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Teaching Katie to Mind Her Own Business
When we open our back door, we step out onto a wooden deck. It extends in front of me about six and one half feet, I open the gate and watch as our dog, Katie goes down the flight of stairs.
On my left side is another gate that opens to another flight of stairs. That gate has a hook latch on it, and it’s like our dog knows when that latch is hooked and when it isn’t. We don’t dare let Katie go out that gate because she refuses to obey anything we tell her to do or not do, and if she gets out that gate, she has no self-control.
When we open the back door to let her out, Katie looks to her left, and she can somehow tell I guess by the way it’s closed, if it is locked or not. The instant she is aware the latch is loosed, Katie sticks her nose in where she shouldn’t, forces open the gate quickly and dashes out before anyone can stop her. Every time Katie ventures out, she gets into trouble. She doesn’t know how to watch for cars and has almost been hit or caused an accident several times. On numerous occasions, Katie has been known to chase the neighbor’s cats which INFURIATES ME TO NO END! I can almost hear Katie laughing though when she does it. Does your dog ever do things like this?
Yesterday when it happened, it got me thinking: That’s what I am doing when I venture out online beyond the sites I know to be safe. I am putting my own spirit at risk. The Word says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are all the issues of life.” There are times I can hardly wait to get back to my Facebook page where I know there won’t be any filthy surprises, like photos or quotes that don’t feed my spirit anything good. If I am going to read or watch or listen to things the lost people do in the world, then I need to stop saying “I’m a Christian” because a Christian is a follower of Christ. We are supposed to be putting on His Mind, and doing what we hear our Father saying.
Proverbs 27:20 The eyes of man are never satisfied. (It is like one addicted to food, or drugs, or approval, or sex, or shopping for material things…. Always looking for a bigger high, something to please themselves.) But, 1 John 2:16 says, For everything in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--comes not from the Father but from the world.
Christians, we need each other more every day, as we see the day of Christ’s return approaching. I need you, and I hope you need me.
Years ago, I said to The Lord, “It is just so hard what You are requiring of me.” He very sternly replied, “Yes, and it was very hard for Me to die on the cross for your sins.” I needed that!
O, back to our dog Katie. She was a rescue dog when we got her about 9 years ago, and she was about a year old then. My husband and I learned early on that Katie was terrified of thunder and gun shots. The only way I can get her to stop running the countryside is, I have to light a firecracker, and in no time she comes running. By then she’s completely out of breath from all her shananigans. Out here in the country, the houses are far apart. The woman two doors down threatens to shoot any dog that wanders into her yard. Katie doesn’t realize the danger she puts herself in.
GOD’s grace in Dawn Gwin 03-08-15
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