dogs eat grass

Dogs eating grass is like humans consuming mint: natural remedies for an upset stomach. It doesn’t really matter the form albeit gum, candy, tea for humans or grass for the canines; all work to settle the stomach. I say keep some mint products on hand just in case and if you own a dog; you can do like some dog lovers do and have a patch of grass inside for your man’s best friend’s ingestion.

So what is it that turns your stomach? What gets under your skin that it literally makes you sick?

We should think about the atrocities of the world then pick a few that we can do something about. Poverty/starvation, human trafficking, and caring for orphans and widows should be at the top of all our lists.

“…visit orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1.27

We can’t do everything for everyone but we can do something for one.

Sponsor a child, bring food bags to give to the homeless or to fill a food pantry, volunteer your time and give a listening ear to those in need.

What other ideas is God bringing to your heart and mind? Do share in the comments.

The point is an upset stomach should remind us there is so much need. Purpose in your heart to help those who can not help themselves. If we each do our small part, then all will be reached and we will truly…

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“Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God, your God’s, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures. There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbours in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbours.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭15:10-11‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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don’t pass them by

You are at a stop light and someone is there with a sign. They are hungry and cold. You feel guilty as you drive on by. I say have a few things ready you can hand out. Maybe stash a water bottle or self opening can good in your door compartment. Granola or protein bars are good options too. You could even have Ziploc bags or shoe boxes made up ready with all of the above plus some hygiene items and include a tract or small Bible. I like to give out cards with my church name, address, and service times. Who knows that person on the street may just be your next sister or brother in Christ.

If you have time, stop and buy a hot meal or coffee. If traveling in a city for work, vacay, or just the day, grab some burgers off a fast food dollar menu or have spare snacks in your bag ready to remove your guilt and meet a need.

Jesus said: “For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You? ’ “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’” Matthew 25:35-40 HCSB

If we want the world to be a better place, we need to…

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For people need the Lord, don’t pass them by. Your kindness and small offering may just be the seed to give them hope.

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psa

Take care of what you dirty (dishes, clothes, bathroom, etc).

Empty and refill dishwasher.

Refill that toilet paper roll.

And whatever you do, don’t leave it like this…

Take the two extra seconds to finish the job!

Take out the overflowing trash.

Put clothes in the dryer or away when returned folded and clean.

Make the bed. Set the table. (Or is it set the bed and make the table?)

At any rate, all of the above just take a few minutes. I would even venture to say 15 tops.

So make the time to make the load lighter for another or put a smile on the face of whom those tasks fall to when no one else does them.

And for the love of Pete, ALWAYS say thank you when these mundane tasks are done for you (washed clothes, ironed shirts, clean kitchen and/or bathroom, vacuumed/dusted house, etc).

So often these labors of love go unappreciated.

So often family living under one roof wait for someone else to do it.

So often they can become a point of contention.

Don’t let them!

Last I checked, the bread winner or home maker are not maids waiting for others to make a mess so they could be there to clean it up.

Do your part and do it joyfully.

Enough said because the ones that need to hear this PSA are probably not the ones reading so I instead am preaching to the choir.

So, here it goes! If you are the one doing the above for thankless individuals, check your attitude. If need be, even check your heart.

No one said you had to reciprocate or become the choir master or doer, but God did say we are to serve as if we are serving Him and not others (Colossians 3.23). If we are serving with an attitude as unto Christ then maybe those small inconveniences or annoyances won’t bother us so much.

Take inventory of yourself and joyfully go about your Father’s business. Now that is a public service announcement worthy of adhering to. Do it as you…

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