“You can my love!”
If I had a dollar for every time I spoke these words to my stubborn English Bulldog, Desmond, I’d be a multi-millionaire!
Desmond taught me beautiful life lessons during his 11 years- in particular- how to let go of the overwhelming need to control, and how to choose surrender in the face of defeat.
After years of vacuum-cleaner battles, loud noises, and other oddities that set him off, I learned to look him in the eyes and endearingly tell him, “you can my love“.
The simplicity of reciting this phrase aloud brings an immediate sense of peace, calm, and surrender.
Next time feelings of contraction or resistance surface, try saying this simple phrase aloud or in your mind: “yes, you can my love” and bask in the peaceful wake that follows.
Seasons of life come and then they go.
Welcome them all with open arms, and trust your Captain.
When questions abound, and you are not sure which way to go, look up; God is always with you, and you are never alone. He is your Captain. He will steady the rocking ship, calm the turbulent waters, and steer you into the right direction. He is your Captain.
Captain by Hillsong United:
Through waters uncharted my soul will embark
I’ll follow Your voice straight into the dark
And if from the course You intend I depart
Speak to the sails of my wandering heart
Like the wind You’ll guide
Clear the skies before me
And I’ll glide this open sea
Like the stars Your Word
Will align my voyage
And remind me where I’ve been
And where I am going
Lost in the shallows amidst fear and fog
Your truth is the compass that points me back north
Jesus, my Captain, my soul’s trusted Lord
All my allegiance is rightfully Yours
Thank you God for reminding me where I’ve been, and where I am going.
Photo: Murchinson Falls National Park, Uganda.