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  1. Paige says:

    Words do not allow me to say how much I love this post. Amen 100+%

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, my friend…

  3. Paige says:

    You may not know that one of my kits is pretty sick at this time. Bella is the alpha cat in our crew of 5 felines. She sleeps between our pillows. We adore her and assume she feels the same. We are torn in a struggle of praying for her healing and/or her deliverance, measuring her suffering against how much we would miss her. We’re spending money we don’t have to take her to the best feline vet…. and she is still sick. God knows. Life is hard. God is good. This life isn’t all there is.
    At least, that is my hope.

  4. Michael says:


    My heart goes out to you…I’m praying for you and Bella.
    All my hope for myself and my cats is in that life to come…

  5. Paige says:

    Thank you for praying.

    I’ll REALLY be a legit Cat Lady in Eternity.

  6. Michael says:


    Rumor has it that there are self cleaning litter boxes in heaven… πŸ™‚
    You and I will have extra time on our hands…

  7. Cash says:

    The beauty of simplicity. I love it!

  8. John 20:29 says:

    praying for these beloved cats and their people – even if i’m not a cat lover, myself
    (i’m a cat liker and prefer them outdoors, not on my kitchen counter… not the same as my cat loving daughter with whom i’m living, who fully understands Paige and Michael and their cats)
    God keep

  9. John 20:29 says:

    i should add that, as good as the teachers are who post here these days, it is Michael’s provocative things he thinks and TGIF that keeps me coming back πŸ™‚

  10. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, you and I have much in common these days. Except cats…I’m a canine guy.

  11. John 20:29 says:

    “It’s embarassing when your cat has more faith than you do…” thinking on this a bit…
    i don’t think the cat has “faith” – he has confidence, he can see you, the hand that strokes and feeds him is visible…

    God asks something a little more of us… He asks us to trust what we cannot see and to acquire the Faith by asking it of the One we cannot see … dunno
    many times i must confess to God that from my view the real substance of Him seems so far away and hidden
    there’s a motto you’ll see sometimes on a boat that says something to the affect, “Oh God, Your ocean is so big and my boat [Faith] is so small” … thank God that He knows and a part of what He is is that attribute called grace

  12. Noelle says:

    I just read this to my family in our car and they were all moved.
    Thank you, dear friend.

  13. Michael says:

    Thank you, my friend.

  14. dusty says:

    Good reminders in this post. Trusting God even when we dont understand.

  15. dusty says:

    Will be praying for bella, Paige, may God hear our prayers

  16. dusty says:

    Still praying for your cousin, John 20:29. Praying for mercy and healing.

  17. dusty says:

    Still praying for you captain kevin. May God touch you and bring rest to your body. Praying for healing

  18. dusty says:

    Still praying for you angel voice for your broken heart

  19. dusty says:

    Always praying for you and yours, big brother

  20. John 20:29 says:

    thank you, dusty… the prayers are being heard – mercies, if not healings

  21. Lin says:

    How is Chester’s health, Michael? Holding steady?

  22. Surfer51 says:

    Great story! Praying Paige.

  23. Disillusioned says:

    “The difference is that there are days when it seems I’m having my temperature checked multiple times a day.”


  24. dusty says:

    Still praying for you disillusioned

  25. dusty says:

    Still praying for healing for you surfer51.

  26. John 20:29 says:

    “Disillusioned” – i like that handle… it is healthy to get rid of our illusions… the PhxP is a good place to replace them with a more solid perspective, too, i think

  27. filbertz says:

    I spent a good chunk of the morning today (Sunday) with my grandson Isaiah hiking a favorite trail and spreading the ashes of Trigger, my dog of the past 9+ years. It was good to recall so many amazing memories that we all shared, and still sad and empty. Our pets are great resources and teachers–we usually get that part backwards. His loss was sudden and shocking, though not near on the scale of our son’s death, it was somehow reminiscent of that tragic event. I suppose losses around the corner out of view will all echo or reverberate with that loss of my son, but that is alright. I never want to forget him. May we treasure every day we have with those we love…even if they’re cats. πŸ˜‰

  28. John 20:29 says:

    #27 – filbertz, love and prayer for you and yours … my daughter has the ashes of her much loved dog – she thought she’d do what you and your grandson just did (Rainy was her hiking buddy), but she can’t seem to say that final goodbye yet and winter’s coming

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