Sad Day – Loss of a Fur Baby – November 3

Around 2:00am on Tuesday, November 3, my hubby Dave and I awoke suddenly to an awful noise. It sounded like one of our cats half choking, half yowling. Dave ran out to the kitchen where the cat was, while I restrained the dogs. In less than a minute, Dave carried our oldest cat, Mack, into the bedroom while we then put the dogs in the kitchen. Dave laid Mack on the bed and said, “I think we lost him, Babe.”


In Loving Memory of our Mackster.

           In Loving Memory of our Mackster.


And sure enough, just like that, Mack was gone. He was the “old man” of our fur babies at 10 1/2 years old. We have five other cats, all from a litter of feral kittens who arrived in our yard six years ago. We captured them, socialized them, and then couldn’t part with any of them. We also have two pups, ages  3 and almost 2 years old. Mack was having some age-related health issues, but nothing serious–that we were aware of, at least. However, after taking his body to our vet later that day, she said based on the fluid that had pooled under his open mouth in the box we had placed him in after he died, he likely had fluid in his lungs, congestive heart failure, or both.



Mack and Smokey “helping” with the laundry.



Mack and Dave doing their “head bump.”














If you have never owned pets, you might not understand why we have been so distraught over this loss. If you DO own pets, then you understand they are like family members. Losing one, especially so suddenly and unexpectedly–in such an awful way–has been devastating and we have shed many tears, while also lavishing love and attention on our other fur babies.


We can only hope Mack didn’t suffer much, as he passed quickly. We know we gave him a good, loving home for several years since he chose us at the shelter (seriously, he stepped out of a cage in a top row and settled into our arms, like he had been waiting for us). And now we just envision Mack reunited with our then 12 1/2 year-old black lab, Kita, who we said goodbye to almost 3 years ago, when we had to make that difficult decision to end her suffering from cancer and arthritis.


Mack and Kita, from 2009.

                  Mack and Kita, from 2009.



Goodbye and rest in peace, dear Mackster Buddy! We will miss you.




Daily Activities vs. Spiritual Activities – November 2 Devotions

Wow, where did this week go? We had an event occur here that has kept me away from blogging, but now I do want to catch up, because my intention was to blog every day this month and share daily gratitude posts.  I neglected to share my own from November 1st, so here are both for November 1 and 2:


November 1 Attitude of Gratitude:  I am thankful, as always, for the first day of a new month, which to me always represents the opportunity to start fresh with a blank canvas that I can create this month’s masterpiece on. Happy November 1st!


November 2 Attitude of Gratitude: I am thankful for the response from people who read this blog, Words of Encouragement. It’s nice to know what I share is a blessing to others, especially on the blog I dedicated to my Dad’s memory and his gift of encouragement…which means the blog is fulfilling its intended purpose!

So onto what would have been the devotions for November 2…


“Some Christians feel guilty

when they are doing something that isn’t ‘spiritual.’

Some how or another, they feel the need to hurry

through the grocery store, dash through the house cleaning,

and rush through all the daily aspects of life

that seem irrelevant to their faith.

They want to get back to doing something ‘spiritual’

so God will be pleased with them again.

God did not intend for you to HATE

the secular side of life.

You can enjoy HOLINESS and time with God

even when you are doing daily chores, running errands,

or taking the children somewhere they need to go.

Don’t begrudge the routine things of life;

see every activity as an opportunity

to serve God with your whole heart.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”


My reflections:

I think this is such an important thought, to remind us to enjoy life–every bit of it–because you just never know when things can change. We should thank God for His blessings on a daily basis.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Are you able to enjoy the daily aspects of your life, or do you feel some how guilty for not being “spiritual” enough at all times?

Gratitude Challenge – November 1 Devotions

Happy November 1st! Here it is… the month that we in the US celebrate Thanksgiving, and thoughts turn to expressing gratitude for all the things we’re thankful for in our lives. Of course, if this “Attitude of Gratitude” continued throughout the year, we might find it becomes a way of life to be more positive and thankful on a regular basis.




But why not start with one month? So here’s my challenge to you readers: each day this month, express your gratitude for at least one person, possession, event, or other detail in your life.


I started doing this about 3 years ago because my youngest daughter extended the challenge and she was posting her own gratitude thoughts daily on Facebook. In addition,  I was motivated by a quote I read, asking something like, “What if the only things left in your life today are the things you thanked God for yesterday?” With few exceptions, I have posted my “Attitude of Gratitude” thoughts almost daily on my Facebook timeline, and it’s a rewarding experience.


In line with this idea, onto today’s devotions…


“During this Thanksgiving month,

I encourage you to take time each day

to thank God or something He has done for you.

Being specific about something  each day

that is especially meaningful to you

will be a blessing to you…and to God.

There is so much in life to be thankful for,

and that’s where you need to keep your focus–

not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day.

Fill your mind with memories

that are true, pure, lovely, excellent, and worthy of praise.

Then express your thanks to God.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”


My reflections:

This practice of expressing daily gratitude has been such a good exercise in overcoming negativity and focusing on the positive. Even when things are less than ideal, there is always SOMETHING to be thankful for on a daily basis.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you practice expressing daily gratitude? Will you accept my challenge and express gratitude every day this month (at least), on Facebook, on your blog, or elsewhere in your daily life?