My husband and I recently learned about the importance of creating a safe place for Stastny in our house. I had always figured that Stastny preferred to choose her place in our home. Our dog trainer explained to us, like humans, dogs need to have a place to rest and call their own. Excited about the idea, we bought Stastny a soft pillow bed and placed it in the living room. We invited her into the house, pointed to her bed, and told her, “Go to your place.” Stastny wrestled with us and was not clear as to where her place was. After constant redirection, accompanied by several treats and hugs, she realized that we had set aside a special place for her.
Stastny taught me, too often we tend to look outside ourselves for God when we should be looking inward. Our place with God is in our hearts; the Holy Spirit lives within us.
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
1. Where is your place with God?
2. Do you find it easier to stay in His place or make your own place?
3. If you choose to live in God’s place, what is keeping you there?