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Jennifer Jo Weiss

What was Lost, Now is Found!

On the continuing saga of the lost doggy....
 (In case you have no idea what I am talking about, scroll down through my previous posts!)

Someone was very happy yesterday to have his little doggy back! We are rejoicing! Sure enough, the Lord led me right to the puppy and I didn't even have to look.  I just so happened to have had nursery duty yesterday at church and doggy was right on the toy shelf along with some other stuffed friends.  Funny, but I have no recollection of taking doggy to church, but obviously we did!  I'll be sure to be more conscious of where we take doggy!

Shad was so cute. When I picked doggy up off the shelf and handed it to him, he immediately began "talking" to it.  It was almost like he was asking, "Where have you been...we've been looking for you!"  This went on for several minutes until he let out a squeal and then he shoved its nose in his mouth.   I think he was actually trying to kiss it... he's really into the open mouth slobber kisses!

Of course, this story prompted me to read Luke 15 this morning - all about the Parable of the Lost Coin, the Prodigal, and the Lost Sheep.  I saw myself in the stories...searching, searching- and then rejoicing!  Also, I know that once I was lost, but now I am found...found by God
Maybe you'll see yourself in the parables, too.
Here's a little of what I read:


"What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

 I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."


Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!'

 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Friends, my point today is that if God cares about the little things in our lives that are important, He surely cares about the bigger things...especially our souls!  If He cares enough to lead me to a little lost stuffed doggy, He surely cares about you.  You are more important to Him than anything!   Yes, ANYTHING!  Just like the little lost doggy, we may not realize our importance to Him, but He holds His children in great value, no matter what condition they are in! 

I love the picture of the angels rejoicing in heaven when we who are lost return to Him through repentance and the cleansing power of the cross.

Are you being sought by God today or in an area of your life that you are desperately trying to hide from Him? 

Let's allow God to "find" us again today...and let the heavens rejoice for what was once lost is now FOUND!

Blessings, friends!


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