Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Scars
























On the right side of Barley's nose is a small scar, one that testifies to a fight with a larger dog, the fight that caused his former owner to vow that Barley wouldn't spend another night in that house.  And so, almost 2 years ago, in the nick of time, he came to us.  Last night as he laid on his bed, his tennis ball safely ensconced under his chin, I noticed that wound, long healed, and I smiled, not about the pain that caused it, but because that's what made him ours.

There are scars in my life too, visible and invisible, healed and healing.  Some were self inflicted, and some put there by circumstances, or other people.  There are wounds that have caused me to seek God.  And I think that God, when He looks down on me, though He hates the pain that caused my scars, smiles too, because those are the scars that brought me to Himself.

It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees.  
Psalm 119:71



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Inspired by Ann Voskamp's excellent book, One Thousand Gifts,
I'm starting my own list of God Given Joy:

1.  Barley's scar
2.  Don's warm feet between cold sheets




Linking with The Creative Exchange






18 comments:

Catherine Fruisen said...

Connie, this is SOOOO lovely. Beautiful. Love you, friend. Pat that sweet dog for me.

xo

c

Lisa notes... said...

Barley reminds me of our Kandie. Even the ball. Scars tell such stories. Love Ps 119:71 for this. A beautiful post.

Ann's book got me started on making my 1000 gifts list too. It's another gift of grace in itself.

HopeUnbroken said...

sweet post. congrats on starting your list. i'm betting it will change your life :-)

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i can relate to this...i have plenty of scars...and in many ways they did bring me to him...

*Manja* said...

Sehr lieb...^^
GLG,*Manja*

S. Etole said...

Love this photo and your shared thoughts.

happygirl said...

Scars, the reminders of our hurts. Cute dog, special post.

Pat said...

Lovely post!

pietrzyk said...

Very nice photo.Greetings Andrzej.

emily wierenga said...

how you see good in scars... this is beautiful, friend. and yes, that book is a keeper. love you.

Jacqueline at Deeprootsathome.com said...

Hello, Connie, How nice to 'meet' you. I so appreciate what I have already read on this dear blog and your love for the creation gifted to us! I am always thankful for sisters like you in the Lord! We have cousins in Eudora, AR, and find the Ozarks a lovely place. Thank you for the comment on Switzerland. Didn't know if you saw the next day's offering with the really best photos taken by my son and myself. You are an encouragement! blessings!

Mats said...

Naaaww, so cute! :)

Kristy Life-n-Reflection said...

That is so sweet, and what an inspiring book!

Deanna said...

What a lovely post. Such a beautiful story of your beautiful dog. Thanks for the tip on the book. I will definitely pursue it.

lisa said...

What a wonderful post Connie, and this photograph of Barley is absolutely precious.

Thank you so much for sharing at The Creative Exchange.

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend!

lisa.

Yvonne said...

What a gorgeous photo& what a gift to be able to see the positives in all things <3

Lisa said...

I can't even imagine a Golden getting in a fight! I took a similar shot of Tanner with is favorite ball for Project 64: Scarlet.

Your words hit very close to home today. Some family members are going through times right now that are going to produce deep, deep scars. I'm praying for the same result. Thank you for a beautiful post.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

...now that certainly spells utter contentment to me