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Stuffings from the Heart

I knew it was coming. I looked at the clock and wanted to close my eyes for just a couple of minutes. But like most mornings, I waited for Carl’s quiet whimper to change over to the piercing howling that we had grown to tolerate. After a couple of minutes of hearing the annoying noise, I got up and opened the door to find my two little dogs looking up at me. How could I be mad at Carl? Even as I discovered the stuffing that he had pulled out of his bed littered all over the floor, I couldn’t stay angry for long.

When I think about this situation, I come one step closer to understanding how much God must love each of us. I know if God, who is love, can forgive me when I continue to sin, I can forgive my little dog. There is a statement that Jesus said in Luke 7:47 that captures the relationship between love and forgiveness. He states, “I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

Sometimes, I believe that God placed Carl in my life to demonstrate how I must look to him. I might not howl out loud but I definitely scream out when I feel like I have been neglected or even rejected. I might not pull the stuffing out of my bed but I do pull out sinful thoughts and negative attitudes from my heart.

I have come to realize that comparing myself to others leaves me hardened to my sins and only provokes me to be unforgiving. But if I compare myself to Christ, I quickly realize that I am far from perfect and am in need of a loving savior. This attitude helps me as I approach others in my life. If I see that I am unworthy of forgiveness, I am much more willing to forgive those around me. Which leads me back to Carl and the morning routine of placing my pillow over my head to deafen the howl that just won’t go away.

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

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