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  1. Josh says:

    I love this. Do good.

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks, Josh…we’re trying…

  3. Linn says:

    Do the hard stuff..well-stated!
    My dad pretty much walked out of my life when I was in my teens. I didn’t mind as he was violent and had already destroyed two marriages. It was a relief not to have to deal with him. About 25 years ago my dad began reaching out. He also was on his third marriage and his new wife was very nice. It was some counseling, some short visits, and just Ephesians 6:1 about honoring your parents. He really had changed. I’m going down south for my fall visit next weekend, thankful for the positive communication we have established. Going through the reconciliation process also helped me understand God’s deep love for me in a new way. Hard it was, but I’m thankful God led me down that hard road.

  4. Captain Kevin says:

    I suck at doing hard stuff. Lord, have mercy.

  5. The New Victor says:

    Michael, *hugs* for your loss. And I’m amazed that your cat listened to you, despite stereotypes about kitties. Cats growling scare me more than those of dogs.

    Linn: many blessings to you, and also for your grace. I imagine that it’s not easy at all.

  6. Em says:

    so sorry you lost ypur cat, Michael

  7. Terry says:

    “If you are willing to bear serenely the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter.”

    — Therese of Lisieux

  8. pslady says:

    Another great application Michael…as always. Thanks so much again for your writings. Losing our pets is so hard but what a lesson they teach about love & how much our Heavenly Father loves us.

  9. Michael says:


    That’s an excellent application to this teaching…it’s the hard stuff that pays off.

  10. Michael says:


    None of us are good at it…sometimes just keeping on is hard stuff…

  11. Michael says:


    I speak fluent cat… 🙂

  12. Michael says:


    Thanks, my friend. He’s safe and waiting for me…

  13. Michael says:


    Printing that one out…

  14. Michael says:

    pslady…many thanks, as always…

  15. Alex says:

    I love that you love cats, Michael. I love that you love.

    Re the Therese of Lisieux quote: If I don’t always bear the hard things serenely, but I do bear them, does that count to shelter Jesus?

  16. Terry says:

    Alex – There are degrees of “serenely”. Its the “displeasing to oneself” part that I am becoming more familiar with than I would like.

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