Friday, May 7, 2010


This is Polka. She got her name at the rescue shelter where my daughter found her. At 10 weeks she was just 3 1/2 pounds and today she is more like 33 pounds. She has grown in size and in our hearts. These days she is my shadow. When I put something in the sink, she follows me. When I put something in the hamper, she follows me to my closet. While I make my bed, she stands there waiting for me to get finished. And yes, when I go to the bathroom, she is waiting for me to get out. To me, Polka is the picture of faithfulness in body.

This seventh Fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness. It speaks to our faithfulness to God and to each other. He grows this fruit in us when we are in relationship with Him. How do you do that? You seek Him sooner rather than later when you are facing a crisis; you give thanks to Him when you see how blessed you are; you talk to Him about all the little and big concerns on your heart.
In our everyday dealings, we need to be faithful to our values and to our commitments. Let your "yes" be your "yes" and your "no", your "no". Be a person of integrity. This is faithfulness to each other.
Faithfulness is a core characteristic of God. He will never leave or forsake His children. He wants a relationship.


  1. Your Polka is adorable. My Bella is my most recent rescue but not the first or the last. Rescued dogs are the definition of faithfulness. Even though they were abandoned they seem to have undying faith that those who rescued them are worthy.

  2. Sweet Doggy...I like the name Polka!
    Faithfulness- today being Mother's Day, I think Faithfulness is an appropriate part of the fruit of the Spirit. It is key to our Sanctification. My Mother was Faithful.
    Thank you for posting this.