brown deer
“Father God, thank You that with You, we can pull You toward, not soon or next (BOTH) to push You away. Thank You that we can pull Your Son and our Savior and Deliver, Jesus Christ, toward us. We have grown so accustomed to people in our life going away. We also work through a fear that if people be that close, they’ll see what we’re trying to hide. We can’t hide anything from You, God, which is why we pull You toward us. Even if we were to push You away, You would still find us. Why and how? ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?’ (Luke 15:4). You are that man, Father God. There is no pushing You away ’cause you will always notice when one of a hundred sheep is missing and go after the one which is lost until You find him or her. On a more personal note, I never use the word, “it,” when referring to God’s nonhuman animals. They are “he” and “she” (unless they are taxonomic) in my book, and I do believe in the Book of God, as well. When we cease in pulling toward, pushing away people, we have Great Peace. This is what is meant in the Bible Verse, ‘Be Still, and know that I AM God’ (Psalm 46:10). This is knowing that God only wants us pulling Him toward us and not pushing Him away. Why and how? ‘Be Still, and know that I AM God.’ On an even more personal note, when you see a beautiful and peaceful (BOTH) deer as in the picture, ‘Be Still’ and never hunt. He or she has a family, and he or she is not for the hunter’s family. If a hunter would not want anyone hunting his or her family, then please don’t hunt his and her family that is God’s one of a billion nonhuman animal families. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious Name of Jesus Christ, the Name above every other name, including my name. This prayer is answered by my faith and my belief. Please help me, Father God, where my faith and my belief are lacking. Amen.”

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] in pulling toward, not pushing away, Father God and Jesus Christ [BOTH], this daily leavened bread.”)

You pull them toward, soon to push away.

You push them away ’cause they go away.

God to pull toward. Why? Never to stray.

God not to push away. How? Always pray.

I pull them toward, next to push away.

I push them away ’cause be not that close.

God to pull toward. Why? Always sweet sway.

God not to push away. How? Never boast.

“It’s My Love got you pulling and pushing,”

says Jesus. “Be Still….My Love is at Cease.

The world wants you at always ambushing.

I AM not the world. I want you at Peace.”

Cease is Great Peace when God is our Mainstay.

Peace when pulling toward, pushing away.

(picture by photographer, Josiah Gardner, available for free without copyright laws at:


  1. The “push-and-pull” in relationships is a very codependent trait, and I got it bad. Thank God I’m a “codependent in recovery.” It’s not easy for me to just “Be Still” in relationships. I feel often the urge to intensify relationships with extreme intensity. Thank God I’m also an “Enneagram 4 in recovery.” 😉


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