Lessons From My Cat Thelma

Have you ever had someone spot beauty you’d overlooked, and it was right there beside you? My husband rescued Kitty Thelma several years ago. She was a few weeks old when he found her hiding underneath a car. This past weekend before the ice and snow, our son’s girlfriend Brittany took  pictures of her.

She captured Thelma’s everyday moments, but there’s nothing everyday about Brittany’s pictures

They are Divine.

Brittany showed them to me Sunday night.

It was as though I’d never really seen my cat until I saw these photos.

Every picture held a message for me.

Talk about having a moment.

I sensed God tapping my heart.

Pay attention, He seemed to say.

“Look at her,” I said. “She’s so happy on our front porch.”

“Rescued animals are always grateful,” Brittany said. “Thelma’s secure. And confident. And fearless.”

“Oh, look. When she’s tired, she rests.”

“This expression,” I said.  “She’s doing exactly what God created her to do. Watch birds.”

“She’s not posing. She’s just being herself,” Brittany said.

“Her beautiful self. I bet she didn’t stress about the photo-shoot.”

“No way. Thelma’s not a people pleaser,” Brittany said.

“You mean, she wasn’t trying to impress you?”

Brittany laughed. “She’s too smart for that.”

“This one’s priceless. She never gets tired of the little things.”

“She’s sitting in my wicker chair–content wherever she lands.”

Then Brittany showed me the last one.

My very favorite.

“How did you get this picture? The sun streaming over her shoulder…”

Brittany just smiled.

“Pure contentment. Like she’s in heaven. Right on her own front porch.”

Lord, I don’t want to miss the Splendor of any moment. Just like Thelma.

Which one of Brittany’s pictures is your favorite and why?

* If you’d like to contact her about a photo-shoot for your pet, you can find her on Facebook, Brittany Lynn Brooks.

Love,

Julie

 

Love from a Leaf–a Single Yellow Leaf

This is a strange question, but have you ever spotted something and wondered if it was some sort of message for you? Please say yes. This happened to me last week. Clyde, our yellow Lab, and I were walking down the driveway like we do every day, and a single yellow leaf appeared to be suspended in midair.

I’d just taken a beginner’s photography class at MONROE ART GUILD and decided if the leaf was still there after my walk (four driveway laps), I’d take a picture for you.

Even with Clyde darting under and around my leaf, it didn’t fall.

 

Common sense said there had to be a spider web supporting the little leaf, but I sure didn’t see one. I zoomed in closer.

 

How peculiar. Nothing appeared to be holding her up.

A breeze blew and she twirled, putting on a show for me, yet still clinging to her invisible cord.

Why am I so drawn to this leaf? There are so many others in the woods.

I know it sounds was weird, but I felt kind of sorry for this lonely yellow leaf.

She was different from the rest.

God, what is it about the leaf? 

Then last night I heard this song…

“So I Can Just Be Me.”

 

That’s it!

This little yellow leaf is just being herself.

Who she was created to be.

She’s trusting God to be God.

And that, my sweet friends, brings Him glory.

Each of us is unique.

Special.

A masterpiece.

We are “…fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalms 139:14 KJ

Do you ever think about leaves? Please tell me you do!

Love,

Julie