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  1. Dan from Georgia says:

    That is adorable what Miss Kitty does! Nice post and thoughts Michael.

  2. Dan from Georgia says:

    One more thought I forgot to add…

    We treat God as if he’s some monster that shakes his fist at us when we do bad, and gives us the evil eye when we ask for something. It’s good to know, and remind ourselves, that he is indeed good!

  3. Paige says:

    Wonderful. Thank you.

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, Dan!
    Thank you, Paige!

  5. em ... again says:

    my daughter has a new rescue dog and Charly wants very badly to be friends, however it is not convinced that my daughter knows best: “you’re not the boss of me!”
    somewhere in between Miss Kitty and this dog Charly there must be a lesson…
    one thing i’ve learned over the years is that there is nothing about the God – the one true God – that He has revealed of Himself that i don’t like – no attribute that doesn’t inspire love, praise and honor… that said, more often than not in my life, He has had my back as i muddle through… very seldom does He do it “my way” … i have retroactive faith, i think

    now if you could just train that cat to divert that urge to lick your face to shining your shoes… 🙂

  6. Randy says:

    Sometimes God does not heal. Sometimes God does not supply our needs. Sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes people die. I no longer buy into the interpretation that if we just have enough faith, God will, you fill in the blank. Read Lamentations or Habakkuk or The words of Jesus about persecution or Paul’s thorn in the flesh. We are called to faithfulness no matter the circumstances. Living by faith is not easy.

  7. Judy says:

    There are many times that I’m down to no faith or very little. An old saint taught me a long time ago that when I get there, to tell God I had no faith but to tell him also that I am choosing to believe even if I don’t feel it or can intellectually grasp it at the time because I know his Word is true, even if it seems not to apply to me at the time.

    She told me to make a choice of my will to believe, no matter what I thought or felt. And I have found that God has honored my prayers when I have admitted no faith in a matter but have told him that I choose as a act of my will to believe no matter how I feel or think and that I will await an answer.

    I know someone will probably slam me for that because it’s too “something” for them– too simple, too formulaic, too something, But I have been so often at my wit’s ends that I have learned to just choose to believe when I get to that point and act “as if” I had faith..

    On the flip side of that, I have sometimes prayed and not gotten answers at that time or got an answer that was not what I wanted. Or the answer has not brought anything but more trouble.

    I wish I understood God more.

  8. Disillusioned says:

    Retroactive faith…yes!!
    Sometimes things only make sense in the rear view mirror.

  9. JoelG says:

    I second Disillusioned. Great insight Em! Retroactive faith… I love it. In chaos and messiness of life we need to look back and see how God how worked in our lives despite ourselves and remember His faithfulness.

  10. Michael says:

    I re read this last night and it’s poorly written.

    Very poorly written.

    I’m well aware that God doesn’t always answer “yes”…and I should have made that clear.

    My intent was to motivate people to pray, not heap guilt on anyone who is already hurting.

    My apologies to all.

  11. JoelG says:

    We need this encouragement Michael. Thank you. I think we can all identify with the boy’s father in Mark 9:24.

  12. Michael says:


    That’s my “life verse” these days… 🙂

  13. JoelG says:

    When I read Matthew 28:17, I am struck how God includes this reality of doubt in the midst of the pinnacle of the Gospel. Doubt and faith go hand in hand. Doubt drives us deeper in seeking Him. We have much to learn from Miss Kitty. 🙂

  14. Surfer51 says:

    I can honestly say thank you for the encouragement.

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