Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Clean Straw (Repost)
photo by Granddaughter Ashley
There’s just something about
a Blue Tick Hound Dog that my husband loves!I think it must be that baying bawl that they let out when they have a
varmint “treed”.It is definitely not for
their odor, as the Blue Tick unquestionably, has a distinct, pungent aroma.
We have an area in our home
with a specific rug where we allow our hound dogs to share some quality time
with us.At the close of the evening
they are sent to their boxes which had been neatly lined with straw to help
keep them warm.
One morning, my husband reached
his toleration level for our pooches’ lovely smell.That was it!Time for baths! Since he was on his way out, he passed that task on to
Shower ‘n suds -
scrub-a-dub-dub!In rotation, I led
each hound into the shower, me in a swim suit trying to hold them still and then
suds, scrubbing and rubbing until they glistened!Two hours later - - - they looked good
enough for a dog show!
With that chore behind me, I
hurried around the house to catch on some other things.My husband was extremely pleased when he
arrived home that evening.As for me, I
was ready for an early bedtime.
The next morning, our babies
greeted us eagerly!Phew!What was that smell? Each dog reeked!There was that unmistakable hound-dog odor
Oops!I had forgotten one minor detail!I
neglected to change the old straw in their boxes!How
could I forget that?The dogs had
wallowed in it all night, undoing all my hard work!They stunk!
Isn’t that often the way it is
with a new Christian? He is born-again and cleaned up as he kneels at Jesus
feet, but because of a lack of knowledge or desire, he doesn’t make the changes
necessary to keep smelling like a newborn.Instead, he returns to his “old bed of straw” – those worldly habits
that make him stink!
The Bible speaks about those
who turn back to their old ways and referrers to them in rather descriptive
2 Peter 2:22But 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 herwallowing in the mire.
Let us, as mature Christians,
make it a practice to begin each day to start out brand new, ourselves. If our “straw” has become affected by the
world, we have the knowledge that we can always exchange it for God’s fresh
No need to smell anything but
sweet in the presence of our Lord.
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