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Maybe This Is Why Life Sucks, Psalm 16:4a

Buddy showing me that he’s eaten his dinner and needs a napkin.

Before I adopted Buddy from Silky Terrier Rescue, he had a different master who mistreated him. When he came under my protection, his life dramatically improved for the better, as he is now loved, adored and doted on, instead of being abused.

Some people wonder why their lives continuously suck and never improve. The Psalmist, King David of ancient Israel, gives a clue why:

“The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;” Psalm 16:a

Now, honestly, I cannot recall why it was recommended in a book I’ve been reading that a person should memorize this Psalm, but I’ve been working on it, one verse at a time. And whenever I repeat this verse, I feel sad for people who have rejected Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of the Christian faith, because they don’t realize that their lives could improve if they would accept Christ as their Shepherd and follow His direction.

Jesus never promised an easy life free of care, but that life would be “full of tribulation” (John 16:33). He did promise rest, peace and His love to help cope with the circumstances of life. After all, Satan still “prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour,” warned Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5:8. Jesus is our only protection from our “adversary”.

But what will happen is that you’ll stop shooting yourself in the foot. By faithfully reading the Word of God, the Bible, and asking the Holy Spirit to help you apply what you’re learning (which is wisdom, the application of knowledge), you’ll do and say fewer stupid and sinful things that get you into unnecessary trouble.

As I’ve grown in the knowledge of God’s love for me and others, I am learning where I fall short of perfect love. Like all Christians, I’m learning where my attitudes and behavior is unloving and how to grow and change. I know that I am a much better person than I was the day I became born again March 7th, 1989, and I will be a kinder person next year as God, through the Holy Spirit, continues to shine His flashlight of truth into the dark rooms of my soul and cleans out the dirt and cockroaches of selfishness.

So, please ask yourself: Are you shooting yourself in the foot?

God bless from Dawn and Buddy

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If you said, “Yes, I’m tired of having sore feet,” please pray this short prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know I have fallen short of your perfect standards and deserve punishment for my sins, which is eternal separation from You. But you sent Jesus to take the punishment that I deserve, because You love me and want to be my best friend and father. Please forgive my sins. I believe that Jesus died for my own sins on the Cross and was resurrected bodily from the grave. I ask Him to be my God, Lord and Shepherd. I ask for the Holy Spirit to enter into my life and be my guide. For Jesus promised, “your heavenly Father (will) give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13).”

If you prayed that prayer, please read the Bible every day and ask that God lead and guide you. Seek a Bible-based church to attend, once the lockdowns are lifted, so that you have fellow Christians to help you learn more about God and encourage you in your faith and life. The 23rd Psalm is a great Bible passage to memorize. It’s short and will encourage you.

Happy As a Dog, Isaiah 36:3

Buddy.Mariners.Posing..WP

Buddy always greets me with joyous rapture when I return home. And he is always excited to take a “walkie” although we frequently walk the same route once or twice a day. Unless something frightens him, his normal state is to be either contented or happy.

The prophet Isaiah wrote:

“The steadfast in mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”–Isaiah 36:3

I believe that dogs are happy because they aren’t fussing or ruminating on the past or worrying about the future. They live in the present.

God always encourages us to be thankful (contented) and to live in the present.

Not to ruminate on the past, to let it go:

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.”–Isaiah 43:19 ¬†Why?

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered nor come to mind.”–Isaiah 65:17

Because one day we will not remember our current earthly lives. You’re not only going to leave everything in the past behind–but not even remember this present life. So why keep holding onto that old baggage that’s distressing you? Drop it now. You’re not taking it to heaven (or the new earth) with you.

And, what is worry? Fretting about possible negative events in the future.

Does a dog ever sit around and think, “Good heavens! My owner may die tomorrow and I won’t get treats and walkies and belly rubs anymore? I may get chucked out of the house and have to lick spoiled tomato sauce out of old, rusty tin cans in the garbage dump to survive.” Heck no! He’s focused on what you have hidden in that napkin in your coat pocket after you returned from eating out.

Jesus says, because we can trust in God’s love for us: “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him…For everyone who asks receives…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him.”–Matthew 6:8, 7:8, 7:11 from the Sermon On The Mount

In summary, you can trust God for your present and your future. Forget the past and move on because you have a wonderful future ahead of you.

“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create, For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing And her people for gladness.?–Isaiah 65:18

God created you to be happy as a dog.

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Ironically, while working on this post, something popped up that distressed me greatly. God brought it around for my good (Romans 8:28). Thinking about what I am blogging about helped to calm me down and deal with the situation much more rationally. God is good. What timing!

Never claimed I was perfect, just blogging about what I am thinking about or dealing with at the time.

Much love from Dawn and Buddy.