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Topic: Soul (07/13/06)
TITLE: Saving Lous
By Trina Courtenay
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Until then I fed her what ever I so desired. I would allow her to read novels and watch movies on incest, murder, lust, you name any book or movie which didn’t glorify God and I let her get her fill.
That unforgettable summer I made her throw out those bad influences. She pleaded to at least give them to someone else who might enjoy them. My response to this was to say, ‘If you give these away then you’ll only be adding to the lies and deceit I’ve allowed you to live for over a quarter of a century.’ I stood firm in my belief they’d added to her thirsty and dried out appearance and made her pour an entire decanter of coffee along with the grounds into the black garbage bag which held her precious belongings.
She cried about how much they had cost her. I told her they were costing more then she knew.
She cried it had taken many years to accumulate her collection. I told her God was good and would replace each and everyone with ones which were wholesome, strong in character, and/or would glorify Him.
And He did.
Besides allowing Lous to read and watch whatever her hearts desire I also let Lous do whatever she wanted whenever she wanted. I set no boundaries or guidelines. Whether right or wrong I allowed her to experiment. After all we only have one life to live why shouldn’t we have fun. Never did I think about the long term effects of such actions.
Many hours spent with her Creator made me realized how wrong I’d been and I explained to Lous how she could no longer date, drink, party her face off and basically do nothing with her life. I knew it was a drastic measure but I had to do what I now knew to be in her best interest.
It was hard at first and Lous lost many a so called friend.
But God is good and He let her see who was friend and who was foe.
I then convinced Lous to take some time to get to know herself in order to decide what she wanted out of this one chance at life, and what she didn’t.
To my delight Lous started to blossom into a beautiful young lady. She took my advice, stopped dating and got an education to boot. You should have seen her up on center stage, dressed in cap and gown as she received her diploma. My pride radiated throughout the entire stadium.
On a separate occasion the night before we were to attend family bible camp she whispered to me how she was going to meet her life partner there. I told her not to get too excited as there was only one available bachelor and he drove a bright yellow station wagon. If Lous was to even consider dating this man she’d have to go through a lesson in humility.
Two years later in front of God, family and friends they became life partners.
It’s been a real blessing to have witnessed first hand the transformation Lous has made. She is no longer shriveled up nor dried out. She now shines brilliantly. Lous lives a life we’re both proud of although she knows there are still lessons to learn daily.
I don’t really know where Lous would be today had I not met Our Creator. Meeting Him and the changes I’ve made saved Lous. Our chances of eternal life would’ve been slim or next to none if I hadn’t.
I remember my mother telling me, ‘eyes are the windows to your soul.’ Every time I look in the mirror I am pleased to see how far Lous and I have come. Without my soul I’d be an empty vessel waiting to die instead I'm full of life and willing to live.
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