Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

Three Leashes...

 We have three leashes in our home for Buddy.  The first one was given to us by Animal House Rescue because we didn't know Buddy was coming home with us that very day.  The second leash (retractable) we purchased for walking because it seemed a good idea at the time.  Now the third leash was bought for puppy school training.  Our trainer advised us to get a cotton leash because it was much easier on the hands than nylon.
   The first leash is now known amongst us as the "punishment leash."  It gets attached when Buddy is really misbehaving and won't listen to verbal commands.  Never mind the hand signal, click, and treat training.  That goes out the window when Buddy gets overexcited and jumping on our last nerve!  
   Getting the punishment leash on a very excited, throwing caution to the wind puppy, is quite an exercise.  Buddy loves the game of "catch me if you can."  If you're home alone it's quite a workout.  Once that leash gets snapped on he begins to settle down and look "oh so contrite".  But there is an even worse punishment and that is getting put in his crate for a timeout :(
    Isn't this what God does when we sin?  He gives us a warning in our spirit first.  If we ignore that and keep going with the sin, He rebukes us. Unfortunately, sometimes the rebuke doesn't stop the sin and He is forced to spank us.  He deals with sin because He loves us.