Carl’s Wet Paws

Fall has arrived, and with it, leaves and pine needles litter the yard. Along with the leaves, mud puddles from recent rainfall have formed. The temperature is cool and there is a dampness that has settled in.

Carl cautiously heads outside to explore this change of season. It’s clear that he doesn’t like the feeling of the chilly moisture on his paws. So instead of his usual fast gait, Carl carefully makes his way across the lawn, dodging the puddles and wet leaves.

I certainly can’t fault Carl for his timid movements. I know that I also have my own mud puddles that I try to avoid. Instead of racing through life as I did when I was young, I now give more thought and time to each decision that is made. Fears that never existed in my younger years appear out of nowhere. These annoying feelings occupy space in my gut until I take action.

Since fear has been showing up more and more lately, I have been using precious time pondering what the source of these emotions are coming from. Could Satan be the driving force behind them? I am sure he doesn’t want me to actually live up to my potential and experience life to the fullest. So, he plants thoughts of failure and rejection in my heart, hoping to put my next steps on hold.

On the other hand, could this be the Holy Spirit testing my faith in God as I walk down another unexplored path? Wondering if I will go forth, even at the thought of being disappointed. In Psalm 37:3 David writes,”Trust in the Lord and do good: dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” So even if I have this feeling of fear, I believe that if I am striving to draw closer to God through my actions, then I will actually enjoy safe pastures.

As for Carl, I am not sure if he will find a safe pasture among all of these damp leaves and mud puddles. But one thing is for certain, he has a comfy bed in front of a glowing fireplace to keep him nice and warm.  



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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