Sometimes, This Is As Good As It Gets

IMG_2438I woke up this morning to a gnawing realization that my cat didn’t make it home last night. I was congested and feverish. But, I couldn’t rest until I checked the porch. I stood outside with my hair in a ragged, sleep- styled bouffant. My sleeper set was mismatched. I called to my cat over the noise of my neighbor’s lawn mower. All to no avail. He wasn’t there.

I rolled over in my mind what I would tell my children. I had lost our beloved cat. I felt terrible. I tried to console myself by remembering all the irritating things he had done. Didn’t work. I wanted my cat back.

I took a deep breath and roused my children from their sleep. One by one, I let them know that Benny was missing and that I was sorry. I was the one who let him out the night before against my better judgement.

“He’ll come back.” Said, my oldest son.

It’s funny how large and vast your neighborhood looks when you’ve lost an animal. Like a wilderness.

“I don’t think so. He’s lost.”   It wasn’t the first time a cat had run off when we’ve moved to a different place. I was sure that it had just happened again.

My daughter followed me into the kitchen and fumbled with the locks on the back door.

“I’ve already checked. He’s not out there.” I said.

Her little tan fingers worked faster to turn the knob.

“Baby, don’t waste your time.”

“But, I hear him.”

Before I could convince her that she hadn’t, I heard him too. Alex flung the door open and we both called his name in a joyful chorus.

In cat fashion, he sashayed through the doorway and strutted to his food bowl, meowing loudly. Relief and irritation washed over me. He was a sight for sore eyes but how dare he frighten me that way. I realized at that moment that he was probably under a shady bush next door the entire time.

I told him how selfish he was. Of course, he rolled over on his back barely able to keep his hazel eyes open. He didn’t mind that I was upset. It was blatant and obvious. He looked supremely peaceful which was in stark contrast to my anxiety.

I learned a few things from this.

*It’s good to get away even if it’s in the middle of the night. No need to hurry back. The house will be there when you get back.

*If some misled/confused human being tries to interrupt your “me” time, ignore them. They’ll go away.

*When “me” time is over, stand outside the door and loudly demand someone to open it.  When they do, find food and water right away.

*Gallivanting at night on secret, undercover missions makes you tired. Find a perfect spot and sleep while your family express their frustrations. Again- they’ll go away.
*Wash/ rinse and repeat twice a month.

Ok. Maybe this won’t work for tired, overworked moms. After all, cats don’t have the words divorce, separation, child endangerment, abandonment, etc. in their vocabulary. But I was inspired to take a peaceful nap alone in my room today. Sometimes, that’s as good as it gets.

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Called to Live an Abundant Life!

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Life throws some very nasty sucker punches that can leave you dazed and confused. But you must remember to write down your blessings daily- no matter what.

Maybe you can write two pages or maybe just one word. Either way, I challenge you to consider one blessing, in particular, that might have been overlooked. 

*If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, God has looked upon you with extreme favor.*

Remember Jesus said, “No man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me hath drawn him…

When you find it hard to count your blessings, say “God I thank you that I am a believer!” Then start to thank Him in advance for the abundant life that He has already promised His people. Look up scriptures that confirm these promises. Nurture those verses in your heart. Wait patiently as God apply the infinite power of his Word to your particular situation.

Now, I know that your situation might look bleak. Things might appear hopeless right now. But because you are a believer, the potential is there to see the grace and mercy of God in an extraordinary way.

Jesus said that he came to give life in abundance. Abundance means overflowing fullness and ample sufficiency. It’s a lot more than just enough. 

Remember, Jesus can do over and far beyond what you can even imagine* if * you just believe in him.IMG_1601

 

Scriptures to meditate on:

John 10:10-  The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. (Amplified version)

John 6:44- No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him [giving him the desire to come to Me]; and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day. (Amplified version)

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, (Amplified version)

 

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