Day 19  — Ruthie

I had a heavy case of the warm fuzzies about Ruthie and was eager to write about her today. To sing her praises, to gush about my thankfulness for her.  You see Ruthie came quietly to us. It seems she made her presence known right around the time Jerry’s Mother, Ruth, (hence the name Ruthie) passed away. Ruthie was rib-counting thin when she rubbed her soft grey head on the legs of my jeans. Instantly I was in deep like. And the man who has professed for 65 years that he does not like cats, well …. you should see how much he does not like her. She’s not rib-counting thin any more.

So even before slipping out of bed to start my Fly Lady routine, I was thinking about how to begin Today’s Giving Thanks devotion.  It would be entitled Ruthie. I thought about how blessed we are to have her companionship. Hubby now has a cat and a Kat to walk the driveway with him in the mornings as he is leaving for work. And one of them even meets him on the drive all cuddly and purring in the evening when he comes home. (Need I tell you which one?) We marvel over how she understands ‘no’ and obeys rather than darting into the house as she so longs to do. How she stretches in the sunshine; how patting a pile of soft towels just once was enough for her to return to them each evening.

Ruthie. Sweet Ruthie. My friend, my outside trusted companion. Until — this morning.

What did I do? What did I say? How could she have hissed and slapped at me that way? She’s never done it before.  Why now?

I instantly drew back. My heart so wounded. My feelings were hurt. How can I trust you now, Ruthie?

Oh the things we learn if we are teachable.


Do you have a Ruthie who has hissed at you? Perhaps you don’t know what you said to cause her to react the way she did. Perhaps you can pray and ABBA will lead you in approaching her again.

Good companions like Ruthie don’t come along everyday.

Ephesians 4:32 New International Version (NIV)
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. via Eph 4:32 NIV – Be kind and compassionate to one – Bible Gateway.

ABBA, thank you for Ruthie. Please help me forgive her and throw not away the gift of friendship. Thank You for this day; for each precious IDOK and Reader. I ask HOLY SPIRIT that You use this post to bless and mend and love on people everywhere. Amen and amen in JESUS name.

Days 1 – 18 click HERE. And HERE for praying for others.

Worship corporately tomorrow!

Keep Braving the Dark with The LIGHT,