If you had visited our home on any day since 1988, you would
have been greeted by at least one Shih Tzu. We’ve recently added our fourth.
The first one, Candy, lived to be almost 18 years old. The second one, Abby,
left us this year after 10 ½ years of sweet companionship. Our current furry
residents are Bailee and Maggie.
These little gals all came from different places. They are
members of the same breed, but the resemblance ends there. One thing they do
have in common: Each one was adopted. Maggie is our most recent addition - a rescue dog who had to be
shaved almost to the skin to free her from mattes, grass and other assorted
tangles. One ear was accidentally “shortened” in the attempt to rid her of the
misery. Their gratitude for a safe home and having their needs met each day has
been obvious in each one of them. They look forward to their semi-weekly visits
to the groomer to be pampered by skilled hands and a nurturing touch.
Maggie and Bailee
We live with the inconveniences, and “mishaps” because they
are now part of our family and because we love them unconditionally. They
remind me that I, too, have been adopted, rescued from a dangerous and doomed future and received into a place of safety and hope for the future:
“So also we, while we were children, were held in
bondage under the elemental things of the world.
But when the fullness of the time
God sent forth His Son, born of a woman,
born under the Law, so that He
redeem those who were under the Law,
that we might receive the adoption
(Galatians 4:3-7, NASB)
And, like our four little orphans I, too, am loved unconditionally, being
groomed each day by the loving hands of Abba, Father. And...I am eternally grateful!
I am a student of Christian writing. A Softer Voice is the classroom; the Bible, my textbook. The King of Kings is the Instructor. John 13:13 says "You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am."
The curriculum? "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 13:18.
I have a mentor in my husband, Bud. He is also my love, my best friend and my hero, and we have been married for 42 years. I am Mom to two beautiful daughters. Our four grandsons and one granddaughter are blessed with terrific dads in our sons-in-law.
My lifetime assignment: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5,6
A Softer Voice (the book) is now available in print or as an ebook at Friesen Press (www.friesenpress.com), Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.