Summer came and our family grew. That would be both the season that comes with the longest day of the year and the arrival of a Labrador puppy. Those who have explored my blog know that each of our animals come with a unique homecoming story. This month’s lesson is Summer’s story. As Summer is our thirteen-year-old daughter’s puppy, I will let her tell you the story and share the lesson the Lord taught her.
Summer’s Story by Arlie
“I am praying to You because I know You will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.” – Psalms 17:6, NLT
I’ve wanted a puppy for a couple years now. I love Adi, but she’s Mom’s dog, and I wanted one of my own. When I first asked my Dad he said, “No, we already have a dog.” My Dad is not one who quickly changes his mind, so Mom told me to take it to the Lord in prayer. If it was not God’s will then He would change the desire of my heart, but if it was His will the desire would remain and He would make what seemed impossible possible. So, I prayed, thinking I was ready for all the responsibilities that came with a puppy.
Every once in a while, I’d mention to Dad that I’d like a puppy. He consistently said, “No.” Over the last couple of months, he stopped saying “no” and began saying things like “I’ll get you a stuffed dog” or “ how about a picture of a dog.” The night before I got Summer, I was really thinking about how much I wanted a puppy. I took a long look at my messy room and wondered if I was really ready for everything a puppy brings. I prayed and asked God to give me a puppy when I was ready. As I fell asleep, I had a peace about it.
The next day my parents had a surprise for me. Dad had actually been looking at puppies for me, and he had found a litter ready for homes. It all happened so quickly. The next thing I knew I was meeting three, blue-eyed, pink nosed female yellow Lab puppies and their friendly parents Lucky and Lily. It wasn’t long before I made my choice and was back in the van riding home with a sleepy puppy in my arms. I named my Lab Summer because her coat is the color of sunshine, and I got her on the first full day of summer. Summer is also a happy season and my Lab a happy puppy.
Through Summer and the season of praying for her, the Lord has taught me to persevere in prayer. He also showed me that He can and will change hearts to accomplish His will.
“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24, NLT
“Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except those things outside the will of God.”L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert*
A special thanks to Amber and Scott for all the love and care they gave Summer and her littermates during their first weeks of life.
Dear Reader, Thank you for reading my daughter’s first lesson from her Labrador. As a mother, I couldn’t be prouder of the responsibility, decision-making, and sacrifices Arlie has made in caring for Summer. I’ve included below the links to the homecoming stories of our black Labrador Adi and our tortoise shell kitty Reeses. Sincerely, Beth Alisan
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*Cowman, L.B. Streams in the Desert. Zondervan, 1997. (1st published 1925)