You will always be able to know French bulldogs by their ears. They stand straight up, which allows dirt and dust to easily enter. So as Vern and Bee wonder around our temporary home at Carolina Pines, for the month of March, their ear canals have collected dust and dirt.

Once their ears get dirty, they become susceptible to ear infections. Which as we all know, can hurt a lot. But infections can also impair their ability to hear. And without acute hearing, they won’t listen.

What keeps us from listening when our hearing is in perfect order? I’ve been writing a book about one of my descendants and have realized that I know very little about this man. I wish I had paid attention to my grandparents or even parents when they spoke, but apparently, I didn’t.

When Jesus walked the earth, he shared the truth with everyone who was open to hearing. Many people stopped what they were doing and listened with intent. Mary was one of these people. Her sister Martha, not so much. While Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, Martha was busy cooking and serving, brewing up a negative attitude as she went.

Then Jesus said to Martha, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)

What had Mary chosen? To listen, soak in Jesus’ words of life, and apply it. While Martha was doing good things, Mary was doing what was better.

How often do we take the time to block the distractions of life and listen to words of wisdom? When was the last time you had a conversation with someone and all you were doing was thinking about what you wanted to say? We all do it. But next time you are having a conversation, try and absorb what the person is saying.

As for Bee and Vern, we cleaned their ears of all debris and their ears are working well. Almost too well. Bee can hear a dog coming from around the bend. Now I am having to use a vibration collar when she tries to bark. Oh well. That’s a whole different story.

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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