Mo Joe looks like this little boy now.
Mo Joe our new furry friend, has been with us for a few months now, his coat has grown considerably like that of the dog in the picture above. Mo Joe is very much part of our family and we wouldn’t have it any other way and Monty agrees, he has a younger brother to boss around, not really but Mo Joe does respect him as the top dog.
Now there were a few things about Mo Joe we did not know but because he is such a loving dog and mostly well-behaved we did wonder why no wanted him. The reason being is he has an eye condition that is very serious, Mo Joe has special drops and these do help but we have been warned that it may cause total blindness before he dies, the other thing is he is not house trained and at 5 years of age it will not be easy to do so, if you have any helpful suggestions, we would really appreciate your sharing them with us.
It seems that in my life Animals have played a big part in God teaching me some very valuable Truths both in real life and by my Power Points, but I will just share with you a few things I have learned through my own Pets. There was Petal an amazing Miracle dog (see link below ) and quiet a few years ago there was Bruce Alosis, blame Ron for his name it was his private joke until I found out it was a cattle disease, the Vet couldn’t stop laughing, I was not amused! Bruce was a very intelligent, cross Kelpie but continued into adulthood chewing things such as hoses and shoes and even doors, long story but Ron finally lost it when he ate his new brief case, and said that he had enough and if Bruce did not stop he was off to the pound, he didn’t mean it but it upset me because I had tried everything but Bruce continued to chew, chew, chew.
After Ron left for work, I sat with Bruce and told him tearfully that I loved him no matter what he did wrong but that he was upsetting Ron and I by doing naughty things all the time and of course he understood perfectly and said sure thing Mum, but then who knows I think he knew he had done wrong and we did notice a small change but perhaps it was wishful thinking .
What was really wonderful was that God spoke to me in my heart as I was talking to Bruce, it was so very real and is something I have never forgotten, He told me that He also Loved me regardless of the wrong I had done and that He would always Love me but that He hurt too when I chose to do evil and so He sent Jesus to rescue me, to set me free from the slavery of sin…. Wow for the first time I knew it was for real He really Loved me and His assurance that I was a person of worth was not just in my head but in my heart too.
Quiet often now at home you will hear Oh no Mo Joe! he decided from day one that the Carpet in the Rumpus room would be much more serviceable as a relieving area then the garden and so the Carpet in there now has a very unpleasant odour, yes I have shampooed it, covered it up with Lavender power, used carpet cleaners with fragrance but all to no avail after a while the smell returns… the answer a new Carpet the old one must be done away with its too polluted!
As I was thinking about this problem, I realised it was a very good example of our evil flesh nature, we can make it presentable for a short time but the stink returns, this is why we must put it to death by The Spirit and receive God’s new Nature, the Old has gone the New has come in Christ Jesus.
So let’s choose to walk in the Fruit of The Spirit with His empowering and so put our flesh to death leaving a sweet-smelling aroma that proclaims God’s Truth which brings others to see the need for heart Repentance and also uplifts those who are in the Body of Christ. They will be strengthened in their faith which is something only God’s Truth can do as we are empowered by The Holy Spirit to share it. Yes sadly some will think we still stink but their perception is based on their own fleshy bad aroma which blocks all other good ones out, but lets not focus on this but who we are in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Thanks for Listening Christian Love from both of us – Anne.