Thursday, July 7, 2011

Casey Anthony "NLOE"

"Much like an unkempt garden, Christians are susceptible to being over-run by a critical spirit. We allow a judgmental thought to linger too long, and it takes root. Soon it has infiltrated our lives--including those around us. Rather than being an encourager, a builder for Christ, we've become Satan's destructive tool....How do we avoid the strangling weeds of a critical spirit? Begin looking at things "NLOE" (in light of eternity). Focusing on eternity and desiring others to join us there will certainly help us to be less critical and more about encouraging others and spreading God's love."

This was a powerful devotion for me, especially in light of the Casey Anthony murder trial verdict. Not guilty?? Really??? I found myself full of a critical spirit and judgment, and I couldn't stop talking about it. Before I knew it, I truly was being used as Satan's destructive tool.  But what happens when I look at the trial verdict "NLOE"?  My first thought is that all judgment belongs to the Lord and He will take care of everything in the end.  Casey Anthony is HIS business, not mine.

My second thought is "there but for the grace of God, go I."  I don't like to remember what I was like as a 22 year old who didn't know the Lord.  My life wasn't that different from Casey's.  I was worldly, self-focused, and on a search for pleasure no matter who got hurt in the process.  I was also the mother of a toddler.  I like to think I wouldn't have made some of the choices she did, but I do remember making some poor choices for the sake of my own convenience.

Finally, I realize that if I see her "NLOE" I'll pray that she comes to know the love of Jesus and that she will allow Him to turn her life around.  Jesus loves her----He might not like what she did, but He loves her as a person and doesn't want her to go to hell.  When I heard the verdict, I did.  But today I am seeing her "NLOE" and I'm committed to pray for her salvation.  Where would I be today without those who faithfully prayed for me?  Where would you be?  Would you like to join me in prayer?

Father God, I come to you in the name of my Savior Jesus and I ask you to touch and heal Casey Anthony's twisted soul.  Fill that empty place where her heart should be with the fullness of Your love, joy, and peace.  Bring her to full repentance and then use her life for Your glory. Heal the lives of all who suffered because of her sin.  I thank you that Caylee is safe with You forever.  In light of eternity, take victory out of Satan's hands and redeem this one he seeks to devour.  I ask it in Jesus name, amen.

Who knows?  Maybe one day Casey Anthony will teach a women's Bible Study.  Now THAT would be a victory. 


  1. Amen Patty!!! Caylee is so much better off in the arms of Jesus right now. She has been received into her Father's arms. Right now I bet she is looking down and seeing her mother through God's eyes, loving her, forgiving her and wanting the best for her. I too was so angry for Caylee, but then I realized that she is in the best place anyone could ever be. The best thing we can all do is join together in prayer for her lost mother. That will be "justice for Caylee"! She will need lots of love here on earth because a lot of the world hates her.
    I too am no better than Casey Anthony. It is only because of the Lord that I am not walking down the path I was headed. I am joining you in prayer for Casey Anthony and her whole family Patty

  2. It's so easy to fall into that judgemental spirit! Thank you reminding us how to handle it according to God's way.

  3. Amen! Thank you Patty for the reminder that God does indeed love Casey and desires for her to come to repentance and faith and Christ Jesus and the for the forgiveness of her sin. My reaction was similar to yours.

    Can you imagine the power that God would unleash if the Christians who are outraged would instead invest their thoughts and words into praying for her salvation?

    Thank You Jesus that You didn't leave me in my sin, but snatched me out of the pit, like a brand in the fire. Do the same for Casey and her family too.

  4. I have a daughter not much different Casey. Unmarried, preganant, back home and still wanting to party. I thank God my daughter left my grandson with my husband and I to protect him and care for him. My daughter is out on her own, last I heard in Vegas. I see my daughter in Casey and know I could be living a life of pain and tragedy had my husband and I not taken the responsibility of caring for my grandson. I pray for both of these young women and all the other women who can't face the consequences of their actions and the family members who lovingly pick up the pieces of the bad choices.

    Thank you Patty for your faithfulness in hearing and writing God's messages.