur tufted head.  His little body relaxed into mine and I could sense his sigh of relief.

 

I think of God like that.  He is my “base”.  He is the place I run to for rest, peace, comfort and safekeeping. I’d rather be near Him than anywhere else, yet surprisingly there are times when I stray away.  Sometimes I am desperately running through life, knowing I need to reach “base” again.  I will exhaust myself running from God when all He wants to do is scoop me up and bring me to “base”.

 

Where do you run?  To whom do your run?  Do you have a “base” where you can find refuge?  We DO have a “base”.  We have a God Who desires to be our place of rest, our hope of peace and our strength for the challenges we face.

 

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

 

May today be the day you cling to the God  Who loves you best, and yell out to the world… “BASE!!!!”

 

 

I Love You February 15, 2013

Filed under: devotionals — tlmiller82 @ 10:18 am

“I love you”  When we were first married my husband would use these words to proclaim his feelings for me.   It sounded great and felt even better.  Those three little words conveyed his deep feelings.   I’d never get tire of hearing them.

Today when I hear him speak that phrase it means even more.  Sometimes when I hear him say “I love you” I get the sense he is saying them as much for his own benefit as for mine.  As if he is trying to remind himself of the truth of his words in the midst of being frustrated with me. (which admittedly happens kind of often)  Every utterance of “I love you” is now like a battle cry….a quiet recommitment to our relationship and the effort it requires.  “I love you” was once just an emotional comment, now it is full grown and conveys so much more.  I still never tire of hearing it.

God never tires of hearing ‘I love you”.  In telling God we love Him we remind ourselves of His love and our commitment to Him.  God reveals His love for me in every aspect of my life.  I know He loves me.  I hear Him proclaim it in His creation.  I have felt the relief of His love as He forgives my sin.  I have witnessed the comfort of His love as life has brought heartache and hurt.  I have experienced His love in the peace He grants when chaos reigns in life.

His love for us never fails.  This week I am challenged to let God know I love Him with my life, to honor Him and worship Him.  I am also reminded of this great truth….Life may change and challenge, BUT ONE THING REMAINS…..”The loving-kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who trust Him” Psalm 103:17

“I love you God”