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The Cat’s Claws


Chilean Mockingbird (Mimus thenca)

Chilean Mockingbird (Mimus thenca) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She finally did it. This morning I woke up to two dead mockingbirds in the back yard. Not 1, but 2. Most likely the two that have “mocked” our cat for weeks and they must have gotten too close….

Swooping up and down over the cat for sleeping in her own yard, these birds had become annoying.  She patiently waited for the moment of revenge and got it.

Whenever we walked outside, these birds let us know we were not welcomed. I kept yelling at them repeatedly informing them they were in my yard not theirs!

Maxi is 10 years old, but evidently quite spry for her age. These two birds should have known better than to continue their assault upon her. In the end she revealed who was boss.

The Killer Cat

Like some people I know, Mockingbirds mock. As I have written in past posts, in case you haven’t figured it out I don’t like them. Being the animal lover that I am, these fowl are just that; fowl……

My confession here lies I was not sorry she used her “hunting skills” on two such adversaries. Had it been another species of birds I would have scolded her. Not that she would have understood or retracted her proud authority of ageless accomplishments.

Another confession and I hope many of you would follow along here, I can think of people I would like to sick my cat on. The stage of “bullying” or society “caste system” is out of control. Unlike her, I can’t go around attacking the enemies of our jungle by swatting them with my claws, pulling out their feathers and leaving them for dead on the door step. Maybe I should let her do that.

Anyway, this is where I have to change my attitude about enemies. You know the Bible tells us to “love our enemies.”  Those mockers, betrayers and backstabbing gossipers whose lives are so empty they get their “kicks” by fueling the fires of low self esteem in others they are threatened by.

Proverbs 11:13 “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”

So, if you think about it, how can you consider them opponents, traitors or slanderers?

People who bully or “kick you when you are already down” are their own worst enemies. These insolent pests are fighting battles within they can’t win. Besides making fools of themselves, slanderers, etc. are slowly falling off a cliff they created on their own. Deep inside their plagued hearts is a willingness to hit the other cheek as often as possible unaware the ground beneath the cliff is their demise waiting to happen.

The outer covering of the tormentor is thin and unstable. Waiting for a fight, the words “turn the other cheek” and walk away disturbs that inner frustration and anger. It is not what they want.  Fighting is their means of gaining strength and power or so they believe.  The enemy of keeping our mouths shut triggers a force of willpower they long to possess.


Proverbs 10:8 “The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.”

Silence can be golden when used properly.

Silence can be the tool to reach a hardened heart waiting to be softened.

Silence represents that which is unleashed self control and love.

Silence gives God time and space to accomplish what humans can’t.

In other words, keep your mouth shut and allow the Holy Spirit to do the talking for you.

Proverbs 14: 3 “A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.”





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7 thoughts on “The Cat’s Claws

  1. So, praise the Lord and sic ’em Maxi.

  2. very good blog today my friend

  3. In today’s world, if you don’t tell someone off they interpret that as weak and spineless. But what people should know, is that self-control takes great strength via through an awesome God. It’s easy to spew — Harder to walk upright! Great post, Cathy!
    God Bless You!

  4. Hi Cathy, a good message and yes there are those who remain quiet instead of verbally attacking others in a unloving way which is good and importantant but God also tells us silence is not always golden, it can hide deep resentments and revenge but He does tell us as you shared that we are to Love our enemies too and this must come from the heart not our head.

    I find those who slander, back stab and debunk critically what is shared and those who share it are those who have no Scriptural foundation for what they are opposing, or have only their own understanding or others of what it means, they are not Trusting in Jesus our only Teacher and His wisdom and they have not come to heart repentance for their own sin, they take it lightly, excuse it or blame others….. sad but True.

    Proverbs 26:22-2422 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;

    Proverbs 26:25-27 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

    Christian Love from both of us Anne.

    • Anne, I do agree but have found in my own life walking away gives me and God both time. I need time to regroup, forgive and spend time alone with God before I speak if at all. Otherwise God does it for me. I believe when we learn God’s ways, being a doormat never comes into play. He will give us what to say. Matthew 20. I had enough fighting and arguing with my ex-husband to last me a lifetime which taught me how to be silent. He would literally follow me around the house screaming, yelling cursing and calling me names until I would lock myself in the bathroom for hours just to get away from him.

      As it turned out, eventually over time God spoke to him for me in every way possible. I learned yelling back in anger only make me sick. He is now very sick. God bless.

  5. Hi Cathy, I’m sorry you had to suffer the way you did, it was much the same for me in my first marriage but I was also bashed and sometimes even when I was pregnant. But the hardest thing that I have had to overcome is being rejected, I was not wanted from birth and also most of my growing up years.

    I don’t argue but I do share God’s Truth and yes it’s sometimes rejected and so am I and Jesus warns us we will be ( see below) I can’t say that I don’t feel sadness but I don’t let it eat me away now and sometimes like you do, walking away is the only way but that does not mean I don’t care, there is no one that I don’t like, that is putting myself above them and besides Jesus Loved everyone and by the empowering of The Holy Spirit so do we, even though we don’t have to accept the wrong they do and say, but I’m honest with them and I don’t pretend all is ok or ignore them. I know if I’m rejected God will give me the strength to continue, He always has, so I don’t stop sharing God’s Truth even if I am abused or ignored.

    Luke 6:21-23 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

    Luke 21:16-18 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

    John 15:17-19 These things I command you, that ye Love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

    1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.

    Christian Love Anne,

    • Anne, I appreciate your comments and do understand.

      I do believe however God will remove people from our lives even temporarily. In those cases we are to forgive them and pray for them continually. Sometimes God wants us to leave them to Him; he can get more done than we can ever do.

      For many years I thought God needed my help to straighten them out until he let me know he was doing fine without my help. He politely asked me, “who would help them if you hadn’t been born yet?”

      For instance: I can’t discuss much but have been involved in a lawsuit for months. The defendant was a prospective tenant of mine in a house I manage. She illegally backed out of the lease and took the owner to court. I spent almost 6 weeks of countless phone calls, emails and texts from her to the point she was harassing me.Once she filed suit, as the main witness I can have no contact with her, not that she wants to, so I have to completely rely on God to help this wretched soul who I pray for daily.

      I think what I get from God is prayer is more powerful than our words to others especially when we shouldn’t speak. Only speak as the Holy Spirit leads us.

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

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