Learning to Love by Kathy Carmichael

I’m still caught up in much of the fear from my last post, and as a result I found it difficult to choose a topic that appealed enough for discussion. In general, I’m quite a sunny person, so struggling with darker emotions and feelings is unusual for me.

Basically, I have done my best to fight fear with love this week, and I’d like to share this with you.

While our Heavenly Father wants us to love one another, and I do my best to hold that message in my heart, I think he gave us a means to practice this kind of unconditional love. The method he provides is through our pets.

Recently I lost one of my kitties and my son’s dog (my part-time dog who I loved with my whole heart). Battling the loss and depression relating to losing them has been difficult. At times I seem to be fine, then all of a sudden something happens inside me and I’m in tears again, so you can imagine my sadness.

But the Lord sent something–or several somethings–to help deal with my grief: a whole boatload of feral cats has invaded my neighborhood. And I caught some!

Mama kitty and three four-week old kittens have become the newest members of the Carmichael household. I believe they were sent to my door in order to lessen my sorrow and allow me to give them a new home.

6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! ~ Psalm 8:6-9

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for giving me new fur-babies to love and for teaching me that sometimes animals and people come into your life in order to give you an opportunity to help them and to love them.

Here’s a link to a video of two of the kittens playing.

kittens playing

Click the image or click here!

I hope you enjoy their antics as much I as do!

I’m sending special prayers, good wishes and much love for each of you!

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4 Responses to Learning to Love by Kathy Carmichael

  1. Lorraine says:

    Good morning Kathy. I rarely leave comments but please accept my sympathy on the loss of your dear pets. I am a dog mom myself. I’d like to share a short version of how God worked in my life with you. My husband left me after 20 years of marriage. I kept our dog and she was such a comfort to me. 7 years later, my ex developed lung cancer. He had no one to help him face this mountain so I knew I had to step up to the plate and become his caregiver despite everything. So in essence God gave me a different mountain. I made sure he got to his appointments, took his meds, ate the right foods, etc. At Christmas I surprised him by rescuing a dog for him. I knew he desperately needed something in his life to be with him, need him and love him. In the meantime my dog passed at just shy of 16 yrs old. He offered me back the pup I had given him but as sad as I was I knew I knew he needed her more than I did. He went on to beat his cancer but 4 days later God called him home anyway leaving his beloved companion needing a home again. I welcomed her with open arms. I knew God saw the whole picture where I could not and I knew…despite everything…I had done the right thing and was rewarded with a sweet fur baby again. Now He has blessed you with a mom and baby kitties. They will never take the place of those you had but love is an amazing thing…it grows and welcomes over and over. Loved your video clip!! God is sooo amazing. Don’t WE know!! Blessings to you and your family. Be safe and stay well.

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    • kathc2 says:

      Hi Lorraine. I’m sorry I just now read your post. It sounds as though you are a truly loving person and that our Heavenly Father knew you were the right one for the job at hand. I’m so glad you received the rescue dog. Such a blessing in exchange for all you did for your ex. Many hugs to you! Best, Kathy


  2. Nancy J. Farrier says:

    Kathy, I’m so sorry about the loss of your pets. I lost two of my cats this year and it was devastating. I miss them so much. I love that God sent you some feral cats to adopt and love. Such a blessing. Loved the video too. Kittens are adorable. Thank you for sharing.


    • kathc2 says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our fur-babies are loved so much, and give us so many hours of love and pleasure, too. I hope the pain has eased for you a bit! Best, Kathy


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