A Veterinarian's Daughter Learns From The Animal Kingdom: Devotionals for Animal Lovers
A veterinarian's daughter combines life lessons she's learned from household pets, barnyard animals and wildlife into an uplifting and encouraging collection of devotionals sure to lift your heart and draw you closer to the Lord. Each page includes a scripture and section to journal your thoughts.
*An excerpt from Part 3 "Life Lessons from Wild Animals"
Unfortunately I missed the excitement my mom had one day at home while I was away at college. Coming home from shopping one afternoon, she looked up from the kitchen to see the lamp in the living room fall with a crash – some unseen visitor was in the living room. Stealthily tiptoeing through the house, she soon discovered the mysterious culprit had a fluffy black tail. A black squirrel had somehow gained entrance through the fireplace and decided to gleefully run amuck through the house. She left the front door open as she continued her search in hopes he would discover the exit and leave on his own as she searched each room and shut the doors. All seemed quiet, so she decided he must have tired of his adventure and left through the front door.
However, the next day she discovered her new friend enjoyed his accommodations and decided to enjoy an extra night and stay for breakfast. Her half-eaten sweet roll left on the counter mysteriously disappeared by mid-morning. She quickly discovered that in addition to a sweet tooth, he was also a scholar. She discovered him romping amongst the bookshelves in the living room. At a loss of what to do, she called the town hall and three men decided to be heroes. A decision was made to push the books against the back of the bookcase and the chase was on. Finally, a triumphant hunter carried the culprit outside in the fishing net where the little prisoner was released and immediately jumped on the birdbath to wash down his sweet roll.
Ah, the antics of small town life where everyone is your neighbor and helps without hesitation, even arriving armed with a fishing net! Whether you live in a small town or a large city, I encourage you to follow the Lord’s instructions and love your neighbor too. The Lord commands us to love others as ourselves, and it’s not just limited to the “neighbors” in close proximity; it refers to everyone. Wow, everyone is my neighbor! From the clerk at the grocery store to a homeless man lying on a park bench in a city, I encourage you seek out your neighbors with a smile and the love of Christ today.
Deeper Scripture Study:
Proverbs 3:28 “Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"—when you now have it with you.”
Luke 10:36-37 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise.”
My Furry Life Lesson Notes: