If you flip through my Bible, you’ll find verses underlined, notes written in the margins, the initials of friends and family next to verses I’m praying for them, and the stains of muddy paw prints. These paw prints were made by our Labrador in her effort to get on my lap after a trip outside. For me, they are evidence that Adi has been by my side during my morning quiet time with the Lord every day since her arrival five years ago. They make me think of all the places Adi has left her recognizable print on my life.
From the black fur that clings to my clothes and drifts through all the rooms of our house where it settles and must be swept away.
To the holes her puppy teeth left in various articles of clothes
To the fact that I am now instinctually drawn to meet and greet every Labrador Retriever that crosses my path
To my preference for dog friendly places.
To the stash of dog treats tucked into my pockets and purse.
In the same way, I can look and see the undeniable imprint of Jesus on my life. By loving Him and walking each day by His side, I can see the evidence of His presence in
The joy that bubbles up in the midst of difficult circumstances (Psalms 30:5)
The peace that guards my heart when faced with the unknown (Philippians 4:7)
The desire to forgive that is stronger than the pull to become bitter (Colossians 3:13)
The strength He gives me for each new day. (Psalms 18:32)
The goodness of loving, supportive family and friends (James 1:17)
The wisdom He bestows when engaged in tough conversations (Proverbs 2:6)
The supply of patience and grace He gives me for people (Ephesians 4:2)
“You are an open letter about Christ which we ourselves have written, not with pen and ink but with the Spirit of the living God….”2 Corinthians 3:3, Phillips Translation
If you stopped and examined yourself, what prints of Jesus do you see on your life?
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