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Chase: pursue in order to catch or catch up with; an act of pursuing someone or something.

I have a bit of a funny story for you. 

Recently, I took my (almost) six month old puppy out to use the bathroom. Now, let me set the scene for you.

This was after a really bad snow and ice storm, and even mid-day the temperatures were below 20 degrees. 

I walked out into the yard, and the snow toppled over my feet and dipped into my shoes. Dante (my dog) did his business, and then became really excited about the fluffy white flakes blanketing the ground.

He began to run back and forth, trying to jerk out of the hold of the leash so he could run free. But I held tight. Unfortunately, his collar was loose enough that he was able to struggle out of it. 

And immediately, he took off. In a panic, I dashed after him, yelling his name and trying to lure him back to me.

This chase went on for quite a while before I was able to grab a hold of him again.

But it made me think: What if I ran after God like I did my dog? Not in a panic, of course, but with a desperate desire to have Him and be with Him. 

What if we ran after God, calling His name, and wouldn’t give up until we got Him? What if we pursued Him, truly, and kept ourselves from distractions?

What if our only desire was Him?

What if. 

Is this your desire? Ask yourself that today.

Whatever your answer is, I encourage you in this: chase after God with all that you are, and He will meet you. 

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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