Thursday, May 3, 2012

Can I Get an Overreaction? (Or Life Goes On, or Love Really Is Enough)

Just needed to post an update on the cat saga. I still have Bridget. She's still acting out. We don't like the results, and she doesn't, either. I still think it's behavioral rather than medical. God willing, finding some answers or a solution will be my priority next week. He has given me some ideas for discussion with a vet or pet therapist and also for dealing with the house.

Looking back, I couldn't not post that sordid account of early Sunday morning. But it's also hard to believe, not that I wrote the words, but that I made them public.

My biggest fear on the cat deal has been how my husband will react. I think it's only by the grace of God that he is still taking it in stride. But I know -- and doesn't God know? I've certainly told Him I think so -- that some things need to change with the cat. I need to find answers, or at least search out all the options. Maybe there are no answers except to just keep trusting God to grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

And one more realization: Love is enough. I think God is showing or reminding me through this that His great love is sufficient for me. If I love Him and seek Him and let His love lead me, He will sustain me and give me His peace, no matter what life brings.

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:14-19 NIV)

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV)

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