Returning to vomit…

One of the most disgusting things I’ve ever experienced is seeing my dogs throw up and then eat their vomit.

It makes me gag just writing about it.

And it also gives a very vivid imagery to Proverbs 26:11:

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

But the Lord wants us to know how truly horrid this is so He repeats it in 2 Peter 2:22:

But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

These were merely words in the Bible that I’d heard my whole life until I physically saw it happen.

Then the revelation came.

And I was ashamed because I had returned to my vomit so many times. I’d rededicate my life to the Lord and serve Him faithfully for a few months….and then I was wallowing in the mire once again.

Back and forth, back and forth.

I was the fool returned to his folly.

Until one day when that vomit finally made me sick too. I didn’t want to see it; I didn’t want anywhere near it.

I allowed him to clean it up once and for all.

And I never returned.

Are you still like the dogs? Is there something you keep going back to? Pray today and ask the Lord to take it from you, to clean it up and make it so that all future thoughts of it are so disgusting to you that you never return.

 

THE BIGGEST CUSTODY BATTLE EVER

If you’ve ever been through, or know someone who’s been through, a custody battle, you know that it can suck the very life out of you.

The tenacity with which both sides fight is tremendous and until that gavel falls, you can’t be sure who will emerge victorious.

There’s no doubt that this is one of the toughest struggles an adult can go through. But being the parent in the midst of a custody battle is no comparison to being the child.

If you think you don’t know any children who’ve been through this battle, you are wrong.

BECAUSE YOU ARE ONE.

Read that again.

YOU ARE ONE.

You’ve been in the midst of a custody battle since the day you were born and that battle will continue until the day you die.

Jesus and Satan both want your soul.

The Father makes the decision, much like a judge would, when you are too young to decide for yourself. But then he takes your feelings into account.

Who would you rather be with?

You don’t even have to say a word because your actions speak for you.

The real question is, who currently has custody of you?

GEAR UP: SMILE

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on SMILING!
Lately I’ve been met with huge smiles. I thought something was on my face or I was wearing two different shoes. It took awhile to realize they were mirroring what was on MY face.
It made me think of the Reese Witherspoon “Legally Blonde” movie. Reese’s character, Elle Woods, is surmising that the defendant they’ve been hired to represent couldn’t possibly be guilty of murder because she owns an exercise franchise.
Elle: Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people don’t shoot other people.
Cue the laughter.
Only it isn’t as absurd to me as it was when I first heard it.
Because I HAVE been exercising. And smiling without even realizing it.
What a difference that has made! I’ve been more approachable; people have been friendlier in return.
This week our focus is on SMILING. Give an ear to ear grin to everyone you meet. They might think you’re a little nuts at first but I guarantee they’ll smile back. Before long, you won’t even have to force yourself to smile, it’ll come naturally.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22

(Bonus Tip: Get some of those exercise endorphins and smiling will be even easier!!)