“The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. But I (Jesus) have come to give you life and give it to the full.” John 10:10
A few years ago our dog of 6 years died. It did not take me long to decide that I did not like our home without a pet, so we got another puppy. We found her online, spoke with her breeder, had videos sent to us and we decided that this was our next pet! She was barely 2 pounds when we got her! She was so cute! We loved her immediately!
It did not take long for us to notice that a few things were not right with her. Her first vet visit was great! She appeared to be perfect! A few weeks later, I noticed that she was vomiting a lot! Then I noticed she did not seem to act like a normal perky puppy. Then…I gave her the heartworm medicine. Her behavior scared me so badly that I ran her to the vet. He looked at her, ran some tests, called the company that made the heartworm medicine and in a few hours we had a diagnosis…a liver shunt. The liver is a filter for the body. Anything toxic runs through the liver. In my 2 pound puppy, she had a blood vessel not connected to her liver. I found out later that that particular blood vessel was less than a millimeter in diameter…a MILLIMETER!!! That one single millimeter was wreaking havoc in our puppy! She had seizures, she vomited, she slept, and she would bang her little head against a wall…pure havoc. Thankfully there is a university near our home that knew how to handle liver shunts and we were able to take her there and they were able to fix our puppy’s shunt. When we picked her up, they told us, “It will take time, but eventually she should be “normal””. It has been 14 months since her surgery and today she is normal!
Her name? Zoe!!! What does that mean? Zoe is a Greek word meaning “of the absolute fullness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God”!
God intends for me to live a full life, both essential and ethical! God desires for me to live life to the full! If a millimeter of a detached blood vessel can cause such damage to a pet, what could a millimeter of sin do to my life? How does God see me banging my head against a wall? Could it deter me from living my potential in Christ? What if a millimeter of pride, judgement, hate, materialism or lust can keep me from a full relationship with my creator? What am I missing from just a millimeter of sin?
I pray that God will continue to shed light in each area where there is a millimeter of misalignment between us. I pray that I allow Him to do surgery in my heart so that my life is lived to the full! He loves me enough to seek me out and help me find what is making me “sick”. I should desire Him enough to be found and be healed!
We are so excited that Stacey Hensley has joined the PSF team as a regular blogger.
Stacey is married to Mike Hensley. They have 3 daughters (22 year old step-daughter, 16, and 14). She lives in Georgia and has been a stay-at-home mom for 16 years and she says she has loved it! Stacey says that she is now in the season of preparing for "empty nest" and her heart is growing for moms of young children and reaching them with God's truth and love. Her favorite scripture is John 10:10, "The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. But I (Jesus) have come that you may have have life and have it to the full." She loves to share that life giving truth to anyone willing to listen!!!
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