28 June 2011

Faith - ever growing

Peter's prompt for this week's One Word at a Time Carnival is pets.  I share below a story I first posted in July 2008.

One of the many blessings I received when we moved to our country home was the chance to have a dog. I had owned house cats for years (indoor only), and people thought of me as a "cat person" not realizing the total fool I am for dogs. I simply was waiting for the right time and place to invite one into our lives. My years of urban apartment dwelling and a lifestyle that included very little time spent at home did not lend itself to properly caring for a dog. Cats, though they love our company, can be quite self sufficient as long as they have food, water and a clean litter box. Dogs that live indoors need someone to come home at reasonable intervals to walk them. With acres of space and no neighbors in close proximity, it was time to add a canine member to our family.

Enter a three month old border collie crossed with husky or malamute and who knows what else. Thinking border collie, I was expecting her to be black and white, not the lovely cream and tan ball of fluff Rick brought home in a box. She had crisp and engaging clear blue eyes and so much fur that we were calling her "polar bear butt". Was it love at first sight? You bet! I knew that I was to name her Faith. Young and small as she was, the joke became "Oh, you of little Faith."

She would become an outside dog, but until she was old enough to have all of her shots she spent most of her time in the house with me. One day I was working on the computer and she was curled up near my feet and I began to sing "My little Faith is growing, my Faith is growing bigger everyday." Immediately I sensed the Lord speak into my spirit: That is exactly as it should be.

Faith has grown to be a beautiful, energetic dog that seems to enjoy every moment of her life. She lavishes us with affection. She shows us the same unconditional love that our Heavenly Father desires us to walk in. When she sees me, she comes running towards me in bounding leaps.

No longer can it be said of me "Oh, you of little Faith" for now indeed I have "a bounding Faith". And again I hear my Father say: As it should be, My child. As it should be.

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Helen said...

Faith is beautiful.

Linda said...


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful dog! And as always, I love how God will speak to us in the everyday things. So good. Thanks Karin.

Chuck Allen said...

That is a gorgeous dog. My wife had a Blue Mural Collie when we got married that was a great dog.

Glynn said...

She's a gorgeous dog. And like most dogs, their loyalty is a marvel.

a joyful noise said...

May your Faith continue to grow as you care for your dog Faith. such as lovely story! When we first get a new puppy, they spend time in the house too. The laundry room becomes their bedroom, and my husband gets up early to let them outside. Only once did we have an accident. Now Luke would love to return to his inside bedroom, but he has graduated to be with our other two - outside. They each have a nice outside dog box.

floyd said...

OK, I'm not going to show any pictures of your dog Faith, to my dog Larry. While my little buddy is a good dog he can be a little insecure and yours is quite the beautiful dog. Seriously, that furry thing is amazing! Even more amazing is how you can find our Father and His hand in everything in life. I need to be more like that. Thanks for the inspiration.