a new home...

For the past few weeks I have found so much joy in watching my newest kitten get acclimated with the others. I was away at a conference when I answered a FaceTime call from my husband and to my surprise, staring back at me was a beautiful caramel tabby kitten. I was sure we were not going to bring home another cat, but I just could not turn her away. Especially when my husband suggested that she would serve as a companion to another kitten that had just recently joined our family and was having a hard time getting the attention of our older cats. That sealed the deal and off she went to her new home. It took a few days but eventually they received one another and it has been so nice to see them play together. It truly has been such a sweet gift from God.  

He knows what we need, when we need it and how much of it we need. In my case, He knew I needed four cats! Yes, Mom, four cats (she’s not too thrilled about it). His provision is never too much or too little, but just right. On days when I can no longer think and worry tries to overtake me, the Holy Spirit reminds me I am not to be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I am to let my requests be made known to God and He promises that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. So, I stop, I pray, I ask and then I go looking for them. They can be quite silly. Have you ever noticed how a kitten wiggles its tail as it crouches down after it locks its eyes on a target? Well, in my household, it's a sure sign that a pounce is on the horizon and that pistachio shell - it does not stand a chance.

in my happy place...

When I was a kid I could walk in my neighborhood at all times of the day or night. I remember specifically one night, when my neighbor and I went searching for the “Chupacabras”! If you know, you  know. We could have sworn we saw it on top of my house. I saw it, she saw it - no questions please, we saw what we saw. Well, turns out the next morning it was an air vent next to our chimney. I am telling you, if you would have been there, you would have thought you saw him too! I promise. Life was different then, it was easy.

Though life now can seem a little harder at times, the Lord has seen fit to give me kittens and they have served as a reminder of His love for me. When I am with them all the cares of the world can wait. I am in my happy place and in this place the sounds of our fish tanks, (yes, tanks - plural - they kept having babies, we kept buying fish tanks) are waterfalls cascading behind me, the air being pushed by my ceiling fan is a tropical breeze dancing across my face, and time seems to stay still. I’ve caught myself wondering, “Lord, will there be kittens in heaven? Oh Father, please let there be kittens in heaven.”

the goodness of God...

I have learned that it is in the simple things, the things that sometimes go unnoticed that bare the mark of His goodness. When the world is dim and its shadow tries to get me down, I repeat the words once prayed by David, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” I sit there, I wait and suddenly, there it is- hope, its light breaks through all the mess revealing to me His tender goodness. I do not  know whether or not there will be kittens in heaven but for now He has given me kittens here on earth to remind me of the beauty of His creation, to hold on to the hope of eternity in Him, where all will be beyond what we could ever imagine. So, today, for this hope and these kittens, I am grateful.

Photos by Cate Autumn Photography. Headshot provided by Letty.


Letty is BDJ's Publisher and Editor in Chief. She is a wife, mother and Bible student who loves to read and write. Letty is passionate about facilitating and speaking to others about all things Bible. Her greatest desire is to grow in Christlikeness through the meditation of His Word and the practice of His commands. Letty desires all women and children to be filled with the knowledge of God, that we would all grown in spiritual maturity resulting in love for one another and together bring glory to our Lord.

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