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th1bill
Dec 2nd 2008, 02:24 AM
... I have a free puppy that is a half breed Dachshund. Because there is so very much inbreeding with the Dachshund they commonly have a genetic form of mange that is not contagious and my baby, Delilah, has this incurable disease and even though she is just over a year old and in spite of the truth that I am on a very fixed income because of my disability, I have spent better than two thousand dollars to fight this death dealing disease that has no cure. A very logical first question would be, “Why.”
... There are different answers that are all true but there is one that might mean the world to each of you and today I would like to tell you about why a man raised with a Texas farmers values would ever reach the point that he could ignore all the perfectly sound reasoning that he grew up with and instead of using the common sense that he is so proud of, he would fail to use a thirty-eight cent bullet to cure this problem. As I have grown older, I have gained wisdom and a great deal of that wisdom is the result of walking with my LORD, these past eighteen years.
... Some days when I wake up, Delilah is the very first living thing I see and she jumps from the floor, into my lap, in the wheel chair, and she washes every inch of my face and my bald head. On other mornings, the ones I want to concentrate on, she will wait for me to sit in my recliner and then she crawls into my lap and she sets down on my right leg, facing the far wall, and she sits straight up and just tilts back until she is as close to my body as she can possibly be and begins to snuggle until I caress and stroke her bare belly and just love on her. In that defenseless position I could end her life in an instant and yet in that position with my hand stroking her, she snuggles that long nose against and around my neck as she holds still and allows me to love her.
... In Psalm 46:10 God, our Father, has commanded us to be still and to find that true and unfailing love that He has for us. Today, with no expendable income, in the midst of all the rumors of financial ruin and the collapse of bank after bank and companies rolling over and closing, folks ask me to tell them what to do. Well, actually, I have the answer. I need to buy my wife a new truck and with no liquid income I am going to do just that very thing. The Great Depression came about because of foolish men and this recession/depression today is a result of the same thing, foolish men. The Great depression grew to be so incredibly bad because men were foolish enough to forget God and instead to trust in themselves. If this is ever to grow to the same point all that need happen is for foolish men to once more forget who it is that holds them in His hand and to fail to turn back to Him.
... When the brook had no more water to sustain Elijah, God sent him to live with a Widow and her son and they had the makings for one more loaf of bread and then they had planned to die. At the Word of God, Elijah assured her that if she backed that last loaf of bread and would, because of God's promise, feed him first that the ingredients for making one more loaf of bread would always be there when it was needed. And that silly(?) woman believed that God would do what He had promised and baked Elijah the last loaf of bread in the house. Because God loves His children, in much the same way I love that hole digging puppy, they always had just enough flour and oil to make one more loaf, just enough to serve their need.
... I laugh and I take such pure joy in loving that puppy and from loving her and listening to the Holy Spirit of God as I study the Word I have been taught such wonderful lessons about my relationship with the LORD. It is my heart cry for each of your ears to just trust God the way Delilah trusts me. I have trusted Him, in that manor for these past eighteen years and in my darkest moments He has never failed me. Tonight, do as I do most every night. Get ready for bed and instead of just running through your nightly routine, crawl into that bed and just be still and call out to God and just wait and listen to Him. He loves you so much He'll rub your belly for you if that's what you truly need.

angel_fire
Dec 2nd 2008, 02:36 AM
How nice and refreshing. I have learned that strength is truly strength when its done in weakness.
God can wipe us out if he wants to, yet he withholds his power and instead loves us gently.:)

livingwaters
Dec 2nd 2008, 04:35 AM
th1bill, that is truly inspiring!!! As I have only been a Christian for three years and three months, I know there is still plenty to learn about my Lord. I know that learning is an on-going process...I love it!!!! But, through HIS grace and mercy and all the love that HE is, I know, that I know, that HE will direct my steps...I put all my trust in HIM, only!!! I've learned not to rely on my own understanding or anyone else's, as a matter of fact!!!! It has to be "cleared" by the Lord, first!!

Thanks for sharing!!! Kiss that "God-sent dog" for me....LOL:hug:

angelwind
Dec 2nd 2008, 08:28 PM
I have found this to be surprisingly and wonderfully true...when we are empty He provides the strength we need to carry on. I think we might always supposed to be thinking of ourselves in that empty place...waiting upon Him to fill us and strengthen us and provide for us.

These verses were in my reading today:

The also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Psalm 9:9-10 KJ

Because the Lordyour God is a merciful God, he will neither abandon you nor forsake you; he will not forget the covenant with your ancestor that he swore to them. Dt 4:31 NRSV

OOPs...I am a newbie here, I tried to make this a quick reply quote to angel fire, but it did not work.

angelwind
Dec 2nd 2008, 08:34 PM
... I have a free puppy that is a half breed Dachshund. Because there is so very much inbreeding with the Dachshund they commonly have a genetic form of mange that is not contagious and my baby, Delilah, has this incurable disease and even though she is just over a year old and in spite of the truth that I am on a very fixed income because of my disability, I have spent better than two thousand dollars to fight this death dealing disease that has no cure. A very logical first question would be, “Why.”
... There are different answers that are all true but there is one that might mean the world to each of you and today I would like to tell you about why a man raised with a Texas farmers values would ever reach the point that he could ignore all the perfectly sound reasoning that he grew up with and instead of using the common sense that he is so proud of, he would fail to use a thirty-eight cent bullet to cure this problem. As I have grown older, I have gained wisdom and a great deal of that wisdom is the result of walking with my LORD, these past eighteen years.
... Some days when I wake up, Delilah is the very first living thing I see and she jumps from the floor, into my lap, in the wheel chair, and she washes every inch of my face and my bald head. On other mornings, the ones I want to concentrate on, she will wait for me to sit in my recliner and then she crawls into my lap and she sets down on my right leg, facing the far wall, and she sits straight up and just tilts back until she is as close to my body as she can possibly be and begins to snuggle until I caress and stroke her bare belly and just love on her. In that defenseless position I could end her life in an instant and yet in that position with my hand stroking her, she snuggles that long nose against and around my neck as she holds still and allows me to love her.
... In Psalm 46:10 God, our Father, has commanded us to be still and to find that true and unfailing love that He has for us. Today, with no expendable income, in the midst of all the rumors of financial ruin and the collapse of bank after bank and companies rolling over and closing, folks ask me to tell them what to do. Well, actually, I have the answer. I need to buy my wife a new truck and with no liquid income I am going to do just that very thing. The Great Depression came about because of foolish men and this recession/depression today is a result of the same thing, foolish men. The Great depression grew to be so incredibly bad because men were foolish enough to forget God and instead to trust in themselves. If this is ever to grow to the same point all that need happen is for foolish men to once more forget who it is that holds them in His hand and to fail to turn back to Him.
... When the brook had no more water to sustain Elijah, God sent him to live with a Widow and her son and they had the makings for one more loaf of bread and then they had planned to die. At the Word of God, Elijah assured her that if she backed that last loaf of bread and would, because of God's promise, feed him first that the ingredients for making one more loaf of bread would always be there when it was needed. And that silly(?) woman believed that God would do what He had promised and baked Elijah the last loaf of bread in the house. Because God loves His children, in much the same way I love that hole digging puppy, they always had just enough flour and oil to make one more loaf, just enough to serve their need.
... I laugh and I take such pure joy in loving that puppy and from loving her and listening to the Holy Spirit of God as I study the Word I have been taught such wonderful lessons about my relationship with the LORD. It is my heart cry for each of your ears to just trust God the way Delilah trusts me. I have trusted Him, in that manor for these past eighteen years and in my darkest moments He has never failed me. Tonight, do as I do most every night. Get ready for bed and instead of just running through your nightly routine, crawl into that bed and just be still and call out to God and just wait and listen to Him. He loves you so much He'll rub your belly for you if that's what you truly need.


I did say a prayer for your Delilah Bill...the Lord has never failed me either.

th1bill
Dec 3rd 2008, 12:03 AM
... The most beautiful thing about my journey is that I look back to days like the day I went to an apartment complex to escort a young lady to a dance and in my full dress uniform I entered th complex from the street and as I did there were four drunks that began to shout at me and one of them drew a Smith & Wesson short barrel revolver to threaten me with. Having just turned my side-arm, my rifle and my machine gun in just four days prior I kept walking knowing that beyond ten feet it would be a miracle if he shot me. He fired all six rounds and I felt bits of brick splatter onto my fresh uniform but God, even though I had not turned to Him yet, kept me safe.
... Then there were the countless hours of in-flight combat where when we landed the aircraft were condemned until the damaged pieces could be replaced. If a man is crazy enough to fly for one hundred hours of combat, or more, the Army will a3ward that man the Air Medal and when I wear my awards, directly under my wings is my Air Medal and as I look back I see a man running, head first, away from God and yet, because He loved me I am here today to serve Him. He has held me to His chest and wrapped His arms around me, even when I was determined not to serve Him. Although I haven't` been, He has been and is ever faithful. i can wear those wings and that medal, with my name, cast into the back of it, because God has always loved and cared for me.
... Delilah, God has used her to teach me some of the most amazing lessons. Just imagine, if a man like me can love his wife, sons and daughters and a pup that can never be allowed to breed, what is impossible for God to love?

angelwind
Dec 3rd 2008, 12:37 AM
... The most beautiful thing about my journey is that I look back to days like the day I went to an apartment complex to escort a young lady to a dance and in my full dress uniform I entered th complex from the street and as I did there were four drunks that began to shout at me and one of them drew a Smith & Wesson short barrel revolver to threaten me with. Having just turned my side-arm, my rifle and my machine gun in just four days prior I kept walking knowing that beyond ten feet it would be a miracle if he shot me. He fired all six rounds and I felt bits of brick splatter onto my fresh uniform but God, even though I had not turned to Him yet, kept me safe.
... Then there were the countless hours of in-flight combat where when we landed the aircraft were condemned until the damaged pieces could be replaced. If a man is crazy enough to fly for one hundred hours of combat, or more, the Army will a3ward that man the Air Medal and when I wear my awards, directly under my wings is my Air Medal and as I look back I see a man running, head first, away from God and yet, because He loved me I am here today to serve Him. He has held me to His chest and wrapped His arms around me, even when I was determined not to serve Him. Although I haven't` been, He has been and is ever faithful. i can wear those wings and that medal, with my name, cast into the back of it, because God has always loved and cared for me.
... Delilah, God has used her to teach me some of the most amazing lessons. Just imagine, if a man like me can love his wife, sons and daughters and a pup that can never be allowed to breed, what is impossible for God to love?


You have lived a very interesting life tho. The Lord is really working on me this week about His personal love for even "me". I keep hearing and reading wonderful things...He has loved me (us) with an everlasing love.

Lefty
Dec 3rd 2008, 05:06 AM
Thanks for that story Bill, and for reminding me to trust in the Lord, like that widow did for her food, when I'm reminded of my slowly disappearing retirement savings.

th1bill
Dec 3rd 2008, 05:09 AM
Yes, God's love is unconditional and it really saddens me when I see a title on a post like one of the recent ones here on the forums. It is titled, Something about God's Love is Conditional. I have bumped heads with folks teaching that lie so many times that I didn;t even bother to open that string. While the Universalist is wrong so are these folks that believe that they must be good enough for God to love them. God will never be guilty of sending anyone to Hell because He didn't love them and I really wish that folks could figure it out that people only go to Hell because they refuse the love God has for them.

Ashley274
Dec 3rd 2008, 07:43 AM
Bill what a lovely story and inspiration...thank you as always for the message you share...and please pet your pup for me....I too look at my pets and try to be as Christ like as I can be to them ..I love them so much....the trust we share is incredible and I am still working on being as trusting as our pets are to us :hug: