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Our Furry Friends: Unconditional Love


 

Watching the Annual American Humane Hero Dog awards the other night, I once again cried as each nominee was presented. The stories behind these brave animals are no less courageous than humans. Many risk their lives for us humans in various ways.

The Arson Dog, named “Judge” has worked more than 275 fires often bringing evidence leading to many arrests.

The Therapy dog helps the person who needs coaching in life skills.

The Police K-9 or Military Dogs are trained to find bombs, weapons or protect those in their command. “Layka” took shots and lost a leg while guarding her combat unit in Afghanistan.

There was one little dog who was what is now called a Hearing Guide dog. This precious little creature saved her human from getting hit by a bus because she can’t hear environmental sounds.

“Hooch” the French Mastiff who won has a story of his own. When found by Zach Scow 3 years ago in a rescue it was determined Hooch had had his tongue cut out. Emaciated from not being able to eat, he was rushed to a vet for treatment. He is fed by hand now.

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Ironically, Zach Scow almost died also from liver damage because he is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. The two are now inseparable and Zach owes a lot of his stability to this survival of the fittest.

Hooch is now used to calm non-verbal autistic children while learning social skills. He also cares for women who have been abused. His peaceful nature is contagious; so much so that some of the first words spoken by these children of autism is “Hooch.” 

How have we humans missed it?

How is it that the unconditional love and loyalty from dogs hasn’t caught on with people?

For the most part, dogs have a natural ability for qualified love. It’s not in us, and unless a dog is abused or neglected that instinct remains.

God is unconditional love.  Maybe He knew we would respond well to dogs so He placed a great deal of that love inside of them.

He also gave them the instinct to know when something is wrong. Out of the love they have for their owners, dogs respond by letting us know when to be alert, on guard or even move us out of the way of trouble we didn’t see coming.

Isn’t that how God is with us?

He is our guide.

He alerts us to danger.

He often removes us or removes that which He doesn’t want in our lives for our own protection, spiritual maturity and growth for the kingdom of God.

Psalm 27:11

Teach me your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path because of my foes.

 

Dogs know automatically what their purpose is in the life they’ve been given.

Our purpose is to have and maintain a close, personal relationship with God.

Maybe we can learn from dogs how to be more obedient to our calling.

2 John 1:6 “2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

 


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A True Story of a Miracle of Provision


“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19

This past week God interrupted me.  While I was so busy running my mouth to him I almost missed a vital opportunity for him to grant someone else a much needed miracle.

Many are hurting from all kinds of attacks, evil or doing without. This story is a “big shout out” for those in places of lack.

As many of you know I have my own Property Management Company. Rent is collected at the beginning of each month as stipulated in the Lease Agreements. Timing here was very relevant since I am in contact with the tenants. 

A family who rents one of the homes I manage has suffered financially for quite a while.  Like others who have lost jobs or been laid off this is their story.

Thankfully Megan has a very good job with a huge medical clinic.  With 4 children, the need is great for both parents to be working but Robert has been laid off numerous times simply due to bad economics. He is well able to work and wants to unlike many who feed off of welfare. I commend him for his efforts of working whenever he could find it.

While sitting in my chair, having coffee with God Wednesday morning, all of a sudden Robert’s car came to my mind. Believing it was some random thought I dismissed it and kept running my mouth giving God the latest prayer list of needs.

Again his car showed up in my head.  Ignoring it my one-sided conversation continued until God finally broke in for the 3rd time, “Ask Robert about his car.”  I knew they had 2 cars but one has been sitting in their driveway for weeks.police

“What God? Why?”

God “Because you grew up in a car business. You know what to tell him to do.”

Our minds collect information from different sources. Often God places a phrase or sentence there that becomes what is referred to as a “knowing.”  Like you just know which house to buy or who to marry.

Needing to question it if you are in close connection to God isn’t
necessary. Just believe and act. If you are wrong he will let you know.

Through numerous text messages Robert explained to me the 1998 vehicle had 270,000 miles on it with no radiator.  Replacing anything in a car with that many miles on it is useless.  He agreed with my opinion so I asked him if he was going to buy another car.

Robert “Maybe if we get a refund on our taxes” was his reply.

Me “How are you getting to work with Megan using the other car?”

Robert, “I was laid off. I am not working now.”

Me, “Not again? How are you holding up financially?”

Robert, “We cut the TV/internet off and are now getting food stamps and living on her salary.”

Me, “So you have no way to search for a job or a car to drive to find one.
(Police work is his past history. He has applied to the local departments for
that position but the process is very long and not very promising.)
Is law enforcement the type of work you want?”

Robert, “I will work the night shift at Wal-Mart if I have to.”

At that moment the words came to my mind, “Get in touch with Mark about a job at the college where he works.”

This particular college has around 4000 students so security is a necessity.

I texted Mark. He texted back to tell me to have Robert call the Head of Security at the School.

That was on Wednesday, January 8.job_openings

Robert called me Friday afternoon after his interview.
This is Monday, January 13th and he started work today.

It is rare they have any openings in that department. The day before I found out about Robert’s situation an employee who had been in that position for many years had just been released.

Robert told me his mother had been praying the right job would come along. Mark spoke to the Head of Security over the weekend at the New Student Orientation after she hired Robert. She told him he was exactly what she was looking for.

God’s hand is written all over this.

Anyone out there need a job?

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Continued: A True Story about Mental Illness


She was going out in public in her gowns, drunk and driving.

Places like Restaurants, shops, public facilities, the library. She was disruptive, disturbing the peace and bothering customers

And they were all calling me because,

SHE WAS GIVING OUT MY NAME AND PHONE NUMBER AS HER CARETAKER.

I had no jurisdiction over this woman but each time I had to go get her or call the police. This went on for almost 3 weeks and I still had no idea what was wrong with her.

My continued calls to her husband came up with nothing. It was as if he didn’t want to be found.answer%20the%20call

One night I received a phone call from a local hotel. She was in the lobby in her gown trying to pick up men and she wouldn’t leave. Informing them I could do nothing they called the police. The police called me.

Making a trip to this hotel when she saw me, she ran over and hugged me as she always did.

We were afraid for her life. She had no idea what she was doing, where she was or who she was. As I discussed the situation with the policeman, they agreed to drive her home for me.

Still no response from her husband.

The next few days it was eerily quiet. No sound or sign of her. My hope was she had woken up from a bad dream I thought I was having. Not so.

The music started up again. I noticed a strange vehicle parked in front of her townhouse. The music was so loud she couldn’t hear me knocking.

The front door was unlocked so I went in.  Big mistake.

The smell was so raunchy I almost got sick. The townhouse had turned into a pig pen. I had seen some pretty grimy, messy and filthy apartments but this looked like a landfill.

In the back I could hear laughing; voices. Not just hers but a man also.

Once again I was not prepared for what I saw. She was fully dressed with a young guy who was half her age both sitting in the bathtub with no water in it. Obviously sloppy drunk from the liquor bottle she had in her hand I yelled to get their attention.

Laughing, she invited me to join them. Having no idea who this guy was I told him to leave immediately.  He didn’t budge.

When she pulled out a pistol and began twirling it with her finger I flew out the front door. th

The police arrived. We managed to get the loaded gun away from her and questioned the guy.

Somehow the officer was able to get a court order to take them both to jail until they could find out what to do.

When I left one more message for her husband telling him to come home because his wife was in jail, he responded.

I never found out who the strange guy was.

Her husband confessed to me she had been diagnosed years prior as a severely manic bipolar depressed woman. Doctors had her on large doses of Lithium to treat the illness. At times when he was gone she would quit taking it which led to the onset of her completely losing control and becoming a different personality altogether.53b1ef1d534bda2070792eb866835e36

Apologizing to me, her husband said when I started calling him, he knew what was happening and just didn’t want to face it.

In and out of mental hospitals all of her life, he had to commit her once again and then he moved out.

I never saw either one of them again.

TO BE CONTINUED…..

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http://thelostkerryman.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/an-epidemic-of-maladjustment/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/the-spirit-of-love/

http://vineoflife.net/2013/04/20/spend-time-with-him/

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Absolute Unnecessary Cruelty


Today, March 12, 2013 at around 1:00 pm our daughter was coming home from work. At the lighted intersection of Hwy 441 and St. Paul’s church road at the bridge, a very large turtle was trying to cross the road.

She turned around hopefully to block the road with the intention of saving the turtle by moving him out of the road. Before she could get to him two cars purposely ran over this innocent turtle. The first car was green with a black driver. The second was a white car but she couldn’t see who was driving.

The turtle was still alive barely, but she could see him crying with his mouth open in severe pain. He was left turned upside down with his shell cracked and his organs coming out of his body. She went back and realized he had been hit again because he was turned over.

She came home crying herself at the horror of this unnecessary and vile act of animal cruelty.  She and I find this to be despicable and a reflection of the mental state of many people.

Who are you who did this?

Do you get some kind of sick kick out of injuring God’s creation?

Do you have any idea how old this turtle might have been?

What was this turtle doing to you?

Just so you know whoever you are we have contacted the local police and they are looking into this matter.

The truth is whether you got caught or not performing this nasty, evil dastardly deed God knows what you did and we know what you did. There is absolutely no excuse for such an unspeakable and horrendous crime.

Not only was this vicious and sadistic behavior, it is shameful.

It is a sad day in America when heartless and malicious offenders like yourselves take their frustrations and anger out on a harmless, and defenseless animal.

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In this picture made available Tuesday Feb. 5, 2013, US actor Bruce Willis , arrives for the premiere of the movie 'A Good Day to Die Hard' in Berlin, Germany, Monday Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Britta Pedersen)

For the most part I agree with Bruce Willis. He is against gun control and infringement upon our 2nd Amendment rights. However he does not believe violence and crime in Hollywood/movies/TV should be seen as an influence. I beg to differ; I believe we are definitely influenced by what we see, hear and watch.