Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The power of taking a bath

Yesterday afternoon I gave my dog a bath. Since she has gotten older she has mellowed out and is not as playful as she used to be. I noticed that whenever she gets a bath it effects her mood and energy. As soon as she is clean and out of the tub she is like a puppy again! She goes running all over the house, happy and energized. There is something about being clean that effects our mood and energy. Not just for dogs, but for humans too. What my dog does not like is the process of getting cleaned. She hates getting wet and having the dog shampoo rubbed in. She hates being rinsed off and being in the tub. It doesn't feel good to her. But when she is all done she is like a new dog. She feels good and clean, and she is happy. We as humans have a sinful, fallen nature. It is in our nature to sin and do the wrong thing. We need the Spirit of God imparted to us so we can overcome our sin. It may hurt to get clean spiritually. You will have to give up some things and old habits that aren't pleasing God. But when you get the Holy Ghost,(the Spirit of God living inside of you) it gives you power to overcome those things and give up those old habits. Once you do that and start living for God, you feel so good and clean, new and happy! It does wonders for your spirit. You will feel like a new person, and it is the most wonderful thing in the world. It fills you with Joy Unspeakable and full of Glory! You can be happy while living in a world of misery and filth, because Jesus is living inside of you! I have experienced this for myself and I wouldn't trade it for the world, or anything in it! Not for money, fame, or anything else. When you're in the church and you fall and make a mistake and sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. We can go to Him in prayer and repent. It might hurt to confess what you have done, and especially hurts if someone else finds out. But when you take that step and take a spiritual bath, you will feel SO much better. You will feel new and clean and happy again. Sin makes you feel dirty and tired inside. But being right with God makes you feel clean and happy inside! The best feeling in the world is knowing that you are right with God, and having His Joy inside of you. God is love, joy, and peace. When His Spirit comes inside of you by the evidence of speaking in other tongues, (God taking control) it puts real love, joy, and peace in your spirit. That's exactly what this world is looking for. Take a bath! Ask God to clean you up! If you really want it and will seek it with your whole heart, He will touch your life!


Hanna said...


*~*Kate*~* said...

lol my dog does the same thing. She hates baths, but when she gets out she feels as you said brand new again lol... What an awesome post girl! What you said was so true, and you put it all in the right words. Good Job! :D
Love ya lots! :)

p.s- Ventura is coming up soon! I can't wait we are going to have a blast! :)

Joel and Angela said...

Wish they had a like button like Facebook does. Loved your thought, and so true!

John said...

I know how that dog feels, I mean I feel like a little kid again after my annual shower! ;)

You're absolutely right Jen, being *clean* has an amazing affect on our attitude. Not only our attitude toward others, but towards ourself. The way we view ourselves, especially if we know we aren't right, can bleed over into how we treat others. This has often been the subject of my thoughts.

Jennifer Connell said...

Hanna - Thanks for backing me up! lol

Kate - Aw, thanks for you sweet comment. I can't wait until camp either! :)

Sis. Angela - Thank you! :)

John - You are disgusting. lol Thank you for your nice comment. Very unusual! By the way, you look conceited in your picture. How clean! :b

John said...

It's my "Is that a fact?" face :)