Life Motherhood

Love Lessons from the Family Pet

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“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other, let us show the truth by our actions.”  I John 3: 18 NLT

Even after graduating from college, I still had much to learn.  Thankfully, I also had a willing teacher: our family cat, Thor.

(Thor 1993-2009)

We learn the great lessons of life in many ways.  When animals teach, they come straight to the point.  Thor taught by example.  Here’s what I learned about showing and expressing love:

* Spend lots of time together…you don’t always need a stimulating conversation or activity.  Quiet time together is a good thing.

* When those you love feel bad, show them how much you care.  Be near their side.

* Make eye contact.  Your emotions are revealed when you look at the one you love.

* Be a good listener.  Sometimes you need only listen.

* Show your loyalty and faithfulness at every opportunity.  These are gifts money cannot buy.

*Forgive.

* Be thankful for the companionship of one another….even if they’re not like you.

The love lessons I’ve learned apply perfectly to people and animals alike.  Be a student of love.  You’ll be surprised at what you can learn…even from the family pet!

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About Jan Nellis

Jan Nellis is a happily married mom of five children, three of whom are still at home. She spends her free time rediscovering the lost domestic arts with an emphasis on health issues. An avid quilter, crocheter, hand-spinner and cook, her desire is to rekindle the ways of her grandmothers, blessing her friends and family. She has spoken at women’s groups on forgiveness, following God's plan for your life and the joys of living with God. She currently blogs at www.atinylittleripple.blogspot.com.

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Jan

Jan Nellis is a happily married mom of five children, three of whom are still at home. She spends her free time rediscovering the lost domestic arts with an emphasis on health issues. An avid quilter, crocheter, hand-spinner and cook, her desire is to rekindle the ways of her grandmothers, blessing her friends and family. She has spoken at women’s groups on forgiveness, following God's plan for your life and the joys of living with God. She currently blogs at www.atinylittleripple.blogspot.com.

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