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Lessons I’ve Learned from Two Cats

Hello everyone! I wanted to take a bit of a break from the more serious discussions. I want to take today to tell you about the many things my two cats, Arie and Miss P, have taught me in the last year.

First, I will tell you a little about these two. Miss P, short for Miss Pidge also known as Inky P, was adopted from the Bella Foundation as a 3 month old kitten. Before coming to live with me, she received one on one care from her foster mom. She is my little miss priss. She is careful, cautious, loving and consistent. Arie was adopted from the Midwest City, OK Animal Shelter at 3 months old as well. She is a completely different cat. This kitten has street cred, and I mean that. She is adventurous, pushy, a risk-taker, rambunctious, bites everything including me, very curious, mouthy, and yes, loving.

I love their unique personalities and in watching them, I see myself in both of them – except for the biting, I don’t bite anything except into my food. God even brings the right animals into our lives! One of the most important things they have taught me and shown me is unconditional love. They love to see me day after day and they are affectionate day after day, no matter my mood or what is going on in my life. They do not expect me be a certain weight, to act a certain way, do certain things, or believe a certain way – they just love me. Oh if only humans were the same way!

Individually they have taught me things as well. Arie shows me that determination and risk-taking are necessary, particularly in my new writing adventure and the new ministry adventure God is opening for me. Miss P shows me that peace and consistency will be necessary to fulfill my purpose and to keep myself steady in an unsteady and unsure time. Peace and consistency will also be needed in ministry so that others will not only see my heart, but know that I am trustworthy and live in integrity.

Who better to teach us than our animals? Though they can’t speak they say so much if we will listen and watch. Who better to love us? Now I don’t say all this to say I am giving up on people. I am not giving up on people. I still learn from people and I do love several people. What I am saying is animals were given to us by God to teach us many things and to love us too. They do not suffer from the same condition us as humans do in our fallen nature so they are better fit to love us.

I, for one, am thankful for my furry friends who daily not only show us their own love but in their own way show us the love of God. After all, He made them so that makes a lot of sense that His character would come through in a creature that might stand 2 feet tall, be 20 inches long and weigh 8 lbs. If we will but watch, listen, and learn we will see His character coming through in all of his creation, animals and plants alike.

Open your eyes and ears. See and hear the Father calling in all of His creatures both great and small. Thankful for furry friends, Elizabeth

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