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  1. Linn says:

    30 years ago I was a displaced missionary who had to come home much earlier than I ever intended due to a family need. It was very hard to find a church where i fit-I wasn’t hip enough, I wasn’t conservative enough, I missed Spanish…and then I found the place where i have fit for the past 20 years. We have our. problems (in both the English and Spanish congregations), but people are kind and we agree to disagree on that which does not pertain to the core items of the faith. I am content.

  2. Linn says:

    Just a thought about cats…my current cat was deemed unadoptable and spent two years in a cage at her rescue. They finally decided to move her, and they were willing to take her back if it didn’t work. Well it has (it took her three months to get her out of the bathroom where she holed up), but now she is my shadow and cuddle buddy. Sometimes cats work it out.

  3. Michael says:


    I’m glad you found a place to fit.
    I found one too, but only because I’m the pastor… 🙂

  4. Em says:

    My late grandmother’s favorite hymn – The 90 and 9….
    “But one was out on the hills away… .. away from the tender Shepherds care…”
    It goes on to describe the Shepherd’s search for His missing sheep, “away on a mountain wild and bare….”
    I think God has quite a few Smokeys.
    Good TGIF ponder again, Michael.. Thankful for those who God has humbled/blessed with the need to ponder
    God keeo

  5. Bride of Christ says:

    Linn..My last name is Linn, also ( my husband’s name.) My maiden name is Swedish. Linn is a very rare name – I wonder if you are a distant relative of my husband’s. His father was killed in a car accident when he was only eight, and he lost track of that side of the family, which lives
    in Indiana . My husband thinks the name Linn is Finnish.Do you know more about the Linn name?

  6. Mike E. says:

    I think the gentleness and tenderness of Jesus is such a special thing. I can just imagine a shepherd with a little weak lamb…how would He care for it? Carry it? Or maybe make it walk because it needs the exercise? But seems to me He would stay close by. He Himself was the outsider. Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Our High Priest can certainly sympathize with us.

  7. Owen says:

    Michael, this resonates so well with me (and I’m sure I’m not the only one), thank you.

    “He may even let you in on a secret…the ones inside aren’t strong enough to last outside”

    Don’t get me started, but I could tell stories on this theme….. (and again, I’m sure I’m not the only one…)

  8. Michael says:

    Thanks, Owen.
    The people it doesn’t resonate with scare me… 🙂

  9. Linnea says:

    We adopted a “working cat” from Animal Humane last Fall. We followed their directions, but he promptly ran away. Amazingly, this Fall, he came back, hail and hearty! He lives in the barn, rubs up against us when we go out there, and welcomes the food and water we provide.
    We adopted a 2nd cat this Fall (before we knew the first one would come back). He is VERY social, is such a lover, enjoys being inside, but escapes outside often.
    We just discovered he took down one of our chickens. I am having mixed feelings about our boy now. We’ve always had animals that got along with each other. I’m sad and welcome any input…

  10. Michael says:


    Bless you for adopting the cats!
    I understand your sense of loss of one of your chickens…but understand as well that cats do what they do instinctively.
    What you’ve learned is that this cat will kill prey…and given the chance, he’ll do it again.
    I had to keep Chester inside…nothing was safe from him…but he was a great friend to me.

  11. Em says:

    A cat who could take down a chicken is a formidable cat…. I wouldn’t know what to do to protect my egg layers and dumpling companions… ? ? ?

  12. JD says:

    Thanks for the much needed encouragement here in dogpatch, Micheal.

  13. JimmieT says:

    “Coco” is our “Maine Coon” cat. Coco loves rabbit meat. She stalks full grown rabbits- catches them- then eats them. Coco loves rabbits.

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