I failed “Dog Fostering 101”. It’s true; I did; and I’m darn proud of said failure. The first (and only) time we ever signed up to foster a dog, we ended up adopting her. I’m just a sucker for a sweet lab face and a sob story, I guess! Cupcake came to us from a shelter in downstate Illinois. If we had not taken her in, she would have been euthanized at the tender age of 3.
When she first got here to our house, I think she thought she had just won the doggie Lotto! She was so overwhelmed by all the new things she was seeing for, probably, the first time in her life! She was entranced by stairs, her plush new dog bed, and toys! She was mesmerized by bicycles, her own food bowl, sweet potato treats, and a family that loved on her like crazy cakes! It was all good! But it did make me stop and think how sad her life must have been before us, you know?
If Cuppie could “people” talk, I think she’d tell you that there is nothing better than being found after you’ve been lost. There’s nothing better than someone “seeing” you when you thought you were invisible. There’s pure joy in being loved when you believed you were unlovable. I know that feeling too. It’s the feeling you get when you say YES to Christ and NO to a lifeless way of living! He wants to gift you with that! Won’t you let Him?
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28, NASB.
“God WANTS to paint the ugly corners of our lives with His grace, goodness and mercy, even if we have done nothing to deserve it, even when what we DO deserve is quite the opposite of his goodness! THAT, sister friends, is grace with a big ole side of mercy!” Wendie Connors, THE KISS, page 34.
(Excerpt taken from Daily Smooches: Devotions from The K.I.S.S. Click here for the book! Copyright Wendie Connors, 2012, all rights reserved.)
Can’t you just eat her up?! Oh I love this dog!
Have a blessed weekend, sweet things! See you Monday and Thursday next week for a mini-series on anxiety…
Peace, love, and JOY!