Yip Yap

Even years since writing this entry for the book, the shrill, sharp, continuous barking from the dog next door still sends me around the house closing windows and closing doors and turning the air conditioner on in an attempt to drown out his excitement and very loud barking. Turns out that today happened to be sprinkler day and he was having a grand time boisterously entertaining himself.

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Yip Yap is not his real name, but that’s what I call him. He’s not ours. He belongs to the neighbors and every day when it’s fresh air time, he barks continuously and I mean he does not pause for a second. He’s as cute as a button with a scruffy coat and a wagging tail ~ but the bark! Groan.

I close up the windows or turn on some noise to try to drown him out. How can I even concentrate enough to write! Lord, there has to be a lesson here somewhere, even though I’d rather muzzle Yip Yap. Perhaps it is this: life is full of disturbances and distractions that take up our time. Sometimes they are just noise and serve no purpose. But often they are noises calculated by the enemy, to keep us occupied with ourselves and leaving little time to build a relationship with You.

No matter what, Lord, You come first so please restore my soul in spite of the “yip yaps” of life.

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.                        1 Corinthians 13:1               

~from Shattered by Suicide

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