Pocket Full of Treats - Would Someone Please Explain Free Will To My Mommy  

Pocket Full of Quarters Trek 2012
Pocket Full of Treats
Would Someone Please Explain Free Will To Mommy

By Belle the Missionary Dog
The Pocket Full of Quarters Lady

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Cor 6:19-20 NIV

My mommy eats healthy. She has eaten this way for 30 years. She didnít always eat like this but she does now. She says her body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and she wants to honor God by eating right. Before I was born, Mommy used to eat so much food that that it made her sick and she had to stay in bed. One day, she called out to God and she and God made a deal. Mommy turned her life and will over to God. She started eating healthy. God helped her stop overeating and made her well. The problem is, I didnít make that deal.

On Sunday, Mommy and I went to the Big Shanty Festival in Kennesaw, Georgia. We were there to tell people about Jesus and even if I say so myself, I did my job just right. I let people pet me. When Mommy said to say Jesus, I barked. When Mommy said to show people how to take Jesusí hand, I reached out my paw. I looked for people who looked like they needed attention from me and I gave it to them. 15 people prayed to receive Jesus and I helped with all of them. Iím happy about that.

What Iím not happy about is Mommy not letting me eat junk food. There was free junk food everywhere. People must not have wanted it because they dropped it on the ground. There were potato chips, ice cream, hamburgers, french fries, candy, and even dog treats. It was a doggie buffet and every time I tried to enjoy it, Mommy hollered and pulled on my leash. It is not fair.

Even Daddy eats junk food Ė especially when it is free. Mommy fusses at him too but he does what he wants. I tried doing what I wanted and Mommy wouldnít let me. For some reason, Daddy gets to have free will but I donít. Mommy says I canít eat junk food because I get sick but Iíve seen Daddy not feeling too good if he eats popcorn late at night and he eats it anyway.

Iím a good dog. I mostly do everything Mommy says. I think Mommy was being unreasonable to expect me to pass all of that yummy food and not eat a bite. Would someone remind my mommy about free will?

I have to admit that when we got back to the camper, I was glad I didnít have a tummy ache. Mommy was really glad because when I get sick, she has to clean it up. Mommy bought homemade doggy treats at the festival and she gave me some. That helped but I still canít help dreaming about all of that free food.

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