Monday, January 8, 2018

Kick the Dog


A dog owner tied his dog to a fence. Every day the owner walked by the dog and kicked the dog. Other people saw the man kick the dog and assumed that the dog was worthless and they too started walking by the dog and kicking the dog who was tied to the fence. But there were some who saw the dog and had compassion on him; and they lavished him with gifts and attention, food and water, and kind words while lovingly stroking the dog as if to praise him for being humble and not biting or turning on the owner but they didn’t want to get involved. One day a man walked by and noticed the dog was institutionalized and he set the dog free. He neither berated the dog nor gave the dog food or water but simply left the dog to fend for himself. The dog not knowing what to do stayed by the fence. The people came by who gave him gifts, food, water and praise for not turning on his owner and lovingly stroked the dog but didn’t want to get involved. The dog wanted to follow each one of them home but was afraid of what the owner would do. For days this went on without the owner noticing that the dog had been untied. A storm came which was so treacherous that the dog forgetting his owner ran to safety. After the storm, some people found the dog and felt compassion for the dog. They called him a rescue dog. One of them wrote an article about him and published it in the newspaper. The owner seeing the article and not wanting to be rioted for leaving the dog tied to a fence kept quiet about his ownership. The man who untied the dog felt responsible for leaving him unattended. Those who walked by him and kicked him didn’t recognize him because his surroundings had changed. Those who showed kindness but didn’t want to get involved hoped that someone would give him a good home. But those who found him stood back and prayed he’d find a good home. One day a little girl walked into the dog pound where the dog was being housed. She stood at the door of the cage and beckoned him to come to her wondering what he would be like as a pet. He started towards her with a glimmer of hope in his eye then he remembered the man and the other people who repeatedly kicked him and he lowered his head and backed into the corner as though he couldn’t get far enough away. Three times this happened. Three chances passed by because he could not forget the tragedy in his past. How do you think this story should end? Should the dog leave his past in the past and take a chance on a better future even if he has to remind himself every day that the days of being abused are behind him? Will he be able to separate the past from today or in his mind will he always remain the dog tied to a fence, lonely and mistreated by his owner, and judged unworthy by others? Will he remember the people who did show him kindness and commended him on his loyalty to his owner even though he was abused? Should he stay caged in the pound until he is put down? Should someone keep working with him until he learns to trust again and gently remind him daily that he is valuable, he is loved and he is cared about? What will change the dog’s thinking? Will he ever be free to give his heart to a new owner who will treat him well? What is he thinking? Written By Lisa C Clewis

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

I Come To The End Of Myself And Give It All To You LORD.


Dear readers, like other people, sometimes I forget to take everything to the Lord and I try to do things all on my own first. My heart goes out to my parents. My mom is one of the strongest people that I know. For so many years she has been taking care of others. First her brother, then her mom and now her husband, my step dad. I see her so tired and worn down emotionally and physically sometimes. And she is a woman of pride. She wants no help from anyone because she feels like it is her burden to carry alone. And it breaks my heart. And where I was able to help take care of my uncle and my grandma especially my grandma, I quit my job to stay home with her as long as I could afford it. But I have been able to do very little to help with my step dad other than praying for them and encouraging them. And then there is my poor old dad. My heart breaks for him. He is such a bad alcoholic that he's not managing his money well, he's living here and there, often staying in a motel or with friends. He has plenty of income to have a nice life and have all his needs met but he won't cooperate. And bless his heart he will tell us anything that we want to hear, he's going to rent an apartment, he is going to get something and put behind us to live in but he never follows through. As soon as he gets his deposit he is partying it up with his friends and shopping and living it up until his money runs out and he's looking for somewhere to stay. I tried so hard to keep him here with me. I am afraid that he doesn't trust me any more. The last time that I got him out of jail for stealing beer I asked the magistrate to give him a police escort to the hospital and have him admitted for observation but it didn't help. He didn't have to stay against his will and they found nothing wrong with him. Unfortunately he is an expert at tricking and manipulating people. He may seem like a complete illiterate, pitiful homeless person to someone who he thinks will give him food and then come up with an elaborate scheme to trick someone into doing something for him usually feeling sorry for him. Then he may use that high IQ of his and gift of gab and have some very intelligent person snowed over. My dad has changed so much. He has no hope. He has slight dementia and I am afraid that the excessive alcohol makes it worse. He has nothing to look forward to in his mind but he does. He has a family who loves him. The family that he insults and uses and manipulates and causes strife between members of the family and steals from family he is staying with until he gets his next deposit and then he is gone again. My dad always worked and paid his bills. If I had the money I would rent him an apartment where he wants to live, apparently that's not with me, and I would take care of him. He could continue to blow his money like he wants and hopefully in the freedom that he would find in that and the love that I would be able to show him he would find hope and look forward to something and get back into fellowship with God and enjoy the benefits of the fruit of the spirit again. But I can't afford the luxury of getting him his own home and he no longer trust me because I tried to have him committed. My heart is breaking and again I find myself at the end of myself and I give it all to our loving heavenly father who I know can change circumstances and cause things to fall into place for my dad and restore his hope and cause him to once again to enjoy life and look forward to the future and setting goals. He has so much anger and bitterness from relationships gone sour and losing someone he loved very much, someone he wishes he could trade places with because he is old and has lived but his grandson was young and had so much to live for and look forward to. Please help me petition to the Lord a change in my dad's heart and supernatural strength for my mom to continue doing what her heart desires which is taking care of the love of her life. And pray that God continue blessing us with my step dad being with us. It is a miracle that he is alive. Every day he is with us is a blessing. Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Lisa Collier Clewis

Monday, November 27, 2017

Proverbs 3

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. My child, don’t reject the Lord ’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky. My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm. Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord , but he offers his friendship to the godly. The Lord curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright. The Lord mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame! Proverbs 3:1‭-‬35 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.3.1-35.NLT

Monday, September 25, 2017

Widening Borders


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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Battered But Not Beaten


I heard them come in. It was the middle of the night. My ex-husband and his brother had been only Jehovah knows where doing only Jehovah knows what. I peacefully drifted back to sleep comforted by Jehovah's promises to never leave me nor forsake me. No matter what happened Jehovah was my strength. I awakened to being hit in the mouth by my ex-husband. I could taste the blood as I pleaed, "What is wrong with you? Why did you hit me?" His reply was, "What are you doing in the bed asleep?" I said, "It is the middle of the night. The children and I went to bed hours ago? What are you doing?" Little of what he did made sense. He would drink so excessively and pee in the cabinets and the corners of a room. When I complained his reply was, "I ain't peed in the cabinet or I ain't peed in the floor." He never took ownership of what he did when he was drinking. He never took ownership of what he did that I didn't like. He always denied it. It seemed like if I saw him put on red underwear and he wanted me to believe they were yellow he would argue me down that they were yellow. I tried him one night though. I held one of his expensive cowboy boots in my hand and brought it towards his stream of urine and he stopped urinating. So he did know. He knew that he was peeing in by kitchen cabinet. This man who did such ungodly and hurtful things and denied it all and blamed it on his drinking knew. No longer could he tell me that he didn't remember and get away with it. I would try to talk to him and plea with him to stop drinking and go to church with me and live right. For so long I lived with this exhibiting the fruit of the spirit. I remained calm and loving and kind and patient and just knew I could love him out of it but now I knew that he knew. He wanted to do these things and say the things that he said. He never recanted. He never apologized. He never showed any remorse for doing and saying such horrible things to me and tearing me down. This wasn't something that I could love him out of. Only Jehovah could change his heart.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Jesus Christ Freed Us From Sin


Verse:  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which (who live in union) are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:2 So often after people get saved they feel as though they come up short. Living a life free from sin is impossible. Only one man ever did it and that was Jesus Christ. But there is good news. We who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and live in union with him are no longer condemned. Because in our mind we choose to serve God we are set free from the law of sin and death. Trying to live without sin is overwhelming. We are made of flesh and spirit. There is a war going on between our flesh and spirit. We overcome the urge to sin by bringing our mind back to Christ, praying, studying the Bible, meditating on a verse, listening to Christian music, etc. But sometimes that is not enough. At times we will sin. It is important to not dwell on the sin. If you dwell on your mistake it will weaken your spirit. Instead dwell on the fact that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made you free from the law of sin and death.  One of Jesus Christ disciples and one of the best apostles who ever lived explained the war between the flesh and the spirit as follows: For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent (agree) unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no (not really me) more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth (lives) in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched (miserable) man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which (who live in union) are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity (opposed) against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye (you) are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Romans 7:14 - Romans 8:10

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How Do I Get Saved?


Verse:  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:24 (KJV) Salvation is a gift that we receive by having faith in God. Because of God's merciful and loving-kindness he graciously set us free from sin. God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God. Jesus fulfilled the law so that we may live under the period of grace and have everlasting life. The only thing necessary for us to do to attain salvation is for us to believe in our heart and confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and that God raised him from the dead.  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:8-13 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6