Friday, July 21, 2017

Just Like Having a Baby

“Look, he’s dangling his head over the side of the bed. Isn’t he cute?”

“I’ve probably got 200 pictures of him on my phone.”

“Aww, he’s so sweet.”

Our cat Eli will be a year old next week, and it is so like having a baby around the house.

Everything he does—including jumping on the table, sleeping on a dining room chair for a couple hours, stopping to sniff the dog, then walking on—it’s all just so delightfully cute.

Who hasn’t laughed about times when little kids receive an abundance of gifts for Christmas, and they prefer to play with the wrapping paper?

We discovered Eli loves paper bags. Not only does he bat at it or chase it, but, again like a baby, he might just crawl in and take a nap. Murray keeps one laying open on the kitchen floor for the little guy.

Like with a small child, we have to make sure the door is securely closed so he doesn’t get out. And, every time one of us goes out, we call, “Where’s the cat? Watch for the cat.”

Because he does love to go out, and he is so quiet and quick to sneak through the open door. The shelter we got him from calls it “door dashing.”

If he does get out, and we can’t find him, we’re all worrying.

What if he gets hit by a car? What if he doesn’t come back? What if he gets into a fight with another cat and gets hurt? What if he gets into something that makes him sick?

Might as well be worrying about a kid.

We’re hopeless.

“He’s taking a bath; how precious.”

“Oh, he’s asleep. So sweet.”

“Aww, he whimpered; Poor little guy.”

“Are you eating a snack, buddy? Good boy.”

“Hey, the cat just fell off the sideboard and landed in a bag of stuff.”

Okay, maybe we wouldn’t have laughed if that happened to a real baby.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Grace and Truth, John 3:16-36

This passage gives such a full picture of who God is.

Verse 16 is famous, assuring us that God loved us so much he sent his Son as a sacrifice to pay for our sin and bring us back in relationship with God.

Verse 17 has always been a comfort to me, emphasizing that Jesus’s purpose was not to condemn us but to save us.

What a beautiful expression of God’s amazing, gracious love for us.

God is also, without a doubt, a God of wrath. He will not relate to those whose sin has not been paid for.

Verses 18 and 36 clearly state that the salvation Jesus offers is only for those who accept and believe in him. Those who do not believe in and accept Jesus are still under God’s wrath and punishment.

This is scary, but it is a clear and true description of the full nature of God. There is no room to argue about it.

Fortunately, the love of God is so enormous that he seeks and woos us.

In verse 19, we are told that one of Jesus’s names is light. And if we accept his truth, we get to be a part of his light.

This chapter is also an excellent picture of the humility of John the Baptist. I have such respect for him.

John never claimed to be anyone except a person pointing to Jesus. He claimed no special position for himself, but said he needed to decrease in importance.

In verse 29, John explains that his own joy has comes from Jesus being glorified.

Thank you, Father, for this wonderful example of what a Christian can be like.

Friday, July 7, 2017

If The Shoe Fits

I have a new author to love.

Sandra D. Bricker

I just finished her book IF THE SHOE FITS.

Will and Julianne, best friends since they were ten, have just opened their own law firm. This is a romance book with many ups and downs. Will and Julianne pray about their new business, but throughout the story, they both have other things they learn they need to turn over to their God.

Humor, quirky characters, displays of faith, and flops from their faith. The book is filled with these and more.

Plus a really loveable dog.

And, in the way gifts from God show up as surprises, somewhere in this book, and honestly I can’t remember where, this author gave me a spark of encouragement. Excitement and new ideas for a story I’ve been working on in my own writing, but finding myself dragging with.

While writing this post, I looked for Sandra’s website and was slapped in the face when I read that she died last November at the age of 58.

In the information about the author in IF THE SHOE FITS, it mentioned that Sandra was a cancer survivor and worked to raise funds for ovarian cancer research.

I don’t know if she eventually lost the battle with cancer. Two things I do know. God is still using the gift he gave her. And I am going to read all of her books I can get my hands on.

Even with the sadness I feel from learning of Sandra’s passing, I decided to leave the first part of this post unchanged. The hope and fun this book brought me is still the same.