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No. 138
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Our cat, Fluffy Dax, is a real sweetie of a pussy. She loves cuddles. When she is curled up on my lap she gazes into my eyes as though she adores me. I stroke her soft fur, and make sure she is comfortable. I even let my legs “go to sleep” if I am afraid I will wake her up. She can snooze on my lap for an hour or more at night, when we are sitting in the living room. Fluffy Dax depends on us for her food. We buy cat food, and cook raw food for her too. She knows we are the ones who give her everything, and so she loves us and gives us pussy kisses and pussy love.

But Fluffy Dax has a mind of her own, and when she wants to be she can be horrible to us! Yes, you would not believe it would you. After all we do for her and our kindness, she will sometimes turn nasty when it suits her. She often goes down in the bush behind our house and she gets sticky grass seeds all over her. She is part persian. They are very hard to get out of her fur. We will sit patiently pulling the seeds out, but each one hurts a little bit because it yanks her fur. We are very careful, but Fluffy Dax gets most upset after a short time. Then she tries to escape and spits and glares at us with fierce eyes! We tell her we are only trying to help, but she doesn’t care.

If Fluffy wants to leave your knee and go away she just jumps off. Even if you want to keep patting her because you like it. If she is asleep on the sofa and you want to sit down near her, she has to be in the mood to let you. Otherwise she spits and makes growling noises, and if you don’t go away she might bite. Or she will run off swishing her tail madly. So you can see she is pretty selfish all right. Most times she is sweet though, she is really quite a nice cat.

When my friend, Wendy, holds Fluffy Dax in her arms it reminds me of something (yes, there are two Wendys, my name is Wendy too). It reminds me of God and ourselves. Let me put it this way, it could remind me of YOU and God! God wants to hold you and love you. He wants to give you precious strokes of love, and look after you all the time. Not just some times when you feel like it. He has to help you by pulling out sin from your life, just like Wendy pulls sticky seeds off Fluffy. This can hurt your feelings, because you won’t always want to know about your sin it  will make you feel uncomfortable. God wants to hold you always, and give you everything and be your life with you. He wants you to relax and not struggle to get away and do your own thing. Just like we would never do anything to hurt Fluffy, God will always do right and good things for you! He is Perfect Love.  You should never be afraid to let God look after you always. Don’t run away from Him swishing your tail and spitting!

“ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (II Timothy 1:7).

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;
and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. “ (I John 4:7,8).
Don’t pray this prayer unless you really mean it. I hope you can pray it because your heart is right with God.
“Father God Who loves me so much, I want to be with You always. I want You to look after me and provide for me. I want You to make me good and holy inside like Jesus is. I need You every moment to care for me.  Amen”

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