For years Tristyn has been asking for a dog, and for years we’ve said NO. We already have a dog and a bunny and certainly don’t need another pet. Mark and I kept thinking she would eventually stop asking, but she didn’t. In fact,her desire just grew stronger. It was something she talked about all the time. She spent most of her free time searching for dogs EVERY SINGLE DAY. She saved all her birthday and Christmas money for the past several years. She would wake up in the mornings and tell us that she in her dreams she had a dog. Then one night, she told me she was praying about her her dog and she was waiting for God to change our mind.
Guess what? The Lord changed our mind.
Meet Toby. He’s an 8 week old Golden Retriever/Lab mix. He’s Tristyn’s dog and I truly believe she is the happiest girl on the planet. (As I write this, they are both snuggled up together sleeping.)
He’s been in our home for one full day and has already had a bath, been on 2 walks, and had a least a billion hugs and kisses.
I must say that we are all in LOVE.
I’ve learned a lot watching Tristyn and her desire for a dog. This morning as I started to journal, the Lord did a work in my heart. He showed me that as much as I love blessing my daughter, He loves to bless me even more. I’ve watched Tristyn with her new puppy and she is so excited. That is exactly how my Heavenly Father feels about me. He delights in me, because I’m his precious daughter.
The Lord showed me that Tristyn had a desire. She told us her desires. She researched. She worked for it. But ultimately she prayed and waited. She had a dream and didn’t give up…..no matter how many times she heard no!
How many dreams have I let go of because I didn’t get a yes right away? I want to embrace the faith of my child and continue to dream big. There are promises that I’m clinging to this year. I will continue to DREAM BIG! Mark and I are praying for certain things this year….and I’m excited to see what is going to happen!!
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