SPOTTED PUPPIES

You a little “different?” Or maybe you love someone who is?
GOOD! God’s got you.

Was JESUS like all the others? No, He was not.

That “fit in” thing? Usually bad advice. Not in THIS fallen world!

When my dog had a litter of five puppies, they all looked like her. Except one. He was spotted. The runt, not very strong. I fell in love with it at first sight.

That runty little spotted puppy had to wait in line while its stronger brothers and sisters nursed. Had to stay blind a couple days longer than the rest, since his eyes were slower to open. Was last to struggle out of that 6 inch tall nesting box, while the others were already out playing days before.

That one grabbed my heart in a special way.

Do you see? God must love US “spotted puppies” best too, or we wouldn’t be here, would we? We need Him more than most.

The world yells “different” or “weird” but He adores our precious spots. The WORLD praises the strong and smart and rich and famous.

GOD turns all that upside down.

So, if you need a little more than other people, hurt a little more, can’t quite keep up sometimes? Not pretty enough, smart enough, rich enough, famous enough? Just one word: GOOD. You have a special place in God’s heart, I promise you.

Does it FEEL like it? Probably not, most the time. But feelings are bats in a cave. Up, down, all around. But God? Real. Solid. Always the same. Those “everlasting arms” are wrapped around you, spots and all. Because He loves you with PERFECT and everlasting love.

He made you and all you have to do to be “enough” is be His child.

I loved watching that little spotted puppy whine and yelp to keep up with the others, do what they were doing. Falling back in defeat most the time. Slow to grow, needy and weak.

Guess what? He became “Pick of the Litter”! The one everyone wanted! And made the most beloved pet of all.

So, if you are a little different, be careful not to believe what you hear out there, or see in the mirror. Listen to the One who made you like you are! Trust His reasons. Be His “Pick of the Litter.” He knows what “they” don’t know. Holy! Beloved! Special! Pick of the Litter!

Be spotted, baby! Be who you are! Who you were made to be. And He will love you for it.

Forever.

God’s GOT you! Psalm 68:19
He is looking out for you! II Thessalonians 3:3
He made you and loves you forever! Jeremiah 31:3

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