Worse Than “The Devil Made Me Do It”?


This blog has been very quiet the last month. There’s one main reason for that, and her name is Sadie, our new goldendoodle puppy.

“Aw, she’s so cute,” you might say. Yes, she’s cute, but you aren’t the one getting up with her at 2:45 in the morning to take her out to pee in freezing cold temperatures. A little of that cuteness fades at that point.

So, here’s the story. I had no desire for a dog. Zero. Nada. Never in my life had I owned one. Yet, God blessed me with a little boy that has loved dogs practically since he came from the womb. His first birthday was even dog-themed. As many of you know he still carries his stuffed dog, Yoggie, all over the place.

If I had made a list on paper, the reasons to not get a dog would have outweighed the positive reasons to get one. However, sometimes I think God asks us to do things that aren’t reasonable. We often hear the phrase, “The devil made me do it,” but as a Christian I sometimes feel the Holy Spirit prompts me to do things way outside of my comfort zone. These things can even be painful. Some people get called to Africa, I get prompted to purchase a canine companion.

I can’t tell you yet if this was a good decision. Truthfully, I’ve struggled with anxiety for years on and off, and getting the dog made it spiral out of control. I went on medicine last week to try to get a grip on it. My prayer was that whatever dog we got would be just what our family needed. Maybe I needed one to take care of an issue that’s been festering for awhile. The ironic thing is, if the dog has taught me anything, it’s that I’ve had a very cushy life so far. I guess I needed a good dose of selflessness.

So, pray for me, will you, as I venture down this new road of pet ownership? Seriously, I could have far worse things to complain about!

By the way, she’s very smart. She already sits, lays down, dances in a circle, holds out her paw, and is already learning to ring the bells at the door to go outside to potty and she’s only 12 weeks old. Now you’re really wondering what I’m moaning about!!

What have you done outside of your comfort zone?


One thought on “Worse Than “The Devil Made Me Do It”?

  1. Good for you! I understand your hesitancy on pet ownership more than you can imagine. My husband’s love of animals nudged me into accepting a dog nearly 10 years ago. Since then, we’ve added two kids and an additional dog plus a cat to our family. It has been hair-raising at times, and I still struggle with the anxiety that multiple pets bring — oh my goodness the messes! But overall, the joy far outweighs the hassle, even though I have to remind myself of that regularly. I wish you all the best. Sadie is adorable, and hopefully the midnight trips outside will be short-lived.

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