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Puppy Dog Eyes

  • For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity. Proverbs 24:16 WEB

    She was a black and tan dachshund chihuahua mix named 'Lady.' I adopted the little dog after she found herself homeless and on the street. Apparently she had been abused in the past. Whenever she did something that she thought was wrong, she would tuck her tail between her legs, walk away slowly, and hide behind the couch. If she even heard a loud voice on the television, she assumed that it was her fault, and that I was mad at her. No amount of coaxing would stop her or bring her back out. Because of her past, she wrongfully assumed that all communication aimed at her was negative.

    Eventually she would peek around the corner with those sad little puppy dog eyes, so hurt that she had disappointed me. I would catch her peeking out, give her a warm smile, and she would bolt into my lap and lick me like I was some kind of tall, delicious, lollipop. She was so overjoyed that she was accepted. Then she would claw her way under my shirt, curl up and go to sleep, happy and content.

    So many times when we stumble in our Christian walk, we just want to withdraw from everyone and everything. We believe that God is mad at us, so we hide, scared to face what may be coming, fearing punishment. Our past treatment causes us to only see more of the same abuse, and we can have a hard time trusting God. We begin to feel like 'They all hate me.'

    Our God is not mean, and Jesus has already paid for every sin that you have committed, and every sin that you are going to commit in the future. He even paid for the sins of your great grandparents, and those of your great grandchildren. We only have to ask, and we are accepted.

    Failure is an event, not a person. It is a blip on a timeline, and not your life. There is nothing to hide from. When you come out from behind the couch, you will find that you are accepted. You can happily be snuggling in your Father's arms again.

    We hide just as Adam hid from God in the garden, and it is up to us to come back out. Like with Adam, God will call to us, but He won't force us to come out of our hiding place. When you fall, get up, keep going, keep moving forward. Jesus is not mad at you, and He will welcome you right back into His loving arms with no condemnation at all. You don't have to hide.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your loving kindness today. Please forgive me of my past. This is a new day and I am turning over a new leaf. Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I will live it for You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Lord for all you do for us....we are nothing without you and we very much need you!Thank you!
Aug 6
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You for Your Forgiveness

Aug 6
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Aug 6
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank you Lord Jesus for a brand new day. Amen

Aug 6
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

HALLELUJAH, Pastor!!!!!!!  Beings that I'm going thru a season of Deliverance,, this was EXTREMELY encouraging! For the very 1st time, I often feel like my past mistakes are so wrong that I'm not even worthy to look up to Jesus.  Thank you  <3

Aug 6
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 6
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, thank you Jesus.You are awesome.

Aug 6
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen!

Aug 6
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Aug 6
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. There are so many blips on my timeline that it feels like it's me. Like I'm defective or something and feeling lately as I search for a job again, like who in there right mind will want to take a chance on hiring me. Father Yahweh please help me be free from all the negative circumstances of my past. Please help me come out of hiding and open a door of opportunity for me with a new job that I  can physically handle. Please help me shake off discouragement and depression that the enemy uses to hinder me. I want to move forward oh Lord my God, please help me. In Jesus name I ask, Amen.

Aug 6
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you Jesus, Amen!

Aug 6
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank you father for always forgiving me and my family and friends 

Aug 6
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Heavenly Father.  Today is the best day of the rest of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen 

Aug 6
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I know I'm and been a sinner, I humbly pray that Your love, care and forgiveness reach me today so I can be a reflection of You and become a new person. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this great devotional, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Aug 6
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Aug 6
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God there's always something in my life. Help me get through this new issue. Extricate me dear God. In the name of Jesus Amen Amen Amen. 

Aug 6
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen! Thank you Father for your love and for sending your only son to die for me, I love you

 

Aug 6
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Aug 6
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Thank you, dear Heavenly Father, for Your ever abounding loving kindness! Praise, honor and worship to THEE forever and ever!

Aug 6
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 6
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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen 

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