June 4, 2015

Settling in

Posted in Blogging, Cats, Faith, Just Life tagged , , at 8:05 am by catsinboxes

He’s curled on the bookshelf by the window —napping and feigning oblivion. It’s a sham. I know he’ll be up soon: bustling into the bedroom if I spend too long in there before returning to the living room. Or, he’ll start patrolling the apartment: pacing from room to room and vociferously complaining when I don’t let him out or refuse to fling open a window to give him a better view.

Oliver. The cat I didn’t want. God certainly has a sense of humor. This cat has more personality in the tip of his tail then some cats in the entire sum of their lives.

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“I think he has some Oriental Shorthair in him; he has that look.” —Says Mary, our regular mail carrier and a fellow cat lover.

So, while he was in rare form one day, I looked up “Oriental Shorthair” and read their personality.

The Oriental has a . . . colorful personality. They are closely linked to the people they claim as their own and desperately want to share their lives with you. In the busiest moments, your Oriental will find a way to interrupt your activities.

They usually bond with one person and become extremely devoted and dependent upon their chosen human. Expect them to be at your side, in your lap, and at the door to interrogate you about where you’ve been.  (Cat Fancier’s Association &  Petfinder Breed Profile)

This explains so much, and it’s Oliver to a T.

And I didn’t want a cat . . . hah! God knew better.

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March 7, 2012

Rejoicing and Weeping

Posted in Adoption, Blogging tagged , , at 10:10 pm by catsinboxes

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  ~Romans 12:15

I hit refresh and start to scroll down on Reece’s Rainbow’s page for Orphanage 39.  I stop.  No . . . I look again.  Yes!!!  Today Duncan is no longer listed in Orphanage 39 . . . He has a family!!!!  It’s so exciting.  First it was Sam and Tyler, now it’s Duncan.  I was thinking of this verse as I thought about Duncan’s new family.  Rejoice with those who rejoice . . . and what a wonderful thing to rejoice about!  Weep with those who weep?  What about that?  That’s becoming increasingly real to me to as I read through the stories on blogs.  Read about children watching as others leave the orphanage.  Read about the emptiness, the longing.

You might ask, how does this affect me?  I’m only a college student, goodness, don’t I have other things to do?  I do, and believe me, I am doing them!  But, when you get involved, when you can rejoice that Duncan has a family, when you can weep for the narrow window of time left to Bernadette and continue to pray . . . It changes you.  It changes the way you look at life.  When you realize that living out the Gospel is a much, much, bigger picture.  When you realize that you (yes, you!) can help.

So, this week, I challenge you: rejoice and weep.  How can you do this?  Renee at But By Grace had a wonderful idea today that I’m going to share:

So here’s my plan- for the next 10 days, I’d like you guys, and anyone you can convince to join you, to traipse over every day to http://reecesrainbow.org and find a child, any waiting child, who is wearing green, and show him or her some love. I’m starting with Alyssa and Yates, two sweet siblings, and she’s wearing the brightest green jacket I’ve seen. I’ll be putting in $50 as soon as I hit publish on this post, because there’s two kids in that sibling group, and my plan is to give $25 a day, but I’d ask you to give whatever God puts on your heart, or if you’re not a believer, whatever you feel good about sharing.But shhhhhhh, don’t tell Reece’s Rainbow. Just like the mythical leprechaun sneaks around, I want us to do the same. Let’s let everyone else wonder why all the kids in green suddenly have rapidly growing donations! They may notice at first, as it stays in the low numbers, but wouldn’t it be cool to see all the kids in green suddenly have substantial funds? Like something that people would notice and think “wha-huh?!?!?”
I’ll post everyday, at the bottom of my post, who I’m giving to wearing green. If you want to comment and tell me who you shamrocked, then I’d love to know!
I love that sentence; let’s do some shamrocking!

February 5, 2012

Five Days into February

Posted in Blogging, Faith, Just Life, Singleness tagged , , at 4:05 pm by catsinboxes

All right, first a confession: I’m having a hard time starting this post!  That said, and the post started, I hopefully will not have trouble continuing to write.  I feel like February has brought in the reality of 2012 much more than January.  It just feels like it is here to stay, and life has settled down after the rush of Christmas and New Year’s and the sudden plunge back into work and normal life.  I look back at January and think “one month gone already, what am I doing with my year?”  As a Christian single, in the middle of what cannot in any way be classified as a college town, I have some thoughts I’d like to share with anyone reading my blog who is in the same boat.

1.  Cherish your time.  Living at home during this time has really cemented for me the importance of small joys, and the importance of selflessness.  As a single it can be really easy to get me-focused.  Goodness knows, there is enough to do; jobs to work, tests to study for, spiritual growing to accomplish . . . we all have a long list.  But really, take a deep breath and step away.  Step away from the technology that is so good at drawing us in, pull your eyes away from the computer screen, and make eye contact with a real person.  For me this comes in spending time with my younger siblings, but if you’re not living at home, my biggest piece of advice would be find a good, healthy church which is a perfect lead-in to my next point.

2.  Join a healthy church.  If your first reaction is “why?”, I’d really recommend one resource.  Alistair Begg preached a great series on the church that is available for free download here: http://www.truthforlife.org/resources/series/what-is-the-church/

On the other hand, maybe you are agreeing with me yet thinking, “The only problem is, I don’t have a good church to join!”  Please believe me, I’ve been there.  I know what it feels like!  If you haven’t already, I would really recommend that you read Mark Dever’s 9 Marks of a Healthy Church.  They’re summarized on the 9Marks site, so here they are in a nutshell: http://www.9marks.org/what-are-the-9marks/  Maybe this gives you something new to think about, but maybe you’re just saying, “Amen to that, but I don’t have a church like that near me!”  All I can say is, don’t give up.  Pray; pray a lot!  I know this is a hard time right now, but when you do eventually find a good church, you are going to appreciate it so much more.

3.  If you are attending a good church, get involved.  I don’t mean, “get involved” by making it to church each Sunday.  Get to know the people at your church.  Honestly, as a single, it’s easy to get self-absorbed.  I know I can get focused on college and future and just plain being single when it comes to where I fit in the church.  Don’t let that stop your involvement!  Get to know the senior members of your congregation, get to know the staff, get to know the young families.  There is so much you can learn from these people all in different stages of their faith.  I can’t articulate this nearly as much as I want, but I hope you get my drift.  Don’t lose out!

4.  Most of all, draw closer to God.  This morning at church we sang a bridge that puts everything into perspective.

“Oh praise the one who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead.”

Really, that should be the core of our life as single Christians .  . . how can it not be?  Paul understood that, read Philippians!

For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain . . . But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  (Philippians 1:21, 3:7-8)

So, as you start off February, look to God.  His grace is sufficient for you, no matter what your situation.  (2 Corinthians 12:9)  He has placed you where you are right now, and He is never going to give you more than you can handle.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)  What a wonderful God we serve, how can we not live our entire lives for Him?