Wednesday, June 27, 2012
She has found her voice...
The longer she's with us the more comfortable she is getting. The first noise she made was a bark that sounded like a dog burp. Then, it has become apparent that she REALLY likes Dennis - so she cries when he leaves. She eventually kind of sighs and settles for me!
I heard a NEW noise last night. Both Dennis and I had commitments. She stayed with him till my reheasal was over, then I brought her home with me. She went out in the backyard and something (I really don't know what) caught her attention. She barked. A real bark. A bark that was high and piercing and not really something that would scare a robber. It's just...weird. I'll admit that earlier when she was alerting me to the nieghbors next door with what sounded like a dog burp, that wasn't really impressive either. But this...this just makes you say, "What IS that sound?"
We all have our own "I need to find MY voice" journey. I've heard a lot about finding your own voice. But, what does that 'found voice' really sound like to others? It doesn't sound like anyone else's, but what does it do to the spirit of those who hear it? Does your 'voice' build up, or tear down? Does what you say make people wince, or feel stronger? Is there hope in your voice?
I know people who have gotten so tired of not saying what they really felt that they cast off restraint. They feel better after 'sharing their heart' with you, but you feel beat on or maybe even vomited on. I know that those are strong words, but the Bible has strong words about...our words.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
I know we will be able to recognize the sound of Noel's bark in a crowd of dogs! She doesn't have a choice - but you and I do. "Do not let any..." --- that's choice, right there.
It might be a good idea to pick up a couple of other tips from Noel - - - notice and act excited when your loved one comes home! Don't growl at toddlers. Try not to shed! And hopefully, if you are reading this, you have that whole housebroken deal mastered - that is truly a blessing! :-)