Sunday, August 6, 2023

Having A Furry Friend Can Make Midlife Singlehood Better


By: Paula Short

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." - James 1:17 


"Mommy will be back," I say to my dog as she looks at me as if to say what about me? "You can't go with me this time, I'm going to the store." I wasn't gone long, but long enough for her. As she did her happy dance and gave me kisses. Then, she noticed the McDonalds bag and she knew there were chicken nuggets with her name on them in there. Insert a really animated happy dance in here now. 


As a single person in midlife, it can be hard to find companionship and purpose. That's where my fur baby, Little Girl, comes in. She's a 7-year-old spoiled rotten delightfully amusing princess— Oops I mean beagle who brings so much love and joy into my life. She fills my heart with happiness and makes my apartment feel like a home. 


But owning a pet is more than just a source of companionship. It's been shown to have physical and mental health benefits, including reduced stress levels, lower blood pressure, and improved mood. For those of us, single people a pet can provide a sense of humor, comfort, and companionship. 


As believers, we know that God created all creatures, including our endearing pets. They bring us joy, love, laughter, and companionship that is both unique and special. We are called to care for all of God's creatures, and owning a pet is just one way we can do that. 


When I think about my relationship with Little Girl {Little for short}, I'm reminded of the unconditional love that God has for us. Just as my fur baby is always there for me, God is always there for us, even in our loneliest moments. He sees us, knows us, and loves us more than we can ever imagine. 


Let's Reflect 

So, if you're in midlife and single, don't hesitate to take the leap and get a pet. You may find that your life is richer, fuller, and more joyful than ever before. And who knows, you may even find yourself closer to God through the love of your furry friend. "The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made." - Psalm 145:9 

1 comment:

  1. Although I'm sure a lot of work to have a pet, I can appreciate the companionship and happiness this Little Girl brings to you which as you said is so important for your health and outlook. Wonderful post Paula.


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