Saturday, August 9, 2008

What Next?

I've heard of "blogging in real time", at least I think that is what it's called when you are writing about something as it is happening. And that's what I'm doing right now at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning when I should be sleeping late because it is my only day of the week that I don't have to be somewhere early in the morning. But, as I was in my bed I was hearing some kind of squeaking bark sound that made me get up and follow the sound. Hmmmm.....guess where the sound led me? It led me out my back door and to the yard of my next door neighbors. I can hear where the bark is coming from but I can't see it until I walk a little further out and look toward the back of their yard along the fence that runs between our yard and theirs. The little pit bull that seems to be the nicer one is barking at something in my yard, yet I can see my two dogs in their usual spots just having a leisurely morning. Nothing is bothering them and now I see it. The other pit bull that had come unchained in my last post is IN MY YARD. It is back there in the same yard with my dogs! So the other pit bull is barking because her pal has crossed the fence. Now what do I do? I'm going to let hubby handle it when he wakes up. Thankfully, the dog wasn't attacking my dogs or anything like that. But I just don't like this. Now that it knows how to get over here, it will be doing this all the time just like that other dog months back. Oh, I just got an idea! I think it is finally time for a nice, high privacy fence!

As I've been typing this I don't hear the barking anymore so I just got up and went out to look. I didn't see the dog so I don't know where it is now. But I just had a thought. I hope my husband can realize this also if he has to go and deal with the next door neighbors. We can handle this with anger toward them, or we can handle it with the love of Christ and then have the chance to witness to them. I think they would be more open to hearing about the love of Christ if we show love toward them in our attitudes. Sometimes, it is a challenge to do things the way they should be done as a Christian. But that is when we have to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit that lives inside us -- to help us do the things we aren't able to do in our own strength.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being... Ephesians 3:16


sister sheri said...

Kathy... May the Lord be your strength and courage. I blew it six years ago with my neighbors. I conceded my testimony. I have asked the Lord to take the situation and make it for good, but the wasted years... the wasted opportunities... the shame ... and the guilt. Hang in there, dear sister. I am praying for you!

Sandi said...

You are so right about going to them in Christ love even if they are not christians. That alone will stand for how they treat you in return.
This is like a good book I am interested in hearing the out come keep us posted.

Prin said...

I don't know if I'm too late, but if I was in your position, I'd stick to the poor dog ownership part of it and never mention the breed. The minute you mention the breed, it's likely the owners will jump to defensiveness. I'd keep it as a "your stuff is on my stuff" kind of interaction... If that's possible?

Good luck. :)

BP said...

I tagged you today.

Lori said...

You sure have a Christ like attitude. May God bless you through all of this.


Sandi said...

any update on the dog situation?