Great Joy From Pool Adventures – Part 4

Great Joy From Pool Adventures – Part 4

Happy day, I am awake, you are awake, well somewhat alert, but you’re up and reading. Hopefully, you’ve already talked to God about your day and thanked Him for the beautiful blessings in your life.

Let’s pick up with our pool adventure?

To bring you up to speed – my dog dug a hole underneath the fence around the above ground pool. I happened to go outside for something, and that’s when I saw a small stream of water coming from the side of the pool. I ran inside to get the patch kit. On my way out, I yelled to my friend to go outside and help. I wasn’t sure what she could do to help, but the moral support was appreciated.

And now for the rest of the story.

Now that I was soaked and standing in several inches of pool water, my friend and I looked at each other in complete disbelief. We couldn’t believe what had happened. One little pinhole from my dog’s toenail and bam, 4,000 gallons of water were now soaking my backyard alongside an empty pool shell.

Oh, the agony – oh the water bill, oh the cost of a new liner!! OOOhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Heartbroken and shocked, I went back inside my house and plopped down on the couch. All those months of building a pool deck, fence, and putting up the above ground pool. The risk we took taking two large trees down, and here we were, an empty pool and a saturated yard.

It’s like that with sin.

We believe we have done everything to keep sin out. We have taken all the precautions and changed our ways. However, it always seems that sin finds its way back to us somehow, more specifically into the same areas we tried so hard to rid it from.

Sin will always be in the picture.

We live in a fallen world. We are sinful people who have been sinful since the garden. But it’s how we handle it, and how we deal with it, that is going to matter. If you are struggling with one particular sin, you must be diligent in beating it and overcoming it. My experience has been that it will always tempt you, but if you remain strong, you can have victory over sin. 

I am not saying sin goes away, because you and I will always struggle with sin, but we can sin less as we become more like Jesus, who was sinless.

I am reminded of the song that goes like this, “There is victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever. He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood…..”

It’s a great day because we know the Savior, Jesus Christ, who paid the price for our sins, and He loves us very much. I hope you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

As we go into Thanksgiving week, consider putting that one at the top of your thankful list.

Let’s pray.

Father, I’m so thankful God you are merciful and forgiving. I am a sinner, Lord, but I take comfort in knowing there are some sins from way back that I don’t do anymore. Thank you for your presence in my life and for helping me overcome those terrible sins I struggled so desperately. I love your company in my life, and I love your comfort. Jesus, I love you! In your name, I pray, Amen.

Bridge to Grace – a nonfiction novel

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