Why Muddy Paws?

muddypawsBecause I live with Eli, our resident mud-tracker and mess extraordinaire. He’s just a furry canine, but, at his muddiest, he represents more than mud. He represents life… it’s messy, it’s smudged… and yet, and yet, on a good day, if I look carefully, I look beyond the smudges and find hope, humor, peace, and gratitude. God’s fingerprints. Sometimes, I find these treasures because of the messes; most often, though, I seek to find them amidst the messes.   Life is messy every day. Eli tracks in mud every day! I can either fuss about it, preach to my family about the need for more cleanliness, and scurry to mop up Eli’s paw prints (which I often do, I confess, and man, am I a fun mama and wife during those moments), or I can plop myself down, and look with fresh eyes upon those muddy paws. Maybe, just maybe, I begin to see life differently. I see a glimmer of God’s fingerprints, and suddenly, the mess becomes, well, bearable, and maybe even lovely. That can only be from God. Some days I fail to see God’s hand at all- I simply scowl at the smudges and sulk. But thanks to His promises for a fresh start every morning, I wake with hopes of seeing past any muddy paw prints I may find in my path.

Thanks for joining me on my journey to seek His fingerprints amidst life’s messes. Onward with hope…

16 thoughts on “Why Muddy Paws?

    1. bethpatterson Post author

      Thanks Granjanie… for everything! Your encouragement with our guy, your help, love and prayers all along the way… and your example of being a “gatherer of grace…” WARNING: that may be a post some day soon… I will check with you first, I promise :). Love you-

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    1. bethpatterson Post author

      Oh, thank you so much Denise!! You live such a busy life- so to even try to check in on this amidst your zany days- well, I’m honored!!! Peace to you and your boys-

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  1. Sarah Walther

    Beth,
    I love, love, love that you are writing this wonderful blog! As you know you are like a sister to me, and seeing you take this step to share with your friends and family your beautiful gift of writing and insight in to everyday living….makes this “sister” very proud. I am smiling and crying at the same time!
    With much love,
    Sarah

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    1. bethpatterson Post author

      Thanks so much Sarah- that means so much to me… you have cheered us on in our journey with kids from the very first overwhelming day with our guy… you hopped on the hope train with us from the start, and have been so steadfast all along the way. I love you for that- and for so much more!! Can’t wait to visit- Hugs and thanks to you-

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  2. Tanya

    YIPEEE SKIPPPEEEEE so excited this is debuting! I will look forward to reading each one and being strengthened by every read! Thanks Beth for using your gifts.
    oxoxoT

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    1. bethpatterson Post author

      Tanya, please make a trip to Tonka Town again soon… I’m sure a posting would come of our time together :). Love and thanks-

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  3. Angelina R Velez

    Beth,
    Thank you for sharing such a wo nderful story. You are truly blessed. Odten times while raising my lil ones there were many days that I found myself looking through or past those muddy paw prints thinking namaste….and funny that you post this blog on my sweet mothers birthday, who I lost when I was just a lil girl. My aunt would always say…honey, you have the pacience of your mother, she was a saint when It came to you kids. You, your sister and brother and that dog of yours would just run circles, and I would say, Olivia, how do you do it. And she would always say. They are just kids and a few muddy paw prints…..Thanks! You have the sweetest way of telling your “stories” and that one truly touched me on a day thats so hard to get through.

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    1. bethpatterson Post author

      Oh, I am so very touched by this! You are one strong gal to live the life story you do, and I’m deeply moved by what Sept. 9th means to you, even after so many years after your mom died. You will always miss her, huh? LOVE that she saw past muddy paw prints and passed that on to YOU!!! And now you’ve passed that on to your not-so-little ones, and their little ones… I have so LOVED seeing pics of your beautiful family- you are such a proud mom/grandma, as well you should be!! AND you have sassy hair and perfect “lip rouge” (as Mama says) to boot! And thanks for your encouragement as I try my hand at blogging. Just trying to put a bit of myself in print to bring hope/humor to others… God made me a wordy gal, huh??? 🙂 Onward- and thanks again- Hugs to you and your family, especially that darling baby boy who finds his way to your lap as often as possible. xxx

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  4. Stefanie

    I just can’t wait for it to all come a flowin’ – monthly I hope – or maybe more often. But I don’t wish ANYTHING to flow more often than once a month. I miss all your footprints, fingerprints, and droplets, and love in the great state of kansas xoxoxoxoxo

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    1. bethpatterson Post author

      You make me laugh! Can you imagine a post about things that flow once a month? Bobby would resign from his post as my blog handler extraordinaire :). And thanks so much for the years-long encouragement to write, dear Stef… just trying to follow your orders in hopes of bringing hope and/or humor to others… God made me a wordy girl, huh? Hoping He’s okay with what I’m doing… Love and miss you to pieces- xxx

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    1. bethpatterson Post author

      Awww, thank you Jenny! I so appreciate your encouragement. I’m just trying to put bits of my heart and mind in print to bring hope and humor to others… You and I share a belief in the power of the written word, huh? I’m just trying to do something meaningful with mine..xxx

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  5. Andrea Turnquist

    Congratulations Beth!!! You did it! I have read each entry and loved them all- I laughed, I cried, yada, yada, yada… I wish I was better at leaving the muddy prints- they do drive me nuts and make me crazy, whether left by our equally crazy Lucy, or my busy big girls. But- I do treasure the little scratches that are all over my kitchen bar stools. They were left by buckles on tiny patent leather shoes. I remember the day I first saw what those shoe were doing to my new chairs, and somehow God whispered, “How lovely. Those little scratches will mark these days and you will love and cherish them when there are no more patent leather shoes with buckles!” Now all of the patent leather shoes in my house have an obnoxious and uncomfortable heel attached to it and none of them belong to me. Blessings to you my friend and thank you for sharing your journey and joy.

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    1. bethpatterson Post author

      Oh Andrea, I LOVED reading about the scratches on your bar stools… so sweet -and I LOVE how God whispers to us, if only we’ll listen. Thanks for encouraging me with this- it means so much to me- Love and peace to you-

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