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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

    I once adopted a little dog that no one wanted and 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. 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 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 try to lick me like I was a tall delicious lollipop. She was 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 fall, we just want to withdraw from everyone and everything. 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 even God.

    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 your great grandchildren. We only have to ask and we are accepted.

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

    When you fall, get up, keep going, keep moving forward. Jesus is not mad at you and will welcome you right back into His loving arms with no condemnation at all. It is we that hide, just as Adam hid from God in the garden. It is up to us to come back out.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your forgiveness today. 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.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen. 
November 27, 2015
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell Now this is a word that everyone should hear. Our God is a loving father and Jesus has already paid the price with His human life!
November 27, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! The truth shall set you free! And free indeed are we who put our faith and trust God's free gift of salvation. Thank you Father that you love and forgive freely, we need only ask!! What a gift! That we are accepted by God and Jesus no matter what:) I have felt so guilt-ridden so many times for my failings! I still fight those feelings some days but I am more aware these days what truth is and what the lies are. Thank you for this faith and knowledge that sets me free! Father, I thank You for Your forgiveness today. 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.  
November 27, 2015
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morgan Thank you Lord  My heavely father I love you so much !!
November 27, 2015
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Another wonderful devotion. We condemn ourselves worst than God ever could. Thank you for the reminder of the love both Jesus and God have for their children.
November 27, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman We also have a rescued dog.  She is 13 years old and afraid of everything!  Poor thing is sweet as she can be but dumber than a post.  We love her!  
November 27, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Thank you Lord for the love and compassion you show me everyday!  What joy it is for me to know that when I stumble you are always there to lift me up, brush me off, take my hand and walk with me once again!  Amen!!
November 27, 2015
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K K
K K That was wonderful. Thank you! God bless!
November 27, 2015
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Lori Gjerde
Lori Gjerde Such a great message! I can relate to all of that! I stumbled in my life but am trying to pick myself back up! God has forgiven me and is leading me to a new beginning. My kids aren't accepting me and won't have anything to do with my husband since he stayed with me. Been having a really hard time with it all but keep asking God for brighter days! All I can do is take one day at a time I guess.
November 27, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Blessings Lori,  I too went thru a bad marriage.  Years later married again leaving one daughter with her anger.  She is far away with no contact.  I pray for the Lord to take care of her.  It is an hour at a time if needed.  Very difficult yet thank you, Jesus for being there & many others at that time.  In a new marriage 25 yrs now.  So much better.  I like the puppy so needed to trust again & feel loved & wanted.  Have great day!
November 27, 2015
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Phoebe Tillman
Phoebe Tillman Thank you God for your servant Bro. Todd who reminds us daily of your great love for us.  Thank you God that you love this Sinner just not my sin. Thank you God so much for your forgiveness of sin... Thank you mostly for sending Jesus to die for my sins!  Please help me shine for your names sake today... In Jesus name I pray, Amen
November 27, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Another good devotional!  We should only look at the past to see how far we have come.
November 27, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Excellent devotional....There is comfort in knowing we just need to have the faith and keep it..walk the walk with Jesus and if we fall just ask and he will help us back up.  
November 27, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you Pastor Dion....love the picture of the puppy & wanting love.  Acceptance & to feel like you mean something to someone.  Thank you Lord for coming and helping us to see you therefore see the Father!
November 27, 2015
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin YESSSSS!!! Printing for sure!!!
November 28, 2015
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Khalilah Horton- Spencer
Khalilah Horton- Spencer Thank you for your word Pastor Todd! Be Blessed
November 27, 2015
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese I've been struggling with self-worth lately and really needed to hear this. Thank you.
November 27, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield These words meant a lot to me because my family never did forgive me for mistakes I've made when I was much younger.Sometimes, it's hard to imagine a forgiving God when humans are not so understanding.
November 27, 2015
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze great message
November 27, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
November 27, 2015
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you for this special message and wonderful prayer. It was just what I needed to hear.
November 28, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!
November 28, 2015
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Dion~ This is just what I needed to read this morning.  I am currently dealing with forgiveness and acceptance of things that happened back in 1997.  I have been punishing myself horribly since then.  I see now that God will and has forgiven me.  Who am I to not do what Jesus so freely did for us?  Thank you sir for helping me further my jouney.  Gpd bless. Kath Paro
November 28, 2015
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin Oooh weee!!! Wow!!! Amazing!!!! Best line: "Failure is an event, and not a person. It is a blip on a timeline, and not your life." Wow!!! Man, I just got free all over again! Thank you so much, Pastor Dion! Blessings and more blessings to you and Sylvia!!! 
November 28, 2015
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Give thanks to God as he never fails us or let's us down.He is a loving Father that really cares for his children.He lifts us up when we are down,he knows everything thing about us,he is always faithful,even when we are not.I am truly grateful for his never ending unconditional Love. Amen for the word give us from Pastor.
November 29, 2015