Sunday, November 14, 2010
What is it with humans and animals? Especially dogs and cats. I like cats, but I'm definitely a dog person. Cannot remember a time where I was without a dog, even growing up I remember all our dogs. From the little Maltese to the beautiful Boxer. And a few will remain with me always ...
And the one that I will never forget is my dear Borrels, a mix breed between an English bulldog and something, or was it an American bulldog and something?
Got him when he was eight-months old, eleven-years ago. And the people that sold him to me said they are getting rid of him because he was chewing their shoes. Did not see that happen in my house... Can't remember that I ever struggle to house-train him. He was just one of those "without problems" dogs. The only thing he did enjoy to chew was plastic bottles. Loved them!
He was named Borrels because he was as white as snow and had this little black spots on his skin, looked like bubbles, thus the Afrikaans Borrels ;-) He had the most beautiful brown eyes, and the most beautiful personality. I loved him and he adored me!
I remember the times that I was sick or sad, he would sit at my feet and follow me in the house. Not leaving me alone until I felt better. I would know when he's sleeping, because could that dude snore! And as big as he was, he thought he was a baby. Scared to death of the weather, and fireworks... He loved to travel, when the car door opens, in jumps Borrels, especially when I visited my parents. To them he was almost like a grandchild ;-)
But all good things comes to an end. I thought he would live forever. I wanted him to live forever. But Borrels had skin cancer and he really struggled through the last winter with his coughing and sneezing. I had to make the decision to let him go. He would not be getting better... and I did not want to see him suffer.
Goodbye my baby, I will love you forever and will never forget you. You were my best friend, my baby, my companion, my protector, you made me laugh and you made me cry...
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This is something that I've written more than a year ago, but I was thinking about it more and more this week ...
I don’t know about you, but I want to live a life in God’s favor. Each and every day!
We’ve been taught that grace is God’s unmerited favor that is bestowed upon sinners:
Rom 3:24, "being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” (NKJ)
It’s also defined as undeserved mercy ~ however all mercy is undeserved; that’s the meaning of mercy. Grace is so much more than mercy, think of this: mercy just gets the criminal off the hook and out of jail, but grace pays the debt of the criminal and sets him free to enjoy the good life.
God’s salvation is not merited; it’s a GIFT from God, something given freely! Jesus paid our debt of sin and in receiving Him we are set free to enjoy God’s love and to live in His favor.
Prov 8:35, "For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD;” (NKJ)
Mere words cannot adequately express the true meaning of God’s grace and His greatest token of love, His Son.
This made me think, we know that it is not all about our works and that good works will not get me in heaven … but as I dwell upon this grace of God in which I now stand … will it not motivate me to do good works or more good works?
Titus 2:11-15, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,12teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,13looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,14who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.15Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.” (NKJ)
Back to everyday life. One of my friends said to me that she experiences God's favor in the everyday things like finding a parking space right in front of Pick and Pay. While others are driving around in circles, mmmm.... Another friend said that if it wasn't for favor she would have been fired from her job long ago. Why? She speaks her mind in an environment where it is not permissible. And she's the only one getting away with it! There's a lot more examples, but have you ever spent time thinking of the ways you are experiencing God's favor in your life? It's in the little things that we don't even realize, the little things that goes unnoticed every day.
That been said:
That been said:
- Do you have the attitude to receive from God?
- Are you living your life based on the true meaning of grace?
- Are you walking in God’s favor like Abraham did?