“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” John 15:8-10
The most laid back resident of my house is our 10 year old Pug, Allie. She rests on the sofa or loveseat or back of the sofa or floor the vast majority of the day; at night she sleeps with my grandson most of the night. She is part companion (barks when a leaf falls outside), part love-bug (runs to the door when she hears a door close in the driveway, and part clown; she is just plain silly. She is content as long as there is water in her fountain, food with dried garlic in her bowl, someone to pet her, and a place to relieve herself. She knows, with no doubt, that she is loved… even when she is running from guest to guest, wearing her adorable pug smile, for affirmation. She will remain with us as long as she is healthy and happy. I love Allie deeply; love came easily when my grandson carried her into my home, just wanting to be rescued over seven years ago.
I’ve been a child of God for a long time; it gives me joy to be His child. I enjoy living a Christian life; as the scriptures say “remaining in Him and cherishing His words that live in my heart.” The definition of to remain is “to continue in the same state or condition;” in old-fashioned christianeze… to abide. The Lord comforts, protects, teaches, and provides for me. God lives as the Holy Spirit within me as a counselor and, I believe, as my conscience. God has NEVER let me down, has ALWAYS been available when I call; consistently and unwaveringly LOVES me; even when I am not very loveable.
Therefore I will praise You, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of Your name. Psalm 18:49
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone
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